“Evening Trees” by Junuh Tolan

Junuh Tolan (age 10)


Holding my father’s hand
Telling me his side of the story
Helping me up on the wall
Telling me the war of the trees
And the wind
Trees falling
Wind dropping hearts stopping
Helping each other up not knowing
Wind is on the attack
Birds rushing to the water
Feathers flying
Sneezing people
Birds falling
Right back to the ground

from 2014 Rattle Young Poets Anthology


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Why do you like to write poetry?

Junuh Tolan: “In a poem I add onto what already happened with words and details. Those words and details give me that experience and add things from my imagination that surprise me and turn that experience into something else: a poem.”

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