Young Writers Contest First Place Winner: Micayla Whitmer

We’re breaking away from our typical Member Monday to feature a piece by local young writer, Micayla Whitmer. Micayla recently completed her freshman year at Foothill High School and is the first place winner in the Young Writers Contest, sponsored by Writers Forum and Enjoy Magazine. The second and third place pieces were featured the last two Mondays. Micayla’s piece will also be featured in the July issue of Enjoy magazine.  The theme of the contest was “Summer Memories”. Congratulations to all of our young writers and welcome, Micayla!

Sounds I Hear This Summer Day

by Micayla Whitmer

094.WhitmerA splash, a shout, a scream, a laugh,

Water tickles my toes,

Laughter fills my heart.

A grunt and a tug on my arm,

A big smile greets me.

The little boy points to the deep end of the pool,

And I know what he says even though he can’t speak.

Autism has taken his voice away,

But I can hear it.

It’s beautiful.

Teacher come play says the child with no voice,

So I jump in

And laugh at the water that dances around me.

The child jumps in too,

But too fast–he’s scared.

His fists grab my hair,

And though it hurts I smile and laugh,

And he knows it’s all right.

His hands release my hair and wrap me in a hug,

And the sweetest smile appears on his face.

Although no words have been said,

We both smile,

At the sweetest of summer memories.

A splash, a shout, a scream, a laugh,

Water tickles my toes,

Laughter fills my heart.

A grunt and a tug on my arm,

A big smile greets me.

The little boy points to the deep end of the pool,

And I know what he says even though he can’t speak.

Autism has taken his voice away,

But I can hear it.

It’s beautiful.

Teacher come play says the child with no voice,

So I jump in

And laugh at the water that dances around me.

The child jumps in too,

But too fast–he’s scared.

His fists grab my hair,

And though it hurts I smile and laugh,

And he knows it’s all right.

His hands release my hair and wrap me in a hug,

And the sweetest smile appears on his face.

Although no words have been said,

We both smile,

At the sweetest of summer memories.

A Note from the Webmaster: If you’re a Writers Forum member in good standing and would like to be featured on Member Monday, please send your submission to writersforumwebmaster@gmail.com. Submissions should be 75-750 words, appropriate for all ages and error free. Please include a short bio, a headshot and any related links. The author retains all rights and gives permission to Writers Forum to publish their submission on the website and/or in the newsletter. Thank you!

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