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Ella

United States

I write when I can. Usually the moments when writing hurts the most are the moments when it is the most necessary.

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Ella (United States) published:

Valentine's Day, 2018

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2018

I wrote this after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this past February.

Link to performance: https://youtu.be/dZIWTwE7qTo


When you told your mom you loved her
before you caught the bus this morning
you meant it in the way a teenager means it
when they kiss their mother on the cheek,
cereal on their breath,
backpack on their shoulder,
head in a million places.
You meant it in the way that assumes
you will see her that evening after...

over 1 year ago

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Ella (United States) published:

Ribbons

PROMPT: Songwriting Competition 2017

Link to performance: https://youtu.be/itWRQo2JLDg

I'm good at buying lipsticks that I'll never wear.
I'm good at hoarding cacti and not washing my hair. 
I'm good at trying not to disappoint or offend,
and I'm good at trying not to break, just bend. 

It's not that easy, 
I'd know, believe me.
Every star still burns out in the end....

So come, take my ribbons,
take my pens and pencils, I'll give 'em to you,
they're right here by the door.
Then...

about 2 years ago

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Ella (United States) reviewed:

I'm (not really) Going Away

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2017

Strong, tight, piece, with plenty of room to expand. Well done.

over 2 years ago

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Ella (United States) liked Happy/Ballerina by Alexandra Contreras-Montesano (United States)

over 2 years ago

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Ella (United States) published:

Election Night

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2017

The common room is no busier tonight than any other.
The bingo tables are half full,
And Martha and Patty are hunched over their boards,
Waging their bets.
Roger and Belle are playing bridge
Like they do every night
And Richard is having his TV meal
While he stares at the wall.
I doubt they even know the date.
I doubt they even know the year.

I don’t like the common room.
It’s always musty
And it smells like Heather’s...

over 2 years ago

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Ella (United States) liked A Gender Spectrum: Questioning the Dichotomy by Emily Rice (United States)

over 2 years ago

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Ella (United States) published:

The Keystone XL Pipeline: The Wrong Direction for America

PROMPT: Op-Ed Competition 2017

    Proponents of TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline will be quick to argue that the oil pipeline, which is projected to run from Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Nebraska, will flood the United States with thousands of jobs, boost the nation’s oil economy, and have little to no environmental impact. However, a closer examination of the facts reveals that the supposed benefits of the pipeline have been skewed to appear greater than the sum of their parts. In truth, any benefits are...

over 2 years ago

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Ella (United States) published:

Preschool Reunion

PROMPT: Playwriting Competition 2016

(LIZA and her mom stand center stage. Liza wrings hands.)
 
LIZA: Mom, do I have to do this?
 
MOM: Yes, honey. You’ll have fun!
 
LIZA: What if they don’t like me?
 
Mom: What are you talking about? They were your best friends back in the day.
 
LIZA: That was when I was Playground Queen and could climb all the way to the top of the jungle gym…I was popular back then. I was going places....

about 3 years ago

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Ella (United States) published:

Preschool Reunion

PROMPT: Playwriting Competition 2016

(LIZA and her mom stand center stage. Liza wrings hands.)
 
LIZA: Mom, do I have to do this?
 
MOM: Yes, honey. You’ll have fun!
 
LIZA: What if they don’t like me?
 
Mom: What are you talking about? They were your best friends back in the day.
 
LIZA: That was when I was Playground Queen and could climb all the way to the top of the jungle gym…I was popular back then. I was going places....

about 3 years ago