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Today we are featuring Inklings Book Contest 2018 finalist, Ava Hendrix! Ava finished 6th grade this past school year. The poem she submitted is called “I Will Wait.”  Ava said, “I like the imagery I used in my poem to show the dark times life can bring, but also how there is always going to be good things to keep you going.” Enjoy!


Patches of clouds covering the sky
A small beam of sunshine shining through
As the sunshine seems to warm your heart
Though as skies grow dark
And as clouds thicken
Not a blink of shining sunshine can be seen
Rumble rumble
Tip-tap tip-tap
Lighting slices the sky
Hands clutched to the lantern,
The only light to break the dark, crying sky
Legs shaking
Breathing hard
Sounds of thunder breaking your ears
Bang bang!
Yet the lantern is still clutched in your hands
Its glow bringing warm light,
Even as the dark sky rumbles with the sounds thunder
The lantern’s glow seems to warm your heart once again
Even though rain rapidly spills down on you
And this lantern will keep glowing through dark times as in happy times
Never let go
Keep the lantern clutched in your hands until you see the sun again

 


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