Those Butterfly Wings

Cate Axton, Grade 7

A drain clogged up 

with old metal stained red,

In wasted efforts

to repair those butterfly’s wings.

Thirty days marked on a calendar

A month away from that pain

With bandages wrapped around

Those butterfly’s wings.

And though they are fragile

The will is steel

And they will be repaired

I won’t let that butterfly die

And I won’t let them wither away,

Those butterfly’s wings.

But though solace was found

While the wings fell on the ground

It was always temporary

But the greatest happiness

Will be found

When I watch that butterfly fly away

Its wings flapping in the light. 

Beautiful and strong,

The pain will be gone

When those butterfly’s wings are repaired.


Sophie Mrug, Grade 8

Tunnel Vison

Grayson Horton, Grade 7

A Cloud

Winter McLain, Grade 8

I know my life has been easy 

hell, I’ve said so too 

but my life has dark spots 

because sometimes places you felt safe in

start to feel like a prison

where everyone is agreeing your sin 

or just some lie Satan made up in his free time 

a little lost lamb 

moving away from salvation 

They all care they told me so 

But their words stick 

Like a fly to a trap 

and on my worst days 

they come rushing back 

My life’s been easy 

That’s for sure 

But even sunny days 

Have a cloud 


1 ~Editor's Note~2The Dragon's Toe3George's 4Exotic Flavor5Paper Cutter 6Masked , Big Fish , A Plant , and Pass, Hit, Set 7The Stories of Colors 8The Lightning Monster9The Rainy Life of the Weather Named Stormy 10Tables, Reflection , Arachnid , and Distant Forest 11Discovery 12Etched Blossoms , Owl, City Scape , and Puppy 13Superior Species 14Those Butterfly Wings , Converse , Tunnel Vison, and A Cloud 15A Sea of Red 16Nebula Metro17Life of a Diary 18Flowers , Swan , Waves , and Grass 19The Dragon's Tooth 20The Girl in a Dress 21Burning Out , Blue Dot , A Southern Feminist's Manifesto , and Silhouette 22The Fire Kindling: Chapter 1 23The Perfect Student , Social Pressures , and The Perfect Student 2 24Patina Nightmare25Eventide26Creative Shutdown, Eye's Through A Looking Glass , Head on Collision , and Writer's Block 27The Road to the Championship 28Reconnecting With Nature , Eos , you were a summer thunderstorm , and Reconnecting With Self 29Senior Spotlight: Ava Muller, Photography, The Landing , Tranquil , One-eyed Flyer , Grief , Dreamer , Fractured , Breakin', Lost Lives , and Lilypads 30Senior Spotlight: Maggie Huffman, Digital Illustration , Nice to Meet You!, Exploration of "Circe", Surfs Up! , The Return of Morales , Companionship , Mandalorian , Ambush , Just Hangin', and The High Priestess 31Senior Spotlight: Jolie Stumpff, Poetry , Don't, Muse, Being a Boy , In Search of a Cosmos, Overstimulation , Wheels , and Final Moments32Playing Time Struggles, Head in the Game , Sky High , and Moment of Glory 33Pollination , Azure Afternoon , Creator of Color, and Elegant Emu 34One , Fido , Heart Handles , and Early Birds35Dedication: Katherine Berdy