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On Our Way Home

I wiped my nose and put my hands in my coat pockets. I could feel my fingers slowly freezing to the point that they started to burn. The smell was not so pleasant but I still walked slowly so my mom wouldn’t be walking alone. I took her hand and we made our way through the dark, cold alley.

The snowflakes felt like little ninja knives flying into my face, but I didn’t mind as long as the most important person in my life was by my side. We made our way up the slippery stairs that felt like an ice arena—the only thing missing were ice skates.

My mom slowly started turning the keys, and I could see that she could barely feel her fingers, too. As she opened the door, I felt my face get warmer.

Stomp, stomp, stomp.

We stomped our feet one by one on the carpet so no snow or salt would get on the shiny floor of our new home. I couldn’t believe it, but we’d made it.

As we took off our coats, my mom proudly said, “Welcome to America, kids."

Dog Olympics

Once upon a time, there was a dog named Daisy. She had an owner named Lily. Lily and Daisy lived in a beautiful house in Chicago with a pool and six rooms. Daisy liked two rooms: her bedroom and the exercise room. Daisy wanted to do the Dog Olympics but met Noah, a tall human who did not like dogs. He had tall hair and only one friend.

    The next day was the Olympic tryouts. Daisy wanted to try out, so she had to run on a treadmill, run up and down stairs, see how high she could jump by jumping on chairs, and see how fast she could swim. When it was Daisy’s turn, she first tried the treadmill. She ran faster than the biggest dog there, who had won the Olympics the year before. Then she tried running up the stairs and down the stairs. She beat the same dog. She tried jumping. She did good, but not as good as the other dogs because her chairs were moving. Other dogs’ chairs weren’t. The next and last tryout was swimming. Daisy could only swim in four feet of water, but Noah switched her pool to six feet! Noah switched the pools by giving her the wrong one but painting the right number. He put nails everywhere inside the pool. The nails were painted blue so they were camouflaged.

    Then, it was time for Daisy’s swimming tryout. She got into her six-feet-deep pool, slipped right in, and got paint on her paw, and was hurt at the same time. When she noticed that there were nails inside, she said, “I can do this.” She finally got through the pool after drowning six times and getting poked 30 times. When Daisy got out of the pool, she noticed that it was six feet deep and figured that Noah had done it.

    When Lily picked Daisy up, she asked, “What happened?” Daisy said someone named Noah switched her pool and put nails in. Lily went to Dog Olympics to complain and told them to fire Noah. They did as she said, and Noah was fired.

    At the Olympics, Daisy was winning because she swam underwater to get more speed, and… she won the Dog Olympics! Lily was so happy, and so was Daisy. From then on, Noah was never to be found, and Daisy was happy.

Galaxy

Once upon a time on planet Hexagon, in a faraway galaxy, there lived the brothers Miles, William (a.k.a. Billy), and Megamind, as well as their father Rodney. William owned a t-shirt company called Ink-N-Thread. This universe was in crisis: global warming, pollution, racism, violence, brutality, cancer, diabetes, guns, alcohol, dictators, prison camps, extinction of animals, poachers, and too few teachers like Mrs. C.

There was a contest for the best inventor in the galaxy. Two of the three brothers were competing head-to-head for the win. The prize was possession of the entire galaxy, including Earth. And so they started working, but when the day came to show their inventions, people recognized that Megamind the Great copied Miles the Great’s old invention, which was classified. Miles’s invention was a vacuum that sucked up all the bad things in the universe.

Miles won the contest and he flew to Earth in his jet, shapeshifted into a human, and saved the galaxy. Everybody on Earth lived happily ever after, and so did Megamind, Rodney, Billy, and Miles.

Out My Window

Out my window I see
Cars zip, zap, zooming by
quick as lightning
on a thundery night
people casually
walking down the street
faded yellow parking lines
and a parked, yellow-gold RV

Out my window I see
four colossal bulky trees
that have ugly
fallen brown leaves
that go crunch beneath your feet

Out my window I see
a huge, white, square box
that's been almost glued
to the ground for weeks
and the worker men
coming in and out of it
to upgrade our apartments
so they can be beautiful
like a blue, calm stream

Out my window I see
sparkling snow-covered trees
in winter
with slippery ice
and slushy brown snow

Pollen everywhere
on the ground
in the spring
and people with allergies
blowing their noses

In summer
I'm in the picture
playing outside on a sticky, sunny day
running around
with my friends
or trying to hide
so I won't be found
I resent it

In fall
The thin branches sway
every which way
and leaves make their swirly journey
to the ground where they lay

Out my window
the things I see
It's all my perspective
strangers might see it different
or even my neighbors too

Out my window
It's all my opinion
my point of view
everyone sees it different
even you.

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