Ritenour Senior Recognized for Poetry by Danforth Plant Science Center
Ritenour High School senior Natanael Mendez Torres was honored for his poetry by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
The poem, entitled “Growth,” was one of the top creative writing pieces in the center’s Plants and Plant Science-All Things Considered creative writing contest. As one of the top five winners, Mendez Torres was honored on March 14 with recognition items and a public reading of his poem at a reception at the Danforth Plant Science Center.
Below is his award-winning poem:
One day out of many
Not similar to any other day
Seeds start to skydive
From the hand of a farmer that went along his way
The seeds land in their drop point expecting themselves
To work through the trenches of the soil present before them
A minute later the soil starts to cover the seeds
Slowly the seed starts to say his last words to his friends, to bid them farewell
As the seed is being buried alive, he realizes something strange
He started to break through the shell that concealed him from his true potential
Gradually the water that seeped down through the soil
Gave him the strength to break through the top layer of nutrients that kept him down
The first beam of light gave the seed’s green potential a delight
After Days of growing the ex seed realized he was now something greater
Something that blossomed with triangle like petals, with a yellow shine from the sun
But still with a soldier like manner, he salutes and follows the sun each time it comes
Which made him the best of an army, like the sunflower he became, his task was done
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