The Magic Box by Abby Jones

I will put in the box A snowflake falling from the deep sky, A petal from a red rose, And the first breeze that ever blew. I will put in the box An autumn leaf dancing to the ground, A gleaming ring worn by a princess, And the first flame from a dragon. I will [...]

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Gaby’s Magic Box by Gabriella Nagy

I will put in the box   Mountains with snow capped peaks Flowers that only grow in the sea Lots of tears and memories.   I will put in the box   Eyes that see everywhere Laughter and smiles of who we love The bright yellow light of the sun.   I will put in [...]

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Puff Adder (Photo by Wendy Fidao)

The Magic Box by William Hales

I will put in the box The howl of a grey wolf Poison of a puff adder The sound of the wind whistling I will put in the box The sound of the Tardis Eight commands in Russian A bullet firing from a gun I will put in the box Winston Churchill’s voice Sloths climbing [...]

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My Magic Box by Maya Lant

I will put in my box A shooting star from a starlit sky A flag from a queens pink castle A feather that once fell from the golden sun I will put in my box The first drop of snow that ever fell from up above The venom from a sneaky jellyfish A leg from [...]

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Greek spear

The Magic Box by Adam Butcher

I will put in the box The flow of the North Sea on an Autumn’s night , Bombs from the inside of a German bomber, The tip of an ancient Greek spear. I will put in the box A hero from Lord of the Rings A scythe of the deathly hand of the Grim Reaper, [...]

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The Magic Box by Kit Wright

Sue Wilsea, PhD student in Creative Writing at Newcastle University, used Kit Wright’s poem, The Magic Box, as inspiration for a group of primary school children to write poetry of their own, in the Creative Writing After-School Club she led during 2014. This is a link to Kit reading the poem himself. Some of the [...]

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Nicole Grebby

Trapped by Nicole Grebby

“3, 2, 1 GO!” This is the sound that I hear.  Every time I step out onto the stage to perform with the band. You can say it’s like a second life I have; the first life is with the band, the second is where I hide away in the dark, hunted like an animal. [...]

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Saidul Abdul

Flash fiction by Saidul Abdul

As soon as we parachuted out of the burning helicopter and landed next to the “A” flag, we rushed in, guns blazing.  We cleared the room out of enemies, only to be greeted by another wave of enemies, who quickly depleted our ammo. I demanded more ammo, but as I was doing so, a bullet [...]

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Tye Brown

The Mass by Tye Brown

A swarming mass of brilliant birds, Flapping high above the trees, Which tower above me. They fly in perfect harmony, In perfect formation, With perfect grace. They fly as one, but are many individuals, Flying into the late sun. They will soon disperse, And the phenomenon will be over, In an ever saddening instant.

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Why Did I Go? by Amber Covington

This life looks like Heaven and Hell. It sounds like Death; quiet. But it sounds like a war; loud. It is still, as I wander and watch as an alienated ghost follows my every move through each brick exterior. Each step I take on the cobble-filled passageway has a different feel to my bare feet. [...]

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Hostile Pavements by Johnny Ord

The sunlight hit me like a hammer, straight in my eyes. I hadn’t felt light like this in a long time. Occasionally sun would creep through the tiny window in the room in which I slept, giving my cell an ominous orange glow, but it never had the perfect angle with which to blind me, [...]

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Catching Up by David Wynter

My recollection of the outside world seemed to distort and blend into an unintelligible mess of greys and greens. That being said, the multitude of imaginary escapes I had dreamt up over these 14 long years may resemble familiar places from distant memories but I cannot be sure. As the nurse wheeled me, painfully slowly, [...]

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