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UCLA Asia Institute



As the wind does blow

        Across the trees, I see the

                Buds blooming in May          


I walk across sand

And find myself blistering

In the hot, hot heat


Falling to the ground,

        I watch a leaf settle down

In a bed of brown.


It’s cold—and I wait

For someone to shelter me

And take me from here.


I hear crackling

Crunch, of today’s new found day

And know it won’t last

So I will leave it

At bay; and hope for the best

This bitter new day


*Remember, punctuation and indention is arbitrary (meaning it’s up to you, the author to put it in your poem)

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The beaches waves hit
Sounding of flooding water
Soothes aches all over
-Tiffany, age 13, L.A.

Silence around us
Our watchful eyes hear the world
Hands do the talking
-Jennifer, Virginia

To be a leader,
One must first dream then act out,
fulfillment is yours.
-Mrs. C Troop 280, St. Petersburg, Florida

The wind is blowing
It is blowing very hard
I don't like the wind.
-Amanda, Alabama

I love Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh loves to eat honey
Bees chase Winnie the Pooh.

The flowers
Reached the sky
As on the grass I lie

A broken tree cut
Brings no shade to the weary
Then what good is it?
-VP Singh, New Delhi, India

Rain falls, seeds sprout
Continues life from something
Small but strong, it grows.
-Sarah, age 14 Cape Cod, MA

Hockey Haiku

Gracefully slither
He sneaks to the net untouched
With one swing he scores.

Slash, push, crush, swipe, skate
Big time effort for four hours
Game ends tied, zero-zero

Up on the tundra
You have one of two choices
Hockey or ...ummm...uhhh.....
-Mike A. Crookston, MN (the tundra)

The winter is over
Spring is here hurray good cheer!
I am glad it's here!
-Irven, age 10, Georgia

I like spring water
It makes me feel good inside
It takes my breath away.
-LaQuita, age 10, Georgia

Fall is almost here.
I like the colorful leaves.
Others like the fall too.

Leaves down everywhere
Different colors through the year
Fall is almost here!
-Ali, age 11

Fall is leaves falling
Eating crisp, crunchy apples
A warm fire burning.

Fall is leaves falling,
Munching on sweet red apples
A warm fire burning.
-Rebecca, age 17, MI

Snow falling slowly
Blanketing the trees and road
Silence and beauty.

Branches stretching out
To grab the sunsets colours
Night is approaching.
-Lisa H., age 11

White light shining through
patterns along the blank wall
brightening my day.
-Sandra, age 14