Shady Side Academy Middle School Literary Magazine
Cover art by Uma Pathe
Artwork by Eva Bugarija
The Poet by Eva Bugarija
The Poet writes The Poet reads The Poet speaks The Poet listens The Poet feels The Poet loves-poems The Poet sees The Poet hears The Poet thinks The Poet knows The Poet is forlorn The Poet is joyful The Poet is diligent The Poet is sorry The Poet is grateful The Poet is angry The Poet is thoughtful The Poet is fair The Poet is a liar The Poet made the World And the World is what the Poet made it to be The Poet is The Poet was The Poet will always be If the World lives So too shall the Poet The Poet is Life And the Poet made Life Beautiful
A Note from the Editors
by Alex Bi, Eva Friedlander, and Özge Uzman
Alief: Emotional attachment and/or reaction to fictional characters, celebrities, and other figures with whom one lacks a direct connection
Belief: The acceptance of the truth of a person, object, or event without empirical evidence
Imagine you are standing on a glass balcony, hundreds of feet into the air. The wind is whipping your hair as you admire the cityscape below you. You know you are safe, but you cannot help thinking that you will fall, that you are falling, despite remaining securely on the ledge. This is alief. The same effect occurs with fictional characters. Consider emotional scenes in Romeo and Juliet. Remember Mufasa being trampled. Recall Dumbledore’s death. This is a common experience that everyone, especially middle schoolers, share.
Middle schoolers retain a childlike imagination yet have begun to learn of the world. Combined with the emotional nature of teenagers, they empathize with fiction perhaps the most out of all age ranges.
It is this fact that epitomizes the Middle School experience. It is a passion: a love for that which we know is out of reach. It is obsessive crushes on celebrities. It is tears shed after our favorite characters die. It is the squealing when two characters get together or the story reaches a happy ending. Closer to reality, it is the whimsical fantasies of our daydreams and unrequited loves.
There is something special and beautiful about alief. It is a refuge from the unending storms that are real life and a quiet place to reflect, learn and grow. Without alief, there is no middle ground between dreams and rationality, no place for the world-weary to find refuge from the tempestuous storm that is the world.
Middle school is a time to explore fiction, to dream, to find hobbies, and to learn about life in all of its splendor and horror. Therefore, middle school is inextricably linked to dreams and belief and alief, and LitMag, perhaps more than anywhere else, is filled with dreamers and wanderers who explore countless other worlds. We contemplate ourselves, our society, and our world at large.