My Love is a Shoe

My new Nike kicks sparkled 
White and clean, the swoosh glowing red 
The rouge flushing her pale skin
We went everywhere together
Walking the road of life, always together
She was moody though, getting scuffed at every corner
Still I was destined to tie the knot of marriage
Binding us together sole and mind
Her name was Lila, and she was the one for me
We were smooth sailing, no premature aches
But then things got in the way
It started with a small blister 
Progressed to a bruise
Then to a sprain and a break
I thought I could fix it, so I got on my knee
And that's when I made a mistake
Instead of waltzing at my side, she stomped on me
Going from white to black
She started to stink and ruin our home
My poor naive heart, it started to crack 
But it was Lila that was taking the slack
She hid it away from everyone she knew
But she was decaying from inside
Her heel was rotten, the laces spoiled, her tongue blue
Lila was deeply sick
She stole all my love, and took it to the grave
I could've repaired her, to prolong her life
I would've given anything to see her again
But now here I am all by myself
I wander the streets alone
I stare at my legs, and wiggle my toes in the air
My feet forever bare
My soul in despair.

Exclusively for advanced high schoolers, students were instructed to compose a romantic poem using symbolism in their work. They were especially told to incorporate emotions, the most important part of a poem, and take their readers on an emotional rollercoaster, making them feel every emotion you want them to feel. 



Darshita Rakam – 11th grade

Darshita is hardworking, dedicated, and best of all, self-motived. Her sincerity towards her work is commendable. She always ruminates on her assigned task, and then uses a combination of intense thinking and writing to compose her stories, essays, and poems. Her handwriting is a joy to read!