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By Christine Walters
Genre: Poetry Level: Elementary 4-6
Year: 2002 Category: Margaret Mielke Memorial Poetry Award

The colors of decay
smothering the leaves
Like rust
on my uncle's Volkswagen...
Wind tossing limbs to the ground,
spears of bark
penetrating frozen earth.

A blanket of frost covers my lawn
separates blades
once emerald with life
Final farewell
to last week's soccer game
lawnmower stored away for now.

Shorts and tees
stuffed into drawers,
sweaters and sweats born again...
Closets cleared
to make room for more,
back to school sales soon in bloom.

No more snoozing in the sun
or sleeping way past noon...
The clatter of buzzers
waking the dead
the annoying call of,

About the Author: Christine Walters attends Baxter Elementary School in Anchorage, AK.

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