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Friday, June 13, 2014


 Hello everyone!  So, next week I'm going to be getting on a plane and flying to New York, then to London and finally France for two weeks.  In France I'm going to be doing a two week art camp which is run by my dearest friends Bruce and Alisa.  I'm super excited, and can guaruntee many posts from my travels!  Before I leave, however, I'd like to leave you with something.

 On Monday, I graduated from 8th grade at Turning Point.  It was a wonderful occasion, and many friends and family joined me for it.  Each one of them made it truly special, I'm not going to bore you with a list of names.
To start, the Head of School (remember when that was me for a day?) said something about each of us. Then, we each gave a short poem about ourselves, the only guidelines were that we
1) had to include a line about our community
2) had to include a line about our family, because graduation is just as much about them as it is about the actual graduates
3) it had to include something beginning with 'my soul is'

So, I though that I'd share my poem with you...

Graduation Poem
   By: Kellen

My soul is a fiery chariot that never stops blazing
My soul is testing the boundaries
Holding a girl who watches the stars,
That’s where you’ll find me,
Looking out at nothing, but with me there’s always something
Always something to make me smile, full of joy
A bubble of emotion and a static wire crackling with life
See through my eyes, those common hazel eyes
Behind their brownish skies there’s a portal, spilling into our dimension everything from the one that I’ve invented
And all the writing that I’ve done up from the paper
And all the sketches and the pictures come to life,
See those rainbow sparks that crackle through the night
Those are the friends and family that form a firework,
my firework
And in the place I live, the land I’m from, they might not know my name, but soon they will, I’m sure of it
See the tiny girl with scrunchies in her hair
That was me at the beginning, how far I’ve come from there
To this place that is my home, and I won’t forget it in a lifetime
See the tiny fingers pointing to the stars
Years ago I caught them in droplets of crystal shimmers
The only girl who talks to the moon, and doesn’t fear what the sky will do to me
See how I’ve grown up like a flower, tall and wild, tame but true
And the smile on my face is like an ocean, the calm before a storm
See the girl who watches the stars, that’s me
Looking past what’s already happened, to the future, it’s a giant white page in front of me
But I know what’s out there, and I’m ready for anything, to branch out like a tree

Because with me, there’s always something

At our post graduation lunch at Petrossian

After the ceremony


  1. Bonjour Beauty - had a fantastic time in New York and London. We can't wait to see you here in France on July 2nd. It's going to be amazing. We are so proud of you. We've watched you grow from a tiny 4 year old to an amazing 14 year old. So excited for your high school years and beyond. Love you. B&A

  2. well....I should have proofed before I hit send. Had should be have.

  3. So very excited for the next step in your journey .
    I remember my moms phone call telling me about your birth! Your summer plans sound amazing . Enjoy!

  4. That was beautiful Kellen! Have a wonderful summer.
    Rosemary (Jeannie's sister:)

  5. Congratulations Kellen! What a beautiful poem. I am amazed at your thoughtfulness and beautiful reflection, it's quite inspiring. Have a wonderful time on your travels this summer and I look forward to reading your posts and hearing all about it! Lots of love, Leslie xxx

  6. Congratulations Kellen. Your summer sounds amazing. Looking forward to your posts. Hope to see you soon.


  7. You are a beautiful genius!!
    Enjoy your upcoming trip...
    You must go to the VERY TO of The Galleries Lafayette...(up the last flight of stairs)..the view ...and the restaurant is fabulous!

  8. Kel-I've read this 4 times-I only wish I could memorize it. Don't have the brain cells like I used to-you are:
    Take it all in and have the most wonderful month.
    And I love you.

  9. Hi Kellen, really enjoyed your latest BlOG.
    I'll be in London too, maybe we will bump into each other in the Palace?
    Have a great trip.

  10. Dear kellen
    Happy graduation. Wish I had been there to see you and hear you recite your poem. Think I have said this before about your writing. It bears repeating. Your poem is profound. Thank you for sharing it with me. Needless to say I wish you all good things. Love aunt Anne
    ps please wish a happy Father's Day to your dad and to your grandfather.

  11. Hi Kellen

    Thank you!!

    A lovely poem , well done


  12. "What a marvelous poem, full of bright life and hope. Your future will be exceptional, just as you are now. Difficult to believe you are only starting high school! We're waiting to hear..or read...what happens on this side of the ocean..keep writing!! Much love, the Berauds from France"

  13. Dear Kellen, you seem to be a witty,sweet, merry and high-talented girl... We hope to see you again some day
    Enjoy your summer trip to NY and Europe !
    And please, convey our Best Regards to your parents
    and grandparents at home
    With Love , Chaiuta & Moshe (Israel)

  14. I love this poem, it seems to convey so much brightness and total joy.