Below is a poem written by Andrew S. in his English XII class during an assignment to write a mimic of Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.” Andrew’s poem creates a lovely snapshot of Waterford’s student-filled campus.
Trekking Across Campus
The trees lined up like army soldiers standing at attentionWater pooled along the dipped sidewalk due to last night’s rainCrowds of students, short and tall, hurrying to their next classTheir identities hidden from sight with hoods pulled up and heads downAnd you will avoid these puddles naturally not wanting to get wetYet you will see those not as careful suffer the consequences of their misfortune
Others will cut corners and trample the soft grass till it is there no moreOthers will pull their bags behind them annoying everyone in the vicinityOthers will speed walk their way to the lunchroom hoping to be in the frontOthers will tense their bodies against the cold windOthers will dread the walk from 600s to 800s
I follow your steps, all grades, no matter which path you takeJust as you catch up to your friends ahead of you, I was hurrying to walk with my friendsJust as you wonder what’s for lunch, I was curious of the sameJust as you run to your lesson already late, I was feeling the same pressure of not being on timeI too observed all different grades and their behavior on the quad at lunch timeSaw friends laughing with and at each otherSaw people running out of sight seeking the warm insideSaw cars drive off campus if the lunch was not desirableSaw bunches at the doors because apparently no one had a fobLook’d at the sky, a gray sheet that never endsLook’d at the mountains to the east, dominating as everLook’d to the gym thinking about when I’d be there after schoolLook’d to the library knowing I needed to get work doneThe red brick buildings on all sidesThe bark peeling off the treesThe leaves being blown off the trees and spread on the groundThe symmetrical pavement squares everywhere you lookBordering the whole campus provides students a sure, constant path to their destination close or far.
October 16, 2023
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