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Poems by Clare W.
age 15

Clare has always had a gift for writing songs and making poems. She started her creative flow at the age of five, when she would often make up songs and dances to go along with them. She wrote her first full 30 page story at the age of 8, and won the San Francisco Gifted Young Author award for it. At age ten she wrote her first screenplay and has written many more since then. Now that she is in high school she writes a column for her school newspaper, a small collection of comedic poems about life at school. Her talent only broadens with age and this piece here is one of her favorites.

flower purple crocus in snow

Flower's Lament

On a silvery cap on an arctic glade
As towering giants ripen with age

Make a halt in the wind to grasp a sweet scent
Of a blossom's shattering last lament

Ashen blankets cover the ground
Until one hears the faint little sound

A soft little buzz, a glimpse of a leaf
Gives us hope and sighs of relief

The emerald kings will soon fade to light
And we'll know it's time to make an invite

Running to the harbor, chipped navy paint
Whirling in the ocean, not having to think

But oh too soon this will seem to fade
To a fusty feel, a solemn gray

The once green pastures turn to brown
Along with the trees, leaves to the ground

Back to school, no more long nights
In the parking lot, pondering life

Peacefully awaiting the first morning chill
As you watch and wait for the season's first frill

And there it comes In a powder quite clear
As a small white flower cries its last lament

by Clare W.
© 2006

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