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on false spring and the herring run

by Genevieve Smith (United States)

February 2023

Write the World Review

Audio: "on false spring and the herring run," read by Genevieve Smith

Herring fish gather in the shallow stream behind the lake and through the trees. It’s Sunday afternoon, and I am sitting on the thick slabs of concrete that seem so out of place this deep in the forest.

CLOSED, proclaims a sign in front of me, TO THE HARVEST OF RIVER HERRING. I want to reassure the creatures, somehow, that I am harmless. I needed to get out of the house.

As I push off out the driveway an hour before, I think of what the poets call false spring. Sunshine beams down and the air carries pollen that makes my nose itch. When I bike past the bay I can just smell the mud and salt of the clam beds. Little purple flowers peek out from a summer home’s flawless lawn. Still, next week the sky will return to grey and those stubborn violets will frost over as if January never left.

Now, I listen to the rush of the herring run and graze my hand along the ice-cold water. The river knows this isn’t quite her time. It will take until June for the lake to be flooded with kids in neon bathing suits and the beaches to overflow with parents counting down the days until back-to-school.

But it is March, and the lake only knows the fish and frogs and me. And, I think with a breeze brushing my winter-pale skin, what a wondrous thing it is.

Genevieve Smith, age 13, is a young writer from Massachusetts. When she isn’t in school or jotting down poetry, she enjoys riding her bike, discovering new music, and spending time with friends.

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3/9/24, 12:43 AM

This was absolutely a good read! 😃

Ushing Mya

11/24/23, 4:42 PM

I'm amazed by your deep perception towards little things of life! Keep glowing dear Taieba.

Fatima Ismail

10/4/23, 10:28 AM

I'll like to see more of your writing

Fatima Ismail

10/4/23, 10:26 AM

Gsk I love it!

dont care

10/3/23, 7:58 PM

womp womp


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9/29/23, 2:03 AM

Wow..just wow. Ridiculous words I know. I just stumbled across your poem as this is my first time on the website and I landed this masterpiece. As an immigrant myself, I could relate to several aspects of this. Your use of imagery, symbolism, and allusion is outstanding


9/17/23, 8:43 AM

Powerful. Spreading the truth some don't think about, some don't have to worry about. A great and strong piece.

9/16/23, 2:41 AM

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Aisha Yaakub

8/25/23, 10:35 PM

Excellent and amazing

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