A Moment

Gertie-Pearl Zwick-SchachterJune 22, 2016

August 4, 2014

I roll onto my side,
the grass damp and prickly on my bare legs.
A speckled monarch flits across a hydrangea-leaf sky.
The breeze tousles the rosebushes, sighs,
then rests.

Nature’s beauty draws me in, but my own
drowsiness, like the reel of a fishing rod,
pulls me back.

I let the blades pierce my neck, my arms
openly welcoming the chilling sensation
while a tree teases me with its shade, covering
me, then dancing off.

Peace envelops me like the husk of a summer
tomatillo, like the soft petal
of a sleepy tulip.

Gertie-Pearl Zwick-Schachter is 13 years old and lives in New York City. She loves to debate, sing, act, read, play guitar, and be with her friends and family. Most of all she loves to write and dance!