Texas Poetry Exchange: Ode to Wind

A teenager praises and warns of the power of mother nature.

By Alain StephensMay 15, 2015 7:57 am

Ode to Wind (inspired by Pablo Neruda’s “Ode to the Storm”)

When the air is quiet
it is a space
only you can fill.
You are wild,
but wise
You leave nothing
In your path
leaves dance when
you pass by
whistling your song.
When you get angry
you’re awesome,
power stuns those
you haven’t blown
You can uproot
trees, houses,
you create change
and tangle my hair,
branches wave to you
birds ride
those who defy you
are destroyed.

Ananya Dhandapani, 8th grade, Chisholm Trail Middle School

Ananya Dhandapani authored this poem in the 2014 Badgerdog Creative Writing Summer Camp—a program of the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation. The Library Foundation supports the Austin Public Library by increasing awareness and enhancing library programs, facilities, and collections. Its Badgerdog program is a community-based creative writing project for people of all ages.