Photo by: Beth Punches


I hike up a rock

as the sun shines on my freezing back

I take a small step

I taste the bitter air

It is the morning sky

I feel snow on my shoes

The air feels sweet

It hits my face

A cactus pricks my leg

I touch the dirty water of the creek

It is starting to get dark

The stars shine on a moonless night.


By Laurel, 3rd grade


Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Nel Klimas, an 8th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. The background music is “Happiness” from bensound.com. Produced by Susan Phillips.


Poem a Day is made possible in part by H-E-B Tournament of Champions, Copy.com, The City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, and KPFT 90.1.

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