Apr 19
rant challenge: State Colleges

Feeling Betrayed...Again

First you close my high school.
Now you’re trying to close my college.
I have to tell my story on this.
My name is Marina Sprague and I live in Chelsea, Vermont. I’m a high school senior in the early college VAST program at Vermont Technical College. (the Randolph campus)
Apr 10

A Feeling That No Words Can Capture

Stacks of books
Colors and fonts
Many different sizes
Small, large
Paperback, hardcover
Adventures I’ve read
Some I have yet to discover
A series about love, war, and magic
A book about horror and murder
Another is the story of a school shooting
The next is a gay romance
A book that changed my life
And a book that broadened my perspective
These stories keep me going
Help me through darkness
Some are just a friend I need
They teach me to feel love, anger, and all that’s in-between
I get lost within them
And I always come out changed
Some are torn
Some have stains
Some are bent from the sheer amount of times I’ve read them
Their words are strung so beautifully
Even when describing terror
They are perfect
I find a piece of me in each one
And the feeling they give me is so much more than just happiness
Apr 08

Process Of Writing

Draft after draft
And I keep erasing
Trying to write
Trying to create
Fusing the story
Building the characters
Yet still not finding
The correct words
Discovering a universe
Even bigger than I imagined
Consuming all my time
And each of my thoughts
Sucked into a world
Completely all its own
That started with a seed
And continues to grow
Each idea even bolder
Pushing the boundaries
Of my skills
But once it’s done
I know it’ll be worth it
Apr 06

Keep Pushing Forward

Research paper due yesterday
Two live meetings today
Don’t forget
Three lecture videos this week
Just for Biology
Eat food, drink coffee
No time to pass out
Several discussion forums
At least one for each class
Drink water
Don’t take anger out on family
They have their own struggles
Shit, the internet cut again
Take a break
Get a snack
Read in a textbook
You have six, pick one
Finish the damn research project
It’s already late
You are behind on work
Chill out
Don’t listen to the family yelling
It’s not worth the frustration
Email back your teachers
They want to know how you’re doing
Tell the truth
You’re struggling
But take responsibility
You are doing your best to stay sane
But it’s not enough
Because you can’t focus
And you are behind
Apr 04

A View Like No Other

360 degrees of mountains
Wind blowing through the open windows
Bird chirping from every direction
Nothing but rolling mountains
Some small, others huge
Some pointed, others round
I stand atop this fire tower
Completely alone
I do not feel lonely
I have the world right here with me
Savoring this moment a little longer
Before I must leave
Breathing in the cool spring air
Finally feeling like everything will be okay
Apr 03


Apr 02

All The Small Things

During this pandemic
While doing all classes online
Being with family all day
Stuck at home

It’s the small things
That keep me from breaking down
From the anger and sadness and frustration

A cup of tea to warm my soul
Cooking a meal with my mother
Getting a text from a friend I haven’t talked to in a while
Watching my tortoise explore my house
Reading a book for hours

Creating a painting of a sun
Because that is what my town is doing
We are in this together spreading sunshine
Despite being indoors
More and more suns are made everyday
Put on houses and shared online

It’s all the small things
That are keeping a smile on my face
Apr 01

A Passing Storm

Rain pounds on the metal roof
Water dripping into the attic from an unforeseen hole
A flash illuminates my dark room
Thunder growls, low and strong, vibrating my core
Swelling to it's peak
A perfect harmony of nature fills the night
As quick as it came, it passes
Clouds taking it all away
The night plunges back into darkness
Trickles of water dripping off wet surfaces are the only sounds left
The once dry air now filled with cool moisture
Mar 29

Wildlife Returning

Mar 25
poem challenge: CJP-COVID19


The snow crunches underfoot as I walk deeper into the forest
Just me and my camera, trying desperately not to feel lonely
Spring is almost here; soon the snow will all be gone
I lift my camera and focus on a particularly twisted tree
I smile, knowing that’s exactly how I feel
Continuing into the woods, I let my guard down
This is the only place that I allow it to fall
I feel safe by myself, even if it makes me a little depressed
Taking a deep breath, I lean against a tree
I close my eyes and feel the heat of the sun’s rays hit my skin
For a moment I let all my worries slip away
Forgetting about the life I live that’s falling apart
Right now, I just want to stop time
Feel the breeze blowing through my hair
Hear the birds chirp and the wildlife scurry around
I open my eyes and take another deep breath before walking away