KHS sophomore Marissa Schmitt earned the High School Honorable Mention for her poem "Green Thumb."

KAUKAUNA — Kaukauna Area High School sophomore Marissa Schmitt is being recognized as one of Wisconsin’s up-and-coming poets.

Out of 395 entries for the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, Schmitt earned the High School Honorable Mention for her poem “Green Thumb.”

She wrote the poem during the first trimester, Mrs. Betsy Brooks’ English 10 where students were challenged to write a metaphor poem using the features and sensations describing a Hershey’s Kiss and capture a moment or idea about life.

“Marissa’s use of poetic devices, such as imagery, purposeful word choice, and sound devices, bring her words to life,” read the announcement on a KHS Facebook post.

Her poem:

Green Thumb

Confection dark loam mess scattered across a smooth surface
Rich brindle soil swirls, carried in makeshift pots; holding life
Unraveled to reveal a quaint admiration as time fritters

Teardrop leaves flow throughout; pleasant air producing a familiar fragrance
Persistent trickling rain adhered onto waxy bodies
Confession of growth becomes apparent as the day glistens by

Shimmering light dances through the melting sun
The fragile shapes become painted delicately as they fill out
Each petal looms shining jewel-toned blossoms

Seasons change; jagged withering becomes a familiar face
Color begins to drain from life as it’s eaten by autumn
Crinkle of pale, dead leaves; brunette consumption corrupts savory green


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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.