The Beginning*

July 27, 2014

Amanda Chandler - The Beginning

The Beginning
By Amanda Chandler, 10th grade
2014 Walk Award

Honeysuckles, ladybugs.
Bare feet kiss the luscious green grass.
Toes wiggle into the dark depths of the dirt.
The summer wind breathes
“come,” as it latches onto my soul
carrying me on its adventure.

I am one with the swallowtail butterfly
coated in golden hues.
I am one with the ancient catfish
who bubbles the language of life.

I am the happy outcast disregarding womanly manners.
No petty talk of Sunday school girls,
no Easter hats, no lacy gloves.
No patent leather Mary Janes.
Gone is the entitled façade
gone are the braids wound upon my head like a crown.
Out come freckles splattered on my face
by the master painter with his paint brush.

As I climb the tallest tree
I soar, glide, rise
on the updraft of the gale
I fly.

*Copyright 2014 by Amanda Chandler. Broadside designed by Anita K. Boyle, Egress Studio. Illustration by Angela Boyle, Flying Dodo Publications.

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