The sky booms a small yellow bright
light as the beloved star dies. It lies
still in its bedding of nothing. No sound,
no little purr of an explosion, the star exploded
into darkness. The star no longer stalks
the sky. The star no longer scrapes its
claws on planets.
by Joaquin, 6th grade
Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Corinna Snow, a 7th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. The background music is by Collide, “Space Oddity (Instrumental), a tribute to David Bowie.
This poem is featured as part of the 2014 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.