Our First Annual Student Poetry Contest
The month of April is known as National Poetry Month. To mark the occasion, we invited our students to submit poems they wrote to our first annual poetry contest.
The response from our students overwhelmed us. Not only did we receive nearly 200 entries, but the quality of poems submitted was more than we could have hoped for.
And the Winners Are…
When selecting the winning poems, our judges focused on the theme, diction, the use of imagery, rhythm, and musicality.
Featured below are first place, second place, and several “honorable mention” poems. These poems stood out among the numerous promising entries. We hope you appreciate the works of some brilliant aspiring poets.
First Place – My great aunt and Alzheimer’s disease by Zoe F.
Second Place – A Poem by Naomi Z.
Honorable Mention – Student’s Ode to Now by Sofia B.
Honorable Mention – The Chains by William A.
Honorable Mention – The Trail of Despair by Blake S.
Honorable Mention – The Mysterious They by Megan G.
Honorable Mention – You by Madison B.
Honorable Mention – Rome Was Not Built in a Day by Zoe U.
First Place Poem
My great aunt and Alzheimer’s disease
by Zoe F.
Remember that one cloudy December when I forced open the door
and a bucket of snow crashed soundlessly on my feet?
Ice cubes formed around each individual toe,
the blood in my veins froze like a thin dribble of lava
hardening to a cool pumice, rock solid as
your smoky, burned bread. The ice melted when
Laughter oiled your vocal cords. Remember when
we celebrated America’s insurgence against Britain,
flipping down the tailgate and yelling
“victory” to the skies? Dark debris, like brown-powdered sugar,
littered your hair that night. You couldn’t stop scratching your scalp.
Beads of crimson blood dried under your nails but
Never dried up your humor like the stream
In our backyard, now a crevice full of smooth, round gray stones.
I watch your eyes crinkle at the corners when you look at me,
I know you love me just as you loved spongy, sweet vanilla cake only
two years ago. But I just wish I could penetrate your skull to know
if you remember who I am.