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Young Writers Project: Clouds to sun

Young Writers Project is a creative online community of teen writers, photographers and artists, which has been based in Vermont since 2006. Each week, VTDigger features the writing and art of young Vermonters who publish their work on, a free, interactive website for 12- to 18-year-olds. To find out more, visit, or contact Executive Director Susan Reid at and 802-324-9538.

“Golden Hour" by Brooke Gendron-Hale of Danville, from the YWP media library.

If you’re one to hit the slopes every winter, you may also be one to prefer a picturesque, snowy day … but maybe not so much a dull, cloudy one. Come March or April, when the sun itself seems to start stretching and blinking awake, we feel ourselves stirring along with it. This week’s featured poet, Zoe Bernstein of Jericho, gives up on a love for gray and gives in to a love for light.

Clouds to sun

By Zoe Bernstein, 17, of Jericho

I'd like to say with all my heart that I prefer a cloudy day.
I'd like to try and find the beauty in a solemn, somber sky.
I'd like to wait for windswept cheeks, for echoes down a narrow strait.
I'd like to find a calmness in the clouds.

The day's begun at half-past-5 and I look up and wait for the sun.
The sky is bright, and everywhere I go, I'm basking in the light.
I'd like to say with all my heart that I prefer a cloudy day,
but I have found a sister in the sun.

Young Writers Project

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