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Poems about "Lord of the Flies" by Danielle Mentock

Integrating U. S. History with Educational Technology
Deborah T. Aufdenspring
New Technology High School
Napa, California

Before I came to New Tech, I taught at Bret Harte High School in Angels Camp, Calfornia. While there, I used to post student work from my U.S. history and English classes on my web site. One such posting was a pair of poems about Lord of the Flies by Danielle Mentock, a student in one of my sophomore English classes.

When I put up my new site after starting at New Tech High, my old Bret Harte pages were discarded.

Little did I know that Danielle's poems were linked to a bunch of Lord of the Flies pages and that people were upset when those links didn't work.

So, in response to e-mailed requests to repost Danielle's poems, below is a copy of the original web page that contained them.

English Paper for This Update

Room 39: Ms. A's Classroom

Earlier this year we read William Golding's "Lord of the Flies" in class. The following two poems (and an explanation) were written by Danielle Mentock after reading the book.


As he lays upon the beach,
He sees what is in reach.
He sees the light,
And he does not fight.
The land of murders is at his feet,
And as he floats out into the sea,
He now knows what his fate will be.
God has taken him and given him a home.
He is now resting in God's great dome.
He is in the dome of love, the dome of peace.
Peace is his for everlasting tranquility.

The poem above says many things. It tells us something about Simon and God, and it has a hidden message. First, it says that, unlike most of us, Simon is not afraid to die. When we are dying, we become afraid to leave earth and in some cases our families. Simon is not afraid because he knows he will be safe. Then it says something about God. It tells us that God has created a loving, safe, and peaceful place after we die. In our time on earth many people cannot find peace, and we are lucky that there is peace somewhere. Love is all around us; we just have to search for it and, most of all accept it. This poem shows what I believe in and what I hope for. I hope when it is my time to die I will go without resisting, and I hope I, too, to go to a peaceful, loving place.

"Simon's Fate "

As the sun separates from the clouds,
Jack floats away from Ralph.
As Jack's new tribe forms,
Ralph rages as does the storm.
Lightning flashes in everybody eyes,
And they kill Simon, much to Ralph's surprise.
As Simon lays on the beach,
Ralph's conscience seems to be reached;
And as the boys say "Goodbye,"
Simon floats out with the tide.



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