Entry for Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez and Ciara O’Neal’s 2022 Spring Fling Writing Contest.
The Challenge: Find a GIF and write a spring-inspired story. The story must be 150 words or less and be appropriate for ages 12 and under.
By Daniella Kaufman
With a PLOP, I drop in the river –
a rock pushed by thawing ice floods.
I tumble and dip.
Keep losing my grip
and stumble on new roots and buds.
With a SWISH, I swoop down the river
and land in a warm, muddy pile.
It’s here that I sink,
settle nicely, and think,
Perhaps I could stay here a while?
With a BLUB, waters scrub at my surface.
Until one day, I’m plucked from my groove.
Stop! My edges might hurt!
But kids brush off my dirt
and say, “Look at how shiny and smooth!”
Now I no longer flow with the river.
I am tucked in their garden all year.
I shine in spring showers,
a gem among flowers.
So happy my journey led here!