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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5/17/22, 4:27 PM
5/16/22, 11:40 AM
I am waiting with anxiety what does she doesto fight back these things which are very complicate to handle for a teenager...... I am Very anxious because I am in the same situation..... So I want to know what will she do.....
5/15/22, 3:16 PM
This is such a wonderful piece. I love it so much!
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5/13/22, 10:46 AM
You are really good at writing. And at such a young age! If you don't mind me saying so, your writing style is warm and cozy. And also at the same time, very deep, meaningful and relatable. I especially loved the "The Reflection" part.
5/13/22, 9:28 AM
I really wanna know what does she does to fight back these things which are hard to handle for a teenager.
5/11/22, 2:37 PM
I loved every word of this. Maybe because I am relating too hard. I hardly possess any of the love or filial piety I am expected to have towards my family. I am dubious of anything my grandmother says to me and have long learned to just swallow it all with a smile though I question how much I know. And. Just. Knowing. That you will be forgotten by your extended family for the rest of the year but still held up to their expectations. Thank you for writing this! I'll always remember a beautiful #ownvoices story :).
5/10/22, 6:57 AM
I really am curious about how she is gonna fight this situation and will she be able to fulfill her dreams which she once had
5/6/22, 2:03 PM
Ooh I really love this! What a great ending too. Fellow students, we've got this!
5/6/22, 1:53 PM
I love this piece so much. Novels and writing rarely makes me cry, but this was just too relatable.
5/6/22, 1:51 PM
This was so beautiful, and created such a detailed image in my mind!
5/6/22, 11:35 AM
I thought that was a truly insightful piece. As a teen writer myself, your words were a refreshing reminder of the meaning behind adolescence. Thank you for bringing your writing into the world, and hope to see more of it soon.