Sonoma’s young writers: Rotary Writing Faire
The annual Jim and Billie Thrower Rotary Writing Faire was canceled in 2020 because of the COVID 19 virus.
Some avid writers from Adele Harrison Middle School were eager, however, to submit their efforts for digital publication. The writing pieces were revised and edited through writing coach, Kathy Eschleman’s google classroom.
By Lily Evangeline
Doves, filled with spirit and song,
Open their wings and fly
We must do the same,
If we shall not want to die
The crippled heart sees only evil
In the hearts of many
So, look into their hearts,
And understand they have suffered more than any
Like strings of a violin, play sweet tunes
Happily with fellow doves
And glide with them, be rid of sin,
And begin with love
By Olivia Paxton
Beyond the volleyball court, there are amazing relationships, work ethic, and the effort a coach puts into his or her team. Volleyball is such an amazing sport! It requires teamwork, trust in each other and passion. If it wasn't for the 13 Black Volleyball team, I would feel like I'd be a lost dog roaming the streets. Even though life right now is different, it does not mean that my passion for volleyball will ever change; if anything it will evolve and grow stronger because without it, I have realized how important the team relationships and support of a good coach can strengthen my skills to be a competitive player.
Definition of Mexico
By Roberto Hernandez
Bright colors appear,
Thousands of warriors,
White signifying unity,
The green of hope,
Behind the red, a crew of heroes,
A huge eagle,
Above, the blessed Virgin of Guadalupe with her son Jesus,
The Mexican people sing, with Miguel Hidalgo and Saint Juan Diego,
Screaming the Mexican National Anthem,
The smell of tamales,
The eagle goes down,
With its powerful wings it blocks enemies,
All united with happiness,
At sunset the bells ring,
The sun goes down and the moon rises,
The sun recovers,
A new day begins.
Originally written in Spanish.
Definición de Mexico
Colores brillantes aparecen,
Miles de guerreros,
El blanco significando la unidad,
El verde de la esperanza,
Atrás del rojo, una tripulación de héroes,
Una aguila enorme,
Arriba, la dichosa Virgen de Guadalupe con su hijo Jesús,
La gente mexicana canta, con Miguel Hidalgo y San Juan Diego,
Gritando el Himno Nacional mexicano,
El olor de los tamales,
La aguila baja,
Con su poderosa alas bloquea a los enemigos,
Todos unidos con felicidad,
Al atardecer, las campanas timbran,
El sol se oculta y la luna se eleva,
El sol se recupera,
Un dia nuevo comiensa.
(Por: Roberto Hernandez)
By Antonio Casillas
Do Americans really want to celebrate the story of slavery, racism, and broken treaties? If a Western Expansion Day holiday were to become a reality, people will be celebrating many years of America’s dark history. Indeed, the history of western expansion is that of war, death, exploitation, plague, and greed. During the years that western expansion occurred, the lives of many Americans as well as those from separate nationalities, were lost. A holiday celebrating western expansion would merely be a holiday celebrating the story of America’s lust for land and riches and the many deaths and conquered nations they left in their wake and therefore should not be celebrated.
Dragon and His Knight
By Evy Hall
So valiant that knight who pierces the dragon's scale
The moon shines so bright, so big, so pale.
Strong and beloved he returns to his frail town,
He believed that now nothing could bring him down.
“Wrong!” thought the dragon with a scar on his face,
He ran down the hill with a new pep in his gait,
T’was no longer a competition, no but a race!
He ran down the hill and around the block,
He jumped over bakers, builders, and rocks.
Tired at last the poor dragon drank.
The water revived him, sweet and fresh from the bank.
T’was a good consolation prize for someone of his rank
The dragon reached for the knight and said
“You have scratched my face so I shall take your head!”
“Wait, before you kill me there is something you should know.”
The dragon stopped and looked around at the snow.
“Do you see this place, so beautiful and kind,
Before you eat me please make up your mind.
You can stay here with us and we will give you a home,
Or you can continue on your journey, alone.”
The dragon sat and he thought,
He thought of the times he always wanted a friend
The times he found himself stuck at a dead end.
“Yes of course,” he said
So there they sat, knight and dragon
Breaking bread on the end of a wagon.
Corona, Corona, Corona