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Poetry Corner: “Graphophobia”

Poetry Corner: Graphophobia




The fear of misspelling

The fear of putting my thoughts out there

Putting my fingers on a keyboard

Picking up a pencil

It’s all too much


What if it’s bad?

What if it changes the world?

How will I know unless I try?

But why try when most fail?


I don’t want people to read what I write

But the need to hear what I have to say

Or do they?

Can one mind write the words that change the souls of others?


The pressure.

That all writing should be great

Grammatically correct

And world changing


The fun is gone, replaced by fear

Of what I could create, on accident or purpose

Of what I could destroy

Of the possibility of enjoying what I write,

only to have it shredded by the sharks of reality. 

I am at the mercy of their jaws


Why write when I can’t enjoy writing?

Why write when now I fear writing?




I just.


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Isabella DeCunzo, Co-President
Isabella is a junior at East Rockaway Jr/Sr High School and is so excited to be a Co-President of her favorite club, The Gull. She’s been an avid writer for the gull since the eighth grade and participates in many of East Rockaway’s sports teams like volleyball and softball. Isabella is also very interested in musical theater and loves to participate in the school musical every year. She loves to write about any books she’s currently reading, cool historical events, opinion pieces, T.V. shows, and movies.

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