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VISIONS (Vol. 10, Issue #1)

by Students from Cardinal Spellman High School

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volume 10 (pandemic issue #1)
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MAY 2020
I remember telling my students last year that this COVID-19 virus would cease in a week or so. I was rather skeptical about it, but I was more concerned about the fear my students presented to me that week. I had to reassure them that everything would be fine, and things would all be back to normal.

I wish I was correct with that statement.

Despite the craziness and hysteria of the pandemic during the last few months of the 2020 school year, our students still created. They wrote poems and short stories, they took photos, they drew, they sketched, and they painted. COVID-19 would not stop our students from creating and expressing themselves.

This edition of VISIONS is a collection of our students' emotions and passions during such a difficult time.

I hope you all enjoy it.

Blessings,




Mr. Quintana
Moderator
EDITORS
Phillip McCoy '20
Jocelyn Arroyo '20
Jelaney Wright '20
Renee Thomas '20
Joyce Allen-Marks '20
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Front Cover
Sive Hourigan '22

"#99"
Phillip McCoy '20………...………................1

"The Curse"
Joyce Allen-Marks '20 ………...………........2

"Valuable Pain"
Matthew Valle '21………...………...............3

"They"
Eliana Lopez '22 ………...……….................4

"Pensées"
Madison Baez '23 ………...………..............5

"Golden Sun"
Luigi Broccoli, Jr. '20 ………...………..........6

"Don’t touch MY HAIR"
Sole' Bailey '20………...…..........................7

Art on Canvas
Sive Hourigan '22 ...................................8

"Groundhog Poem"
Charlene Ortiz '20 ..................................9

Photography
Phillip McCoy '20....................................11

"#113"
Phillip McCoy '20 ...................................12

"Anastasia"
Nelson Bertan ‘20 ……….......…...............13

Untitled
Kaila McIntosh '21 .................................15

"Blue and Black"
Joyce Allen-Marks '20 ............................16

"Waiting"
Allie Payne '20 ........................................17

Photography
Allie Payne '20 ........................................20

"Only God Can Judge Me"
Matthew Valle '21 ...................................21

"Mercedes"
Matthew Valle '21 ...................................22

"Shadow"
Matthew Valle '21 ...................................22

"A 30-Second Run"
Madison Baez '23 ....................................23

Photography
Phillip McCoy '22 ………...……...…..............24


#99

Breakfast unmuted
is the taste of the Wu-tang.
Kitchen Kung-food infused music
drives my poetry insane. 
It's the food
that I’m cutting the knife with. 
More fried eggs and spices
than the drug crisis.
My eggs are beat, 
and I'm a boxer’s song.
The gloves are off 
but the mitts are on,
Or they can be whisked
like a disk from a Dj.
Wishing they’d been bought 
from a list off of eBay. 
I've never been taught
to make fast food for thought
but mentored by Menyu, so cooking’s an art.
My food could write its own book, it's so smart.
It's like Tony Stark, so arrogant. 
Every meal with me, 
is an eggs-periment. 
Not poultry, my poetry
is neither cool nor fire,
somewhere between ice and a lighter,
between the freezer and the fryer.
It is the hot pan under cold water, 
It's my self, its steam, 
my saturated self-esteem.
A figurative food junkie. 
The smoke is courier’s calligraphy. 
Definitely SWPC, undisputed.
Literally my poetry
is me, unmuted.

Phillip McCoy ‘20
The Curse

Every night I would wish on airplanes to be Hannah Montana
I wanted to be many things: A princess, singer, president, chef,
anything but Black
When I envisioned my older self, Taylor Swift stared back at me
The WASPS clouded the sight of what I should be
Boundaries don’t exist when you’re the only kid with natural hair
Other kids laugh, poke, prod, and stare
The air of low self-esteem attracted bullies to me
I loved my culture and other people looked fine
The concept of colorism did not exist in my mind
Why couldn’t I at least look like Zendaya: be a cute off white
Instead, I got a nose that refuses to leave the ground,
I wanted pointy, not round
I wanted to be many things: A princess, singer, president, chef,
anything but Black
I wish I could say I learned to love my body
but below my neck- ain’t it chief
But my own culture disrespects me
they find my lack of thickness disappointing
I want to be two things:
Respected and a Black woman
But for now, I’ll pick one.

Joyce Allen-Marks ‘20
The Curse

Every night I would wish on airplanes to be Hannah Montana
I wanted to be many things: A princess, singer, president, chef,
anything but Black
When I envisioned my older self, Taylor Swift stared back at me
The WASPS clouded the sight of what I should be
Boundaries don’t exist when you’re the only kid with natural hair
Other kids laugh, poke, prod, and stare
The air of low self-esteem attracted bullies to me
I loved my culture and other people looked fine
The concept of colorism did not exist in my mind
Why couldn’t I at least look like Zendaya: be a cute off white
Instead, I got a nose that refuses to leave the ground,
I wanted pointy, not round
I wanted to be many things: A princess, singer, president, chef,
anything but Black
I wish I could say I learned to love my body
but below my neck- ain’t it chief
But my own culture disrespects me
they find my lack of thickness disappointing
I want to be two things:
Respected and a Black woman
But for now, I’ll pick one.

Joyce Allen-Marks ‘20
2
Valuable Pain

So many ways
To explain
The pains in my life





Such a disaster





But I love my life
All its flaws and errors

Matthew Valle ‘21
Not having much
Not having much
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