“The Sea”, by WITS Student Annabelle Bachhuber
November 23, 2015
I kept deep-sea secrets in a little black bag.
I carried boats through the toughest storms.
I asked the fish where the shark lived.
I was rough but calm.
I was tired.
I knew when the storm would come.
I tried to keep the boats away with waterspouts.
I tried to keep the boats away with a hurricane.
I held each fish like family.
I owned the deepest depths of the ocean.
Annabelle Bachhuber wrote this poem while a student at View Ridge Elementary School, with WITS Writer-in-Residence Kathleen Flenniken. She read it to open for Linda Pastan when she spoke as part of SAL’s Poetry Series on November 10, 2015.