Poetry, Grades 7 – 9: Second Place

Basil — Jeremy Skoler

Fresh-picked basil from the garden

Feels like a smooth maple leaf blowing in the wind

Tastes like a crispy stalk of mint with an earthy touch

Looks like the hard shiny shell of a beetle crawling through the wet grass

Smells like mud and morning dew

Sounds like the whisper of bees’ feet as they tiptoe along a leaf