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Fourth grade student published in national anthology

| December 9, 2015

Fourth grade student, Ivyann Shen, has been selected by Creative Communication to have one of her poem’s published in their anthology, A Celebration of Poets.  Ivyann’s poem was selected from thousands of submissions from the United States and Canada, by students in grades K-12. Ivyann was a third grade student in Patricia Pinkham’s class when she submitted her original work.

Wishes on a Winter Night

by Ivyann Shen

I gaze out the white sequin window
at the icing covered wonderland,
nothing like the secure place that grasps me.

Visions of snow angels and snowmen
dance in my head,
waking my will to grab my coat, snow pants, and mittens.

I observe a fluffy squirrel outside,
trembling even under its blanket of soft fur,
searching for just one puny acorn.
Instead it finds itself buried in the deep snow,
cold and hungry in the bitter world that traps him.

I shoot the creature one last stare of pity
before turning towards the cluster of
loving people sitting cozily in the armchairs,
laughter as sweet as bells
as they dive into a pleasant conversation.

They sip their sticky hot cocoa,
the small fire crackling and blazing
beside our looming fir tree adorned in lights
under the stars in the Christmas air.

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