By Kassi Cockrill
Kassi Cockrill was born in November of 2000, in Irving, Texas. She began writing poetry in the first grade when she wrote an acrostic poem as a mother’s day gift. She is currently growing up in Haslet, Texas and is being raised by her parents, Jeff and Kelly Cockrill. Kassi’s centers her poems themes around the feeling of home and comfort and reminisces through childhood memories that make her feel comfort and joy when she thinks or writes about them. Kassi hopes you enjoy her anthology project!
Where I'm From
I am from stuffed animals, from cheerios, from sonic.
I am from the cozy, inviting, warmth of my home.
I m from the bluebonnets, tulips, pecan trees, the rose bushes, poppies, sunshine.
I am from fried chicken on Christmas day, and brown hair, from Kelly and Cockrill and Strittmatter.
I am from the board-game players and the football watchers.
From “Sorry Charlie” and “Buckle up buttercup”.
I am from the catholic church during holidays.
I am from Irving, Texas and Germany.
From the time we went to the donut store and came home with a corgi, to being dressed up as a parrot for my first Halloween, to the time when I thought you could only breathe out of your ears.
I am from the office inside of a photo album with numerous child hood photos.
Leaping to Glory!
There Kassi was
Practicing and working
Perfecting her skills
Getting better by the day
The whole team had
Just stretched and was
Ready for the music to
Start so they could rehearse
Kassi was doing the dance,
Perfectly, hitting every
Accent with ease,
When all of the sudden
She did a pirouette, step-lead
Except her leap didn’t land,
She fell on the floor in
Front of her peers
Frightened to get back up,
She took a breath
She stood up mid-
Tomato-faced, built up
The courage, and kept
Dancing through the
She proved to herself
The she could fight through
And prove the she could
Do anything under pressure.
Stressed- Structure Poem
Stress is like an extra weight on your shoulders, nobody wants it, but in the end often enough it can make you stronger; that is, if you can handle it correctly. Stress can make people either rise to the occasion or crack under the lime-light. Stress can either make you do well in life and learn serious time-management skills and be happier and more successful in life or it can result in failure and can result in horrible life decisions to “relieve stress”. All I personally hope for in the future is that all of the stress I feel now is only helping me get stronger as a person, as a student, and as a teenager.
Ode to my hairtie
Ode to my hair tie, you hold my lions main of hair together when I have just washed it and don’t have the energy to blow-dry and straighten in. you let me know that even though my life and hair are both complete and udder messes… you’ll have my back forever and I couldn’t thank you enough for that. I’ll forever be indebted to you.
Falling in Love- Sonnet
Love doesn’t always work out the way you want it to
Sometimes it can have a lot of complications
It can be easy if you can make do
Or it can be difficult and make your heart go through many formations
Love can make you go through some kind of feeling
It can help you believe
Love can also leave you reeling
It can even make you receive
I’ve heard that falling in love is just crazy
Sometimes falling in love sounds so sweet
I’ve also heard that it can make things go hazy
Also, falling in love can be a real treat
Falling in love can help you achieve your hopes and dreams
However, when in love, nothing is ever as it seems.
I kind of liked this project. For starters, poetry is NOT the easiest topic in the world for me, nor do I think it will ever be. But I have to admit, it was a lot of fun to try out different poetry structures and step out of my comfort zone. It was also fun to write about myself since we don’t get to do that very often in this class. My favorite poem to write was definitely the “Where I’m From” poem because I got to sit down with my mom and learn a little bit more about my family when asking her some of the questions that was in the poem. Something that inspires me to become a better writer is when different authors write about their life, especially if their writing is sarcastic and has humor, those authors specifically draw my attention. My intended effect on the reader would’ve been to show a sense of comfort and joy when reading my poems.