I Wait by Isabella Gorman
For we meet by one or the other
Do I welcome you vulnerable
Or do I put up my defense protected
As I mill about this dreary train track the crisp leaves of fall now
Drenched and soggy
Provide a solid dripping beat
For me to focus on
As I wait for you
Students at Maine’s Berwick Academy are no strangers to poetry. With an annual poet-in-residence program Berwick affords students the rich opportunity to steep in poetry every April for a full week, in addition to poetry encounters within their English classes throughout the year. Some students take especially to the craft in deeply moving, often profound, beautiful, and sometimes surprising ways. Four such poets are featured here:
Bella Gorman (entering grade 9), Belle Greenshields (entering grade 8), Noah Rich (entering grade 8), and Cole Roenick (entering Grade 8).
These students learned from this year’s poet-in-residence, Marjorie Thomsen, and created something truly valuable and fresh, inspired by poets they read, such as Carl Sandburg. They graciously agreed to share their poems in our middle school poetry collection, and two of the poets also read their poems aloud in our evening community poetry event. These poets are brave, inspired, and inspiring.