A hippo ambles
on the sandy floor.
It strides and staggers
and saunters, uttering a low moan.
With great effort,
after a few minutes
of clear and glossy silence,
it hauls itself back
to the shimmering pond
By Seo-Ho, 4th grade[audio http://wits.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/07-slow-beauty-4-9-13.mp3]
Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Jailyn Williams, a 6th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston.
This poem is featured as part of the 2013 A Poem a Day campaign, a National Poetry Month celebration by Writers in the Schools (WITS) that features a different poem by a WITS student every day during April. Click here to learn more.
Special thanks to Susan Phillips, an independent radio producer in Houston, who recorded and produced all the poems for the WITS A Poem a Day campaign.