Lines Like Espada

 

Poet Martín Espada, in his "Advice to Young Poets," writes:

                                

 

 

                               

                         Never pretend

                         to be a unicorn

                         by sticking a plunger on your head.

 

 

 

Our AP Literature class analyzed this question, writing our own three-four line poems that mirror Espada's style and message. Concise and provoking, what follows is our take on personal authenticity and introspection— lines like Espada.

 

 

Acknowledge that apples

in winter, were once ripe

in the wrong season

 

Eleni Papiacovou

 

Don't trace beauty

and call it creation.

 

Jessie Castagna

 

dont try to keep gluing back

together 

what has already been broken

over and over

 

Julianna Licona

 

Don’t try to be a carpet

by letting people

walk all over you.

 

Nick Arthur

 

Don't preach

Unless the words you speak

Are more beautiful than the 

silence they break

 

Aleena Nasser

 

Never pretend

to be an angel

by walking on a tightrope over the fire

 

Emma Graff

 

Never dissolve

your mystery to

doors and knobs

 

Lauren Gotard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never sell

Your heart on the black market 

Looking for love  

 

Emily Murphy

 

don't jump

into a barrel just to

get rolled

 

Lauren Redelman

 

don't pretend

to be a bird by 

flapping your arms

 

Adil Khan

 

mirrors provide the clarity we 

think we want, while puddles

reveal the perspective we really

need

 

Subhana Zafar

 

Don't be a chameleon

Always changing your colors.

So much that you don't know 

who you really are.

 

Nick King

 

Never try

To read a book

without opening the cover

 

Brianna Hansen

 

Stop Trying

To draw a snowflake

By looking at the ones outside

 

Eliot Yoon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never pretend to be Jesus

Just because you put your foot 

on water. 

 

Chris Borges

 

Advice to Politicians

 

never pretend 

to be a patriot

by simply wearing an American flag lapel.

 

Riley Turner

 

Never forget to pull the string of your parachute,

because you were too busy saying,

You only live once!

 

Annelise Campo

 

Advice to a So-Called Best Friend

 

Never pretend 

to always be listening

when your head is in the clouds.

 

Kayla Sakayan

 

You can't masquerade as Mother Nature

without dancing

on a few ants.

 

Brady Mondry

 

Don't try to be a ghost

by putting a white sheet over your head

 

Stephen Verderame