It is humbling to read the work of this young poet. Aurora is only ten years old! I took the liberty of translating it to Chinese and recorded the translation in Cantonese.
My 10 year old daughter Aurora won the Writer’s Ear prize at her elementary school. The contest, sponsored by the Staunton Music Festival, involves students listening to a musical selection and writing a poem or story based on their response. Aurora wrote the poem below. The prize-winning entries are read aloud by the authors at a free concert on April 6th. Go Aurora!
The music Aurora listened to can be found here and it’s Track 5.
I hear the distant shouts of trouble,
While the wind whispers my name,
I pause and look at the sky, a gray blanket of worry.
I need to help. My legs couldn’t have carried me faster,
And my heart couldn’t have created a faster beat.
The wind speaks again, but this time it yells.
“Hurry, hurry.” “Hurry, hurry”
Now the only enemy is time.