by The Cowl Editor on October 2, 2020


colorful kaleidoscope
Photo courtesy of pixabay.com

by Jess Polanco ’21

If you face what they see, would you be able to see what they face?
The lines, the colors.
Take a closer look.
Their feet carry all the weight.
Pace yourself when you walk.
Come on, walk at my pace.
Can you see the pain behind the masks on their face?
The lines, the colors.
The boxes.
The walls are thicker, they’re thickening the walls on these boxes.
With blue and gray.
Coating smiles.
Black. Purple.
Thicker lines that can’t be erased.
Can you see the pain they’re editing onto the masks on their face?
Hand me the yellow.
Can I face what you see?
Can you paint a smile on your face for me?


Alcatraz of Balloons

by Connor Zimmerman on March 5, 2020


by Jessica Polanco ’21

In Lil Rhody somewhere,
There was a young girl,
With her mind a bit too into romance and a spine still learning to straighten.
I write things down for a living.
I spend days pissed off at gravity or,
Amazed at the fact that 7 billion people are breathing as we speak.
I do these things and you call me an artist.
You say of sorts,
I should be a musician of the heart,
But you don’t know me or the hells.
And GOD,
If you did.
And the truth is
I’ve been scared to tell the other side of the story
The story of the engine behind all this now.
My momma says
All it takes is one look at the girl and you can tell I’ve been a rose tongued wordsmith since birth
But forreal forreal,
I didn’t start bleeding ink until circa late junior high.
Around the time back seats on school field trips started getting awesome
Parentless cribs was all that we lived for
And 1999 coupes could fit all 6 of us.
I grew up with the outliers
But time made it very clear that I would in fact never fit into the major bubble.
I traded in playing dress up to ramble about pretty boys and shit
That kept running from my reach.
It was different back then,
Back when it was just that pen in my teenage rebellion,
Every blank page seemed like a mountain
And every poem opened its own Alcatraz of balloons.
By high school, things in my ribcage began demanding refuge,
And it wasn’t just writing anymore.
They weren’t just poems,
It was my best proof of God.
A bed for my misunderstandings.
A glimpse of sin and salvation in the same second.
What were once journals were now holy purges,
And I learned just how fucking real a night could get with some paper and some secrets.

A pencil sketch of Alcatraz with balloons flying away from the prison
Graphic design by Connor Zimmerman ’20

14 Ways to Say I Love You

by Connor Zimmerman on February 14, 2020


by Jessica Polanco ’21

Candy hearts with sayings on them that say, "Love You," "Kiss Me," "Shut Up," and "Stay Away."
Photo courtesy of publicdomainpibtures.net & Graphic design by Connor Zimmerman ’20

I love you.
I hate you.

I want to hear your voice.
Shut up.

Hug me.
Don’t touch me.

Come over.
Stay away.

Kiss me.
Don’t kiss me.

We make a good team.
I’m better without you.

I miss you.
Leave me alone.