I won't say I like it, because they just seems a little too serious to use "like," but I appreciate them. You've got some really good themes going. Stylistically, you're solid, and very readable. At times though, it seems like the voice shifts suddenly. In "ocean" for example, the fourth sentence, starting "Not long after..." It goes from very intimate and troubling, to rather impersonal. Also, I know my writing teacher right now would say that you get dangerously close to clichés, without quite being ironic. Lord knows I haven't mastered that either though (see, did it right there). I encourage you to extend the class pieces later, because the themes could be explored for so much longer than a paragraph.