“Spirit” by Junuh Tolan

Junuh Tolan (age 11)


Every head should have a body.
How else can you dance?

Some people dance the Jippity Jig
or the Hoppity Row.

The fireflies dance with the stars
which have no names.

But you dance differently.
You dance with the snowflakes

going where the wind tells you.
No worries. No goals. Just dreams to lead you.

from 2016 Rattle Young Poets Anthology


Why do you like to write poetry?

Junuh Tolan: “I like writing poetry, but I’m not sure I like the process. A poem comes to me. I feel it, and I don’t know why.”

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