Catch a Tree inside a Verse
Our middle school Mountaineers are in full swing and enjoying spending time outside in our changing seasons. This week we took our urban hike to the Central Washington University's Japanese Garden. We explored the tranquil peace of the garden, listened to the babbling brook and the dull hum of campus activity outside the garden's walls.
We took time to listen to the trees, observe their details, and record their stories. Each Mountaineer was tasked with writing two poems in two different poetic forms about their selected tree. They were asked to explore their senses, tap into their emotions, and explore the English language. They all spent time in quiet contemplation by their tree and their poetic creations were all very well thought out. I was so impressed by these kids! Here are some of their poems:
branches and hard bark
nettles and very green
I was an evergreen
in a Japanese garden
staying still without movement
I am sitting next to a tree that's tall
I am breathing next to a tree that is really tall
I am living next to a tree that is very tall
tree grows next to rocks
human walks while wearing crocs
its roots get stepped on
embracing the sky
tree that is tall and sturdy, but not fully grown yet. yes.
still has fall and winter to go. yes.
still supported by two poles. yes.
still got a lot to live. yes.
and why is this my favorite tree? yes.
because it has lived as long as me. yes.
I was sitting under a tree
Gazing at the sky
Watching the clouds roll by
I was a pine tree
in a Japanese garden
...then I remembered I was a human.
a bush can be many things
a bush can live
a bush can fall
a bush loves all
Mountaineers is a year-long adventure “club” for local teens ages 11-16. Mountaineers meet weekly at Morgan Middle School with their instructors, local guests specializing in a STEM or outdoor field, and engage in exciting activities to build confidence, leadership, and communication. Up to 26 trips are being scheduled for the 2022-2023 school year (September-June) and will be a mix of backpacking, camping, hiking, snowshoeing, trail maintenance, boating, and exploring our natural world. You can learn more at KEEN's Mountaineers Or enroll today HERE!