My masterpiece

My Masterpiece
By Danica Dias

Wooden spindle, upright and tall
Yarn warped around me, upon miles and miles
But not too long.

Layers interlaced, up until you came along.
You poked, pried, and pulled
Unwinded, I fall.

Needles first I land
Unsure I took that chance
You tied the knot, holding my hand

You spun me like a princess
With every string, held a new layer.
A mess at first, I felt skinless

And with all my Golden Fleece you now possessed,
You created a masterpiece


My Masterpiece by Danica Dias

We belong and feel completed by making connections to others in our world.

The poem My Masterpiece by Danica Dias is an open, lyric poem with an optimistic yet hopeful tone, that describes a blossoming relationship between two people. This theme stays true to the thematic statement. To begin with, the structure of this poem is an open poem because it does not have a set rhyme scheme or meter and lyric because it expresses deep personal feelings of the poet. The rhyme scheme is not consistent throughout the poem, it does sometimes have a rhyme here and there but overall there is no set meter. This poem is very metaphorical but at the same time literal. It tells a beautiful story of a relationship through symbols of her being the yarn and him the needles, it’s composed in a manner where every line means something new.

In the poem My Masterpiece by Danica a handful of metaphors and symbols. From Danica being the yarn and finding her needles for the result of something beautiful. The poem starts off with Danica talking about how she’s strong and independent and how she has miles upon miles of yarn. Which the lines 2 and 3 are also a paradox, because something can’t be miles long but at the same time not too long. She then starts talking about meeting someone who started to untangle her “yarn” he “poked, pried and pulled” which is also an alliteration. Then she falls needles first which is a symbol, he is the needles because yarn and needles go together. “ You
tied the knot” which is literal as in when you start knitting you have to tie a knot, but also metaphoric as in getting married/making it official. “You spun me like a princess” is a simile and then some personification in line 11 because string can’t hold something, it doesn’t have hands. In the final lines Danica brings the poem all together in the last 2 lines talking about her “Golden Fleece” which is a symbol for her and her strength/pride and concludes with him making their relationship a masterpiece; so completed, he finished knitting.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a very meaningful poem, read this award winning piece of work written by yours truly Danica Dias.



Sugar daddies?

Where in the world sugar daddies thrive, why, and what’s being done about it.

I found this article extremely interesting not only did the title catch my eye but the whole concept. “Sugar daddies” and “sugar babies”.. This article was written with some humour accompanied with some irony, but in the end it’s actually quite an issue. So this is how it goes down, girls sign up on the websites “seeking arrangements”and or “business insider” and then seek for their sugar daddy. Which then they make an arrangement with what their relationship will be like and usually results with just company for money. Results have proven that’s its mostly students who register for these sites due to their student loans. There are over 10 million sugar babies and around 2.5 that have found their match. The biggest problem due to these websites are in Africa. South Africa has the largest number of HIV infections in the world: 7 million people infected. 22% of all the world’s new HIV infections in 2016 were in young women from West and Central Africa. Those areas contain only 7% of the world’s population but 17% of all the people living with HIV, and with 30% of the entire world’s HIV-related deaths in 2016. So due to these arrangements it causes these situations to be worse even though they’re also getting paid a lot. In the end is it really worth selling yourself to an older man for money…?

Masters Of Destruction

Masters Of Destruction

Ray Bradbury; a master of satire, from the king of symbols to, reading between the lines. What does a short story written 65 years ago have in common with a children’s movie? From the novel ‘Fahrenheit 451’ a masterwork of the twentieth-century set in an austere dystopian future, where thoughts do not exist but instead a constant titillation submerging humans deeper into materiality. Parallel to the 2008 a distant, but not so unrealistic, abandoned trash dispersed world; the movie ‘WALL-E’ our favourite garbage collecting robot left to clean up the mess us. These two stories are both critically acclaimed science fiction, and are both featured in a dystopian future. Despite their intended audiences, these two stories have much more in common than expected.

Is freedom really worth trading over for comfort, how much is one willing to give up? This is a reoccurring theme throughout dystopian science fiction, and is a key component to the stories ‘Fahrenheit 451’ and ‘WALL-E’. Due to the rampant overconsumption pressured by Buy N Large, in the movie ‘WALL-E’ all humans were forced to evacuate from their earth because it was no longer a sustainable place to live upon. Which they then climbed aboard the Axiom, not conscious that they were about to hand over their entire life to this ship. Buy n Large takes care of their every need, but also controls every aspect of their life. With a constant TV screen in front of their faces and buttons at their fingertips for everything one could ever need. They live on a ship stocked with every possible activity and amenity, but choose to be entertained only by their screens. Brainwashed like most teens in our society now. The need to have a device at your fingertips, not realizing that you’ve just checked the time three times in a minute because there is a constant hunger for a new notification, feeding off the poison of media. Humans in our world are now suffering from anxiety due to separation from their devices. Everyone is plugged into their devices, but are apathetic to what is going on around them. Which is well illustrated in ‘Fahrenheit 451’ when Mildred begs Montag for a fourth parlour wall even though they could barely afford the third. With their specialized seashell earpieces constantly who are gnawing at their brains. Which leaves them with no time to think, let alone the manipulative  rulers the firemen whom are not so philanthropic. “ Can you dance faster than the White Clown, shout louder than `Mr. Gimmick’ and the parlour `families’? If you can, you’ll win your way, Montag. In any event, you’re a fool. People are having fun”( Beatty) (pg171) Beatty is stating that people no longer care for thinking it is all just fun and games. As long as people are content, then there is no issue. Which then the movie (Wall-E) helps reinforce the idea that even even if the books were legal, people still would not read them. 

In addition, the effects of technology are allowing people to constantly consume, it can lead to a form of dehumanization, which is also a central theme throughout these two stories. In the movie ‘WALL-E’ everyone commutes by sitting on their hover chairs. No one would walk anywhere, let alone stand up; the machines would do absolutely everything for them. The citizens of the Axion feel disconnected from the world, along same way Montag can’t communicate with his wife. For example, when Montag notices the moon after walking and talking with his young hearted neighbour Clarisse; and John and Mary, the citizens only notice the stars after Wall-E and Eve have distracted them from their screens. Furthermore, everyone wore the same jumpsuits everyday, much like the firemen in ‘Fahrenheit 451’. Montag came to a realization “These men were all mirror images of himself!” (p. 30) Every firemen he has ever known had all the same facial features as him. Becoming clear that there is absolutely no individuality. Everyone is the same, everyone thinks the same, everyone is programmed the same. Every day the people from both dystopian futures become more and more robotic, with less and less feelings, they have turned into mindless corps who are now just as robotic as the machines they use in their everyday lives. 

Nevertheless, both stories the protagonists were seeking redemption from the corruption in their society, let alone the world. “ Many of them reminded me that we have little control over what we get from the world each day (whether people will love us, or whether we will win the lottery), but we have complete control over what we give to the world (whether we chose to be kind, charitable, and to give to others). These people reminded me that everything we take from the world dies with us, but everything we give to the world gets recycled.” ‘John Izzo’ The quote above by John Izzo from ‘The Five Secrets of Happiness’ has a parallel to the Grandfather’s philosophy “Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid in factories.”(p. 157) These are both very relevant quotes which do follow the plots from both stories and even in our society now. Us as humans have become so greedy and tend to do many things subconsciously. Constantly taking and abusing instead of cherishing and making a change. Which is perfectly illustrated in the movie ‘WALL-E’ the civilization who abused everything they had until they couldn’t no more, until they had to be removed from their own land. 

In both stories, events conclude to a dystopian society; possibly hoping to head back to a simpler time. The theme of rebirth is represented differently in each story. In ‘451’ the fire symbolizes destruction, but also the rebirth of Montag into his new world. In ‘WALL-E’ the small plant found by Wall-e represents the earth’s potential for regrowth, a possibility for a fresh beginning. Both protagonists, being Wall-E and Montag achieve their goals and head back to their homes by the end of the stories. Where the readers, or viewers, are left with hope that humanity could regrow back to a functioning society, symbolized by the tree of life; who exemplifies the end is also a new beginning. Whereas in our world, us humans have to stop taking everything for granted and start looking beyond this bubble that surrounds our “perfect lives” and realize one day our world will no longer look like this. Our society needs to put down these gimmicks that have taken over our lives; and slow down the over consumption before it is too late. Before me destruct this world, before we need to evacuate.


Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. Simon & Schuster, 2013.

Izzo, John. “The Five Secrets of Happiness”. 01/02/2008

WALL-E. Film, 06/21/2008, Andrew Stanton

Should school start later?

Sleep, our special outlet every night we have that lets us recharge ourselves for the next day. Yet do us teens get enough sleep every night, or does school start too early. Every student I’ve ever met has eventually came to the phrase once in their life “It’s too early to be at school.” In this article, an all girls school in Singapore did an experiment, starting school at 8:15 a.m. instead of 7:30 a.m., yet all the curriculum stayed the same as well as the end time. After running the experiment for 8 months they came to the conclusion that the girls were overall experiencing less depressive symptoms, and having an easier time staying awake in class. Studies prove that us teens need 8-10 hours of sleep yet over 75% of teens get less than 8 hours of sleep every night due to social media. Therefore when they wake up their biological sleep rythmes tend to get all mixed up. Even though this article is not very descriptive nor expressive, it still established many points and I found it very interesting. Not only did the article reveal how corrupted us teens sleep schedule are, but described how it effects us on a day to day basis. This is a topic I find very important and also applies to my everyday life which is the reason behind why I chose it. Also after reading this I feel even more great-full that Riverside starts at 9:00 a.m. Giving me that extra hour of sleep, which lets me preform and get through my day in a proper manner.

Is Valentine’s Day at an elementary school a good idea?

What caught my eye immediately was the title. It sparked a familiar feeling; making me think back to what I consider the “easy days” back in elementary school. Sitting in class ecstatic ready to receive all those goofy cards, yet not so tasty sweets. The class rule: a card for everyone. Establishes everyone would always receive a sac full of cards with some cheesy jokes. What reached out to me is when the author started using numerical statistics showing approximately how much people spend each year on cards, including the amount of cards purchased. Adding up to around 750 million cards, more like 750 million pieces of paper that get looked at for no more than 30 seconds to be just thrown into the trash. This piece the author wrote was all pretty ironic. Suggesting if we just take a brief second to think about it, isn’t it comical how so many kids participate in this holiday, even though they’re all so oblivious to what it’s really about. I completely agree with the direction the article was leaning towards to; stating that it’s sort of pointless for younger children in elementary school to be celebrating the day of love because in reality they could be spending their time on anything else, more “educational.” But personally I don’t think I would ever want to end this silly tradition. It’s a part of my childhood that I definitely enjoyed and truly got excited for. Therefore I personally wouldn’t ever want to take that experience away from the other children who haven’t been through it yet.