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Grades 3-6

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Winning Entries Grades 3-6

2014 Sonnet Contest Winner: Grades 3-6


Winter lament


The cool, crisp air swirls round the street today.
Change has come and with it an ageing frown.
The buds of last summer, worn to a fray,
once they were sprouts, springing up from the ground.

Oft times the burden feels too great to bear,
the cost of winter, heavy on a heart.
You wish youth would remain and pause right there
as not to feel the cold pierce like a dart.

But the clocks cannot be turned back nor time
relived nor memories lost, ghosts revived.
And as time closes in doomful bells chime,
trunks grow gnarled, branches gray, success deprived.
Life’s promises were not what they would seem.
Now spring seems much like an ironic dream.


Zachary Majd

Grade 6

Sidwell Friends School

Washington, DC

2014 Sonnet Contest Runner-Up: Grades 3-6

Storm at Sea


The sky is dark and blue and green tonight
and waves are churning round in sea foam green
an ocean storm is coming within sight
and it will be the worst one I have seen
lightning starts to crackle from the dark sky
fog devours sand and water alike
a single seagull flies and gives a cry
the storm at sea is just about to strike
as clouds close in around the shiny moon
and winds are howling through the air in rage
dancing through the waves dancing to no tune
flying like wild birds out of their cage
and as the cloth of ocean starts to fray
I sit at home, so close yet far away.

Mia Ellis


Grade 6

Sidwell Friends School

Washington, DC

Alberto Sangorski. Songs and Sonnets by William Shakespeare. Manuscript, 1926

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