Congratulations to our Teen Poetry Contest Winners!
Congratulations to the three winners of the 2018 Teen Poetry Contest, a program of the Petoskey District Library and the C. S. Lewis Festival. Read the winning poems!
by Grace Broz
Up and in the lofty sky,
The majesties unseen by mortal eye,
Hosted a grand ball up above,
A night for trouble, drama, love.
The tables were set with a royal array,
With wealth and might on display.
The ladies of honor donned splendid dress,
And the Lords of the cosmos were ready to impress.
The guest of honor would soon be in sight,
The brightest in the galaxy on this magical night.
Love would unfold, and secrets revealed,
Like the opening of scroll, otherwise sealed.
But little did the cosmic guests know,
This wasn’t only a night of enjoyment for them to go!
But Mars had set a horrid trap that night,
To capture all the cosmos’ light.
Did the galaxy remain at the end of the night?
Did Mars succeed in his thievery of light?
Did he use the trap he set?
“How,” you plead,” how did it end?”
The better question is “How did it start”
But even I don’t know the answer, for no one has arrived yet.
Underneath the Black Veil
by Selena Gorman
When you look up at the night sky,
What do you see?
You might see something special, like a million stars,
Or one alone.
Although, if you’re really clever,
Your eyes will uncover the dark black veil,
And reveal thousands of universes,
And the planets.
The beauty will blind you, if you’re not careful,
It might be too much to take in at one glance,
But if you take a moment,
To rest your eyes,
Your mind will sort out the mixed colors,
Into thousands of universes,
And the planets
Feast your eyes upon the sight,
This is your only chance to see true light,
And true life, and color, and love,
But now it’s over,
You have seen the beautiful sight,
The night sky will take over once again,
So lay back in your bed,
Shut your eyes,
See again what you saw once more,
Struggling with the darkness
by Lilah Laninga
Struggling through the darkness
Trying to watch what’s in front of you while looking behind you
Running as fast as you can
Trying to get away from what was while carrying what is
Deeper into her consciousness
She almost yelled it
Watching her struggle
About as real as ever
Making jokes about others faults
Unaware of everything that isn’t yourself
Why, why, why
No one deserves that, especially not her
Then nothing but her
Nothing but herself, and others
The cosmos is about as greedy as her
The galaxy is as bright as her ego
The stars wish upon her
Not the other way around
She is a god
She is all
She is all and she is dying