Poetry, Grades 10 – 12: First Place

It Rains Before A Rainbow — Shira Cohen

It rains before a rainbow,
And it hurts before it heals.
It’s windy before a calm sky,
And you’re hungry before a meal.
You cry before you laugh,
And you fall before you stand.
You’re alone before you’re together
Before someone offers you their hand.
You’re tired before you’re rested
And quiet before you’re loud.
You’re sad before you’re happy,
And disappointed before you’re proud.
The best things can only come,
After the worst does pass.
So when you are going through a hard time,
Remember: those things don’t last.