Ice then Fire

 

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Fifth grade poets at Glen Lake Elementary brave subzero wind chills and later welcome the warmth of early spring days. Inspired by the elements, the poets dig deep inside themselves to give hope to the earth and all who read.

 

 

 

Simon White
A Worn-down Soldier

Monarch

Monarch

His soul waiting for hope to fly by
I wonder if he feels alone
I feel the grace of his imperfections
During hard times he still comes through
Two wings
One heart
But all beauty
This is true nature

 

 

Angel Riley
I’m Bad
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Aaron ChinavareOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I am

I am the fire of life in the dark
I am a tree of life
I am dancing with the wind
I am as wild as a dog
I am young but old
I am thin but strong
I am springing with joy for spring has come

 

 

 

Luca Beason
I ‘m Bad
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Liam McAllister – CinquainOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Individual
Aged Crinkled
Blown by wind
Unlike all the rest
Alone

 

 

Sonja Milkovich
I am

I am the majestic pine tree towering above
I am the sweet bird calls, the only soundChickadee
I am the dead leaves, nature’s red carpet
I am the bright blue sky, cloudless
I am the little birds playing tag in the trees
I am the valley of rocks, beautiful in its own way
I am the pine needles, a bright living green
I am the warm sun, telling me it is spring
I am the sweet bitter smell, of a pine tree
I am the bird swooping low over my head
I am the white oak, a tall giant
a tree stump, the tomb of a great warrior
I am the small dying tree, reaching out to cradle me
I am the cardinals, in deep conversation
I am the child of all of these things
I am nature

Silas Van Gorkum
I am Somebody

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Catherine Jance - Cinquain

Scarlet
Long Branches

Going to grow even more
I feel the smoothness of the branch
High

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sydney HoffmanOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Petrified Wood
Smooth, rough, amazing, colorful
Like the sun, special and one of a kind
I wonder where it comes from
I am amazed
It is a work of truly art

 

Said Abdi
I’m Bad
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Owen Omdahl
Outside wonderland

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White powder on the ground
I smell the crisp arctic air
the spruce leaves

the mint-smelling arbor vitae
I see horrifying crab apples
I hear the “dee- dee dee” call of the chickadee
the breaking branches of the spruce
bumpy rough rocks
heat from the rays of the sun
the cold creamy snow on the sedum
the windows blocking me from the natural world
Outside Wonderland

 

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Reuben Thota – Cinquain

A Badger
Furry, fluffy, sharp
Waiting to pounce on it’s prey
Amazed, bewildered, surprised
Predator

 

 

Payton Radke
Death
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Kate Nielsen
I am

 I am the damp grass, swaying in the breezeOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
I am the caterpillars, full of potential
I am the bare branches, hopeful for Spring
I am the bird calls, music to my ears
I am the rocks, unique and one of a kind
I am the whistling wind, saying catch me if you can
I am the warm sun, shining from the heavens
I am the squirrels, silly and curious
I am the whimsical shadows, decorating the forest floor
I am the creatures that dot the ground
I am the bark, a shield of triumph
I am the fungi, full of mischief
I am the dead trees, fallen elders
I am the tree tops, poking holes in the sky
I am the outdoors, unleashing my soul

 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEleanor Sweeney

Oaks
Been here forever

Kids play with me everyday
T
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I could touch the sky

Leaves are coming – I can tell
Coming

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   Stump
Old wood
Rings of age
The last few remains
Dead

 

 

 

 

Mitchell Winter OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Aliens in the garden

The winter ice piercing my body
Swish-swash goes the stems
Prickly needles poking my hand
What a magnificent plant!
Ahh… Nature

 

 

 

Fatima YusufOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA – Cinquain
Oak Tree
   old and wise
citizens play with me
I feel joy and delight
nature

 

 

Divya Ramanan

I am

snowBark
I am the crow calling it’s friends
I am the dogwood standing majestically
I am the dry leaves crunching under feet
I am the sparrow’s nest
I am the cat’s ear squashed to the ground
I am the spruce tree dropping pinecones
I am the bare bushes with a few dry leaves
I am the bumpy bark of the old white oak
I am the black cherry tree standing above the others
I am the green plant under the old leaves
I am the grass turning bright green
I am the sun brightening the world
I am nature

 

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Mats Van Gorkum

The bats

Sharp teeth ready to slice fruit
Flying and fluttering it’s way around
Then up comes the beast
and kills them one by one
lying on the ground
wings ripped and never fly again
now just food

 

Logan Schuchard

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWorth a fortune
Expensive
I wonder if somebody
found it in a cave.
Crystal.

 

 

 

Sophia Hayes

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A chip from a tree.
The chips that fall when I am climbing a tree
The crunchy sound when it breaks.
Yellow lichen that look like
a fairy was panting and left a little drip.
The “browness” that reminds me
of my favorite dessert
brownies
the dents in the bark
my brother and I make
with a baseball bat.
but I wonder how it got there?

Cat McKim
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Trees freezing and dying
The smell of cold in the air
Coldness surrounding my face
Wind blowing through my messy hair
Feeling the smooth rocks with my frigid hands
Some trees have buds already swelling
Kids in their snow gear huddling together
That’s winter in Minnesota

 

 

 

Ricardo VirgencamachoOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Nature
humid and cold
death and wisdom
golden treasure buried
beauty unearthed

 

 

 

Francess Mathies      OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
brown color
Soft and fluffy
eyes black as the night sky.
Who could have kill it?
Very sad

 

 

 

 

Ian Esser
Harsh Winter
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI see the soft white snow laying on the pristine ground
I smell the sweet pine evergreens growing and stretching their limbs to the sky
I hear the crunch and the crackle of the helpless snow as it is smashed underfoot
I feel the sharp crisp gusts of wind gnawing my raw knuckles
I touch jagged icicles who slice apart the palms of my delicate hands
Harsh unrelenting winter

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlec Newhouse

Whale Bone
hard as a rock and rough
looks like coral
an unusual bone
how big were you?
it was your spine.

 

 

 

Brock Zimmer  –  Cinquain

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAcrunchy
different colors
falls from trees
different shapes and sizes
beautiful

 

 

 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANolan Rider
The Fox
Hit by a Car
Dead!
Splat
Guts all over the road
RIP, My Friend

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