Summer Series: Student Writing Sample [High School]

LogoThis summer we will feature a writing sample from a student in each grade as we all enjoy a beautiful summer in West Michigan! Please join us each week to read these fantastic teach-submitted examples of excellent writing!

By Elijah Drake

I grew out of a backyard
where broken bones were weeds and weeds
were really flowers
I was watered by picnics
and beach visits
Forests, God, Sharon Creech,
Coffee, Parents, Love
Eternal love
I was trimmed with insults screaming worthless
and an award proclaiming
Big Picture World-Thinker Man
I was fertilized by phone calls
Good night moon
A musical fountain, The musical fountain
Bike Rides that lengthened our leash
Sunlight that came through
Skylights over my Grandma’s table
a since moved kitchen
and a broken pray-house roof
Branches grew around iron fences
and do not enters
wood splinters
lost jobs, no money, hot dogs
The backyard slowly grew too- smaller
even now it fades
(as fall leaves often do)
from the animation it held
the power of experience a gardener

Elijah Drake is a graduated member of the Class of 2016. This poem was submitted by his twelfth grade English teacher, Mr Brossiet. 

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