“The Roller Coaster” by Matthew Burk

Matthew Burk (age 8)


The day I rode 
a roller coaster 
for the first time 

it seemed like fun 

but then 
it went upside down

and I was terrified 

like I might 
break into a billion pieces 
onto the ground 

and my atoms 
would swell the earth 
bending space and time 

and the past would fall into the present.

from 2021 Rattle Young Poets Anthology


Why do you like to write poetry?

Matthew Burk: “I write poetry because it’s a way I can express my feelings with words and let my creativity just flow, turning my feelings into something that people can see as art.”

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