Tennessee Song of Myself

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April 3, 2014 by astephens2013

Tennessee Song of Myself Kenly

Photo credit: (Matt)

I am the dark blue river
the stars in the black night
the elephant rider in the night
the wind moving in the trees
the cave in the black mountain
the deer frolicking in the forest
the rabbit awake at night
I am the house alone in the moonlight
the pages of the worn down book
the farmer smelling the oranges
I am the dark corner in the closet
the color purple on the wall
the shine of gold on the swimming gold medal
the ripple on the water as the movement occurs
I am the end of the dark hallways
I am the sunshine coming through the window
I am Tennessee’s light.
by Kenly, 7th grade

 

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Maddy Zaiontz, a 6th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. The background music is “My Home, Tennessee” by Frank R. Barnhart. Produced by Susan Phillips.

This poem is featured as part of the 2014 Poem A Day campaign, a National Poetry Month celebration by Writers in the Schools (WITS) that features a different poem by a WITS student every day during April. Click here to learn more.

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