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Track 5 by Aurora Schwaner (Writer’s Ear 1st Prize)

My 10 year old daughter Aurora won the Writer’s Ear prize at her elementary school. The contest, sponsored by the Staunton Music Festival, involves students listening to a musical selection and writing a poem or story based on their response. Aurora wrote the poem below. The prize-winning entries are read aloud by the authors at a free concert on April 6th. Go Aurora!

The music Aurora listened to can be found here  and it’s Track 5.

Track 5

I hear the distant shouts of trouble,
While the wind whispers my name,
I pause and look at the sky, a gray blanket of worry.
I need to help. My legs couldn’t have carried me faster,
And my heart couldn’t have created a faster beat.
The wind speaks again, but this time it yells.
“Hurry, hurry.”  “Hurry, hurry”
Now the only enemy is time.

–Aurora Schwaner


“20 Poems” Available as Free PDF

20Poemsfront cover
So the new book, 20 Poems & Other Translations from the English, is available on the BOOKS link for free in PDF! I’ll have copies in trade paperback by 10/14 and will bring some to the 10/17 reading at AVA here in Staunton. You can  contact me if you want me to put one aside for you before the reading. As usual, the first print run is small.

20 Poems is 6×9, 52 pages. I chose a painting by Aurora Schwaner for the cover image.