Kayla Tumbarello, a seven-year-old student at Westhampton Beach Elementary school, was recognized by Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot at Town Hall Tuesday night for her Earth Day poem, which Kayla recited for the Town Board and a packed community audience. Ms. Kabot presented Kayla with a certificate for winning the “Friends of the Planet” poetry contest, sponsored by the Westhampton Free Library. The contest was part of the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, which was Tuesday, April 22.
Kayla’s poem reads:
Sometimes when I look around,
All I see is garbage on the ground.
Why do people litter?
The thought of it makes me shiver.
Our Earth is such a beautiful place,
The way people treat it is a disgrace!
The sun shines and keeps us warm,
All we do is bring it harm.
Odors, pollutants, garbage, smog,
Who can see anything in all this fog?
I love the green grass,
Running through it as the hours pass.
Playing all day at the beach,
With the refreshing water right in my reach.
I wish it could always be this way,
Without the fear of it all being washed away…