"BEST of ISSUE" AWARD
My Grandfather’s Clock
No weak-kneed woman
can wind my Grandfather’s clock
all the way up to the tippy-top,
where it strikes 3… 6… 9…
12 times every half- a-day
and repeats in twelve hour cycles.
The cuckoo’s extinct (in exile)
and the dodo don’t do no more.
The snow on the roof has melted into
the mechanism that makes the mouse run.
The dish and the spoon sleep in separate rooms
and the cat jumped over the moon.
Oscar Smith, KS, Homeschool
EDITOR'S CHOICE AWARD
I crush the broken bodies of the dead beneath my books
Liquid nectar of botany'd blood soaking through the pages
To preserve a shape that crumbles to dust
And a portion of the rainbow’s iridescent shades
Darkens and fades away.
Trapped in a nighttime world
Where inky symbols symbolize nothing
And the bleached sinews of the green cloaked kings are black as sin.
Here the dead blossoms cannot smile
Or breeze about the wind.
Yellow blurs to somber purple
Worn by Tyrian emperors of olden yore.
Pinks and blues fade away
Maidens in green gowns that wrinkle and age
Leaving bony veins
And rigid skeletains
Like memories faded day by day.
Allison Chen, CA, Amador Valley High School
“BEST OF ISSUE” NOMINEES
(at least) i can still Feel It - Isabella Smith, CA, Ulysses S. Grant HS
Labyrinthine - Ruohan Miao, AZ, Hamilton High School
Beloved - Esha Bhandari, CT, Cheshire High School
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