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Poems

Thunderstorms
In Flight
Questions
Forced Smiles
Shackles
Recluse
Where
Burn
Winter
Happy Oblivion
Ducking Destiny
Chance of Showers
Chance Encounters
Myopia
The Thinking Dog
Misbehavior
The Race
Flight of the Ostrich
Monster Under My Bed
The Rose Garden
Haiku
Window Shopping
Dramatic Romances
Musings on Nature
A Day at School
The Holy Light
A Rainy Night

Stories

The Roller Coaster
The Purse
Sammy's Lesson
The Legend of the Hungry Dragon
Spirits in the Night

Essays

Essays
My Philosophy of Life
Five Scholarship Questions
Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois
Prophets for God
My Service Project (1999-2000)
My Service Project (1997-1998)
The Beauty of the Forest
Reaching Beyond

Satires
The Pastry Menace
A College Just for You!
The Rights of Plants

Literary Analyses
Saving Harry:  Clearing the Controversy Over Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Essays on Wuthering Heights
The Creature in Frankenstein and the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
Edna's Decision in The Awakening
Character Comparison in Kate Chopin's The Awakening
Why The Chosen?

Research Papers
Race, Norms, and the Sidewalk
Analytical Exercise
The Validity of Comparing Governments
The British System: Legal-Rational Or Traditional?
The Importance of Framing
Madison on Factions
Spirituality and the Brain
Sea Water and Conductivity

Speeches
Clinic Violence: A "Moral" Way to Bring About Change?
Graduation Speech
The Call to Relationship
Mark Twain Speaks Again (original version)
Mark Twain Speaks Again (shortened version)

Editorials
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Year 2000
Hunting for Sport?

Articles
Mercury Spill Exercise
Chocolate Feature Exercise
Character Sketch
Reaction Story
Aspiring Actress Profile
"Shark Attack" Exercise
Villa Maria Academy Hosts Diversity Panel

Nonfiction
Coastal Vacation

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Musings on Nature

1

in the sky birds
are like flowers
that bloom across
a blue-white expanse
of water as deep
as the sea but
deeper still and
the nightingales sing
like angels
in an earthly paradise

2

the trees soar tall
and i would put
a brick on their heads
to keep them as saplings,
so they stay children
and innocent
and untouched,
but even bricks
are not enough
and it is a happy-sad day,
when the sapling
becomes a tree
and the tree
becomes
humble
and scared

3

a crisp wind sends my hair into a tailspin
and i taste my hair
and the wind
and it is sweet
someone viciously shakes a tree's leaves
from its branches onto my head
with the whirling hair
and they fall on my shoulders
and i am a wood sprite
a booming CLAAAP
and the rain falls like the leaves but thicker
and i open my mouth to drink it
and i am happy

4

i watch the sky at night
its black velvet darkness and fuzzines stares back
it speaks to me
it asks me what are you doing
and why are you here if you could be elsewhere
and i talk
and i say that you are my friend
and it is good


Copyright © 2002 Colleen Fischer | Last updated October 7, 2002