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Of Life, Death, Sun, Moon

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This Week: General Writing

Mr. Life,
how are you?
I’m a little down,
as of late.
I don’t know why,
but you seem to 
get meaner each year.

I’m not saying I hate you, 
no, actually,
I’m quite fond of you.
I really like how
you’ll sit with me 
in summer,
and laugh as 
my ice cream melts.
And honest,
I loved that time
with the skis and the mountain.

It’s just, 
I don’t know ...
You stopped playing.
I like you,
I really do,
it’s just that sometimes,
I want to let loose,
you know?
Some playtime.
But you’ll always 
be my best friend,
and I’ll still hang with you
every day ...

Mr. Death,
sir? Yes,
it’s me.
You see, 
I’m somewhat 
You seem to follow me
I know it’s your job, 
and all,
but sometimes
I get sad.

Sad I didn’t know that person,
sad I couldn’t say bye,
sad that there’s more dead people
than living people.
And I know it’s a lot to ask,
but could you just stop?

I don’t know,
maybe take a break...
Go on vacation,
hit the beach,
draw a portrait.
You seem nice enough,
and I know you’re 
probably just lonely.
But at this rate,
I’ll be lonely  too.

So, Mr. Death,
it’s not you,
it’s me.
So just wait a while,
and I’ll eventually come 
to you.
And mister?
It’s real nice to hear you, too. 

Light my day with gold

Light my night with silver

Soak me with your warmth

Stab me with your cold

Awaken my sense of duty

Awaken my desire

Bring the daytime color

Bring the nighttime glow

Spin through my galaxy

Close, yet far apart

One and one are made equal

By differences so stark


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YWP News and Events

YWP-ACLU Constitution Day Writing Challenge: Students across Vermont are being encouraged to enter this writing challenge with a total of $750 in cash prizes e_SEmD $250 for the top essay — and an opportunity to read winning submissions at a public event.

In honor of the U.S. Constitution, YWP and the American Civil Liberties Union are asking students to submit an essay in response to one of three prompts by Oct. 4. Prompts and more details can be found at the YWP website at youngwritersproject.org/Constitution.

Millennial Writers on Stage

Join YWP at the Brattleboro Literary Festival on Saturday, Oct. 5, for the southern Vermont edition of Millennial Writers on Stage. Noon to 1 p.m. at the New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro. Free and open to all.

Celebration of Writing and Release of Anthology 5

Every year, YWP publishes an anthology of the year’s best student writing and photos.

On Nov. 9, we will toast the publication of Anthology 5 with a day of celebration and writing workshops at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. Special keynote speaker is author M.T. Anderson, winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

Watch for more details and information at youngwritersproject.org.