Junior Jaydn Tapia has been named this year’s MSMHS poet laureate. On Friday, April 27th, Jaydn joined a small group of other student poets from Connecticut high schools to read their work at Stonington's La Grua Center. The reading, hosted by The Arts Café Mystic, followed a three hour workshop session with Melanie Greenhouse, who runs poetry workshops for senior citizens. Students, including Jaydn Tapia (Marine Science Magnet High School), Kai Febus (Fitch High School), Jayden Saguiped (Montville High School), Moon Patnoad (Norwich Free Academy), Sarah Doberger (Stonington High School), Pankhudi Prasad (Waterford High School), and Natalie Gray (Westerly High School) had the opportunity to learn about poetry and refine their writing ability.
Jaydn's submitted poems, “obscure crying” and “Shave my head,” both focus on specific moments in his life. The idea for “obscure crying,” first came while driving and tearing up. Jaydn said that he was interested in “the way the lights of the road would turn into obscure shapes of light.” “Shaving my head” has similar personal meaning, recalling details of shaving his head two summers ago. However, he states that, "It's not really about my hair but more so about how when I was a kid”. He explains that he finds the poem to be a reflection of that simpler time: being a kid.
This type of work isn’t new for Jaydn. “I've been writing ever since I could hold a pencil,” he says, explaining that with age, he has “matured into poetry”. His work often blurs the boundary between writing and music, saying “poems tend to be songs” he writes for his guitar. He says he continues to write “because it genuinely makes me content with myself and my work.”
He cites the MSMHS community for welcoming him and making him feel at home. “To the school I want to say thank you for accepting me for who I am and to never live on the boundaries that are set for you by others. Choose life and make it yours. Never let anyone choose it for you.” He adds, “I also want to thank Mr. Jones for giving me an outlet to share my poems and being a real inspiration of mine. Thank you for encouraging me and being not only a great teacher but a great friend.”
lately i found
i always have tears
im my eyes,
they obscure my vision
and refract the light
making me see bright colors.
It's almost beautiful enough
to distract me
from why the tears are there
in the first place.
Shave my head
Every now and then
I think about shaving my head again,
How maybe if I shave my head again
Flowers would start to grow out of my eyes,
Blinding me from the sight of
What the real world looks like,
Maybe if I shaved my head again,
Ill act like I did back then
And maybe if I shaved my head again
The change will be enough to change how this ends.