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Time to Rhyme

April is National Poetry Month so,
I share with you the lovely poem below:

ALL IS WELL

by Shanna Gerlach, Grade 5, Mount Vernon Community School

my dad and I

hiking,

a worn path

stretches out

in front of us,

seeming almost

endless

all around us

birds chirping

flowers blooming

sunshine trickling

through the canopy

of trees,

life everywhere

no words

between us

the space is open

but full of

comfortable silence

as we soak up

the beauty

suddenly

the birds

are quiet

clouds cover up

the bright sun

the wind whips

through the trees

ALL IS WELL

we look up

at the sky – oh no

a storm is coming

I glance at my dad

an alarmed expression

brushes his face

for a moment

we hurry

down the trail

seeking shelter,

safety from the

storm,

as raindrops

begin to fall

“in here”

my father

has found an

empty cave,

dry and warm

I duck inside

just in time

lightning strikes

illuminating

our faces

the cave

our sopping clothes

for a split

second

thunder rumbles

just overhead

loud in our ears

I cover mine

waiting

for the storm

to end

rain pours

drumming a pattern

ka-plunk,

ka-plunk,

it fills my ears

getting inside

my head

then, quiet…

all is silent

before the birds

chirp again

and a drizzle

is all

that is left behind

we crawl out

greeted by sunshine

and a magnificent

rainbow

arching above us,

and all is well

again

Shanna is last year’s ACPS Poet Laureate.  The 2010 Poet Laureate will be named during the seventh annual Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony, which will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, in the Alexandria City School Board Meeting Room, 2000 North Beauregard St., Alexandria.

Don’t forget, April 29 is Poem in Your Pocket Day.  What will be in your pocket?  Due to copyright laws, we can’t print the poems, but please share the title and poet.

One Response to “Time to Rhyme”

  1. Ms. Williamson says:

    :-)