During April, City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC and I sponsored a poetry contest for Jackson County school students to help them--and all of us--- join in our annual Greening up the Mountains celebration. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing the poems by some of these students. These are the voices we should be heeding as we meet the challenges--- environmental and cultural--- that confront us here in our mountains.
Maia Wilde, who attends Cullowhee Valley School,
weaves a tapestry of images that invites us to enter the natural world, the wild home where she lives. I particularly like the rocks "like wise old men and women," their presence being the bedrock of these ancient mountains. That the smell of pine sap gives her courage gives me hope that our children will grow into adulthood looking to the natural world for the strength to take care of the places they love.
By Maia Wilde--Cullowhee Valley School
Sun rays like stars at night
Wild flowers blooming
Twittering birds say hello to me
Wind like a warm
Mountains cast a shadow on the valley
Rocks like wise old men and women
The sun is like fire at night
The smell of sap and pine gives me courage
The mountains I live in are vast and tricky