English 10: Writing Portfolio


Catholic Memorial High School



Creative Writing  
  .Dear Linton Kwesi Johnson,

I am not the poetry-lovers type, and not many writers have come to inspire me in the past. When I
came across your books, poems, and recordings, they did inspire me. My name is Bomani
Simmonds-Jennings, and I am a 10th grade student at Catholic Memorial High school in West Roxbury,
Massachusetts. The reason for me writing this letter to you is that I am inviting you to come and
read one or some of your poems, or an excerpt from one of your books at my school.

I understand that your were born in Jamaica, but moved to London with your mother when you were 10
years old. I myself am Jamaican. My grandfather moved to Massachusetts from Jamaica like you did to
London when he was little. I think this takes much bravery to move from country to country as a

I found out a lot of interesting things about you on my own time. I envy you for many thing such as
how you were awarded a C. Day Lewis Fellowship in 1977. I also came across you books Voices of the
Living and the Dead and Dread, Beat, an' Blood. I personally like your poem Jamaica Lullaby. My
favorite part in this is,

“The memories hearts are keeping
Will soon slide down in dreams
When no one sleeps
But close their eyes and weeps”

In conclusion I would very much enjoy your visit to my school. If you do not come my birthday wish
will not come true. I loved reading about you and finding more and more information about your life.
You are one of my favorite authors and I hope to finally meet you sometime.

I look forward to hearing from you,
Bomani Simmonds-Jennings

  Ali Insanov is a Health Minister who was accused on coup d'etat and mass riots. He was arrested
on the day before the 2005 parliamentary vote. Along with Insanov, former Economic Development
Minister Farhad Aliyev and a few other high-level officials were charged with corruption and a coup
attempt against President Aliyev. They are not fully exculpated yet, and there will be another trial
to determine if they should be excused or not.

"All charges against me are faked. Ali Insanov is a political prisoner and nobody can deny
it," Insanov said, speaking of himself in the third person. He was furious because he believed
that he was falsely accused. At his trial In February he also said, "I am accused of
misappropriation, but I have no yachts, private airplanes, industrial facilities and big farms as
other government members do."

I do not understand why someone would want to commit a “crime” like this. Also I do not think that
it should even be given time for because I don’t believe that it is that serious in this case. If
one was about to kill the president for power, that is another story. However I do not believe that
this is worth time in jail.

I was not able to find any novels or poems that had anything to do with Insanov’s “crime”. He was
accused of something that if he got away with it, he would most likely make a lot of money. When one
has a lot of money, they have the chance to get a lot of power as well. However, power in the wrong
hands could lead to danger.





















Dogs bark, birds chirp, cats meow, and humans speak. All of these are forms of language. The English
language is one of the most dominant languages in the world and has many words, rules and
regulations. English is like a foot, one can live without it, but it makes life much easier with

The word “do” is 1110 years old. It has many definitions, some older and different than others. The
American Heritage dictionary defines the word “do” as “to perform.” The Unbridged dictionary defines
the word “do” as to perform or execute. These are the newer definitions of the word.

The earliest definition of the word “do” is found in the Oxford English Dictionary. The earliest
definition is “to put, place.” This definition was first used for this word in 879.

People in modern days use the word “do” for mostly the same reason with the same definition.
Lovensky Valmond, Catholic Memorial High school tenth grader uses the word in the context of “people
do work for a living.” He is using the definition “to perform” in this context. Cardinal Spellman
High school student Brittany Roy uses the word in the context of “you can do it,” using the same
definition. Third, Jimmy Moresy, Blue Hills Regional Vocational High school student uses the word in
the context, “I do it,” still using the same definition. This shows that the word “do” means the
same thing to many different people.

I also asked some people who did learned English as a second language to use the word “do” in a
sentence. Andy Georges, with a Haitian background, said “I do what I want.” I also asked Mark Lopez,
with a Puerto Rican background, and he said, “don’t do that.” It seems that many people with many
different cultural backgrounds use the word “do” in the same way or context.

Overall, the word “do” has made the world a better place. This is because it is an easy, simple word
with a major definition that is not hard to remember. Anyone can speak it, if English was your first
second or third language.