YWP: Would that be too much to ask?

Young Writers Project, an independent nonprofit based in Burlington, engages young people to write and use digital media to express themselves with clarity and power, and to gain confidence and skills for school, the workplace and life.

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Each week, VTDigger features a writing submission – an essay, poem, fiction or nonfiction – accompanied by a photo or illustration from Young Writers Project.

YWP publishes about 1,000 students’ work each year here, in newspapers across Vermont, on Vermont Public Radio and in YWP’s monthly digital magazine, The Voice. Since 2006, it has offered young people a place to write, share their photos, art, audio and video, and to explore and connect online at For more information, please contact Susan Reid at [email protected].

"Ferris Wheel" by Lily Meyer, 13, Montpelier, tied for first place in "Visual Art, Summer of Stories."

“She loves me, she loves me not, she loves me…” Sometimes our very definition of love feels more akin to jittery doubt. This week’s featured poet, Sawyer Fellows of East Burke, employs a repetition of words with slight variations that allow the speaker to reevaluate their relationship with each stanza, as one does when they hold something up to the light and turn it over in their fingers in study.

Would that be too much to ask?

Sawyer Fellows, 16, East Burke

Tied for first place in "Writing, Summer of Stories"

There is still hope for us yet. 
I only listen to Bon Iver now
because he is your new favorite artist,
just to learn something as personal as 
your eclectic favoring in music. 
Would that be too much to ask?

Is there still hope for us yet?
Like the minutes beyond an afternoon
shower, waiting for a rainbow, asking
politely of the clouds to move aside
to savor this nostalgia. 

Still, is there hope for us yet?
Because summer is cooling off like a
dog, and mercury will soon be in
retrograde, and I am too anxious to
ask for a sunset drive in your early
2000s, busted Volvo. 

Yet, there is still hope for us.
Since we share but an essay of words and
a reflection of glances with hidden
messages laced in sunken irises, 
I have yet to learn why you love music
sung softly in a sultry tongue. 

There is still hope for us yet. 
Because when I played "Blood Bank" while we were
painting the cabin an odd mallard brown,
you looked at me with the new purpose of
raising a life soaked in love.

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