abigail mclaughlin

United States

I am a eighth grader in the United States. Published author in "2018 Rising Stars Collection." Movie Director, Potterhead (slytherin),and bookworm. "There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish."-Michelle Obama.

Message from Writer

"No woman should be told she can't make decisions about her own body. When woman's rights are under attack, we fight back."-Kamala Harris

Published Work

Why

I don't understand why there is abuse 
Why words can hurt more than actions 
Why the news doesn't cover all abuse cases

But most of all 
Why the victims stay quiet 
Why some people don't help 
Why some people would hit a child 

What i understand is 
Why there are places out there that do help 
Why there is foster care 
Why i want to work for the department of children and family services or the national department of missing and exploited children

I am not a bystander

I am a strong young woman who won't be underestimated 
I wonder when the cruelness will stop 
I see it happen all around me 
I want to help them 
I am a strong young woman who won't be underestimated 

I pretend the cruelness stops 
I feel the cruel vibrations of their words 
I worry for them 
I touch their shoulder 
I cry with them 
I am a strong young woman who won't be underestimated 

I understand how they feel 
I say "Lets go tell an adult" 
I dream of a better tomorrow 
I'm going to make sure the bullying will stop 
I am a strong young woman who won't be underestimated 
 

Sit and Stay

Stare out 
watch children play 
wish to play too 
can't 
he not let me 
sit and stare 
no play, no run, no love
sitting and staring 
him left 
now 
ran out door 
play with children 
leave 

I am...

I am smart 
I value myself 
I write what i feel is important 
I trust the nature of my truth
I honor everyone's feedback 
I give voice to people who mentally don't have a voice 
I give voice to what heals 
I am open to inspiration 
I make place for creative inspiration 
I hold the outcome of high esteem 
I am safe writing on the page 
I make my home a place to write 

The Compass in My Hand

The compass in my hand, 
where shall we go? 
Nobody loves me here, 
so it's time to leave 

Where will you take me today, my friend?
You guide me wherever i need to be. 
Oh compass in my hand please let me know 
where there's somebody who loves me. 
Please little compass I need to get away from this town. 

There must be somebody out there who needs me,
my friend. 
Somebody to love and care for me. 

We can't go now. 
I have to go back. 
What was i thinking? 
They need me here! 

The compass in my hand, 
this is where we part ways. 
Maybe we'll meet again
for now, the beach is where you lay 
The Compass in My Hand 

Where I'm From

I am from the unfinished memory books in the blue piece of furniture
from my never ending book collection and the stories they tell 
I am from the red shutters on our brown house 
I am from humor and kindness
I am from our special birthday weeks and from Brett and Tara and McLaughlin 
I am from the rosary in my jewelry box, the blue and white beads 
From “Sinara” and “Sim it down now” 
I’m from Italy and Ireland, corn beef and cabbage and chicken Francoise 
From the blood disease my sister had when she was a baby, when I broke my arm, to when Mom had pneumonia and had to be hospitalized 
I am from “Harry Potter” and “The Goonies” 
From when Dad picks a movie to when I pick a tv show 
I am from the tickets from the Harry Potter play, my Mama Mia tee shirt in my memory box, Gabrielle’s picture on the Jurassic Park...

Film/TV Series Review Competition 2021

The Fosters series review

The Fosters is a TV show that ran from 2013-2018. The main Characters are Callie Jacobs, Lena Adams-Foster, Jude Jacobs, Steph Adams-Foster, Brandon Foster, Marianna Adams-Foster, and Jesus Adams-Foster. The Fosters originally aired on ABC Family later being switched to Freeform. The Fosters is rated TV-14 and the recommended age for watching is 14 years of age. The genre of this show is suspense and drama. 

The Fosters is about two foster kids who go to live with two lesbian mothers and their three children. The foster children are Jude and Callie. Callie and Jude have had a difficult life. Callie and Jude's mom died when they were young and their dad went to jail for manslaughter. They have been around foster homes since then, each one worse than the less. For example they have been in abusive homes (sexual, physical, and verbal). You didn't think this was the end of their story? Did you? You'll have to watch The...

The dancer inside

I wish i could dance 
Like Maddie Ziegler 
And i dream of doing beautiful lyrical solos 
I am doing a side aerial 
I used to try small dances 
But now i see Maddie when my sister dances 
Deep down inside i am longing to know if i could've been able to dance 
Like Maddie Ziegler
 

Our world's flaws

When i see famine 
When i see cruelness 
When i see bullying 
When i see people fighting 
When i see people mocking each other 
When i see hatred 
When i see racism 
When i see pain in others hearts 
I will stand up and help 

Soul Alone

I meet your eyes 
you don't even see me 
you hardly respond 
when i whisper 
hello 
could be my soulmate 
two kindred spirits 
maybe we're not 
i guess we'll never know 

My own mother 
you carried me in you 
now you see nothing 
but what i wear 
people ask you 
how am i doing 
you smile and nod 
don't let it end there 

Put me underneath God's sky 
and know me 
don't just see me with your eyes 
take away 
this mask of flesh and bone 
and see me 
for my soul 
alone 

Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

I am not a bystander

I am a strong young woman who won't be underestimated 
I wonder when the cruelness will stop 
I see it happen all around me 
I want to help them 
I am a strong young woman who won't be underestimated 

I pretend the cruelness stops 
I feel the cruel vibrations of their words 
I worry for them 
I touch their shoulder 
I cry with them 
I am a strong young woman who won't be underestimated 

I understand how they feel 
I say "Lets go tell an adult" 
I dream of a better tomorrow 
I'm going to make sure the bullying will stop 
I am a strong young woman who won't be underestimated 

My Name Is Luke

I miss the life i used to have 
the life with my mom and dad 
If you knew me you thought I 
had the perfect life 
but deep down i was hurting 

If you remember I was in a band 
with Reggie, Alex, and Billy 
The night of our first concert 
I I got into a fight with my mom 
and left willingly 
I never made it home

That night at band practice 
We practiced our best song 
We thought a record dealer was going to love us 
was going to love Sunset Curve 

That night for dinner 
We had Street Dogs 
Alex asked "Do these taste weird?" 
We all thought he was just 
anxious about our first concert 
He was right 

Our Street Dogs were poisoned 
I never got to apologize 
to my mom 
I wish she could know 
I never let her go 
I want to tell her in person 
but i can't 
I am dead 

I died...

2020 how i despise thee

We all thought that the end of the 2010s was going to be a great fresh start. At least that's what i thought. Boy were we wrong. 2020 SUCKED! The year started out good. I went to Florida in February. Literally 2 or 3 weeks later we went into lock down. Why? because of a deadly sickness called Corona Virus, which basically wiped out the whole nation. Schools, went virtual, nonessential stores closed, you weren't supposed to leave your house unless it was for something you needed. Millions of small businesses closed for good. I know, in my house, that my parents did not allow us kids to go into any store. For months the only places i was allowed to step foot was my car an my house. Virtual learning wasn't easy for me. My grades really struggled. I was Face Timing my friends every other day so some part of my life could still be in some way...

What I Love About Life

I love watching my sisters play and hearing their little mouths squeak out creative stories
I love the smell of my mom's perfume right before she goes out 
I love the smell of my dad's soap right after he takes a shower 
I love a crackling fire that when you just look at it, you feel warm 
I love smelling my baby sister's hair right after she takes a bath and that scent of Noodle and Boo is still strong 
I love to read to my sisters and feel their warm bodies against my own 
I love when i see a strong young woman sticking up for her own rights with their powerful words and touch you in a way that you didn't know you could feel 
I love when i get to read a powerful book or poem and its like their words created another heartbeat inside your own 
I love having both of my sisters by my side...

I am

I am...
I am smart 
I value myself 
I write what i feel is important 
I trust the nature of my truth
I honor everyone's feedback 
I give voice to people who mentally don't have a voice 
I give voice to what heals 
I am open to inspiration 
I make place for creative inspiration 
I hold the outcome of high esteem 
I am safe writing on the page 
I make my home a place to write