Darlene Rivera is a Year-1 student, and Boubacar Djigo is a tenth-grade student at BHSEC, Cleveland.
Welcome the New
by Darlene Rivera
Lift your body out the deep hole
Feel the new atmosphere reach your skin.
Take the used-heart like a pebble
and throw it far out.
Let the pebble disappear into the old
And welcome the new.
See through the small peak of new hope,
Smell the scent of opportunity.
And lift your heart to your ear,
Hear its new desires.
Feel the new beat,
And do all you long for, it is permitted.
by Boubacar Djigo
Don’t mourn for me
Memories faded by time
I cry all the time
why is life so ephemeral?
Your memory is my only companion
Soon there is nothing left
Now, I am only your feelings.
*Italicized language is from Jane Hirshfield’s poem “Da Capo” from her book The Lives of the Heart.