SURGE: The Zone's Teen Art & Literary Magazine


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A literary magazine of art and creative writing produced by the teens at the Kravis Children's Hospital at Mount Sinai

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th 10 ue! s Is SURGE Spring 2015 THE ZONE’S TEEN ART & LITERARY Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai MAGAZINE


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SURGE contents 2 3 5 7 9 10 11 12 13 15 16 17 19 20 21 22 23 25 27 28 29 31 32 34 The Zone’s Teen Art & Literary Magazine of Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai Spring 2015 Volume 5 Issue 1 SURGE STAFF Thomas Dooley Editor-in-Chief Diane Rode Executive Editor Angie Koeneker Contributing Editor Russell Mindich Founding Editor Sarah Yazdian Lauren Smith Art Editors Jericho Bautista Guest Teen Editor Guest Teen Editor’s Note / Editor-in-Chief’s Note Ode to Yester Me by Tania Leal / Art by Tania Leal Writing by Orlando Otero / Art by Jericho Bautista Interview with Dr. Molofsky by Skylar Carroll Struggles of Sickle Cell by Delilah Reyes Art by Chaya Sara Twersky Art by Pilar Garcia Battlefield: Turns Gray, Turns Blue by Camille Miller Our Relationship by Ontario Solomon / Art by Shanay Cook Jennyfer by Amed Macalou Art by Mary Tran Chennai by Masoonah Mohamed The Wave by Fariha Taher / Art by Chelsea Ceus The Two Sides That Make Me by Ryan Ngai IDK by Alvin Li / Art by Jericho Bautista See You Soon by Jericho Bautista My Climb by Chaya Sara Twersky Hands by Sade Ulloa / Art by Sade Ulloa Struggles of a Journey by Cachele Joyce A New Hope by Tania Leal / Art by Cordelia Foster Art by Malaysia Phillips Shining Star by Nyesha Alson / Art by Toni Aaron Left Alone by Unique Duvell How to Say Goodbye by Briana Hogan Cover art by Leslie Veloz q Thanks to Russell Mindich and family and the staff of the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department of The Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital. To view this issue online: The Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department 1 Gustave L. Levy Place Box 1153 New York , NY 10029 212-241-6797 1 | SURGE


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Dear SURGE readers: I know it’s a tough time and we all have ways for coping with it, but SURGE is a really great way to distract ourselves from it all. This is the story of how I started to write. In middle school, I didn’t like recess. It was either too cold to go outside or my allergies would be acing up. When I did play with the other kids, they didn’t pass me the ball. Starting around 7th Grade, I started helping out shelving books in the library. That’s where I started loving books. I would read about everything! Horror, sports, even educational books. I read the entire The Hunger Games series in one week! In class, we were writing poems about how we feel. I wrote a really romantic poem because I had just read a romantic book. One of my best friends took my poem and read it and was so happy she asked if she could have it. “No,” I said, “I have to hand it in.” She asked to copy it. On Valentine’s Day, I didn’t have any money so I decided to write all my friends a poem and stick it on their lockers. I put them on when no one was looking. The best part was seeing all the smiles on their faces. In 8th Grade, I became more of a nerd. I already liked Anime, so I started reading Manga to the point when I read too much. I fell in love with the art form, the culture behind it, and how you can take something like that and turn it into a beautiful story. The most amazing works of art can come from the darkest places and SURGE lets us do that. Jericho Bautista Guest Teen Editor With great joy we present the tenth issue of SURGE! Inside these pages, you will find art and poetry I am grateful to the Mindich family, the editorial staff and the many teenagers who have made these past ten issues come to life. Sadly, this will be my last issue as editor-in-chief. I have been honored to work with the talented writers and artists who have illuminated the pages of SURGE. We invite all teenagers from the New York area to submit their art and creative writing to Lauren Smith: Thomas Dooley Editor-in-Chief SURGE | 2 that depict the inner landscapes of teenage artists and writers. From cellular and knotted to expansive and verdant, there exists a vibrant world within all of us that comes alive through the creative arts. We welcome you to take in these portraits and listen to these brave voices.


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ODE TO YESTER ME It doesn’t look like my hand it looks like someone who’s been through stuff this line was never here this is new I feel like they look like old people hands they are so dry and wrinkly and also they are numb I can’t feel anything my nails still grow fast and brittle but that’s because I’ve never had calcium in my body I could tell my mom thinks the length of my life is shorter and this random line probably means something bad, my bruises are almost gone, I’ve never done anything hard with my hands my plump baby hands and now they’re sunken in 3 | SURGE Art by Tania Leal


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and gross, I’ve never even washed dishes, I was a spoiled child never did chores I mopped the floor for the first time in August everyone loved my hair Pantene commercials were my hair but now I’m kinda done with it I would shave it off if my mom let me it’s all falling out so I don’t care and I’ve been asked to keep it for appearances. Tania Leal Hollis, NY SURGE | 4


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WRITING Well, it looks like it’s just you and I again, pen I don’t like you, and you don’t like me, but let’s act like grown men If we work together, and act like adults, then maybe by the end of the night We can finish a poem, a story, and that paper we need to write I will do my part by placing your tip on page Now you do your’s by… cage? Wage? Age? No, none of those rhymes make sense! Okay… again I see we are at an impasse, o’ uncooperative friend of mine But I know we can do this if you’d just write the first bloody line! Now, you’re ink is ready, my hand is steady, I have my thoughts organized With my ideas lighting, you can start writing, and… prized? Fried? Ionized? Oh, I give up! 5 | SURGE Orlando Otero Woodland Park, NJ


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se! Art by Jericho Bautista SURGE | 6


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BRAIN TRUST An interview with Walter J. Molofsky, M.D. by Skylar Carroll Hi, my name is Skylar Carroll. I am fourteen years old and I am in the ninth grade. I enjoy volunteering at the KidZone T.V. at the Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai. Another hobby of mine is acting for television and film. I have been attending the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute since I was six, and since then, my passion for acting has grown even greater. I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Molofsky, Chief of Pediatric Neurology at Mount Sinai. He talked about how he first became interested in neurology, his interests outside of work, and much more. What made you become interested in neurology? I began with a fellowship in pediatric rehabilitation medicine and thought that even though it was a wonderful thing to do, it wasn’t quite right for me because I wanted to do something more acute. So I asked, where do those kids go before they come here, before they come to rehab? And I was told, well they go to the hospital and they are taken care of by neurologists, those are the doctors that take care of kids that have been in car accident or have spinal cord injuries or brain injuries – so I got interested in it and decided to focus on pediatrics and neurology. Neurology combines anatomy and pathophysiology - how the brain works and how the brain makes the body work. There’s a very intellectual aspect to it, but there’s also a care aspect to it and by being a pediatric neurologist I could care for children who had neurological injuries. What’s your favorite part of a being a doctor/neurologist? My favorite part is telling a parent who comes into my office that there’s nothing wrong with their kid. The other favorite part is that unfortunately we see a lot of children with serious neurological problems (and it’s not favorite as in pleasant), but it’s my favorite that we are able to help the parents and the children. There are a lot of kids that come into our office whose lives we can make better. And of course when you make a child’s life better, you make the whole family’s life better. What is your least favorite part of being a neurologist? Quite frankly, I run to work every day – I would do exactly the same thing. I really like the


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practice of medicine; I like the kinds of families and patients we deal with. The worst part is the business of medicine, the organization of medicine; that has changed dramatically over the last thirty or forty years. Have you always wanted to be a doctor? Well you know, my father was a pharmacist and he was very liberal, and I have a twin brother, and he said, “we can do whatever we want after we finish medical school.” When I grew up, being a physician was a very admirable and somewhat difficult profession. It combined both high scientific intellect and knowledge but it’s also a service job too. You’re meeting with people and parents. Most people who go into medicine like that combination. You want to find a career that satisfies both your intellectual and your emotional and your need to provide service. There’s really nothing better in my mind than medicine. What do you think you would do if you were not a doctor- something that combines the two aspects of intellect and being helpful? If I were to stop now I would like to go back and study the Talmud and Torah more than I do, and find more time for Jewish studies. I don’t think that’s something that I would have done as a young man but if I were to stop now that’s what I would do. What do you like to do in your free time? I go to Shul and I learn as much as I can, number one. Number two is I have four wonderful grandchildren and I love to visit with them – that gives me a lot of satisfaction – to see how my daughters and their husbands are growing up -- and I like to swim! I also travel to Israel a lot, as much as I can. What advice do you have for kids that also want to be a doctor? First of all, you have to do well in school. Find some physicians and talk with them and find out what it actually means to be a doctor because the process of becoming a doctor takes a long time – you finish high school, then college, then medical school, then you have to do five to six years of residency, so you don’t really practice your field until you’re in your 30s -- which can complicate family life and getting married and having kids. So if you’re serious about it, talk to people who are at the different stages. How do you think making that commitment has shaped you? It changes over the years – when you are in high school you have to do well so you can get into college, when you’re in college you have to take a lot of courses that are difficult. So there’s always a step-by-step process you have to get through. What helps is that you have the goal in mind; that you want to get into medical school and pick a field that you enjoy.


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STRUGGLES OF SICKLE CELL My mother has other responsibilities, I have one brother and two sisters, so It’s kinda hard for her to visit me I know she’s not doing something else, She’s being responsible at home With being a mom I have a good relationship with the nurses Here, they’ve watched me grow up, I started getting crisis at the end of sixteen, They said it’s common but other sickle cell Patients have been catching crisis since they Were young, they think I’m lucky In a way I’m not going through as much As other sickle cell patients, It’s draining: a crisis is trying to pass A hard test, while you’re reading through The questions, you kinda mentally break down, You panic 9 | SURGE Art by Chaya Sara Twersky


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Usually through medications, the crisis Passes, it takes a while to go away and I finally feel normal again It’s up to me if it comes back, The medication I take at home helps Prevent crisis, so I take the medication It feels like a roller coaster: When you go up you always Come back down, I imagine What’s going on during crisis is My blood cells clump up So it’s hard to visualize what’s going on The medication is like you’re on A vacation, you’re not in the midst Of the roller coaster, you have a moment Of silence, of relief. Delilah Reyes New York, NY SURGE | 10


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BATTLEFIELD: TURNS GRAY, TURNS BLUE 2009 was walking into a big school not knowing anybody was a big battlefield and sooner I was ready to give up nervous and not knowing which way to go. Meeting new people, teachers and getting used to high school concept of what was expected of me in order for me to become successful. Having finals, tests, not wanting to wake up for school ready to quit. Late nights up studying finishing up projects, homework, studying. Early mornings packing all of my bags and pens ready to learn. 2012 was the main hard part which was 12th grade know that I came this far and ready to show off all of my hardest work through the cries. Laughter and joy walking down that stage getting my diploma that made my battlefield easier than expected. 2013 came and I finally made it! Got my high school diploma. Each cloud was worth climbing. Camille Miller New York, NY SURGE | 12


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OUR RELATIONSHIP Our relationship is unto a plane taking off to a new destiny, it lasts through any weather, through sun and the turbulent rain, sometimes you might have a low current area to go down and reevaluate. Do we have air bags? The air bags help, they protect, a line of defense, a safety precaution. Take off was kinda rough, the landing gear was jacked up and lots of rocks on the pavement. We’ve been through a lot of storms. In Haiti, we switched to a new plane so our plane could refuel, en route to our tropical destination, there were snakes on the plane, we again had to make 13 | SURGE


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an emergency stop. Some of us were evacuated. During the evacuation we got separated, it took some time to find another, when we reunited it was like we first met. We pacted. We are finally on the plane, heading safely and steadily to an unknown destination of refuge and hope, we won’t get separated again, we have a bright future ahead, no turbulence will ever bring this plane down again. Ontario Solomon Bronx, NY Art by Shanay Cook SURGE | 14



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