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April is National Poetry Month, a time when we celebrate poetry and recognize how it has shaped American culture. This year, KUT is participating in National Poetry Month by sharing poems written by students in the Blank Page creative writing programs at Kealing and Fulmore Middle Schools and the Writers' Workshop at Rawson Saunders School. You can read the and listen to the poems here, and you can also listen to the poems read on KUT 90.5 FM throughout the month of April.

Shark Bait

Read by Burton Fitzsimmons.

I’m treading through the water,
trying to keep my head up,
trying to ignore the danger I’m in.

They’re circling me,
seeing the fear in my eyes,
me helpless,
just waiting for the solution.

Each minute goes by,
they sense the fight seeping out of me.
They get closer, and closer,
until I feel their sandpaper skin rub against me.

As I take my final breath,
and slowly sink to the bottom,
I am rescued by my brother,
who wakes me up with a sense of urgency,
then becoming a gray blur,
as I drift off to sleep, again.