Black

29 Nov

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
Like licorice
Or burnt coal.
Black smells smoky
Or spoiled.
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

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6 Responses to “Black”

  1. Edy November 29, 2010 at 6:01 pm #

    So poetic and quite profound. Samantha embraces the darkness.

    • Ms. Higgins November 30, 2010 at 9:32 pm #

      Extrordinary voice! Your poem makes the reader think. Keep writing because I’d like to read more of your work. Proud of you, Samantha.

  2. TerrieWison November 30, 2010 at 4:33 pm #

    You did wonderful, Samantha. I am very proud of you. Love, Your Terie.

  3. Tonie Bailey November 30, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    You really awe me at this, kiddo. You did a great job. Keep it up. Love ya, your Tonie.

  4. Terrie Wilson November 30, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

    You dd wonderful, Samantha. I am very proud of you. Love, Your Terrie.

  5. Sabrina Bailey November 30, 2010 at 7:29 pm #

    Samantha your poem is beautiful and dark at the same time, it is wonderful, me and jonathan miss you and love ya. Congradulations on getting published it is a great honor.

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