AuthorPaul K.

A Poem Worth Sharing

As it grew taller and taller every day, from each floor to floor

As the progress went on and on our ambition grew greater and greater

Yes we had times when we believed that we’ll reach the summit of the earth

But who knew our ambition was nothing but a lousy and reckless defiance and a curse

 

Who would forget that day of judgment and His sacred hand

Just how foolish we were facing the salvation and did we not understand?

Now I know how arrogant and snobbish we were trying to oppose the absolute

Oh, now I know we shall live for nothing but for thy given vocation and go the right route

 

We tried to speak through mouth but nothing came out

It was the simple perplexity that caused the bluster

We fretted and fumed trying to say the unintelligible word

But nothing came out but an empty sound

 

Even today, alas, we regret the day

We weren’t aware and we stayed up all night with pray

I am sorry my son for letting you face the utter confusion

Oh my Lord, forgive us and convince us that it was all just a delusion

Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

The Tower of Babel is a story that appears in the Bible. A population lived in the area of Mesopotamia in Babylon. They settled in a land named Shinar, and they all spoke one language. The people decided to build a tower, a proud symbol of how great they had made their nation. The Babylonians wanted a tower that would reach to the heavens so that they could be like God and that they would not need Him. However, God did not like the pride and arrogance in the hearts of the people. God caused the people to suddenly speak different languages so they could not communicate and work together to build the tower. This caused the people to scatter across the land. The tower was later named The Tower of Babel because the word Babel means confusion.

My creative piece is a poem that I wrote based on a painting  “The Tower of Babel” drawn by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Through the poem, I was trying to go into the life of a man who experienced this event, and I tried to show his regrets toward this incident. I didn’t quite follow a particular rhyme pattern, but I used end rhymes in several places. When I was writing this poem, I was really careful with the word choices. I used dictionaries, thesaurus, idiom dictionary in order to find the perfect words or phrases that suit the overall mood of my poem. Also, the 1st, 2nd, and 4th stanza are structured in a way so that the first line is the shortest, then as it goes on to the lines that follow, the length of the lines gets longer and longer; It gets narrower as it goes up. By structuring that way, I was trying to give an impression of the tower.

Paul’s Short Story

During our short story unit, we produced five pieces in total and turned in one of them as our summative assessment. Writing a short story required our creativity to think of a unique writing material and to plot the story. The first few writings, however, were not quite successful. Despite all the efforts I put into my pieces, they were far from being creative and unique. After going through so much failures, I decided to try something different for my last creative writing piece. I wanted to produce something simple but engaging, and at the same time, trying not to make it tedious and superficial.

I don’t want to go through the details of the story, because it might be a spoiler, but the story is based on my personal experience. (You’ll get it when you read it, but don’t get me wrong 😝  I wasn’t a maniac when I was young.)

Among the literary devices that we learned through out the semester – Personification, Alliteration, Imagery, and Simile – I got some comments from Mrs. Dowty that I wasn’t quite using imagery in my previous writings, so for this piece, that was one thing I really focused on.

I turned in this piece of writing for my summative assessment, and I don’t regret doing it. I am really proud of what I’ve produced here.

Short Story-rmoujd

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