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Surviving Distractions: How to identify them and how to stop them

By Felicia Clark 
I sit down to do a write-up with my deadline for completion in two days. After showering, I change into my pajama bottoms and an oversized shirt. I grab a glass of wine, chips, and my laptop. My blanket and pillow are on the sofa. My rain sounds are going. I decided that everything's in place. I plop onto my sofa and proceed to write. All of sudden, PANDEMONIUM. “Ma! Can you please bring me a towel?! I forgot to grab one!” One of my sons yelled from the bathroom.
After grabbing a towel and handing it to an awaiting hand sticking out the slit of the bathroom door, I sat back down upon the sofa and proceeded to write. 
Ring! Ring! Unh unh, not answering. The phone stops ringing. Ring! Ring! Same number. Not answering. Then it rings AGAIN! Same number, belonging to my bestie. She’s called 3 times in a row. She never does that. Something must be wrong. I decided to call her back and try to make it short; no more than 10 minutes, tops

Thirty minutes later, she’s just get…

SG Teen Poetry Spotlight Featuring Lauren Leggett




The Noble Savage
By Lauren Leggett
Your identity is now aloof.
Your spirit,
An arcane twist of tales left untold.
Yet,
A sweet anecdote pleasant to the ears of young and old 
the ambiguous archetype of the noble savage.

Though they attacked your image,

They struggled to demonize your character.
Apprehensive of expectations so you danced to the beat of their drum.
The tune of the angelic melody once sung transformed into a nostalgic blues...

Defeated, 

You Befell the burden of being consumed by the lies they fabricated.
Struggling to assert the importance of adhered values 
So affected by what they merely anticipated.

And still, they claim ideas have no real power,

Their crowded lies showering over every gospel truth.
Causing even you difficulty with discerning what lies lie between what's false and what’s true.
Assessing their analyzed assumptions and what they attribute to the essence of your fate.
Feel the innocence of your youth being stripped away.
As the pressures of the modern black man
Bombard and Burgeon 
No longer can your nature fight nurture 
The change has not truly come.


My name is Lauren Leggett. I am a 17-year-old recent graduate of Providence St. Mel, who will be attending the University of Chicago this upcoming fall. I have a passion for expressing my opinion on injustice, everyday philosophy, and ambiguous indefinite ideas such as life and love. I’ve used poetry as a medium to accomplish this. It’s driven me to start my first book entitled “Passion Fruit For Thought”, a collection of poetry I’ve written and plan to publish this year. I hope I can continue using my craft to make my voice and the voices of my people heard. 



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