The Picasso Curse


This is how the story of Liz begins (by Cole P., grade 8).

Liz has just moved to New York City. One day, she took a walk in Central Park. A deformed person came up to her. He had his eyes really close together, and his ears were down to his mouth.

“What time is it?” he asked.

“EW! get away from me!” said Liz.

Liz ran to her apartment building. Outside the building was a cloaked man. He took off his cloak in front of Liz.

“Oh My Gosh! Your Pablo Picasso. I thought you died in 1973?” she said. Liz was a huge Pablo Picasso fan. Picasso spoke.

“Liz, all your life you disrespected those who were different. Which is why you will now be the very thing you disrespected”.

There was a blue-flash of light, and Picasso was gone. Liz felt weird and went to bed. The next morning, she went to the bathroom. In the mirror she saw a creature. It was her. She had her nose on her blue T-shirt, and her eyes on her leg. All her body parts were messed up. She was a Picasso painting. The rest of the day was the worst day of her life. People screamed and ran away at her. They called her names. And at work, she got fired, because they were all too scared of her. When she got home, she realized something. This is how the person in Central Park felt. People should be treated the way you want to be treated. She went to bed. The next morning she went to the bathroom and in the mirror, she was a normal person again. She saw a note on the mirror, that said:

Liz, treat others the way you want to be treated.


Liz (RMS204) is part of a series of ‘Artist’ rocks created by students 8th grade Visual Arts Students in Mrs. Hahn’s class at Rogers Middle School, Minnesota, USA. We invite you to visit all RMS rocks and submit your comments and feedback.

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