Archived: Summer by Audrey VanDriel

Summer rain plunges,
Earth’s quaint figure swells slowly,
Drinking it’s last drop.

Biography: I came to Aims in the summer of 2022 to fulfill part of my credits for my Associate in Arts. I am graduating this spring from Front Range Community College and then transferring to Colorado State University for a bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences. I have been writing poems since I was fourteen and have had one published in a book. I have always loved writing. It is the way I express myself and work through emotions. Writing means a lot to me and taking the creative writing class over the summer really helped me get into my element and bring more to my writing. I was drawn to write after I had experienced three deaths in my family in one year. I was fourteen years old and really had only experienced death when I was six but I didn’t really remember feeling sad. I turned to writing because paper doesn’t judge you, it soaks up everything you have to say. If done right, you can convey many emotions through it without even talking. Artists that inspired my work are Shel Silverstein, Robert Frost, and E.E. Cummings. I am so excited and proud that this poem made it into the magazine, and I can’t wait to see it.