"BEST of ISSUE" WINNER
Myriads of furious lightning bolts freely marry
Lovely waters of the storming sea,
The wedding and desire of waves and fire
A union far less fleeting
Than that of you and me
And that burden shall I carry.
Hellish hoarfrost hovers on heart and window
I wait patiently for you at the sill,
Enthusiastic and bent on your advent
When you were to come over the hill
While I watched for spring as well
Even if I only saw the snow.
But frost does melt and streams are quick’ning
And at the close of each day
I softly sigh and gently cry,
You’re not on your way,
Because you could no longer stay.
Oh, winter in my heart! and outside spring.
S. Ana Henriquez, TX, The Atonement Academy
Sonnet for the Solemn
The winding road before us spits black bile,
Fills wintry footprints, marking our Descent
In voidlike hue, a bleeding Chelsea smile
For chronicling the wanderings of the Spent
Small Alice bravely fell into a hole;
The Universe arranged in Black and White
Before her eyes, and rent her childlike soul
With covenants of “Possibly” and “Might”
O Abel, turn the lights off, time to sleep!
The sole reprieve permitted Solemn Man
Sweet Alice shut her eyes to take the Leap;
To Fall is so much simpler than to Stand
O Spent, O Solemn, Dance! that you might See!
Unburdened is the only way to Be.
Ryan Farrell, NY, Bishop Kearney
ALL OTHER "CERTIFIED" NATIONAL WINNERS
Girl - Michelle Chen, NY, Hunter College High School
Doubt Under Duress - Devina Boughton, OR, Franklin High School
Yesterday's Ashes - Hannah Gritter, MI, Holland Christian High School
Nuncle's Dirge, or what the feau wrote the blade - Tess Drauscak, PA, The Hill School
My Death Occurred in Front of the Classroom - Julia Dobel, NJ, David Brearly High School
Hibernation - Kaitlin Scherzinger, IN, Hamilton Southeastern HS
Shutter Click - Jenna Liu, MO, Rock Bridge High School
Wooden Chamber - Justin Yu, AZ, Hamilton High School
Solid Like Lead - Elizabeth Mason, FL, Steinbrenner High School
Passe - Rosemary Ajegwu, MD, Bowie High School
Remedy - Katherine Van Kirk, VA, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology
Luna - Melissa Padron, NC, homeschooled
When Silence Speaks Ill of Me - Veronica Gurnawan, MA, Westborough High School
May - Ella Fishman, MD, Walt Whitman High School
I Have Something to Say - Sangwoo(Mike) Yim, CA, Santa Margarita Catholic High School
The Atelier - Grace Villaroman, CA, Oxford Academy
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