• May 12, 2022

    Seventh grade poet published for second time

    Erin WellsA Fort Couch Middle School student is now a two-time published poet. A poem by seventh grader Erin Wells was recently selected for publication in the Creative Communication Poetic Power Contest. This marks the second time this year that Erin has achieved this honor.

    Erin’s poem, “Coastal Whispers,” will be included in the organization’s anthology, “A Celebration of Poets.”

    “This is not a contest where every entry is invited to be published. Only the best poems are selected for this honor,” said Thomas K. Worthen, Ph.D., editor for Creative Communication. “Being published represents a lot of talent, hard work and dedication from teachers and students.”

    According to its website, “Creative Communication is devoted to the promotion of writing, teaching and appreciation of student writing. The intent of our student writing contests is to motivate student writers. The top entries are published in an anthology that will record the creative insights of today's student writers.”

    Learn more about Creative Communications online: https://www.poeticpower.com/students.

    Coastal Whispers

    "Do not mourn my friend," the trees whisper in the east
    As the eastern sky blooms bright light
    "The moon will be back," the trees softly whisper
    As the light of the sun overtakes the night

    "Shhh," she whispers to the trees
    As the light overtakes the now orange sky
    "But my friend, you mourn," the trees whisper in the east
    As the sky turns yellow and she lets out a sigh

    "As you have said, the moon will be back,"
    The trees softly sigh in defeat and remorse
    "The sun reigns now," she murmurs in the east
    As the sky turns blue and her voice turns hoarse

    "My sister mourns," she whispers in the west
    As the light fades to orange and yellow
    "My brothers now flourish," the trees softly whisper
    As the sky turns darker and the colors more mellow

    "But she knows, like me, that the moon will be back,"
    As the sky turns dark and the light fades away
    "But for now I shall celebrate," she happily murmurs
    As the trees agree and contentedly sway

    Erin Wells, Grade 7
    Fort Couch Middle School
    Upper St. Clair School District
    Pittsburgh, Pa.