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The Pearl of the Phoenix

Yesterday left me empty, fighting to swim to the surface
I was always told to dream big, to be bold and stay cold
Yet all I yearned for was the warmth of being alive
Beginnings are a rocky shore, opening up to a sea of chance
But my dreams shackled my joy, drowning me in despair
Still my will to live, to succeed, fueled my flight upward
Gulps of salty air were shoved down my throat, stinging 
If I had sunk with the weight of perfection, I would not feel
Bitterness clouded my senses like the darkest of chocolate
Why had I been given a second chance?
Why had I endured the hurricane of failure?
The crack of dawn was so numbing on the horizon
Contrasting the sharpness of the icy waters below
I was tangled with the grief of living while dying
Finally I was spotted, finally cared for, finally seen
Thrown a healing anchor to hold onto until the next life
Salvation had arrived packaged in a shell as a little pearl
A present awarded for the start of my journey of rebirth
The fire of the phoenix pulled me out of the thrashing waves
It was time to start living with passion, start anew on solid land.

Instructions: 
Compose a poem about CHANGE, highlighting how change is a good thing or not. Include the words: darkest, tangled, beginning, dawn, alive, yesterday, healing, empty, cold, and dream.

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Darshita Rakam – 11th grade

Darshita is hardworking, dedicated, and best of all, self-motived. Her sincerity towards her work is commendable. She always ruminates on her assigned task, and then uses a combination of intense thinking and writing to compose her stories, essays, and poems. Her handwriting is a joy to read!