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by Hailey Acierno


If I were in charge of the world,

I’d cancel chicken pot pie, blues music, the curling sport, and also Cassidy Peterson.

If I were in charge of the world,

There’d be pet dragons. 

There’d be waterbeds containing real fish. 

There’d be sundaes that weighed a ton.


If I were in charge of the world,

You wouldn’t have boredom.

You wouldn’t have gnats.

You wouldn’t have homework.

Or “Use your manners!”


If I were in charge of the world,

A fudge brownie and ice cream cake would be a vegetable.

All war movies would be rated G.

And a person who forgot to do a chore, and sometimes forgot to clean their room,

would still be allowed to be in charge of the world.


September, 2011

by Hailey Acierno


I’m from the snowflakes that fall from the sky,

and pile in heaps on the ground,

which gave me company— a friend with a pointed nose and a coal smile.

I’m from the loons’ eerie wails,

which I loved to stay awake in bed and listen to at night.

I’m from the mix of the world’s best pancakes,

and the batter of the world’s best fudge brownies.

I’m from the strawberry wafers sold at the run-down corner store,

where I would always bike to.

I’m from “Because I said so,” “What d’ you say?”

and “There’s a first time for everything”.

I’m from the cheers from the bleachers at my brothers’ baseball games.

I’m from the grains of sand and swing sets at Brittany Park.

I’m from a pair of ice skates, that my brothers and I walked with to the outdoor

ice skating rink every winter night, and skated across the lumpy ice.

I’m from the long, concealing limbs of the weeping willow,

the perfect place to go for privacy and relaxing.

I’m from the big pond behind the neighborhood, next to the willow,

where the ducks swam and ate the bread that I threw to them from the side.

I’m in a different place now than where I’m from. A new place completely.

But really, I’ll never leave the places that I’m from.