Mountains hued purple
morning light softly serene
forest capped in snow.

Cautiously peeking
at the world, the young fuchsias
unlock their furled doors.

A yellow eyed snake
hisses, a glint of slit teeth;
the sound of water.

A quiet forest,
a whir of machinery;
a thud, and silence.

Annie is a high school senior at The Harker School in San Jose, where she is a co-editor-in-chief of the school’s literary magazine, HELM. Her poetry and prose have won several Scholastic Writing Awards. She also loves photography, and has a portfolio at www.anniema.co.