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The Mysterious Artist
By Christina Knapp
Genre: Poetry Level: Elementary 4-6
Year: 2001 Category: Bell Benton Memorial Poetry Award

Early morning
Icy winds nip my window
Someone is approaching.

I duck under covers,
Pretending to be asleep.


I peek through bed sheets,
An icy shiver runs down my back,
I know the winds did not cause it.

Closer still.

My face grows pale,
My mind screams, "Go Away,"
But my lips freeze together.
I stay


I see more clearly now
A figure approaching
Ghostly white
He seems to sit on the wind.

He glides up to my window,
Etches an image in it
A collage of delicate ice crystals,
Carefully placed in a pattern.

I stare at my window,

The figure glides away.

I snuggle safely back in bed,
Waiting for sleep.
About the Author: Christina Knapp attends Chugach Optional Elementary School in Anchorage, AK.

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