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Hempfield Area Literary Magazine. Submissions of students from grades 9-12. Compiled by high school HEP students

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  • Famous Last

    Words

  • Doug FuchsCornerstone Submission Form

  • Table of Contents

    In Which There are the Last Words of Famous People .................................................. 2 The Final Letter .............................................................................................................. 3 On That Bench ............................................................................................................... 5 Deep, Dark and Blue ...................................................................................................... 6 Rising (Deep, Dark, and Blue, Part 2) ............................................................................. 6 A New Day ..................................................................................................................... 7 Run ................................................................................................................................. 7 To be Human ................................................................................................................. 8 The Piano ...................................................................................................................... 8 Marching Band ............................................................................................................... 9 The Edge of the Woods ............................................................................................... 10 Save Me....................................................................................................................... 11 After ............................................................................................................................. 12 Life is Simple ............................................................................................................... 12 No More ....................................................................................................................... 13 Tiger Painting ............................................................................................................... 14 Tunnel of Trees ............................................................................................................ 15 Florida Sunrise ............................................................................................................. 15 Lake Torch ................................................................................................................... 15 Icy Road....................................................................................................................... 15 Waiting Line ................................................................................................................. 16 Pittsburgh Panorama ................................................................................................... 16 The Brain ..................................................................................................................... 17 Well-Organized Mind.................................................................................................... 17 Love ............................................................................................................................. 18 Crossing of Tranquility ................................................................................................. 19 Ferris Wheel ............................................................................................................... 20 Colors of the Wind ....................................................................................................... 21 Blue Tranquility ............................................................................................................ 22 Palm Tree .................................................................................................................... 22 Rock Island ................................................................................................................. 22 The Lighthouse ............................................................................................................ 22 Roll on Rollercoaster .................................................................................................... 23 Up Close and Personal ............................................................................................... 23 Going Green ................................................................................................................ 23 The Cheese Stands Alone ........................................................................................... 23 Paradise....................................................................................................................... 23 Untitled ........................................................................................................................ 24 Pinky Promise .............................................................................................................. 24 Theres Ryan on the Couch.......................................................................................... 24 Summer Skin ............................................................................................................... 24 Celebration .................................................................................................................. 25 La Belle Tour Eiffel ....................................................................................................... 25 Annecy, France ............................................................................................................ 25 Hand ............................................................................................................................ 25 My Musical Love .......................................................................................................... 26 An Unfamiliar Reality.................................................................................................... 27 Well Survive ................................................................................................................ 28 Ode to Roommate ........................................................................................................ 28 Shadowing ................................................................................................................... 29 I Like the Rain .............................................................................................................. 29 Sleep ........................................................................................................................... 30 Wash Me Away ............................................................................................................. 30 Grandpa Birdwatcher ................................................................................................... 31 The Chills and Thrills of Winter .................................................................................... 31 Lost and Found ............................................................................................................. 32 Seeing a Soldier Off ..................................................................................................... 33 The Peculiar Disappearance ........................................................................................ 35 Artificial Love ............................................................................................................... 37 Acknowledgements and Staff ....................................................................................... 40

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  • In Which There Are the Last Words of Famous People Adam McConville

    The nourishment is palatable,Millard Fillmore allegedly said. He ate his soup and in three hoursHe was, regrettably, dead. On his last night, Teddy RooseveltDid shout, Put out the light.Close to the end of the Civil War,While fighting Confederate resistance,General Sedgwick, perhaps foolishly, said,=They couldnt hit an elephant at this distOscar Wilde bid his life Adieu in just one line of prose;Either that wallpaper goes or I do.Am I dying or is this my birthday?Lady Nancy besought Of those who stood around her;Alas, her birthday it was not.As looming death did call, Lord Winston ChurchillDrily observed, I am bored with it all.When asked what she had want ofBefore drawing her last breath,Jane Austen told her sister,I want nothing but death.

    Cornerstone 2

  • The Final Letter Anonymous As I stand on the beach where my father had always brought me as a child, I feel my toes sink into the thick, damp sand. Looking nostalgically towards the incoming storm clouds, I remember the last time I was here. September 1942. Each day I read newspapers proclaiming the ongoing war over-seas. My brother had left home as soon as he was of age to fight. His absence left a cold feeling of desertion in my heart, but that feeling faded with the need to support my now desperate family. The only place in the world I could see any light, any good, was the beach, the beach with my father. It was our place. On the hardest days, when my mother sat in her rocking chair, out of tears, but never short of despair, my father took me to the beach. There we would walk. Sometimes he told me stories of a wonder-ful future where things are different, better. Other times, words werent needed. The simple presence of the others company was enough. Dont ever leave me, I begged once. He only smiled at me, and we kept walking. One day, he asked if we could sit down, and we did. The sun was setting be-hind gray clouds, ever darkening. The beach was silent