By Lylla Younes, 17, from Alexandria, LA. 2012 National Student Poet
It didn’t take long
To tune my ears to the music seeping
out of your hidden mahogany box.
into the mesh of sound.
For a few minutes,
the walls breathed it in.
Took it into their thin,
insulated lungs, and held it there.
We exhaled together.
Only our breath could fill the cavity
that materialized when you left.
What a great photo!
Our 2012 NSPP class was invited to the White House Holiday Party in December and got their picture taken with the President and First Lady! Isn’t that awesome?
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet young poets in the Diplomatic Room of the White House following a Christmas holiday reception, Dec. 14, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
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By Miles Hewitt, 17, Vancouver, WA. 2012 National Student Poet. This poem can be found in the NSPP chapbook on page 10!
& in between passionless crimes—
(so for the lack of humanity,
the careless abandon
and the forgoing of burden)
I looked into your eyes & thought
I AM ORPHEUS