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Ode the the New Year
By Roxanne Gillam
Genre: Poetry Level: Elementary 4-6
Year: 2000 Category: Bell Benton Memorial Poetry Award

Just one more minute,
Is all I heard.
Frantic feet, whistling whispers,
panic in the people.
All gathered around that one-
faced two-hand object
on the wall
Thirty seconds they said
Thirty seconds ?til what, I kept
saying over in my mind.
Tell me, tell me, tell me.
I?m just a dog.
Ten seconds.
Tell me!
It?s here!
The New Millennium!

Oh? I thought to myself,
I thought I?d missed
something important,
Like dinner.
About the Author: Roxanne Gillam attends Kincaid Elementary School in Anchorage, AK.

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