Gabriel's Writing Portfolio
During our poetry unit, we had the privilege to collaborate with graphic design students from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Each graphic designer set out to design forms and distribute our poems in unique ways that addressed the central message of each poem. Below you can see my poem’s design by Cook. Enjoy!
As a class we recently finished reading the Gold Cadillac by Mildred D. Taylor. This book tells the story of a Black family during the 1950’s during the civil rights movement. These diaries were written by students from the perspective of one member of this family, either ‘lois, the youngest daughter, father, or mother as the family faces discrimination, segregation, and racism.
Crazy dream, we all had one, you sleep, your mom kisses you, and your brain messes it all up, “MAKE THE NIGHTMARES!” I slept about weird thoughts and monsters, spooky. I made this on Oct /19/ 200 so it's for halloween I guess, it's not THAT scary because it's just words. It's going to be fun at the end so not spooky at all..
I was asleep. I had a dream in a mansion? With monsters. Actually it was my aunt's house. I recognized it. My cousins were SLOBS. The room was slimy and gross...1214 xxx Ew. I heard that you can only have dreams of what you know. Because it's your memories. One part I went on the cracked ceiling with webs and spiders. It freaked me out. I was 7 when this happened. Probably 8 i don't remember. Then a person with a scary mask is there but I say “OOH great mask!” He forgave me. Not in real life, tho.. There were clowns too! But then we teleported to my school's gym. I could tell it was my school's gym because, c'mon who doesn't? And then the floor was like a trampoline and I was beating the monsters. I was jumping on them, weird.. Then I woke up. It was morning. I got up and told my mom about the dream, she laughed and gave us breakfast, “YUM!” I forgot what my mom gave me, but let's just say she gave me reeses puffs.
THE WEIRDO AT THE PARK
Near my house I have a school park, when school’s done I go there on the playground, and there was a basketball field, and I knew how to SHOOT! I learned from time to time. So I go there to do some hoops!
I shoot good, and there were a bunch of nice teens, well some of them. There were some kids too, and they were GOOD. One time I was going to the park and I heard someone.. “Hey you here to shoot some hoops?”
I was shocked for a sec, and happy I said, “Yeah sure.” I gave them my ball to play with, I was just going to watch. I had a rainbow ball, it wasn’t the ball I gave it to them, it was all of our family. I got my ball and did some hoops too! It's going to get crazy people. There were teens there too, there were nice but they said bad words. Anyways. He was saying, “Hey can I have five bucks? I'll get us a snack.” I said, “Nah man, but I can give you a snack for free. He was confused. “Just give me it! Come onnn!” “No.” He got upset and upset he was saying, “I’m poor i'm HOMELESS!” I knew he was lying. He was wearing a nice cat shirt and nice yeezys. I said “No man!” He said things like, “Come on my-my dad died and my m-mom!! I live here in the DUMP.”
Weird. I asked him about the shirt and the pants and the yeezys. “I got them from the DUMP, man, just gimme the money!” Really, the DUMP, would YOU believe him? If you would, sorry but your dumb. “ARGH PLEASE!!!” “No, I can give you snacks, drinks, but not money!” He said, “I haven't eaten in days…” but I was saying I could GIVE him FOOD. “I need money for the bus home!” Who IS home waiting for you, huh huh? “Then my sister, trinity came along. “Hi trin.”
Now this man is IN LOVE with my sis!! LITERALLY!! “Hey, your kinda cute girl.” I told her that he was trying to bribe me or something. “He’s a big meanie!” “I know right?” But SHE FELL IN LOVE WITH HIM!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHH! “Trin, he is the guy!” “I know but I need a boyfriend!” Hold up, you are 10 years old, right NOW you need a boyfriend?? He was saying, “give me 20 bucks so I can buy you a ring!”
I told her “Don't do it!” She said, “Ok.” when he was saying all weird stuff, trin just said, “No, No, No, NO!” So they kept talking, I was beside them. He wanted to talk quietly tho.. “MOVE BOY SHE LIKES ME MORE THAN YOU!” Not true, she protects me, and it's my turn to protect HER! Trin and the boy went somewhere else. I was looking for trin so I went back to the house, but I saw them again. This is the REAL fun you want ladies and gentleman. He gave my sis a leaf for a ring… WHAT! “Uhh, thanks..” Let's make a made up name for the boy, uhhhh james. They were behind the basketball field and TRIN GAVE HIM $5… FIVE BUCKS.. And guess what. He starts running.. “HEY MY MONEY!!” Trin chases him on her bike and James goes on the teens bike to ride away. I go home to tell my mom, she is a cop! She didn't care about James, only Trin. Trinity rode away far! Me and my mom were looking for her but one of the teens say, “She went that way!” I see Trin riding her bike to us. Mom is really mad, she went far. “GET IN THE HOUSE NOW, YOU ARE IN BIG TROUBLE!!” She went upstairs with her mother. I played more basketball tho, the boy left for good with $5 but my sis has like 200$, i'm not joking!