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Literary magazine of the Alabama School of Math and Science

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  • We never know how high we are, till we are asked to rise.

    - Emily Dickinson

  • Oculus

    Volume XX2012

    Alabama School of Mathematics and Science1255 Dauphin Street

    Mobile, AL 36604

  • Editor-in-Chief AmyWelch AssistantEditor LisaRenye PoetryEditor KathrynHurst ArtEditor KaylinBowen ProofingEditor ElizabethSelf

    ProseEditor JuliaNelson Cover LisaRenye KaylinBowen StaffMembers JuliaRath CaitlinNowlin AlexanderPeeples

  • FromtheEditor: TheAlabamaSchoolof MathandScienceOculushasalwaysbeenknownasaprestigiousaccomplishmenttothestudentswhoworkallyeartoproduceitandtothestudentswhowriteandsubmittheirpoems,shortstories,andartforconsideration.TheOculusisastudent-led,student-produced,andstudent-directedliterarymagazinethatdisplaysthefeelings,imaginations,andinsightof anentirestudentbodyinashortamountof space. Thisyear,theOculuswentthroughmanytwistsandturnsalongthewaytobecometheclusterof pagesthatyouarenowholding.Despitestruggles,complications,anddownrightmishaps,theOculusstaff cametogetherasaunitandovercameallobstacles.ThoughthisOculusisprobablyoneof theshortestinourpublicationhistory,Idoubtthattherehasbeenacollectionof staff thatishappiertopresentittoyoujustasitiscomplete. Alargeamountof thanksgoouttotheOculusstaffallof yourhardworkhassetastandardthatIdoubtanycaneversurpass.ThankstoDr.Jeff GoodmanandAndriaDiamondfortheirdedicationandcontributions.Andlast,butdefinitelynotleast,tothewritersandartistsof ASMStherecouldntbeanOculuswithoutyou.We,asagroup,havebeengratefulfortheprivilegeof readingyourwordsandbeingabletoseethroughyoureyesforabrief time. Wevehadagreattimeformingandcreatingthe2011/2012AlabamaSchoolof MathematicsandScienceOculus,andhopethatyouenjoyitjustasmuch.

    -AmyWelch Editor-in-Chief

  • Table of ContentsLiterature

    BodyWorldMiddleAgedHisNameSHHHH...SwingSetImpression:Portraitof AlbertEinsteinOneof aKindFatherhood,ReclinedMyHeroElyseHighSchoolinaNutshellManInRedBeachBoysThatsHerBrandNewASlowCountryNightTwo-Year-OldSoldierTimesInMayBarbieSilhouetteQuicksilverTheFateFamilyManGalacticPhaseForYou,DadAPlaceAboveACountryHomeTotheDandelioninMyBackyardOnwardKingof theSwampDontBeSurprisedRestraint

    #6 #6 #7 #7 #8 #8 #12 #12 #13 #13 #14 #14 #15 #15 #17 #17 #18 #18 #19 #19 #20 #22 #22 #23 #25 #25 #32 #37 #37 #44 #44

    AnonymousAiAbshireEstherGrubbeHannahBurnsHopeHeFreddyArguetaAlysonDanielsAlexisPierceJohnChancellorMorganJowersWhitneyRogersKerryEllisTylorSchmittTyroneRudolphKathrynHurstJohnUptonLateiIyeghaBaylinHesterAnonymousJordanDanfordAnonymousLateiIyeghaAnonymousAnonymousKerryEllisJohnChancellorJordanDanfordJordanDanfordTyroneRudolphJordanDanfordNickChaplow

    Title Author Page

  • Short StoryTitle Author PageAlone...UntitledSaltHerDaddy

    AnonymousGregTateHollisDeLaneyAlexisPierce

    #16 #26 #27 #38

    Artwork

    BeachVortexAllThatRemainsIsWhatWeFindUnacceptableKnightEmbraSometimesIWonder,WhatIf ?FallSimplicityRedLipstickVioletCelestialRotationHonkReconciliationViolinTheReturntoRuinsContemptMyAngelTheGrandRescapeSoakingUptheSunColourBlockAbstractionEnlightenmentWaterfall

    BekkaDicksFelipeShinsatoKonnorKuhlmann

    BekkaDicksVeronicaKinoshitaAidenMcNellisNickChaplowDNAPreyearTiffanyNgoNickChaplowKonnorKuhlmannNickChaplowTracyLinAudreyArnoldDNAPreyearDNAPreyearKonnorKuhlmannAidenMcNellisNickChaplowDNAPreyearFelipeShinsatoBekkaDicks

    #9 #9 #10

    #10 #11 #11 #20 #21 #21 #23 #24 #24 #26 #32 #33 #33 #34 #34 #35 #35 #36 #36

    Title Artist Page

  • 6Madeof stoneandforeversmilingthisisthestatue

    of middle-agedMarty.Wavyhairwaxed

    andeyesbulgingout.Hehasawrinkleforeach

    oneof hisworries.Aninsaneexpression

    isplasteredonthatchillsmybonesthroughoutmybody.Hespeakstome

    of histale.Howfakesmiles

    haddrivenhimcrazy.Turnedtostone

    hebringsfeartoviewers,eventoI

    whonowknowhisstory.Listenclosely,

    youllhearhimwhisper,Dontendup

    Likemiddle-agedMarty.

    BodybareandfleshstrippedexposingwhatweshouldnotseeAnatomyanalyzedatsuchanangle

    isonlydisplayedinmorgues

    Preciselycuttoeverydetailweareshownforwhatweare

    Insensitivitymayhaveitsplaceherebutstillweallgazeon

    TantalizinglypresentedMesmerizedwithoutdisgustNaturalisthebodysbeauty

    Ishouldfeelsolucky

    Anonymous BodyWorld

    AiAbshireMiddleAged

  • Hisvoice,acountryboom,makeslaughter

    eruptthroughoutaroom.

    Likeamilitarymanuponhisglisteninghead

    restsshortbristlesof brownhair.

    TheblackandsilverbandengravedwithAugust24,2010,restsonaworkingmansfinger.

    Hisheightmakesyousosmall

    butstandsasaprotector.

    Soyoung,thesuddenlossof hisparents

    nowstrengthenshimasheclingstotheirmemory.

    Hecapturesmewithhisgracelesshands.

    Theexcitementweshareatourlatenighthomecomings

    firesuptheworld.

    Stonecoldsilence.

    Asingledigitlaidoverclosedlips.

    Apparitionof white.Unmoving.

    Aface,incomplete.Abysmaleyes

    staringchangless.

    PowerfulUndyingSilence.

    Hannah BurnsSHHHHH...

    Esther GrubbeHisName

    7

  • NexttomywhitehouseWiththegreenshrubbery,Steelbarsof happinessInbeigeandnavy.

    4yearsandcounting.

    Spotsof rustamongstthejointsAdorntheniftystructure.Glisteningintherain,Gleamingundersun.

    Withthebirds.

    SwingsandseesawleanSwingsidetosidelikeart.

    Assembledbyhand,InstructionsandwrenchCreatedthismasterpiece.

    Laughteritbringslittleonesjoy

    WiththegentlewindMyswingsetsings.

    Withbreezeinharmony.

    Aging,butneverdisappearingHisinsightwillneverfade

    HisequationsandscribbleddrawingsImprintedonhisface,withwhiteink

    And hiswork imprinted on society, withblackink

    Hiswhiteface,dimmedbythebrightnessof hiswhitehair

    Wrinkles, fromthecountlesshours spentdiscovering

    AndunderstandingThenextbigthing

    Theendlessnessof space to theendless-nessof hismindcapacity

    Thisportraitdepictsthemindof thegreatAlbertEinstein

    Freddy ArguetaImpression:PortraitofAlbertEinstein

    Hope HeSwingSet

    8

  • Felipe SinshatoVortex

    Bekka Dicks Beach

    9

  • Bekka DicksKnight

    Konnor KuhlmanAllThatRemainsIsWhatWeFindUnacceptable

    10

  • 11

    Aiden McnellisSometimesIWonder,WhatIf?

    Veronica KinoshitaEmbra

  • 12

    Heisof onekindadelighttohavenearby.

    Almond-shapedbrowneyes,deepwithpupilsbottomless,likeamagicianstophat.Heightsurpassesmine,asacellotoaviolin.

    Hishairisshortandneat,afreshlymowedsummerlawn.Thetinywrinklesbelowhiseyes,arevintagecurtainswithtiebacks.

    Andhiscinnamoncheeks,reflectthelightof theearly-morningsky.

    Hisspeakswithalovelyvoice,strong,kind,andof moderatepitch.Helaughstimidlyatthesilliestthings,

    remindingmeof alittlekid.Somewhatshy,

    likethesunonacloudyday,heisrelaxed

    andveryslowtoanger.Heprotectsme

    asalidprotectstheeye.

    Itisgreen--nothuedinjadeormossoranyof thatnovella

    JustgreenUnliketheotherdcorItsitsalone,plush

    Ahomefordustandothersuchfolly

    Waiting,foreverforitsownertoreturnaneyesoreamong

    Eyesores

    Alexis PierceFatherhood,Reclined

    Alyson DanielsOneofaKind

  • MyHeroTonedbody,atomboy,youAdventureoutintothis

    Dark,forsakenworldspreadingThelightof yourbrightcrookedsmile

    Still,Yourfemininebeautyshows

    AsyourapricotskinedgesintopinkcheeksAndyoursapphireeyesfadetoemerald

    Yet,OurGoddidntjustcreateabeauty

    Astheproverbsof 1000menTranscendintoyourwisdom

    ThroughWhatevertrialortrouble

    OrwindorstormMyloveandadorationforyouwillremain

    John ChancellorMyHero

    Onasymmetricalfaceframedwithblonde,thoughrootsaredarkShewearsbrightcolors,preppy.

    Happyuntilhome,rememberingherfathernolongerliveswithher.

    Soinlove,herparentsuntiltheyletgoof it,andsoshe.

    Notrustinloveorhappiness,soshewill

    changeherself justtofitin.Ifeelsosadtoseeher

    terrified,tryingtofindwhereshebelongs.If onlyshewouldbeElyse,

    shedfindwhatsheislookingfor.Hereyesliketheheavensonthesecolorfuldays.

    Morgan JowersElyse

    13

  • Darkframealmostburnedtrapsamaninred.

    Smoke-filledhouseisblazingasorangeflamesrise.

    Waterquenchesathirstyhouse.themaninredmadeahero.

    Kerry EllisManInRed

    Beauty.

    Originality.Beyourself

    Butlikeeveryoneelse.Dream.Believe.

    Shootforthemoon!Yetdontsetyourself upforfailure.

    Confused.Lost.

    Justtryit!Gohere!Decisions.Decisions.

    Morals.Principles.

    Standstrongforbeliefs.Thentorndownbypeers.

    Powerful.Strong.

    Youcanchangetheworld.Forbetterorforworse.

    Perfection.Flawless.

    AppearanceiseverythingPersonality,justaplus.

    Judgment.Stereotypical.

    Everyoneequal?If only

    Whitney RogersHighSchoolinANutshell

    14

  • Hepullsatmethewayariptidepullsyououttosea,sosoftandgentleitseemsthechoiceisuptome.

    Hissmiledazzlinglikethecolorsof areef,Toweringoverme,atidalwavecrashingoverhead.

    Icantkeepstandinginankledeepwaters,DareIgoanydeeper?

    AllinoralloutisthechoiceImustmakeTheresanothercallingmefromtheoceansdeep.

    Likesun-soakedsand,warmandsoft.Muchsafer,nochanceof gettinginovermyhead

    ButcouldIgiveupthosewhite-cappedwavesfor-ever?

    OrwouldIlamentneverbeingpulledintoanadven-turelikenoother.

    Herjewelrycorrespondswithavarietyof clothesShemakesyourstomachdropwhenshecomesclose

    HerBathandBodyWorksfragranceexploresyournoseSuchabeautifulsmilewhichiswellcomposed

    Whenshewalks,youcanthelpbutstareAssheswaysherlong,dark,silkyhair

    ShehasamanbutnoonecaresShedoesmathsofastt