Ocean waves*

March 28, 2021


2020 Walk Award
By Katen Van Harmelen, Grade 6

I am standing on the beach of the ocean,
The cool water reaching out
Just barely washing my toes.
The hot sun is warming my back,
The damp sand is cooling my feet,
I feel remarkably calm.
The sparkling waves are calling to me,
But I don’t go.
The water is dancing at my feet,
Daring me to chase them
As they retreat back to the ocean.
Finally,
I can’t help it any longer,
As the waves wash up to taunt me again,
I splash into them.
I chase them all the way until I am knee deep,
And then they start building up,
I run back to shore,
And turn around just as the wave crashes,
And becomes a ripple,
Washing over my feet once more.

*Copyright 2020 by Katen Van Harmelen. Broadside illustrated by Megan Carroll.

Salt Fills My Mouth*

June 25, 2017

Kaylee Davenport
2017 Walk Award
By Kaylee Davenport (6th grade)

Adrenaline bubbles over into laughter,
waves try to drag me down,
my brother’s calls drift away,
thundering ocean is the only sound.

Grey skies and sea,
I am becoming numb,
salt fills my mouth,
but my body still hums.

Horizons are blurring,
my toes dig into the sand,
I can’t hear my thoughts,
I don’t remember the land.

. . . . .
“I am a 6th grader at Fairhaven Middle School and I love to read. I think it is one of the main reasons why I love to write. I wrote my poem about a beach I go to because swimming and water is very relaxing and fun to write about.”

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*Copyright 2017 by Kaylee Davenport. Broadside illustrated by Kim Wulfestieg.

Distance*

August 29, 2010

Placard design by Egress Studio
2006 Walk Award
Distance*
By Jeanne Yeasting

Ahead of me, two figures
walk the beach, their bodies graceful,
true to their shadows. It is easy
to regard them. I gather a stone;
a blue heron glides to a large rock.
How predictable the world seems, your backs
turned toward me, trusting, like friends.
In the distance people are shoveling
some type of clams. It hardly matters which,
the waves unfolding, at my feet.

*Copyright 2006 by Jeanne Yeasting. This poem is included in POETRY WALK: Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest – The First Five Years. Info: Book! Placard design by Egress Studio.

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