Sam Rhee

St. Albans

Grade:

9

Hometown:

Clifton

Birthplace:

Mon City, PA

Favorite Author or Book:

Carl Sandburg

Dream for the Future:

A global response to climate change and extreme poverty.

Inspirational Figure:

Ms. Malec, who taught me how to write well (and many other teachers over the years who broadened my world).

senseless

if you asked me my name

i didn’t hear, deaf as a

sunflower to anything but

rattling storm.

 

if you looked at me, really looked at me,

i didn’t see, blind as a

sunflower staring dumb at the sky.

 

if you smelled like salt and cotton

i didn’t notice, as a

sunflower holds its breath against the acrid

cleansing wind.

 

if you tasted my secrets

i didn’t mean it, blithe as a

sunflower grown solely for salty seed.

 

and if you felt something

when we were over

i don’t care

a sunflower only remembers

only lives for

the sun.