Diary Entries (Major Character)

  Romeo: June 26, 1307   Dear diary,   Why does Benvolio seek to thrust me into the arms of a new mistress every instant he gazes upon a young to-be-wife? His continues spouting about how I’ve lost sight of all the beauties in this world, the plethora of potential courtiers that surround me, the…

Diary Entries (Minor Characters)

  Benvolio: June 26, 1307   Dear diary,      Out of all days, he has to come and complain about this one, and about this damsel that he cares so much about but has left him dead inside. This Rosaline, a heartless wench I’m sure, a devoted nun, so she gave away sin and the…

The Things I’ve Lost

The Things I’ve Lost By: Ignacio Benito Ash-black and grey pencil case abandoned somewhere in the corner of ZIS’s third-grade classroom in the blue metal cubbies on my last day of school after an hour worth of tears, left to rot. A chestnut-brown child’s book on the basics of German somewhere in the third room…

Kind Hands

A Kind Hand By: Ignacio Benito      Her shoulder-long black hair and brown eyes melted with her almond skin, only for her vividly colored top layered with flowers, molas, and creative designs coming from the farthest reaches of the local culture to burst into a deluge of colors. A sharp, vigorous voice resounds across…

The Things I Carry

The Things I Carry By: Ignacio Benito   Torn and worn jacket Unmovable mittens Tucked away hood The love of my grandmother My father’s hope and care   With me I always carried a winter jacket, warm and thick it kept the biting winds at bay. Tattered by the years, rain, snow, and a lack…

She Left Something Behind

  (Audio Part 1)  (Audio Part 2)   “El diablo no sabe por diablo pero por viejo.” “The devil is not wise because he’s the devil, it’s because he’s old.” She Left Something Behind   Vico who could not stand the heat has left me. She took her clothes, pens and pencils, her priceless books…

Run To Belong

(Audio) “No one is invisible.” Run To Belong   It was then that he spoke those words that I finally knew that I would belong to something for years to come. Mr. Reeves, a short man with a buzz cut like that of drill sergeant that you see on boot-camp training videos. Always wore neatly…

Reading Log #4 – A Long Way Gone

The end of Ishmael’s story approaches, but that of thousands of children who are still reminiscing over the atrocities they have had to endure. Ishmael will go on to represent those who have suffered alongside him, and he will bridge the gap between those that endure the fate of war and those who observe from…

Reading Log #3 – A Long Way Gone

It is yet another block of  A Long Way Gone that chills my bones word for word, page by page. Ishmael’s story has taken a drastic turn, as he begins to leave behind his war-torn past he’s increasingly aware of just how alone he has been left in a world he does not recognize. Dragged into a rehabilitation…

Reading Log #2 – A Long Way Gone

As I further explore the and delve into the world of Ishmael Beah I am met with some of the most ferocious scenes that you can find in the book that were endured by anyone. As a 15-year-old at the time, he’s been faced with some of the most morbid circumstances any teen could endure…

Reading Log #1 – A Long Way Gone

Ishmael Beah, a teen that has been exposed to the most brutal, barbarous, merciless, aspects of mankind, war. Having lived and fought as a child soldier during the Sierra Leone civil war, his life has been drenched in the blood of those he’s killed and shadowed by the vicious killing of his family. During a…