St Joseph’s Secondary School, Drogheda, Louth


One thing has always puzzled me

Is what is it to be popular?

It is like being walked by everyone

With a nice dog collar

Around your neck, being walked by everyone else,

Instead of doing the easy thing,

Which is being yourself.

So it’s not about the amount of likes or shares

Because at the end of the day

Nobody really cares.

Zach Keller


Do you hear that?

That is the sound of laughter,

the laughter of a child…

a child that is laughing at another child.

Now listen closer, listen to that child being laughed at,

listen to him breathing and stifling tears,

now listen to him on the inside.

Listen to the screaming and shouting,

listen to the crying and depression.

Now listen to the old lie:

“Sticks and stones may break my bones,

but words will never hurt”.


Cian McKenna

Start With Yourself


So much wrong with this world,

So little time.

To fix every problem-

A mountain yet to be climbed.

The solution lies deep,

Within oneself.

So what can we do?

Start with yourself


Darragh Halpin

Peace Within

It’s not happening now, in the future or the past,

White supremacy, Muslim master class,

Terrorists in the East, Its why that we must ask?

These people are not Muslims, they spread terror and fear

Channel 4 news won’t reveal the truth,

The cost would be too dear,

It’s not how we think it is, the media portrays

All Muslims and ethnic groups,

In discriminatory ways,

We aren’t shown behind the scenes,

As many civilians die,

If you try and harm the west, 100,000 more will die.

Bombs are not the solution,

Peace and wisdom is,

Let’s learn from our experiences, and release the peace within.


Cian Fitzpatrick

I Hope We Can Still Be Friends

She told me I deserved better, but I didn’t.

Maybe someone who was better and nicer and who cared more, no one could compare.

Apparently “I was the nicest lad” she ever met, but as if I have never heard that line before.

And how she regretted “losing her feelings for me”, then why did you?

She couldn’t answer, ha I knew she wouldn’t be able to.

And how it’s not “fair” on me, having to wait around,

But she was worth the wait.

The last thing she want to do was hurt me,

But what did she already do.

And to make things worse she ended it with the famous line,

I hope we can still be friends.



Poor Man War Man

You know it’s funny when it rains it pours

They got money for wars, but can’t feed the poor


I got the wild style, always been a foul child

My guns go poom-poom, and yo’ guns go pow-pow


If you battle L you picked the wrong head

I smash mics like cornbread, you can’t kill me I was born dead


Rap is something you do Hip Hop is something you live


Mix em and cook em in a pot like gumbo

I’ll puke, eat it, and freak you


Battle? I’m too weeded to speak to

The only key that I see is to defeat you


would be for me to remove these two Adidas and beat you

and force feed you ’em both, and on each feet is a cleat shoe.

Adam Smith

Views On School


I spent the last 15 years of my life learning

all the tips and tricks I can learn sadly 15 years isn’t going to be enough

spend too much of your life in school not learning the way you want to learn

forced every morning to get up and get ready for school

wake up at 7 shower breakfast and away you go 6 hours of boredom

once you get home you just wanna chill but wait you got homework

you gotta do spend all evening doing that you go back to bed

wake up the next morning and do it all over again

do the same thing for the next 13 years going in every day

doing the exact same every day no change until the summer

when finally it can be yours but September comes to dam fast

and you are back for another year of school it’s like trying to talk

to walls telling teachers how you feel they are just here for 1 thing

and that thing is money they say they care about you

when really they care about the money

Ciaran Breen


I think it’s really annoying that people are really stereotype

people think all Pakistani’s are suicide bombers or isis

just because of tragic incidents in the past relating with Pakistani’s or Muslim’s

I don’t think it’s true at all because I have a few friends that are Muslim’s or Pakistani’s

and they are very kind and religious.


Another thing that really annoys me is the people think

all black people are born in Africa and have African accents

and always mock it or that African children get beaten by their parents the whole time.

Which is probably not the case in my opinion.


Hawal Johnson



I hate the way people think it’s okay to be racist,

you would think this far in time racism would have stopped

well it hasn’t I still experience this but I don’t think racism

would be as bad as it was in the past.

It drives me through the wall that people think it’s okay to be racist.

Racism would definitely be a form of bullying.


Hawal Johnson

Islamic State Problem

Islamic state is a problem,

But it’s not the Islam peoples fault,

Why blame them when it isn’t there fault,

Extremists group is a problem,

But save the lives of the innocent,

The world must unite and destroy these terrorists.

With a couple of bombs and a few bullets,

These terrorists will be stopped one way or another.

Darren Morgan

Education and I 

To feel stupid in school 

More like drowning in a pool

A pool full of disappointment and dismay

Preferring to be beat up in an alley way

To be told ‘you’re not good enough’ is like a habit done by many 

Maybe they are just filled with hatred, fear and envy.

I’ll show them.

Ben Matthews


School where do I start,

Putting us under pressure with exams,

There like daggers through the heart,

They always say they understand,

But don’t realise the struggle

To try and balance all the work

With all our heads in a muddle.

James Tester


The biggest problem to land on this planet since sweatshops

and oil burning factories one solution

To end all this pollution

Is peace

And decrease

all the tension between the super powers and

did I mention

the criminals of this world

Matthew Boylan