PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — A Pennfield student received a prize for her entry in the 2017 Aquidneck Land Trust Art and Writing Contest, which was sponsored by Sixteen on Center.
English students in sixth through eighth grade were challenged to write 250 words describing their favorite scenic vista on Aquidneck Island.
The contest was open to all schools on Aquidneck Island grades K-12. There were 2 components: art and writing, and each had 3 judging categories: K-4th, 5-8th and 9-12th.
Sixth grade student, Lauren Flowers, was awarded the prize in the 5th-8th grade writing category for her poem about Gooseberry Beach in Newport. Her poem is featured verbatim below.
Gone to Gooseberry
The wind blows thoughtlessly on the water
Small waves roll on to the beach
leaving squiggly lines in the wet sand
where they recede
The lonely lifeguard chair
awaits the next day of sunshine
and laughter of children
Scrambling up the smooth rocks
tucked below the crest
seeking shelter from the breeze
A quiet place to sit and unwind
all but the whispering wind
On a cool night
gazing at the dock
floating lonely in the navy water
I wonder what lurks beneath
The sun, a deep orange and yellow spectacle
lies low in the sky
Forgotten buckets, cast aside on the sand
wishing they were home
Barnacles and periwinkles press the rocks
along side the moss-like chartreuse seaweed
The sky sighing deeply
after a long day
as the sun drops below the horizon
Goodnight, Gooseberry Beach