"egg" - Volume 16

 

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The 16th issue of RMU's literary journal "egg"

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2 Egg – Issue No. 16

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THE EGG Robert Morris University Issue No. 16 Robert Morris University 3

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4 Egg – Issue No. 16

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Editorial Board Dr. James Baltrum Prof. Paul Gazak Prof. Mick McMahon Dr. David Belotti Prof. Michael Stelzer–Jocks Prof. Gerard Wozek Project Manager Prof. Carolyn Pavelkis Designer Guadalupe Escalante Robert Morris University 5

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6 Egg – Issue No. 16

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Editorial Note Welcome to Issue No. 16 of egg, RMU’s student literary journal. I would like to thank Prof. Carolyn Pavelkis and her ART 352 class who, for a second year in a row, have taken up the task of designing this year’s issue and have, for the second year in a row, developed a professional, creative, and all-around terrific volume for us to enjoy. I am thankful for the opportunity to be associated with egg and all that it represents to its readers about our university, our students, and our communities—our range and depths, our variety and complexity, as well as pride and proficiency. This little volume says a lot and given that it has been around for sixteen years, it’s been saying a lot for a long time! I look forward to finding out what egg will be saying for and about us in the years to come. A well-deserved thank you to any and all students, faculty, and staff who had a hand putting together and publishing issue No. 16 of RMU’s egg! Dr. James Baltrum English Faculty Robert Morris University Robert Morris University 7

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Table Of Contents Italian Sonnet — Joey Crockett...............................................................................................8 Second To None (Chicago) — Leticia Olmos.............................................................9 CrackNip — J. Stefanie Amerson.......................................................................................10 Fire Strom — Bryan Anderson............................................................................................11 I Smile! — Marijo Quintana Maisonet.............................................................................12 Sleep — Carlos Napoles.........................................................................................................14 Concealed — Karla Aguirre..................................................................................................15 Madre — Debra Upshaw.......................................................................................................16 Form Five–Seven–Five — Lamia Hotaia.....................................................................17 My Journey To Graduation — Edwin Rosales...........................................................18 Wisconsin Wind — Liam T. Kellogg..................................................................................20 Love Lost — Ashunti Miner..................................................................................................21 Batter Up — Katlyn Sebastian............................................................................................22 The Kitten — Shannon Sinde...............................................................................................23 Warrior — Dragonetta...........................................................................................................24 Intimacy (A Dedication) — Zakari Phipps.................................................................26 Dedicated To You... — Bobbi–Ann Walters..................................................................27 Saved By The Bell — Michael A. Thompson Jr. ..........................................................28 Create Me — Lamia Hotaia...............................................................................................29 Amsterdam — Megan Haag..............................................................................................30 A House Is A Home — Eden Vivian Edwards..........................................................32 In A Blink Of An Eye — Noor Abu–Abbod..................................................................34 Successful — Nick Ferruzza.................................................................................................38 Little League: A Memoir — Mario Garcia...................................................................42 8 Egg – Issue No. 16

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A Hospital Visit — Shanté Needham.............................................................................48 Struggles Of Becoming A Parent — Maricruz Martinez....................................52 A Memoir — Nick Bigelow...................................................................................................56 Untitled — Jill Potvin.................................................................................................................60 Realization — Pauline Fittanto............................................................................................62 Rocket Man — Chris Morgan.............................................................................................68 I Am Here — Madison Brown............................................................................................72 Can Photographs Really Say 1,000 Words? — Dhaval Patel..........................76 Non–Fiction Memoir — Michelle Gomez...................................................................78 The Move — Elise Oppermann.........................................................................................82 A Long Way From Home — Damaris Hernandez................................................86 Man Down — Craig Poole....................................................................................................90 Sophie And The Doll — Lisette Zuniga.......................................................................92 Letter — Gabriel Torres...........................................................................................................96 Life Is Crazy (Non–Fiction) — Jose Vargas.............................................................100 Robert Morris University 9

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Italian Sonnet Joey Crockett I can remember the first summer day The wind whistled through my hair A picnic in the park, what a beautiful affair We stayed until dawn–as the sun ran away Midnight fell upon us, we decided not to stay For tomorrow was midterms, we forgot to prepare Thinking of school tomorrow was our worst nightmare Quite unprepared I am, so tonight I will pray Today is the day I test my fate My confidence is limited but I will try my best The final grade is what I must await The best thing for now is to stay unstressed For it is only my fault I’m in this state My negligence to studying will be confessed 10 Egg – Issue No. 16

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Second To None (Chicago) Leticia Olmos You welcomed me on March 18th The air was cold but you warmed my heart With every route I took to explore you, I realized how diverse you are We represent you, different colors different roots, It is evident in our art, music, and food With time we grow and may need to leave you, But we visit you when you come to our new home We proudly wear our jerseys and hats, to show you never left us We carry you on Taller than the clouds you reach, Sophisticated, complex Enlightening your citizens with every life lesson you teach The injustices that happen within you, Motivates us to become leaders We look at your son Obama, who you helped shape For others to understand why you matter more, Than the wind you bring Robert Morris University 11

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CrackNip J. Stefanie Amerson The cat went crazy for catnip, They thought he would go develop, Himself a small habit, Little did they know it, That he had begun to grow it! 12 Egg – Issue No. 16

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Fire Storm Bryan Anderson Fire in the rain Passion doesn’t end in pain New growth through the ash Robert Morris University 13

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I Smile! Marijo Quintana Maisonet I am blessed! I am not afraid to say that. And I smile. Oh, how I love to smile! I don’t just smile on the outside I smile from the pit of my stomach I smile from the depths of my soul Hell, I even smile from the tips of my toes Don’t get me wrong Blessed doesn’t mean Only good days and good things And yet, still I smile Being blessed doesn’t mean I don’t have worry It doesn’t mean I don’t have MY story But through it all Nonetheless, I smile Trouble comes, and I chose not to stay in the muck I chose to focus on better outcomes And I choose to smile 14 Egg – Issue No. 16

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How did I not know This wasn’t love? Never was! Just a fantasy in my head, Looking back… I smiled His fist was swift and hard But I picked up broken pieces Of my fragile heart And I smiled I FOUND myself in those Four bare walls and empty spaces Yes! I was safe! And I smiled I then learned to appreciate new love To know I deserved to be treated well To feel needed and adored And with PURPOSE… smile. No, life is not easy, And yes, challenges will come, But instead of giving up and giving in Know you are blessed, and just smile! Robert Morris University 15

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