Poem of the Month, December 2011Posted: 2011/12/04
This month’s poem is the winning poem in the age group 9-10 of the IFLAC International Poetry Contest for Children 2011. Chloe Choi is 10 and a student at the Seoul Foreign School in Korea.
By Chloe Choi
As I look around, above and underneath me, I moan
Can’t you all be silent as I view this sight alone?
No, I don’t mean completely alone.
I mean let the birds fly and sing their cute choir.
Let the snowflakes fall down as silent as they can to represent peace
To new earth. To a new place. To belong here, next to me, as I see them gracefully falling down.
But when I lift up some pile of snow that landed on new earth, I cry.
How can the earth’s beauty never last long?
Every snow I cup, they are all gone. All melting, all dying.
Every bird or animal I start to sing or try to play with,
They run away or stop doing what they’re doing. Scared.
But can’t I even get along? Isn’t that what peace is?
I don’t want to be left out.
I want to be on top of earth—on a mountain—like I am right now,
Sight-seeing the beauty of the wonderful snow-covered earth.
Let this sight last a little longer.
For the snow’s sake, please don’t disappear or leave me alone.
Let the snow keep falling.
Let the winter creatures keep on chirp, sing and do their work-to-do.
Let winter last longer. Even though it is freezing, I enjoy the sight.
I want the nature’s peace to keep going. Go naturally and peacefully.
Rest with me as I lay down on the top of the mountain. With peace.