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A New World After the Rain

Free form excerpts from The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan
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Ms. Levine

the rain drummed down (1)

…watching flotsam float downriver (3)

Raindrops strummed across the roof (5)

the piano of wet notes (8)

plip-plip plop… oip, oip, oip (6)

For a month, the clouds spilled. (42)

the sea plucked at the rugged land (8)

What is the color of a minute? A month?

A year? (74)

 

tiny blossoms made the spring air smell peppery (79)

tiny needles of light

piercing the canopy,

the crisp fragrance of wet leaves,

wild herbs, and cinnamon. (97)

a caterpillar to the veined leaf,

a snake to the twig,

a fox to the seedpod. (118)

the flowers bowed their heads

toward one another. The trees reach out

in leafy embraces.

Even the thistles clumped together like old friends. (128)

the fog thinned to mist,

the mist lifted above them,

 

and the world opened up. (148)

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Ms. Levine, English Teacher and Advisor
Ms. Levine teaches 9th and 12th grade English and is passionate about creative writing. She has experience as a freelance writer, has published creative nonfiction essays and is working on a novel. She hopes to help students discover their voices and help nurture a new generation of writers.
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