It takes courage to explore the darker side of life. Then again, it takes courage to be a writer—to try and shape the words, to pinpoint meaning, to explore the parts of life we don’t understand or always want to look at. But in this week’s Unbound selection, a young writer at Creedmoor Elementary School demonstrates both kinds of courage. Her poem, “Black,” is proof of Samantha’s ability to embrace herself as a writer, to explore the darker side of things, and unearth the hidden beauty she finds there.
Black looks like a black rose.
Black is a dress at a funeral
Or an old rock.
Black looks like your eyelashes.
Black sounds like a little girl crying
Or a dark laugh.
Black sounds like a moaning ghost
Black tastes sour
Or burnt coal.
Black smells smoky
Black feels like the cold and damp air.
Black makes me feel comfortable
When I watch a horror movie.
Samantha, fourth grade, Creedmoor Elementary School