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Poems About Camping and Hiking

Students often have delightful observations of their experiences outdoors. These poems follow a rubric that requires 3 infinitives, 3 gerunds, and 3 verb-based adjectives that end in ed or en.

To enjoy the fire’s warmth
To smell the smoky flame
To savor the gooey marshmallows
    We begin the night.

Singing hilarious songs
Swatting unbearable mosquitoes
Playing word games
    We bond together.

Smoked fish on the grill
Pinned tents around the fire
Scared kids within their blankets,
   Stories overcome sleep.

--Ashlynn Watkins

The Hike

To inhale the crisp air,
To observe the leafy canopy,
To hear the joyful birds,
   We hike the mountains.

Climbing boundless boulders,
Traversing unspoiled creeks,
Following winding paths,
   We relish the journey.

Inspired freedom during relentless pursuit,
Delighted wonder within our souls
Forgotten stress regarding daily burdens,
   We cherish God’s handiwork.

--Mallory Phillips


"My mind is the only sanctuary that has not been stolen from me. Men have tried to breach it before, but I've learned to defend it vigorously, for I am only safe with my innermost thoughts."— Murtagh
By Gabrielle A. Hartenstein Grade 6

Once there was a girl. Her name was Eladrienia. She was a bright girl of 15, but she always had her head in the clouds. She heard stories of dragons and elves and the famous rider, Eragon. She always imagined herself riding on top of a dragon and fighting with the elves against the evil King Lucifer. One day when Eladrienia went to fetch water, she heard an agonizing cry. She followed the sound to find an injured baby dragon. The dragon looked at her with navy eyes as big as diamonds.

‘’Hey there…you’re going to be all right…just hold still while I rap up this nasty wound,’’ Eladrienia explained cautiously. Eladrienia ripped a piece of her dress off and rapped it around the dragon's wound. ‘’There you go.’’ Eladrienia answered.

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