YWP: Sweet July – VTDigger

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YWP publishes approximately 1,000 student works each year here, in Vermont newspapers, on Vermont Public Radio, and in YWP’s monthly digital magazine, The Voice. Since 2006, it has provided a place for young people to write, share their photos, art, audio and video, and to explore and connect online at youngwritersproject.org. For more information, please contact Susan Reid at [email protected].

“Vermont”, by Eva Mazur, 13, of Charlotte.

After a long, harsh winter, you’d be hard pressed to find a Vermonter who doesn’t crave the sweet, creamy maple charm of our summer months. This week’s featured poet Ava Rohrbaugh of Charlotte speaks to the aching sweet tooth in all of us as she celebrates the sands and sunshine of July.

By Ava Rohrbaugh, 16, of Charlotte

July comes in a candy wrapper,
so sweet that my teeth hurt,
so sweet june seems sour
and the month of August promises to be delicious.

July mornings spin clouds of sugar.
I reach out and pull handles
from the sky;
they don’t melt on my tongue.

July sun at noon
softens beach dunes
in brown sugar,
burn my soles
as I sprint for the surf.
Children shape it into castles,
and the crashing waves
dissolve it in the molasses.

July afternoons I sit
geometric shadows
and watch the goldfish glide
in blue raspberry slushie tanks,
their bubbles rise to the surface
slowly in the heavy syrup.

July evenings, the sun floats
like a drop of honey on the horizon,
clouds swarming like pink and orange bees
as the sugar soaks in
the mountains of New York.

July is incredibly mild,
31 sweets to unwrap,
and we all get lost
like children
in a confectionery.

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