Scholastics Award Winner: Silver Key in the Poetry Category

Margaret Sprigg-Dudley, Editor-in-Chief '22

A sequoia is dependent on destruction. Its scars are proof of life.

Flames, embracing not engulfing, blaze the bark. Smoke fills its lungs and strokes its skin and blocks its eyes and then. Out falls a seed. An exquisite, flimsy seed. This is its growth, but the evidence lies on every branch.

What’s left is a new fingerprint, and a sapling flourishing in the soot