Do Your Own Thing Contest, 4th Round

by Winners and Finalists

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Fourth Round Winner

A seashell to my ear,
remembering that day back at the beach,
Boogie boarding, collecting shells,
creating priceless castles made of sand
Bright sun rays beating down on me,
waves washing up against me…
Burning my eyes—salt water,
but crystal clear and blue
Slap, slap, slap,
Circling around me fish in schools
I’ve caught one
Suddenly and surprisingly,
pinched by a crab
Holding my hurting deep red finger
I screamed, Ouch!
In the distance a blue dolphin flies in the air,
Splash, shaking my head from daydreaming
About a day,
at the beach
it is all over.
—Katie Andrews, Grade 4

Fourth Round Finalists

The Race
Like lightning
Like one billion bullets hitting the ground
The crowd screaming
Run, run they go
Legs move at the speed of light
Their manes flying in the air
The cracks of the whip are heard
Hitting the horses
They smell for the gold
In their hands
Hearts beating
Wind blowing in their faces
Horses breathing hard
Who won who won
Who won the race
—Heather Hillstrom, Grade 4

There He Goes
There he goes
The man in uniform
He risks his life
Emotions never told
Knowing…he may never return home
Craving, desiring, almost pleading,
Begging him not to leave
Please…please don’t go
His bold voice says good-bye
He kisses me good-night
Into the darkness
Away he goes
He leaves me breathless
His footsteps echo and fade
At the door
I hear distant keys jingling
The motor roars
Good-bye brave officer
Leaving me over and over again
—Meagan A. Elvins, Grade 4

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