Tom Frey, a fifth-grade teacher at Amanda Stout Elementary School, received an honorable mention in Berks Encore's annual Senior Poetry Competition. The poems were judged by an independent panel, including people from the Reading Public Library and Berks Encore. This year, the organization received more than 90 entries. Mr. Frey attended the awards ceremony with students Julio Vega-Ortiz and Francisco Avila-Arana and their families.
MY CHERRY TREE
BY TOM FREY
Hides its blossoms from winter's harsh indifference I long and wait Patience wards off despair Until Slowly, unnoticeably, each branch reawakes Renewing hope Giving beauty But Too short lived after such a long hibernation Soon to fall and be carried off by a warm breeze Landing white upon the waking earth Mocking the winter's snow