Inquiry Poem

Self-Made Bubbles

Fog blocking and hazing over the happenings on the outside,
we are barricaded and blind from being in our own higher worlds,
with no ways for us to hear pass the harsh winds,
that are quickly chewing them apart,
They are stuck in what is bubble gum, unable to imagine a future
as this is the place where we need to restart.

We are trapped in our self-made glass bubbles,
Safe, are we?
Yes, but with us being oblivious when having our heads curled to the ground,
The fact is that these bubbles are keeping us spellbound,
From realizing this organized chaos.
Chaos of people treating their fellows in such an inhumane way,
This treatment has had its overstay

In the naked light, we can see ten thousand people, maybe more
Drained to the core by this war of oppression, we had ignored
For way too long, its crazy how much we are in the wrong,
Still we are hypnotized by this cheery and strong birdsong,
We sing together to belong,
This is the future, let’s come along,
Please…unfreeze and break from our individual glass bubble
And escape these horrible toxins and overcome the rubble.


Mackenzie Clarke’s “Self-Made Bubbles is a free verse poem that touches on the theme of how there is oppression that still happening in this current age, but our society chooses to have a blind eye to this fact and ignore it when they see it. Her poem explores and goes into the inquiry question of “What motivates us in the face of despair and oppression?” but when addressing we could have the motivation but not also the drive or want to fix the problems of our society. The phrase, “This treatment has had its overstay” is an example of personification where she expresses her belief that we need to find the will to change and stop the oppression from happening. The use of the allusion “unable to imagine a future” hints on how it is hard for the people who are being oppressed to think or have the hope that a time where they won’t be a target of oppression. The symbolic title of “Self-Made Bubbles” shows that it not only society shielding us from the seeing information, however, we also put up figurative walls to be oblivious a not see the full story of what is happening. There is a line in the poem talking about a hypnotizing birdsong, this part contradicts as birdsongs are usually perceived as cheerful and happy things. However, the author is referring to how society sometimes masks the bad with a distraction and if we try to look pass it, it is going against the norm or society.

Blog Log #3 – Walking With Trees

The security of a forest
As I was going through several themes looking for an essay that would peak my interest, I found this essay about the way a forest could make this author feel safe. I think the initial reason that I wanted to write a blog log for this essay is that Pamela R. Lowe has a very powerful and metaphorical style of writing. A style of writing is very similar to the “The Book Thief”, the book I recently finished. I especially made the connection to the narrator, death from “The Book Thief” in the way they describe places from this quote; “Their calm was like a blanket on a sleeping child, a silent solace that quieted my heart and soothed my nerves. There, I found the strength to let go, forgive, surrender and finally become my true self — a beacon rather than a shadow, realizing that life was not a struggle, but a flow of rhythms and dances — complete and beautiful.” The author demonstrates her relationship between the forest and her father, in a truly enchanting manner with the way she manipulates her language throughout the essay. The exemplification of how she can be in so much peace when with nature is showing how a lot of people can find their inner peace in their safe places.

The link to Pamela R. Lowe essay:


Discomfort can be a Good Thing – Blog Log #2

I like to think of myself as a determined person, however, I don’t particularly like the discomfort, that trying can have. So, the title “Discomfort” received my attention as I want to discover why someone was saying it could be good and important to be feeling. Daniel Libman, the author, of “Discomfort” reveals how he believes in discomfort, after completing a week-long bike ride in the Rocky Mountains. The author is insightful to the ways of how being uncomfortable can end up making the goal more rewarding. A connection that I have is  when I am doing a triathlon and how I am usually quite sore and tried throughout. However, as I am finishing the race and passing over the finish line, all the discomfort makes me feel even more proud of my achievement. I believe that with the discomfort that you are feeling, the end product will be more rewarding.

Here is the link to the essay:


The Sounds of Screen – The Veldt

Ray Bradbury’s short story The Veldt is about the Hadley family and how they live in a house is completely run by machinery. Bradbury illustrates the way how the majority of humanity is headed if we continue down this path when using technology. My poem was heavily inspired of the Veldt and how technology can change the dynamics between families and friends.

The Sounds of Screen

Tap, tap, tap

What is this, a new app?

Replacing, taking our time that we state is so precious

We are reckless


Kids are being disconnected from friends and parents

And having them be exchanged with technology parrots

Sure parrots are great they say

But when you reach the point in time where everything is grey

The guidance of a real and I mean real person is the doorway


Likes and comments might fill you with false happiness

However, with one dislike or mean statement


Be carful the internet can be quite ravenous


We treat this tool as child’s play

Yet it is almost at our doomsday.

But, I mean what do we even think?

The next generation can deal with the problem of our tech, right?


No, let us take flight towards the daylight

We have the power to rewrite

It is important that we ignore the wants of our overconsumption

Time to stop making assumptions


Blog Log #1 – The Power of Story

How Stories Can Change Your Perspective

I love the thrill of reading and getting transported to a different world, so when I saw the title of this essay, “The Power of Story”, I knew that it would be of great interest to me. Nathan Alling Long did an amazing job of keeping me engaged the whole time with his style of writing. Also, I like how when talking about the power of story; his writing was reflection of a past event during his childhood; showing great imagery. I was instantly reminded how as children, we have such a grand imagination and our way of coping is quite polar compared to adults. The author illustrates this when he thought that his dog was on an adventure with wolves when his dog was missing; “My wolf days are over,” Gracie seemed to say “I’m back to being a dog”. Mr. Long establishes early on in the essay that the power of stories are what can change our perspective on certain aspects of life.