Creative Student Submissions: What It Means When a Man Falls from The Sky
Compiled by Sara Romanoski | Managing Editor
In connection with the Lesley Arimah event, Century students were invited to submit creative work in the form of drawings, poems, or reviews to portray their feelings and reactions regarding What It Means When a Man Falls from The Sky. The following pieces are a sampling of the submissions we received.
Story reviewed by Anne Voy
It is told from Uche’s point of view starting with her listing the things that we should ignore but also give us an idea of our surroundings to help us visualize it better. Uche tells us how her mother is helping her get a discount on a mattress, and she is watching in her mother with caution. Uche tells us that her mother has been dead for almost a decade.
Uche recognizes her mother’s clothes from a photograph and through the story she begins to look for it desperately. Uche’s search is interrupted when her younger sister, Udoma, gets home. Uche’s sister runs to her mother and hugs tightly and Uche acknowledges this was something she knows she should have done as well. But Uche is still so full of hurt and had gone through so much to get over her mother’s death, she treats this as an unwelcome intrusion.
Uche’s sister begs her sister not to ruin this little reunion with their mother. But Uche had been older than Udoma when their mother had died and had gotten to the point where mother and daughter disagreed. Uche had different views with their mother, different opinions, and had arguments with her mother that could no longer be ended with “I’m your mother!” and “Because I said so!”
When Uche finds the photo, she remembers her last conversation with her mother or more accurately, their last argument. Uche had forgotten to pick Udoma up and her mother. An argument takes place where her mother declares Uche a disappointment. This seems to echo about in Uche’s mind even up to this moment and when her mother is gone in the morning, Uche allows the echo to leave her head as she finally speaks out loud, the reply she wanted to give, “I’m sorry. I love you. Please forgive me.”
Poem by Sylvia Overgard
One foot in front of another,
not where it’s supposed to be.
Your knee meets the rough concrete
forced to hold in the silent tears.
Your eyes meet, your heart beats faster.
The minutes turn to months, the months turn to,
Years later, you’ve never been happier.
You wake up to red, yellow, orange,
windy days, and frigid nights.
Warm from oversized sweaters and thick boots
that make a satisfying crunch.
What Is a Volcano?
Story reviewed by Ashley Thao
This was an interesting story of struggle between two very different people. The context of who these people are can be anyone. It’s vague as to who the River goddess is, and who is the Ant. The story shows a power struggle at first between the two, then it shows vengeance and plotting. As how any person may feel, revenge is not just any revenge, but a real conniving and hurtful revenge. It starts out as small as putting stones into the river, then flooding half the earth along with an old colony of ants. Later, it leads to kidnapping with the result of a murder. It shows how hurtful and out of hand revenge can get. Towards the end of the book, it shows how Ant, not meaning for it to get as out of hand as it did, goes into hiding, living with regrets and secrets. Not being able to ever tell anyone, he puts all his secrets in a stone hoping someone else can carry his burden.
This story, “What Is a Volcano,” is very relatable to society, children, adults, and all sorts of people. Revenge on others is not the key. Sometime when performing revenge, it does go too far, leading to bigger misunderstandings. Thus, the storying being called “Volcano.” Every misunderstanding builds up leading to the big blow up. When the volcano does erupt, its chaos, and hurts more than the intended audience.
The Crow’s Tale
By Adam Gamarra
The wind crashed into the mighty trees of the forest, as if trying to bend them to its will. The trees, seeming to not care, just stood firmly in place. The sound of animals could be heard here and there throughout the forest. In this forest sat a mighty tree, one that dwarfed all the other trees in it by a large margin. On this tree sat one lone crow silently napping away. The crow, letting out a small snore every once and awhile, was the only thing to disturb the calm atmosphere of the area. That is until there came a small thud from the base of the tree. This thud was just the first to come and as it repeated itself, it started to pick up in speed. After one mighty thud, the crow was finally jolted awake. Noticing a large man at the base of his home the crow’s curiosity quickly became insatiable, and he flew down to see what was going on.
This piece is an excerpt from “The Crow’s Tail”, a piece that was created by inspiration gained from Lesley Arimah’s book.