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Minuteman Bikeway


I’m not typically one for walks so I went for a bike ride alone through nature on my towns bike path. I usually put my earbuds in and listen to music, but today I decided against that to be one with nature. I noticed many things on the bike path. For one it is very green and lush with plants and trees. There was also many other people walking and biking and taking in the scenery. I realized that I often take this area for granted as just a pathway to get to town center or my friends house, but it’s much more than that. It’s a place to take the earbuds out and enjoy our beautiful world that is all around us.  Although my bike ride was brief, the impact it had was long lasting, in that our wonderful world wouldn’t always be there and that nature isn’t to be taken for granted.

Seasonal Haikus




The crack of the bat

The flowers growing tall

Spring has begun


As the days grow longer

Math problems grows shorter

Life is more enjoyable 


The sun sets later

Morning starts earlier

More time to play outside


Grass feels softer

Still it’s moist and wet

From the fresh blood on the ground




Snow falling softly down

A soft marshmallow blanket

Covering the barren ground



Climbing up the hill

With my wooden toboggan

Staring down the frozen slide


Shoveling the snow

Cold wind slides through my coat

Dreaming of a warm cup of coco


Snow storming on the ground 

Waiting for the call

Of a fantastic fenn snow day



Sitting on a sunny day

Blue waves crashing down

On the smooth golden sand


Tied 3-3 on blue sky day

Nothing in the sky except my ball

Flying over the fence for a home run


Hiking up the trail

Feet burning like hell

But the view feels like heaven


Tying my blue tie

Tucking my white shirt in

Signifying summers end



Waking up at 8 am

Tired like a hibernating bear

It’s too early for dance 


Lacing up my cleats

Running down the field 

Finally faster than my brother



On a crisp autumn day 

Nothing better than being with friends

For a quick pick up football game


Thankful for my family and life

And my wonderful school and friends

I still hate turkey.






Walden Writing Prompt #1


Thoreau’s Economy 



A journey through essays


“Perhaps these pages are more particularly addressed to poor students. As for the rest of my readers, they will accept such portions as apply to them.”


Over the years at Fenn, we have read countless books and stories, such as The Odyssey, Call of the Wild, and Moby Dick, but none of those have been as profound as Walden. Walden is a legendary book of essays by Henry David Thoreau, that we have to read in English over the next few weeks. Thoreau was a Concord writer who stayed in a cabin on Walden pond that he built. He stayed there for approximately 2 years, two months and two days. When I was reading this, I felt I was reading something special. While I didn’t feel the profound connection Fitz felt, I understood why this is treasured. Even though I liked this a lot, I have no idea why it’s called economy as it has no connection to economy at all. Throughout my reading of Economy, 2 things stuck out to me: it is better to have to work for your goals instead of being born with them, and that older generations will tell you to do things how they did them but times are changing and so are experiences. 


Quote#1: “Better if they had been born in the open pasture and suckled by a wolf, that they might have seen with clearer eyes what field they were called to labor in.”

Many of us are born with many advantages in life which all add up towards our end goals. However, many of our goals are molded to us by our parents or family, and not discovered by us. Thoreau states that men are better off being born without many advantages, we might have a better chance at surviving and thriving on our own. If we shaped our goals ourselves, we might be able to achieve them better. While I do agree with some of what Thoreau says in this quote, I do believe that sometimes our parents or family helping shape our goals and be really helpful. With me, I want to either be a dancer or work as an imagineer at Disney. I wouldn’t have even thought of those without the influence of my family. I have been a fan of Disney since my mom and dad were big fans, and my sister and my mom have danced all their lives paving the way for me to start dancing when I was five. I wouldn’t be where I am without my family behind me, but I can’t help but imagine what my life would be without them.

 Quote#2 “Practically, the old have no very important advice to give the young, their own experience has been so partial, and their lives have been such miserable failures, for private reasons, as they must believe; and it may be that they have some faith left which belies that experience, and they are only less young than they were.”

Older generations will try and tell us advice and while some of it is helpful, many of it is not. Comments that begin with “when I was your age” are not particularly important to our growth. Even though they have lived longer lives with different experiences, they still try to teach us things from their own life that aren’t relevant today. The older generations are great at giving advice when you ask for it but not exactly when you don’t. For example, my grandpa teaches me to be respectful, and helpful, and be the the type of person to hold the door for other people. I understand how he was very successful from working hard but I don’t really have time to hold a job right now with school and my activities. So when someone tells me that my grandpa had a job when he was my age, I don’t know how to respond. Some comments are better left without response if you don’t know what to say.

Henry David Thoreau’s writing was definitely influential and his words changed how I think about things. When I first heard we were going to read Walden, I was kind of disappointed because I thought it would be long and boring. While I do think it is long, and the readings hard, I believe I can get through it because it is very interesting and profound. Overall, I can’t wait to read much more of the writings of Thoreau.

Pt. 2 of Crows and Swallow poems

Who is this kid in the mirror

Staring back at me

Used to read books

Now I read movie bios

On Netflix

Used to show emotions

Now I act like I don’t care

Used to be obsesssed

with buying into better experiences

Now I’m obsessed

with buying Nike and supreme

Used to talk all things Disney

Now I keep it in

This kid thinks about

all things he is now

But just the negatives

Positively he’s happy

He has a good life

He’s a strong dancer

And his passion for Disney

Is still strong

He hangs with his family and friends

And loves every moment of it

Although he has changed in the mirror

He still is the same mentally and

On the inside


I personally really liked this idea for a poem.  It was a great way to self reflect on things that have changed for the worst and for the better. When I was writing this, I was happy with a lot of the ways u have changed but sad about others.


Untitled Poem

As soon as I walk in

My mood is hightened

A smile is growing on my face

Like a wave growing in the water

Slowly building excitement

Of the Magic in it all

Eating food

Riding rides

Into the night

Music playing in my ear

Happiness growing in my heart

Just like the wave crashing

The excitement must come to an end

But the memories last forever



Without specifically noting what my subject is, it is pretty clear by the 6th line. This poem came straight from my heart as it centers on my favorite experience. I chose to keep it as broad as I could so I could imagine all of my memories in one setting. Overall this has been my favorite poem so far.