Here's something I wrote for 8th grade honors English. I got a B. That teacher clearly had it out for me.
~A Poem for Walden~
When in the forest one realizes
The world is different.
Water covers the great part of the land
And that land goes far beyond where we live.
Humans go through life hurriedly,
Not looking at their surroundings, not looking up.
But there are forests and lakes
And streams and fields.
We resemble ants in many ways.
Like most humans, ants fight each other.
They kill and battle their own.
Ants and humans have too much in common.
Through the seasons of the year
We should notice all the changes.
Life is too short to just hurry by.
We must notice our surroundings more.
Every winter life is frozen,
Animals hibernate, so do the waters.
Trees seem to die and ice covers the ground.
Life appears dead to those who are looking.
Spring changes the life that fell across the land.
It is a time of hope and a new beginning.
Fog and rain melts the ice. Flowers, animals, and leaves return.
Life renews to those who are looking.
Life in the woods goes on this way,
It all stays the same day by day, season by season.
We must change our lives so we will see.
We must leave the beaten path,
To see the new beginning.