I. I, the youngest jalapeño in the Godinich Garden, have seen exactly 70,562,712 dewdrops topple off my olive green leaves.
II. My predators above wait till my body is ripe enough to harvest and consume me for supper.
III. My leaves will shrivel to show I’m declining. A nip in the air shows no water, not even the freezing water the puffs in the air give.
IV. Daisies: good to see ya, rain has come and green peppers are sprouting on my bush.
V. When the sun heats up I tell a joke to Broccoli, my neighbor bush: “What do you do when you get angry? You wish rain would pour to cool your heat!”
VI. Hi, mouth. My name is now “Sausage Noodles with Jalapeños.”
By Julia, 3rd grade
Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 by Tori, WITS Youth Advisory Council Student. The background music is “Sneaky Snitch” by Kevin MacLeod. incompetech.com. Produced by Susan Phillips.
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