Sample Awe Poem

From SiteIPLTeenPoetryWiki

Marvelous Show by Corey Matsuoka1


Even Pele celebrated '85.

The early January evening

glowed like a sparkler.


Driving to the eruption

the ribboning road

seemed endless.

The dark forms of trees

played hide and seek with the volcano.

Finally, the fountaining licks

of lava

burst into view.


The massive column towered over me,

casting crimson shadows

into the black night.


Only the stars

winking back in acknowledgement.


  1. Tsujimoto, J. (1988). Teaching poetry writing to adolescents. ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills, National Council of Teachers of English: Urbana, IL.