POETRY ACROSS THE LAND……100 YEARS OF NATIONAL PARKS

Spread across the United States are 58 National Parks and on August 25, 2016 the National Park System turns 100 years old.

The beauty found in America’s parks have inspired people of all ages to portray them through poetry.

 

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

4th Graders, Ruder Elementary School, Columbia Falls, MT, Spring 2007

Wolf
Mysterious, free
Gliding, pacing, leaping
Hunting for survival
Warriors
Author: Mary

Glacier
Frozen, cold
Moving, melting, changing
Slipping down the slope
Ice
Author: Cody A.

poetry by Ruder Elementary 4th Graders.


 ST MARY LAKE

7th Graders, Helena Flats School, Kalispell, MT, Winter/Spring 2007

Glacier Park Winters
Pale powdered mountains in the distant view,
Snow quietly tumbles down the jagged slopes.
The eagle slowly flys over head cutting through icy winds with every
beat of his powerful wings.
Not a sound to be heard, but the moans and
twisting screams of dead
branches.
Frosted over evergreens viciously shake off the newly fallen snow.
Footprints in the snow, so many, no one around to fill them.
Hypnotizing, icy streams whirling around and around waiting to
grasp your ankle to pull you into its world of wonders.
Tiny snowflakes under my feet making faint cries as they are being
stepped upon.
The wind whispers its soft melody in my ears as it whistles on by.
This is nothing more, but nature during winter in Glacier Park.
Author: Marnic

poetry by Helena Flats 7th Graders.

VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK

ONE OF 1500 PLUS ISLANDS

ONE OF 1500 PLUS ISLANDS, VOYAGEUR NATIONAL PARK

Kabetogama

Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota

Bright blue is the sky
Soft white are the clouds
Red intense, is the sunset
Passions sleep in Kabetogama’s heart

Water, Air, Fire, and Land
I come back to life
In the majesty of Kabetogama’s paradise
That makes me feel close to the sky

The green trees
The senses of life
Spontaneous feelings
Flying over the sky

Fresh breeze
Quiet and alone
Sitting over the rock
Softly the waters float

Red sunset
Vivid color
In the sky
Peaceful moments in my eyes

The sound of the lake
Swinging at night
Makes me sigh
And feel alive

Fresh morning
Hot afternoon
Cold night
And the constellations in the sky

The moon, the lake and the stars
How wonderful is life!
Free as the eagle
I hope one day to fly

Hiking through the path
Serenity and peace surround
I found faith and light
To my spirit lost in the dark

Silent green forest
In persistent calm, the lake sings
Picturesque moment
That Kabetogama land created in my heart

Written by Frankie Alvarez

2012 National Park Teen Ambassador

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