We received some great poetry from students at Frank Harrison Middle School in Yarmouth. Here are some pieces that resonate with outdoorsy themes– nature, activities, seasons.
by Sarah Miller, 13
I push off eagerly.
I feel free.
I hope this lasts forever.
The dizziness of the height,
makes me giggle with anticipation.
As I rise,
ten feet, 15.
My senses are dazzled
in the cutting chill of the wind.
I can taste the sharpness of the air.
Smell the trees and foliage.
Hear the sounds of happiness.
I feel the height of summer.
The swing was beautiful in my eyes.
Its old rope, and worn wood seat,
only comforted me.
Like people who have grandfather trees,
this was my grandfather swing.
It would not drop me.
There aren’t rules up here.
No one could control me
as I soared with the birds.
The wind whipped my hair
and I felt like I had too much happiness
or one body to contain.
I thought that this joy would last
The sun shines in my eyes,
and I push off again.
by Bailey Darling, 14
I sit by the lake
Watching the sun rise warm and shining
I listen to the waves splash onto the shore,
The warm air of mid summer sweeps over me.
A boat races across the shimmering water, creating cold waves
That wash onto my feet.
As I rest by the water,
I see birds soaring majestically through the sky,
One dives, down and down
Its body slices into the cold blue water, and disappears,
reappearing moments later,with a squirming fish
Clutched tightly in its talon.
I listen to the wind whistle through the trees,
leaves float gracefully from the tree tops onto the shimmering lake,
in tiny circles
spreading out farther and farther,
until they finally disappear.
As I sit by the lake,
The sensations of natures beauty,
“Lines Within the Tree”
by Joey Fortin
Each one represents another year lived
Each one has a story to tell
Some old some new
Each one makes it stronger
Each one has scars
Of the bad times and the decisions made
Each one knows more
Each one has seen something new
The memories it gains with every day
Each one knows something you don’t
Each one has loved
But is not often loved back
Each one has a family surrounding it
Each one is rooted to the ground
And wishes to stay there
“The Great Transition of Winter (10 Ways to look at November)”
by Christina Dressel, 13
Dead leaves still litter the ground
Like pieces of burned parchment
crunchy and lifeless
the moon shines still
November leaves its mark
when the puddles from the rain yesterday
turn crystal solid
the newly frozen ice gleams
the seasons wouldn’t exist
fall would never leave
winter would never arrive
as the last geese fly over the treetops
it shatters my vision of summer
despite the warmer months
when the first snowflake drifts gently
to the ground
It is the chill
that drifts in with every morning
the joy of the approaching holidays
snow clouds wait
they spare the world
from their heavy load
for one short month
the wild turkeys still roam free
not a care in the world
with the burning urge
to wander with the wind
The calm before the storm
nothing in this world
that could describe these outdoors
the barren land yields
to the snow
with all its fabled glory
The squirrel gathers the remaining acorns
I watch with bated breath
it fogs up the window
when the last leaf falls
the sun goes down
the geese take flight once more
as the world turns
“An Ode To Curling”
by Cody Cook, 14
The Center Circle of My Life
You are the magnificent sun
that shines on a cold winter’s day.
Perfection that no other can achieve.
Your wondrous stone glides marvelously
across the shiny ice.
Your swift yet graceful broom sweeps mightily
which urges the all-important stone
to land in the masterful circle
that will complete my life.
You are my one true love
the only thing that I truly live for.
All others bow down their knees to you,
praising the most exhilarating sport
Your perfection is too good to be true.
The medieval Scottish
are the greatest masterminds ever
for inventing the flawless sport of curling.
They knew you would
bring significance into my life
and the world.
You are my passion
My life becomes meaningless without you,
oh my love, curling.
If I am unaccompanied by your perfection,
I can no longer find the purpose in life,
I can no longer have the strength
to get up and face the day.
When I wake up, I remember
I get to curl today.
I get to lead the perfect stone down its path in the Olympics
and the ultimate goal
of reaching the middle of the middle circle.
And once these picturesque thoughts become reality,
My life’s purpose is fulfilled and I am complete.
“Nine Ways To Look At Baseball”
by Luke Klenda
1. For some baseball practice starts in early spring
but others practice all year long
2. A bat ball and two teams
that’s all you need
to play baseball
3. A ball is to be thrown and hit
then a fielder stops it
if it is in the ballpark
4. Short cut grass
or thick grass
changes the rout of the ball
to be fast or slow
5. In the field is a gamble
if it makes a bad hop
its in the outfield
6. One pitch can start or end a game
what to throw is the question
curve ball or fastball
high or low
inside or outside
7.Will you win
or will you lose
8. A short season
or long season
9. For some baseball ends
but for others baseball is life.
by John Thoma
When I think back to it I remember how amazing it felt. It was the feeling the feeling of going to Maine state regionals it was the feeling of succeeding in my first year. The third team in Maine to do this it was the feeling of being one of a kind. Only so many kids got this experience I was one of them I almost wanted to brag.
by Isabel Bates
Still and silent
no movement except
the trees swaying
out to you
like deranged hula dancers.
The darkness beckoning,
shadows slipping across the ground
free to roam
The house lights off
the ocean inky black
Boats silent, but
in your ear
knocking against each other
in the stormy ocean,
waves splashing against their sides.
Absence of sound, just
the laughing wind
But even then
the noises of the dark
Everything is muted,