The Singing Lark
by Jensen Lee (United States)
Audio: "The Singing Lark," read by Christopher Feeney
Once under the light of dawn
there sat a singing lark.
The lark sang of the night before
and of the day to come.
It sang under the rays of the morning sun
and will sing again when the day is done.
When the day is done,
the lark will sing again of dawn,
waiting and anticipating the rising sun.
Upon the rising sun, there will sit a singing lark,
singing again of the day to come,
and repeat the cycle from the day before.
Just as before,
when the day is done,
the lark will come
and sing to the light of dawn.
Then flies the lark
into the morning sun.
The passing cycles of the sun
come & go as they have before,
and night after night, comes singing the lark.
The lark is soon spent and done,
but another one will come like the sun at dawn,
and it too, will come and come.
This new lark too will come,
and like the first, will sing to the sun.
It will stay, like the first, from dusk to dawn,
and like before
its life will be open and done,
and there will be a new signing lark.
We people, like the lark,
will come and come and come,
and we will live until our life is done.
Each one of us will again face the sun,
and like each one of us before,
we will again see the dawn.
Out of the sun,
like the one before,
we face the dawn.
Jensen Lee, 15, is a high school sophomore living in San Francisco. His piece “The Singing Lark” was originally written for a poetics class, in response to a challenge to write a poem in sestina form.
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2/3/23, 12:21 AM
Reading this story was realistic and relatble
2/2/23, 11:27 AM
"I collected little glimpses of the north to hoard away for the future, like treasure" is such a beautiful line!
2/2/23, 11:23 AM
What a fascinating piece!
2/2/23, 5:21 AM
One of my favorite pieces ever published on Write the World!
2/2/23, 4:41 AM
Well done Everett on this powerful piece. I hope you continue to write!
2/2/23, 4:40 AM
Well done Genevieve - what a beautiful and evocative piece of writing!
1/17/23, 2:15 AM
This is so beautiful
1/16/23, 3:52 PM
I love all of it. It’s so real and so many feelings are there.
1/5/23, 6:02 PM
This is amazing. Do not ever stop. That is really inspirational, the whole writing piece made me want to help.
1/3/23, 7:19 PM
This article was absolutely amazing! I am so thankful to live in a country where periods and sex are fairly normalized, but I will never forget to educate myself about the lack of education others have. It pains me to know that in countries like India, girls are still put down about what they where and how they act. It was very brave of you to share your voice, and I commend you endlessly for that.
12/8/22, 7:25 PM
I really love this! I, myself, am not black, but I know of a lot of good black people. Sadly, I will admit, at one time, I used to think of a black community filled with gangs and poverty. But I know now how perfectly capable it is to live together if only we got rid of the stereotype that is so, so wrong. I do hope you accomplish this. This will great for our country.
Sorry but can't share the name
12/7/22, 10:40 AM
Basically I don't know how to react.
All the conservatives should be reading this.........