The Unfortunate and the Unlucky

8 Dec

William Carlos Williams’s poem, “The Red Wheelbarrow,” exemplifies for all aspiring writers the possibility of evoking strong emotion through simple imagery. Using Williams’s poem as her guide, sixth-grader Tianna does the same in her poignant selection of spare but delicate images. It takes great skill to create images at once so haunting and thought-provoking, an ability which this Del Valle Middle School student performs with grace and subtlety. Congratulations, Tianna!

So much depends
the unfortunate orphan
lying on a dirty
brown quilt
next to a battered,
scraped wall.

So much depends
the person in cheap
green flip-flops
on a sandy beach
beside the crinkling
brown leaves
blown from miles away.

So much depends
the poor old pelican
covered in oil
stuck in midnight waters,
the apricot sun
rising in the distance.

Tianna, sixth grade, Del Valle Middle School


4 Responses to “The Unfortunate and the Unlucky”

  1. Jeri Thompson December 9, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    Nice job, Tianna! This is beautifully written. I’m so proud of you!
    Mrs. Thompson

  2. Edy December 10, 2010 at 7:45 am #

    That is truly a beautiful piece that creates vivid images in the mind of the reader. Tianna has tons of talent!

  3. Anonymous December 10, 2010 at 5:55 pm #

    I know her!!! She really has a great talent and Badgerdog is a great place to let it out.

  4. Adeena Reitberger December 13, 2010 at 9:24 pm #

    Congrats, Tianna! This is a beautiful poem!

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