Rising Star

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Congratulations to Yash ’22 whose poem “Alone” will be included in the Appelley Publishing 2022 Rising Stars Collection this spring! During a unit on John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men, Yash wrote this poem based on a Dorothea Lange photo that expresses the struggle to achieve the American dream. We are proud of you, Yash!


Left behind my wife and kids in Oklahoma State
No one for company
Except my glass plates
All alone in the Golden State

Tryin’ to find work all day
Sittin’ on my suitcase it’s startin’ to fray
All I want is a job to put food on the table
Even if it means workin’ in a stable

Sleepin’ in a makeshift tent
Thinkin’ ‘bout all them good memories that went
Came all the way to California
But everyone says they got nothin’ for ya