Loaded

A bead of sweat makes its way down my face

Feet tapping

Looking around like a mouse

Afraid, anxious, apprehensive

A hot ball bouncing in my chest, trying to break out

Like swallowing something without chewing

Forget butterflies, there’s birds in my stomach

Always in motion, like the ocean

Hands quivering

Fighting the temptation

To scream as loud as I can

I am a loaded gun

Ready to go off at any moment

Snowboarding

Snowboarding

The icy air blows in my face

As I twist and turn down the slope

I feel the snow underneath me

A soft cool pillow

Ready to catch me

I have made my way down this mountain

So many times

I know it like the back of my hand

My friends and I laugh and talk

As we hurl snow at our faces

The best part of the trip is the hotel

Where we play card games

And drink too-hot chocolate

Losing track of time

In our laughter and bliss

Finally, it’s time to sleep

So we can do it again tomorrow

Mahatma Gandhi

       Mahatma Gandhi was an Indian civil rights activist who helped India break off from British rule. Mahatma Gandhi was born into a Hindu merchant caste family in coastal India in 1869. He worked as a lawyer in Africa before returning to India, where he organized farmers, peasants, and urban laborers to protest against excessive land taxes. Later in his life, he walked 250 miles in objection of the tax on salt.

       He lived a very modest life, eating only simple vegetable and fasting for long periods of time, both as means of self-purification and political protest. He was also put in jail many times for his protests.

       Finally in 1947, Britain allowed India to be independent, but it was split into Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan. Because of their different beliefs, violence broke out and Gandhi undertook many fasts to stop religious violence. The purpose of his last fast was thought to pressure India into paying back cash owed to Pakistan, but many Indians thought he was too accommodating. As a result, he was assassinated in 1948 by Nathuram Godse who shot him 3 times in his chest.

       Gandhi believed in peaceful resolutions over violent resolutions and in self-rule. He also laid a base for nonviolent protest. Even though Gandhi died 71 years ago, his beliefs and ideas are still living today.

Sparta vs Athens

Choosing where to live is always a hard decision, but it was even harder for people in Ancient Greece. Sparta, the “meat” of Ancient Greece, raised their kids to have self-control and obedience. Their government was an oligarchy, meaning that there was a small group of people that ruled the entire city-state. They had the largest and strongest army in all of Greece. Spartans also treated their women with care, unlike other city-states. Also, they invented a clever early encryption code for sending messages between different generals.

       Athens, on the other hand, created the base of democracy, a government in which the people elected a representative to make decisions for them and were open to progress and new ideas. Athens also invented many new forms of architecture such as using optical tricks to make pillars and supports seem like they are perfectly straight.

       Although living in Sparta would mean that you are in a powerful city-state, you would be surrounded by hostile city-states, living in fear of a revolution and the living conditions would be too harsh. Athens, however, had a pretty fair government to men, a variety of jobs, and was overall more easygoing and wealthy.

       All things considered, the advantages of living in Athens outweighs the advantages of living in Sparta by a landslide.

Loaded

Loaded

A bead of sweat makes its way down my face

Feet tapping

Looking around like a mouse

Afraid, anxious, apprehensive

A hot ball bouncing in my chest, trying to break out

Like swallowing something without chewing

Forget butterflies, there’s birds in my stomach

Always in motion, like the ocean

Hands quivering

Fighting the temptation

To scream as loud as I can

I am a loaded gun

Ready to go off at any moment