The sunrays warm me
as a swift breeze gently
guides me into the meadow.
Crickets chirp a sweet melody.
Soft grass plays with my toes,
tickling like tiny feathers.
Sunflowers exhale 
their fresh aroma welcoming
endless fluttering bees,
eager to dip and taste.
The wind sways the trees,
leafy branches waving hello,
cooling the fields around me.
Birds heard more than seen,
chirping excitedly as I pass.
The sky an endless ocean of blue
decked in puffy, cotton candy clouds.
Chipmunks scamper through the field,
chattering as though to say,
“Well boys, it’s finally summer.
Time to run and play!”

by Maria P

Maria has been a student of Noorthoek Academy for 11 years. She was born in Colombia and adopted by a family in Grand Rapids. Maria enjoys the outdoors, shopping, playing cards, watching movies, and listening to her favorite artist, Michael W. Smith. Her church and spiritual life is important to her. She has a dog named Mango and a cat named Tinker. Her favorite flower is a sunflower. Maria works part time in Grand Rapids, but her dream job is to work at a blood bank.

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