Mazal tov to Moshe Sherman-Kadish (Grade 4) who won first place in the Brookline Children’s Book Shop Poetry Contest in the third and fourth grade category for his poem, “When Winter Hits the Woods.” Mazal tov to Sonya Finkel (Grade 4) who won an honorable mention for her poem, “A Fall Walk.”
When winter hits the woods
The snow is up to my knees
and the wind is stinging my cheeks.
I see abandoned birds’ nests in the trees, and
rabbit and deer feet are printed in the snow,
walking across a frozen pond.
In the ice, air bubbles try to escape, but they’re stuck.
Snowflakes fall and melt on my tongue,
and the wind pushes against the trees.
My toes, my tongue, my cheeks are all cold, and
I see my breath swimming in the air.
All of this happens
when winter hits the woods.
A fall walk
Feel the cool wind upon your face.
Listen to the golden leaves on the trees shake.
Look up at the geese overhead,
Migrating to somewhere warm instead.
Leaving behind all the rocks, logs and dust,
Leaving behind all the trash made by us.
Soaring up over the river, grass and trees.
Up over the sky and across the seas.
As they fly up over the trees ,
all the fourth graders cease.
On top of a hill,
They feel the chill,
And the start of fall begins.