June 21st: First Day of Summer

Posted June 21, 2011 & filed under Notebook.


Summer afternoons, peaceful and quiet

Melting popsicles and exploding sodas

Vibrant colors from fireworks

Bursting into the pale night sky

Going to my lake and sailing like a boat gliding or flying

Sitting on hot sand, burning my legs and back

Summer is tossing, turning in new green grass like rain that falls

Eating pink and white icing on my birthday

Playing for hours with my friends

Sucking on watermelon and spitting the seeds

into the air like flying black sparrows

Getting sunburned while the orange-red sun babbles

Seeing twinkling stars in the night sky

Yawning in the day and hibernating in the night

As I sleep summer passes

until I say

Goodbye summer, hello winter

By Mekenzie, age 9

My Friend’s Voice

Posted March 8, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

My friend’s voice is like a leap of fireworks.
His voice makes the kiss of joyfulness.
That voice explodes like a boom, chanting
the words and sounds, blending and mixing
so that the sounds make a choir. I love for
him to talk just so I can hear his voice. I
know his voice will always sing for me.
When he sings, I float. The morning sky,
blue as could be, wakes up just for him to sing.

By Hailee, 4th grade
Photo by George L Smyth via Flickr