Melody of the Woodlands by Kira C. - 2nd Place, 7th-8th Grade Category

Streams of sunlight
Falling on a grass-clad path
Penetrating afternoon shadows

The rich hue of the sky
Clothed in royal blue
Like the vastness of the sea

Leaves whisper
Soft notes blending with
Clear birdsongs

Smooth, creamy bark
Brimming with life
A woodland of white

Shimmering, rippling
Arrayed in garlands of gold
Trees sway in the breeze

Soft green swathing
Gently rising slopes
Slender flowers glimmer

An aroma rises from
Freshly trodden grass
And drifts away into the mist

-- Kira C.