by Josie Johnson (United States)
Audio: "Trembling Survival," read by Josie Johnson
Propped up on my elbows, on the stiff gym floor.
Planks: a climax in the battle to stay healthy.
I feel my arms shake, my chest vibrate.
In a chilly classroom, talking to some girl.
Socializing: the stress-ridden struggle to fit in while standing out,
I feel my heart shake, my fingers vibrate.
Burning trees, tumbling rocks, heaving earth, melting ice.
Survival: a poor reward for achieving life.
I watch the creatures shake, Earth's core vibrate,
And for once I am in sync,
for I have found a secret to nature's spirit,
and we are no longer quite so separate.
Josie Johnson, 15, is a high-schooler living in Rhode Island in the United States. She enjoys reading, rain, and music, particularly Gregory Alan Isakov.
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12/3/22, 12:37 AM
11/19/22, 9:15 AM
This is a masterpiece.... Well done
10/12/22, 2:00 AM
An amazing piece on climate change. Congratulations!
10/12/22, 1:58 AM
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I love this! Could read this over and over again.
10/12/22, 1:56 AM
Such a beautiful piece Lyat. Congratulations!
10/12/22, 1:54 AM
From your piece, you're an inspiration and a driven person who wants to make the world better. I hope you get to achieve all these and I hope you receive all the support.
10/12/22, 1:48 AM
Brilliant and educative in all aspects!
10/12/22, 1:43 AM
Everything about this piece has perfectly collided with the perfect words. Teen years are special and form a concrete part of a person's life. Glad I read this now. It's a beautiful piece.
9/29/22, 4:40 PM
9/24/22, 2:13 PM
Was this inspired by flights over Iceland?
9/24/22, 10:04 AM
Amazing. I love it.
9/23/22, 7:34 AM
This is just so good!!!! "The air has been poisoned' I love how you describe things! Congrats :))