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STUDENT POETRY PROJECT: MIDDLE SCHOOL

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by The Press in Focus

To Those Who Are Lost

This is the little girl with September in her smile who wants nothing more than for her feet to grow wings

as she dances to fly her to somewhere without bounds.

This is the boy who resorts to hiding his Walt Whitman behind a comic book so people don't question the

light in his eyes.

These are the revolutionaries still waiting for their messiah. Who've yet to learn how to grab opportunity

by its earlobes and drag it to where they can beat as much out of it as possible.

These are the lost ones

THE PRESS 9TH ANNUAL

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Student Poetry Project

To commemorate National Poetry Month in April, the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites present the 9th annual Student Poetry Project on this page, B3 and the Focus pages online.

Students whose poems appear on this page read their poems on "Lehigh Valley Arts Salon," 6 - 6:30 p.m. April 21, Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio Station WDIY, 88.1, wdiy.org.

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