Idaho Falls Water Festival Poetry Winners

If the Rain Did Not Fall
What would it be like to not hear the drip on the window sill?
Or if we had cups that we just could not fill?
What is we had no water at all?
Oh how the world would be different if the rain did not fall.

We wouldn’t have sprinklers, or rain to help our grass grow,
There would be no oceans, no food, no rivers, or snow.
Our beautiful plants and colors would be only brown and gray.
In face we might not be here on this day!

So be grateful for that drink of water and all it does for you.
Water is very important, that I know is true!
Don’t ever forget how much water helps us all.
Think of how different the world would be if the rain did not fall.

Shayla Belnap
Mrs. Rockwood’s Class, Iona Elementary

Siren’s Victim
The moonlight shone on the peaceful sea.
But even when it was a calm as can be,
It was still shrouded in mystery.

Rose out of the ocean, a beautiful sight.
A lady surrounded in ethereal green light.
Her song, a soothing symphony in the dead of night.

Victim to the siren’s sweet lullaby,
A sailor flung himself into the waves with a cry.
Oblivious that her promises were a lie.

She plunged him neath the water against his will.
He thrashed for a breath struggling only until
She swam away smiling. The sailor there still.

Lucy Comstock
Mrs. Rockwood’s Class, Iona Elementary

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It pours down from above
Like the heavens are crying.
The leaves and the ground
Drink it up thirstily.

I stand in the rain
Water dripping from my chin and clothes.
The smell of petrichor tickles my nose
As I breathe in deeply.

The rain makes still puddles
As it slowly comes to a stop
And the clouds start to separate
To let the sun out!

Kameron Hunting
Mrs. Conrad’s Class, Iona Elementary

What is Petrichor?
Kameron mentions “the smell of petrichor” in his poem. Petrichor is the earthy scent you smell during rainstorm. It’s produced when rain falls on dry soil.

Petrichor comes from plants and bacteria. The main contributor to petrichor are actinobacteria. These tiny microorganisms decompose decaying organic matter into simple chemical compounds which can then become nutrients for developing plants.

A byproduct of their activity is an organic compound called geosmin, which contributes to the petrichor scent. When it hasn’t rained for awhile, the actinobacteria slow down, but during a rainstorm, the moist ground and air speeds up the activity of the actinobacteria and more geosmin is formed.
When raindrops fall on the ground, the geosmin and other petrichor compounds are released in aerosol form and carried by the wind to surrounding areas.

Materials: dry earthen or clay pot, water
Take a dry earthen/clay pot that’s porous and sprinkle a little water on it. As soon as it absorbs water, bring it close to your nose and smell – that’s what petrichor smells like.

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