writing a poem


  • After Lucille Clifton


the poet bathes

streams of words

flow across her breasts

down her back

settle between her legs


she grasps at letters

before they fall further

scoops them in her hands

and lets them slip through

her fingers.        they puddle

on the page, still warm.

Name of your School: 
Appomattox Regional Governor's School
Homeroom Teacher: 
Cindy Cunningham
The Virginia Student Prize Grades 9-12