The Power of Choices

 

A Choice to be Made

 

When the world turns its back on you, you turn your back on the world 

-Timon, from The Lion King

 

      It’s your choice to let life knock you down, And it was my choice to stand up against the adversities of life. When my world was lonely and sad; when life was throwing everything at me, I knew I’d have to make a choice. Either let these setbacks be the wind that steers my boat, or to take charge of my boat, my fate, and steer the boat, my life, in the direction that I wanted it to go.

At no other time in my life was this as apparent as the past three years of my life, where I’ve gone through setback after setback like when my father was diagnosed with cancer.

Confused, depressed and uncertain of the future, I was laying on top of a bed in my grandparents house in Larino. Like a tornado thousands of emotions and questions were spinning through my mind, “Was my father going to die.” or “Am I going to be strong enough to get through this.” As a cause of all these questions and emotions, I felt despondent. However, that day I told myself that I wouldn’t let this setback, this evilness take over and take control of my life, and still now, as my father lays in his hospital bed. I stay strong by remembering the promise I made to myself, to never lose hope.

It didn’t matter that I’ve shed thousands and thousands of tears; It didn’t matter that life was giving me so much heartbreak, for it only matters that I smile through this storm called life.

Life to me, is a river with twists and turns, and at times it seems impossible to navigate through. However, it is your choice to let this monster called life knock you down, so get up and set your own course.


Iambic Dimeter and Trimeter Poems

The Weight of Dog

 

The way a dog  (a)

Sat down on me (b)

The weight of log (a)

Came down with fee (b)

 

A price of pain (c)

In thy right knee (b)

For this to wane (c)

This dog must flee (b)

 

Metacognition:

At first—still a bit now—I had no clue how to use this new format, but after a while I got the hang of it. When I was thinking of what to write about I really had no clue. Until, my dog tried sitting on top of me, and when he did his paws dug in my right knee. Then I remembered when one of my friends dog—who weighs about 95 pounds—who tries sit down me, and when he did I was in lots of pain. After that it took about 30 minutes to complete, and I’m actually very satisfied with what I wrote.

 

Smile

 

The way a gal (a)

Smiles down on me (b)

The weight of dal (a)

Comes off with glee (b)

 

A feeling new  (c)

Comes from the dark(d)

A healing new  (c)

Makes a new mark (d)

 

Metacognitition:

This poem was very, very hard to write. Originally, I was going to write about how mean cats are, but I really couldn’t think of anything. All of a sudden I remembered when I was walking back home. Coming back home I was in a kinda bad mood, but all of a sudden a girl  smiled at me. For some reason this girls smile may me so happy. After that smile I knew for sure that my couldn’t worsen, and it didn’t. So really, a smile is really all it takes to make my day better—especially a girl’s smile. Another thing that made this poem really hard to write was that Fitz said that every line had to be four syllables, and that was pretty hard to comply with. However, I do think it helped with the overall flow of the poem.

 

Not the Answer

 

Money’s first need is key (a)

To ease the needs of thee  (a)

Too much and you are rich  (b)

The needs of thee to ditch (b)

 

Too much of it we sin (c)

A lust for power begins(c)

Forget persons first wish (d)

To live a life in bliss (d)

 

Money is not the key  (a)

To live ones life in glee (a)

Only love and delight (e)

Will bring true joy to light  (e)

 

Metacognition:

Surprisingly, this poem was a bit easier to write than the other two poems. For the 45 minutes it took to write, the first ten minutes were the hardest. Until, I remembered a video a saw the other day about a guy—who is known for flaunting his money—that throws away his money and says, “money can’t buy happiness.” After that I knew exactly what I wanted to write about. I wanted to write about how money can’t buy you happiness, and that is because happinesses is priceless. Yes, I did say that the more money we get the greedier we become, and that’s not always true. There are many wonderful and caring people who have lots of money. I guess this was written to show that even the richest people on earth are not the richest in love or happiness. Sometimes, you can find people richest in love and happiness in the poorest parts of earth.  So really, money is not medicine to cure the sickness of loneliness or depression. It was quite easy since I spent another ten minutes thinking about how I want my poem to be constructed. I actually enjoy writing poetry, and sure, it’s  hard at the beginning, but good things will come sooner or later. Not just for poetry, but in life as well. 


Music Narrative

Music Narrative 

Music, Honestly, What is it to me

 

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain

Bob Marley

 

 

      Voices from others can be irritating, and that’s why I listen to music with my headphones, to block out their irksome voices. When I’m walking through a crowd filled with bothersome kids or touchy and overprotective parents—which kinda annoy me—I put on my headphones listening to any type of rap, classical music or reggae to keep their voices out of my head and to keep me nice and calm.

 

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WWFenn choice—PODCAST

Choosing a Poem

 

 

      “One look can be all it takes, sometimes. It was the first line of William Wordsworth’s poem, “I wandered Lonely as a Cloud” that made me want to memorize this poem for my WWFenn. “I wandered lonely as a cloud.” That was it. That line seemed so deep, yet so simple. That first line gave an idea of the rest of the poem, simple, but deep. I was desperate for a poem, some poems seemed like they went on forever with hundreds and hundreds of paragraphs and others, well, they didn’t appeal to me. Until, on my last desperate attempted before going to ASM, I found it. I sat on Fitz’s couch—elbows dig into my legs—frustrated with my inability to find a poem, but then with one last desperate scroll through Fitz’s website, I found it, at least, the first line. However, I trusted that this one look was all I needed. I was right. It didn’t matter that I only took one look at poem, actually one look at the first sentence. It only mattered that the first sentence spoke of something that resonated with me, loneliness. Sometimes, it’s one look, just one. Not all the time. Just sometimes. It’s different with people. They are more than just what the eye can see.”

 


WWFenn piece reflection

Choosing a Poem

Just One Look, Sometimes 

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The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly

-F.Scott Fitzgerald 

 

       One look can be all it takes, sometimes. It was the first line of William Wordsworth’s poem, “I wandered Lonely as a Cloud” that made me want to memorize this poem for my WWFenn. “I wandered lonely as a cloud.” That was it. That line seemed so deep, yet so simple. That first line gave an idea of the rest of the poem, simple, but deep. I was desperate for a poem, some poems seemed like they went on forever with hundreds and hundreds of paragraphs and others, well, they didn’t appeal to me. Until, on my last desperate attempted before going to ASM, I found it. I sat on Fitz’s couch—elbows dig into my legs—frustrated with my inability to find a poem, but then with one last desperate scroll through Fitz’s website, I found it, at least, the first line. However, I trusted that this one look was all I needed. I was right. It didn’t matter that I only took one look at poem, actually one look at the first sentence. It only mattered that the first sentence spoke of something that resonated with me, loneliness. Sometimes, it’s one look, just one. Not all the time. Just sometimes. It’s different with people. They are more than just what the eye can see.


Classics

Classics 

Classics a true experience 

 

 

Maybe there is a beast… maybe it's only us.
William Golding, Lord of the Flies

 

Motivation is all you need to read a classic. The Lord of Flies and The Catcher in the Rye were some of the most challenging books I’ve ever read. I knew that if I was motivated to read these two classics, I knew that I could understand the important lessons these two classics had to teach. Since The Lord of the Flies and The Catcher in the Rye were a challenge I needed to pay the fullest of attention to be able to understand the deep and important lessons these two classics had to offer.

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Literary Reflection

The Power of Humor 

How Humor has Helped me

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I hope to hell that when I do die somebody has the sense to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetary. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you’re dead? Nobody.

-Excert from The Catcher in the Rye

 

 

       Humor can alter any situation, no matter what. The Catcher in the Rye surprised me, it made me laugh to an extent that I never would’ve thought. I thought that this book was supposed to be sad and depressing, but it’s humor along side it’s depressing theme has made enjoy this story of sad times.

 

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Naruto Uzumaki

What a True Friend Should be Like

A friend should never give up on you 

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While you’re alive, you need a reason for your existence. Being unable to find one is the same as being dead.

-Naruto Uzumaki

 

Naruto is one of the most famous Anime cartoons of all time. Naruto is about the adventures of Naruto Uzumaki, a naive 12-year-old ninja. The creator of Naruto is Japanese, and I’ve become interested in Japanese Anime since I was thirteen. Naruto is a confident but an immature kid, and it’s easy to laugh out loud at what he does because of his immense ego but not so great interpretation of situations. Throughout the first five seasons Naruto faces a powerful ninja called Orochimaru. At first, he was amused by Naruto’s actions since they seemed harmless, but he was more and more  shocked by Naruto’s overconfidence. You’ll never know what the overconfident Naruto will do next, for Naruto has a dream to become Hokage.

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