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Aunt Margaret
By Tiara Light
Genre: Poetry Level: Elementary 4-6
Year: 2002 Category: Margaret Mielke Memorial Poetry Award

I keep my sad memories of Aunt
Deep inside my heart
Hidden and unexposed
My favorite aunt
Old and frail
Squinty beady eyes
Sagging cheeks
Curly white springy hair
Singing ancient Tlingit songs
In a high-pitched voice.
Dried fish and seaweed
on her kitchen table
A button blanket to keep her
Her body fingers sewing beads
Blue and pink flowers
Buds and blossoms on moccasins
Her much-loved awards
Hang upon her door.
Telling me traditions
Of returning fish bones to water
So there'll be more fish to catch
next year.
A respected elder
I miss you so.
About the Author: Tiara Light attends Airport Heights Elementary School in Anchorage, AK.

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