Plans, Hopes, and Dreams

By: Rashmi Admala


Plans, hopes, and dreams

Eighteen-year-olds waiting to graduate

Holding onto their grasp of freedom

Summer plans waiting to be conquered

A few more days felt like aching years


The roaring conversations of students filled the room

The volume ticks higher; increasing and increasing

A lion could roar and no one would hear the sound

Suddenly, word travels rapidly like the thoughts in one’s head

One by one each student powers down

Like there’s no battery left to use


All they remembered was lockdown:

An intruder has entered the school

The silence was deafening

Students were shaking

Like the trees in the wind


Lights; off

Doors; closed

Windows; covered

Mouths; shut


Footsteps and footsteps stomp like elephants

Still bodies with closed mouths

Eyes wide with fear, staring at one another

Like the souls have already left


The cold, metal doorknob violently shakes

There he is with the eyes of a maniac

Memories are clutched onto

Times of happiness come to protect

Special family moments engrave minds

Appreciation sinks in

Maybe there’s still plans, hopes, and dreams left


3 thoughts on “Plans, Hopes, and Dreams

  1. This poem was very powerful and made me feel something. I liked how you used the lines
    mouths; closed…etc. It was really unique.

  2. I love how you described your poem and it really made me want to appreciate life! The poem was very strong and creative!

  3. I really loved the lights, off, doors, closed, mouths, shut, windows, covered part! It really set the mood of the poem, and showed how scared students became.

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