Teen Poetry Contest Winner for 2006
Niles North High
School, grade 12
Autumn’s Boundless Dance
grazing and reaching
among the steadfast wind that prickles
a solid green leaf falls
gracefully, performing its own version
of a symphonic ballet.
at once the brittle
hairs of Mother Earth gently
cradle her child in its crib,
and siblings begin to
whisper the enchanting words of
time’s endless melody.
scarlet- softly alert,
golden- crisp, crumbling away the years
while some both entwined, create
worlds of flat roofs,
a shelter for those crawling underneath
too tiny to form a concrete noise,
yet who know of its serene warmth more than
the shrieking wind, the pounding rain,
and the insensible humans who say nature withers away.