Art by Nadiya Cody

Artwork by Nadiyah Cody

The Welcome

A Poem by Valentina Jusic from Collegiate

Welcome to the never-ending high school

reunion. Welcome, old friends and boyfriends.

However mean and cruel, let’s not make amends.


The present. Why do we hide the fact

that every stage of life is not like high school?

Let’s exhale, give all the attention to each other

and play the game


that ruined our childhood for good,

where fame and shame don’t have a line.

As long as people know our name, who cares.

Let’s go online instead of reaching for a hand.


Let us sign in, spend hours,

and wonder every night why we are so lonely.