The Writer's Corner

Welcome to the St. Nicholas Academy Writer's Corner. The purpose of The Writer's Corner is to showcase exceptional written works by our students. Throughout the academic year we will rotate student writings to give a broad sampling of some of their best works. Enjoy!


My mind is blank like a wall

I have no thoughts none at all

I should be thinking about the

article due for this class

My mind is like a window pane

with no glass

Empty, echoing all the thoughts


My thoughts disappear like the

Titanic sank

My mind is blank like a wall

I have no thoughts none at all

-Mary Showalter



An Alphabet of Criminals

A is for Alice who held up a bank

B is for Bernie who killed Mr. Hank

C is for Carla who made counterfeit money

D is for Darrel who knocked off his honey

E is for Eddie who got busted for dope

F is for Frances who has no hope

G is for Gabe who gutted a stranger

H is for Harvey who shot at a ranger

I is for India who hijacked a car

J is for Jeremy who didn’t get far

K is for Kim who kidnapped a baby

L is for Louis who’s innocent…maybe

M is for Murphy who “borrowed” some paintings

N is for Nasha who did evidence tainting

O is for Oliver who stole the king’s yacht

P is for Paula who tried to buy pot

Q is for Quincy who lifted some jewels

R is for Ronald who broke all the rules

S is for Samson who blew up a bus

T is for Tim who strangled Old Russ

U is for Uncle who threatened his boss

V is for Vicky who poisoned the sauce

X is for Xing Xing who was being a pest

Y is for Yalena who was caught in Hong Kong

Z is for Zelda who just went along



Feature 3a big quiet cave

time stands still

so many saints

are together with me

They care and I care

and time does nothing to separate

their presence

Mine and Fr. Jacob’s voices break the

heavy silence

sweet perfumed incense curls upwards

with our supplications

muted cars whiz past outside as if in slow motion

another planet through the hazy

filmy curtains

we are here praying for the world

I’m hungry—sometimes bored—or cold—or hot

or tired and sleepy

But it’s just taken for granted

Fr. Jee Jee at 4:00 is what it is

 You gotta go

We say a lot of Lord Have Mercy’s.

We pray for the church, the archbishop,

the dead people, all the Christians,

the firefighters, the soldiers,

and help for ourselves.

Praying is such a perfect way to

handle problems.

And then we sing about saints who

jump into thorn holes to purge their

lustful thoughts—they are kinda crazy.

-Katharine Showalter