A swell of excitement builds steadily, 
mounting gradually with each passing moment. 
without warning, plummets suddenly, 
as reality looms like the gathering dusk. 
Disappointment and feelings of foolishness swirl, 
then I am suddenly rescued by a hopeful thought, 
Only to be plunged back into reality, as angry words swell and ebb 
Like ocean waves. 
I retreat, only to be followed by nagging thoughts. 
I listen to the words of the One who loves me and am lifted, 
as thoughts of home and peace wash over me. 
I see I must rest in the Truth instead of retreating into lies.

-- Elizabeth A., 9th-12th Grade