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Classroom in the Sky
Robert Walton


Children climb high
In springtime trees
To ask questions
With wordless answers,
To seek beauties
Beyond counting,
And stop,
Dazzled by
Myriad colors without names —
A chiaroscuro of greens and golds —
To peer at the sun
Through a colander
Of countless leaves.

© by Robert Walton.
Used here with the author’s permission.


Robert Walton is a retired middle school teacher and a lifelong rock climber with many ascents in the Sierras and Pinnacles National Park. His publishing credits include works of science fiction, fantasy, and poetry. Robert’s historical novel, Dawn Drums, won the Tony Hillerman Prize for best fiction in the 2014 New Mexico Book Awards. Most recently, his book, Joaquin's Gold, was published as a paperback and a Kindle eBook. It offers fictional adventures about the famous California bandit, Joaquin Murrieta. Learn more about Robert at




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This is such a beautiully economical poem--no more words tham necessary and all of them beautiful. Thank you. It's a pleasure to read it..
Posted 05/31/2024 01:08 AM
Joan Luther:
Wonderful imagery! Fabulous phrases: wordless answers, through a colander of countless leaves!
Posted 05/27/2024 03:19 PM
Lori Levy:
Love the idea of a "classroom in the sky."
Posted 05/27/2024 02:20 PM
Poet Bob Walton understands children. And creates wondrous images: Through a colander of countless leaves. Barbara Morris
Posted 05/27/2024 02:20 PM
Absolutely beautiful!
Posted 05/27/2024 11:24 AM
Yes to the "chiaroscuro of greens and golds." So well put. I enjoyed reading this poem.
Posted 05/27/2024 10:43 AM
Beautiful poem, Robert!
Posted 05/27/2024 10:02 AM
Larry Schug:
Guessing from the photo, I'd say that wonderful magic never left you, Robert.
Posted 05/27/2024 08:12 AM
Gilbert Allen:
Those final lines are both musical and memorable.
Posted 05/27/2024 08:10 AM
Wilda Morris:
Nice! I spent much of my childhood in a tree. All this - plus passing trains,
Posted 05/27/2024 08:06 AM

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