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It’s just another Japanese maple
In just another backyard
But behind the curtain of spindly, nearly-violet leaves
The ethereal thrives
An alluring earthy scent
Settles near the dependable trunk
Lulling the velvety shadows to sleep
But as they slumber
Soft molten droplets of sunlight
Timidly slip through the silky fabric
Of branches and leaves
Dappling this separate world


Kristy Carpenter, age 13
Seattle, Washington
Lakeside Middle School
Teacher: Alicia Hokanson

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