Walking on the hot sand
Tingling my feet
Trot towards the ocean
I can’t wait to splash
Play in the water
While seashells massage my feet
I step in wet sand
Below the ocean waves
Soft, brown sand
Holding up the shells
Pick one up
Oh, how I love the beach!
Age 10, Grade 5
Siegfried Elementary School
Northampton Area School District
My family is awesome
And I want a possum.
I do have four sisters
with high heels and blisters.
I also have two brothers
and of course they
don’t act like fathers
I am the 7th kid,
and being the littlest
is the best that I did
I also have a dad
that’s always glad
I do have a mom that’s
Age 8, Grade 3
Parkway Manor Elementary School
Parkland School District
The Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem welcomes back the Borealis Wind Quintet for a concert at 3 p.m. April 30, Cathedral Church of the Nativity, 321 Wyandotte St. (Route 378), Bethlehem.
For three decades, the Borealis Wind Quintet has been a leading woodwind quintet, receiving critical acclaim and recording numerous works.
The concert program is: Charles Lefebvre, “Suite,” Op. 57; Eric Ewazen, “Roaring Fork Quintet”; Nino Rota, “Petite Offrande Musicale”; Samuel Barber, “Summer Music,” Op. 31, and Carl Nielsen, ”Wind Quintet,” Op. 43.
To commemorate National Poetry Month in April, the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites present the 12th annual Student Poetry Project.
Please see Page B1 and B3 and the Focus pages online for poems selected in the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories.
Students whose poems appear on Page B1 read their poems and were interviewed on the April 17 broadcast of “Lehigh Valley Arts Salon” on Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio Station, WDIY, 88.1, wdiy.org.
“The Little Prince,” with actors and puppeteers sharing the stage, will be presented in the “Family Series: Live Musical Theatre,” 2 p.m. April 29, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
The Antione de St. Exupery classic children’s book about a pilot whose plane crashes in the Sahara Desert and gains insight into love, loss and laughter through the eyes of The Little Prince, is brought to the stage by Swazzle, a Glendale, Calif.,-based puppet company founded in 2004 by twin brothers Sean and Patrick Johnson.
There are things you don’t know
The feelings I don’t care to show
You chop me down
With that axe of
For I am a tree
Of knowledge and power
But you do not dare
To see the true me
I grow back year after year
But I still have these,
These feelings that I, myself fear
But I am still a tree
Of knowledge and power
That will grow bigger and stronger
Year after year
The axe starts to grow dull
You don’t try to cut me down any more
But in fact,
Wind whips around you as your wings push down,
Up and down air surrounds your wings and their rhythmic song
Enchanting song and eclectic melodies are these effortless flights.
The sky seems a friend in your monody, your effortless elegy.
I wish I could show you how beautiful your monstrous, garish wings make a picture,
Even shadow-filled as they are.
Garish and gargantuan though they are, they gleam in the night
Never detracting from your other-worldly beauty,
Dearest dreamer born from nightmares.
We grew into angels on this asphalt
Childhood daring turned blood
to reluctant caution
to blood once again
As plates converged and skin stretched
Our heads grew higher in pursuit of the stars
we gazed at while fighting sleep in the grass
We did not let go of one another
Our hands were hungry for something to hold on to
yet we leaped fences
ran, chasing chickadees
as one body
Age 17, Grade 11
Kutztown Area High School
Kutztown Area School District
“Church Basement Ladies,” the latest offering through May 14 in The Pines Dinner Theatre’s eighth season, is a musical-comedy gem, filled with hand-clapping songs, witty lyrics and crazy antics.
The musical, written by Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlk, was inspired by the best-selling book “Growing Up Lutheran,” a humorous remembrance by Janet Letnes and Suzann Nelson of being Lutheran in the Midwest during the 1950s.