Teen Poetry Contest Winner for 2002
Elizabeth Rodriguez
Niles North High School, grade 11

The Peace She Brings

The Golden Charm of the Dying Sun
Permeating the air.
Breezes, gentle, wisp, tickling starched linen.
Innocence lingers in the air.
Innocence lingers in the throat.
The eyes drink of the brown locks,
Rich like Columbian coffee,
The bitter goodness, warming.

The Golden Charm of the Dying Sun,
Permeating the clock’s confident clicking.
Her flowered dress,
Scented like a midnight breeze.
Outstretched arms,
Gentle and flowing as Peace.
The Peace she brings,
Filling the room.

The Golden Charm of the Dying Sun
Permeating Peace.