Teen Poetry Contest Winner for 1999
Niles West High School, Grade 12
A leaf, golden red and bright, floats from the tree
And gently brushes her shoulder
Before continuing on the descending voyage.
Prepared to rest, it settles...
Until the wind picks it up and forces it, slowly tumbling,
Into the air's foggy crispness-
Its silhouette appearing against the clear blue background-
As it relishes a moment of freedom...it is too brief
The ominous wind swoops up the leaf
And carries it down
To be trampled on by some relentless foot.