“Explain Sunbeams!” by Jamie Uy

Jamie Uy (age 14)


look here.
my hands are golden spirals carrying
color across the sky canvas.
i’m painting my dreams in yellow,
packing them into galaxy-black cellophane
and attaching them onto
lanterns of daylight.
my mother the Sun sends them up 
into the comets’ hidey-holes
as gifts to the solar system
on the coldest days of the year.

from 2014 Rattle Young Poets Anthology

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Why do you like to write poetry?

Jamie Uy: “I like to write poetry because I get to figure myself out line by line. Coming up with clear images to accurately capture the feel of the poem is like fishing in a lake of my own experiences and emotions.”

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