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NaPoWriMo Poem by You #27: My Old Apartment by Stella Anderson

Sarah and Jeff Boyle

"Sprinkler" by Tavos Mata Machado. Via Flickr and courtesy a Creative Commons license. 

"Sprinkler" by Tavos Mata Machado. Via Flickr and courtesy a Creative Commons license. 

My Old Apartment

The place that my parents
brought my sister and me home
when we were born.

The sound of my neighbors skateboarding outside,
an invitation
to come and play.
Running in the sprinklers
in my backyard.
My tree the height of my six-year-old self.
My sister and me cuddling in the same small room
the size of my closet now.

It is foreign to me now.
A new tree.
A new patio.
Everything is different.
The raspberry patch is gone.
The strawberries are gone.
My tiny tree is gone.
I don’t know what is gone on the inside
but I know I’m gone.

by Stella Anderson, grade 7, Hawthorne Scholastic Academy