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Young Writers Project: 'A Stormy Night'

South Burlington poet Gracie Clark, 15, writes about a rainless summer storm that she views from her window and uses sensory-driven language to illustrate a small, personal moment.
YWP Photo Archive, photo by Siena Teare
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South Burlington poet Gracie Clark, 15, writes about a rainless summer storm that she views from her window and uses sensory-driven language to illustrate a small, personal moment.

The humid air drags in my throat
as I scribble on a notepad,
not wanting to forget.
Heat lightning dances
in thundering radiance
along ridges of shadow.
A bloodied moon rises
as a dead husk of bone
instead of a bright pool of energy.

Fireflies charge
their bioluminescent light
in the sprinkle of rain,
mirroring the sky.
The fan drones in the window,
hardly sharing the cold-blowing air
with any of the house’s inhabitants.
As I write this true poem
without my second pair of eyes,
I can barely see the flashes
in the warm ink of night.

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