Ode to my Friends
They're right behind me,
and in front of me.
A girl who introduced sports to me.
A girl who likes movies like me.
Our families are similar,
Yet we live a river of asphalt away.
I tasted their spiced "Fanta"
And I see a green iPhone and homemade crafts.
I smell fried bananas and hear their laughing and modern music.
The bark of a tame pet makes me alert.
I feel my fingers type up a text.
My smile expands when my friend spikes a balloon.
We discuss movies and shows and whisper our secrets.
We laugh at ourselves enjoying the fantastic life in front of us.
My friends are like my family.
Their influence gives me sunlight to brighten my day.
Anushi Varma is 11 years old and in 6th grade at Still Middle School. She is a voracious reader and very good at drawing, painting, craftwork and writing books and journaling. After 7 years at the piano, she has now taken up the ‘cello.