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“Until I Saw the Sea” by Anna Johnson

Until I saw the sea,
I did not know how much
the sea sparkled
and how many animals
roamed.
Until I saw the sea,
I did not know
what it felt like to be closed up
under the watery bed.
But then I felt it: the feeling I wanted
to know, that the sea is majestic.
Nobody really knows.


Anna Johnson, of B.F. Day Elementary School, read this original poem to open our Women You Need to Know (WYNK) Series event with Robin Wall Kimmerer, which she wrote during the 2019/20 school year with WITS Writer-in-Residence Samar Abulhassan. Performed on the digital SAL stage on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

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