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  • A Co q u i t l a m O p e n L e a r n i n g Wr i t i n g 1 2 A n t h o l o g y touchstones

  • touchstones /tuhch-stohns1. A test or criterion for the qualities of a thing.

    2. A black siliceous stone formerly used to test the purity of gold and silver by the colour of the streak produced on it by rubbing it with either metal.

    3. An anthology of student writing and complimentary artistic images as a joint venture between the Writing 12 students of Coquitlam Open Learning and the Fine Arts department at Gleneagle Secondary School.

    Writing 12 ContributorsSteven Bae, Colin Deans, Isabelle Docto, Mariana Gorjao, Hannah Kelly, Youmy Han, Micah Lao,

    Rebecca MacDonald & Sumbul Vallani, Instructor - Scott Findley ~ sfindley@sd43.bc.ca

    Drawing & Painting 12 Contributors Xena Dahye Choi, Nailya Gafitulina, Emily Huang, Sarah Jung, Leslie Kwong, Angela Schmold, Michaela Stebbe,

    Hee Jo Yang, & Jack Cheol Jin Yun, Instructor - Melanie Stokes ~ mstokes@sd43.bc.ca

    Additional Student Artist Contributors Travis Anderson, Donna Kim, Cheyenne Manning, Christine Park, Anna Semyonova, Kathy Wong, Yillin Wang,

    Heejo Yang, Instructor - Mike McElgunn ~ mmcelgunn@sd43.bc.ca

    Cover Art by Anna Semyonova

    This anthology is funded by Coquitlam Open Learning and Gleneagle Secondary School. For more information about the course or a digital copy of the Anthology, please visit http://teachers.sd43.bc.ca/sfindley/Subpages/Writing12.aspx

    All artists retain the copyright to their own work with the exception of printing and publishing within this journal. No copies may be made for sale with the exception to fund or recoup costs of publishing and printing this anthology.

    2012

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    Contents

    You Have to Make Your Own Luck, Honey ........................................................................................................5

    Shadow of Trouble ................................................................................................................................................6

    The Next Station Is... ..............................................................................................................................................7

    No Goodbye, No Hello .........................................................................................................................................8

    A Morning Birds Song ........................................................................................................................................10From Clay to Sculpture ........................................................................................................................................11

    Lolo ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 12

    Awakening............................................................................................................................................................13

    Mr. Bubbles ..........................................................................................................................................................14

    What a Shame ......................................................................................................................................................15

    The Beginning of the End ....................................................................................................................................16

    The Water under the Bridge .................................................................................................................................20

    The School of Hard Knocks .................................................................................................................................21

    Who I Am ............................................................................................................................................................22

    An Insight of Cecity .............................................................................................................................................23

    When I Look at this World ..................................................................................................................................24

    The Lion and the Mouse .....................................................................................................................................25

    RumanaMonzur..................................................................................................................................................26

    Pride .....................................................................................................................................................................27

    Abby Kinsley ........................................................................................................................................................28

    A Heartless Winter ...............................................................................................................................................30

    A Heartless Winter ...............................................................................................................................................30

    Four Visitors .........................................................................................................................................................31

    Longing for the Sea ..............................................................................................................................................32

    The Tale of Thalson Thatcher ..............................................................................................................................33

    Capture the Flag ..................................................................................................................................................36

    Hike .....................................................................................................................................................................37

    Slave of the Sky ....................................................................................................................................................38

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    You Have to Make Your Own Luck, Honey

    It worries me When my mom looks at me and says, You have to make your own luck, honey, we cant do that for you. Because that one sentence Sends me catapulting to the future Where luck is sold in stores Packaged in a tiny gold box And it makes a low humming noise, yearning to radiate its coat of fortune onto someone But everyone just stands there Mounted on a concrete island On the outside looking in Staring with despair through the DNA smudged store windows Like children drooling over toy trains during christmas Except our stomachs arent filled with excitement or hope Theyre filled with apprehension A catalyst that leaves their bellies yearning for fortune Etching crevices of worry onto our skin Because in the future, luck is for the rich This auspicious noun coaxes money

    into many wealthy palms Leaving the penniless reaching for nothing but matter Basically, you can only buy luck, if youre lucky enough So what does that come down to? Without that gold package, could we possibly survive? Is luck the ultimate driving force there is to becoming successful? That cant be true For Ive seen people create their own versions of luck Woven from the delicate strands of their aspirations And they fabricate webs that they lie on Rely on And it envelopes them A beautiful blanket made from the sky Not created from luck at all, but from something much stronger Something as immovable as an anchor plunged in the ocean As sturdy as a rock welded into the earth for millions of years As solid as a band of fists held up in the air So after this long reverie, I look at my mom and say, Luck is for losers.

    Text by Isabelle Docto ~ Image by Yillin Wang

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    Text by Sumbul Vallani ~ Image by Angela Schmold

    Shadow of Trouble

    A clingy presence trails, An entity lurking behind as I pace I hesitantly turn my head Deception upon my eyes, I view nothing

    My body trembles in terror I am an item in the lost and found The presence creeps up once more But there are no faces in my view

    Shade cloaks the boundless vista I stagger snared in a binding corridor Every shift of my eyes tormented By flashes of blurred strangers

    Panic strikes my clammy body My legs pumping like a steam engine Horses hooves on dirt is the sound of my heart The place reeks of wickedness

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    The Next Station Is...

    his chubby cheeks reflect an innocence with a slight intimation of sadness, as if he was yearning for something. I shift my head fifteen degrees. I look at my hand gripping the yellow handle bar so tight that it resembles the paleness of milk. Just below my hand rests another thats easily forty or fifty years older than mine. I regard the man that this other hand belongs to. Yellow, cloudy eyes guarded by large square lenses and a coarse skin that says enough about this mans years. A forest green baseball cap rests upon his withering grey hair while a beige jacket hides his hideous, Christmas sweater.

    Bing-bong! Shfff. Just as the doors open, I take a look around. Never before have I seen such a diverse collection of people. Never before have I seen such a range of colours and designs in clothing and baggage. As I watch everyone around me I wonder, Where did they come from