The Violet

11 Oct

This week’s featured writer delves beautifully into the meaning of her name, leading the reader through a gorgeous tour of the writer’s mind and the natural world. Congratulations, Zoe! This piece is proof positive you’re stocked with talent well beyond your years.

I don’t know how a flower got
involved in my name. I’m
more like a rose instead of a
violet. That is too sweet to even
describe. That is like a meadow
saying it wants a new type of
undiscovered flower. I sit in my
home by a fresh fire with a cup of
hot tea in my hand. I am waiting
for night to come so I can go out
in the moonlight and put animals to
bed. I bring violets to the wolves.
When I was young I brought violets to
them. In reward, they named me Violet.
The raccoons call me Rose. Both names
are nice, but I like Rose better.
The other animals call me
Violet. I don’t yell at them. I
just smile and say hello.

Zoe, fourth grade, Blake Manor Elementary School


6 Responses to “The Violet”

  1. Shannon Baker October 12, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    Zoe, you have done a fabulous job representing the Blake Manor Bulldogs. The imagery in your poem paints a picture so real that I wish I were sipping tea and putting the animals to bed.

  2. Virginia Reeves October 12, 2010 at 11:50 am #

    Zoe, I was so very impressed the first time I read this poem, and continue to find new parts to love every time I see it again. Your final line is beautiful both in its language and meaning. I’m so proud of you! Keep up the amazing the writing.

  3. Ms. Hoke October 12, 2010 at 11:59 am #

    You have always been such a talented writer. I am so proud of you! Your continued hard work is showing as you experiment with the different types of literature! Keep it up I know that you will do great things in life!
    Ms. Hoke

  4. Ms. Akers October 13, 2010 at 4:23 am #


    I was amazed by your poem and its depth. I love the mystery of the line “I bring violets to the wolves.”

  5. Mike Hamilton October 16, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    Zoe, you have done a wonderful job place everyone right into the poem! We feel as if we are right there doing each and every thing you described! I am so very very proud of you. Keep up the hard work and always continue writing!

  6. Sharon Swanzy October 16, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    I love violets anyway, but I love your poem even more.

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