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STUDENT POETRY PROJECT: HIGH SCHOOL

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Awakening

At last the frost withdraws its gnarled talons.

The earth, arising, shakes off the shroud of winter

And lets out a cavernous yawn, releasing warm,

Whispering winds that nuzzle sprouts and rustle nests.

Spring is coming.

Chirping birds fat from winter hop through the seas

Of rippling grass, their tweets singing a simple melody.

Freshly fallen raindrops sparkle on trees

While rainbows streak across the crisp blue sky.

Spring is coming.

Flowers free from snow's heavy blanket unbend at the waist

STUDENT POETRY PROJECT: MIDDLE SCHOOL

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Love Affair

Cracks run down his spine.

The words he wants to say are-

faded,

but he says them so often that you

can't help but know,

after a while,

what, he is going to say.

He tries his hardest

to stand for me,

but he has been shown so much,

abuse,

that his scars, are

as bright as the moon.

I have scarred him,

and he has scarred me too.

I have bent him and written-

all over his wings.

He has torn me down,

and ripped my mind to shreds.

And although neither of us will ever

hear-

STUDENT POETRY PROJECT: MIDDLE SCHOOL

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Rain

The rain falls slowly,

onto damp concrete.

I see my window

dotted with drops

I hear the cars speed

past blinking street lamps

The grey, dreary clouds

Cover blue skies.

The rain softly lands on my roof.

People silently walk through puddles

The quiet commotion of the outside world

keeps a steady beat throughout the night.

Anne Marie Strader

Age 13, Grade 7

Arts Academy Charter School

LIBERTY BELL

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Allentown Band benefit concert

The Allentown Band presents its annual concert to benefit the Liberty Bell Museum, 3:30 p.m. April 27, Zion Reformed United Church of Christ Church, 620 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.

Soprano soloist Evelyn Stewart sings "Three American Gospel Songs."

Dr. Ethel Drayton-Craig narrates "A Lincoln Portrait."

Parkland High School sophomore Shaumik Phadke is pianist for "A Movement for Rosa."

Tickets: 610-435-4232, or at the door if space allows.

STUDENT POETRY PROJECT: HIGH SCHOOL

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Untitled

The veil of night cloaked the Earth in a sea of darkness,

A darkness which I could neither escape nor throw off,

And all the while, I could not see, only hear,

Shoes scuffling on pavement when a sustained moan emerged,

Louder it grew, all the while I, trying to control it,

Whipping a heated passion within, stemming from fear,

Swept up now, as if surrounded by them,

The masses, encompassing me, and I, expecting a blow, but none forthcoming,

Instead swallowed up, gazing upward now, racing to the pinnacle,

STUDENT POETRY PROJECT: HIGH SCHOOL

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Haikus for the Internet Age

Modern-day Hamlet:

"To insource, or to outsource?"

Consult the Google.

Subject: "New Dress Code."

Sarcastic reply composed,

proofread and click "send."

Find singles near you.

Will one quick tweet crash the plane?

Please stay off the grass.

Fiber-optic nerves

transmit love, hate and lolcats

everywhere at once.

Many-colored Now

frolics and haberdashes

coveted instant.

Lucas Crampton

Age 18, Grade 12

Parkland High School

Parkland School District

STUDENT POETRY PROJECT: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Fireflies

The flickering lights of fireflies

Canopy of the trees above

Stars and the moon in the beautiful night sky

Their lights mocking me when I try to catch them

Mocking me

Mocking me

Dim light tonight

The sun is gone

The moon has risen

All around me darkness

Only fireflies

Only fireflies

The birds are silenced

Soft buzzing like the bees are tired

Grasshoppers chirping

A smooth breeze

"Whoosh"

"Whoosh"

Why are the fireflies afraid of me?

Why don't they like the limp light?