Poetry Festival will be held:

Saturday, April 27, 2024

2017 Winner


It’s like I’m five again.
That’s how you’re treating me.


I may be quiet,
but that isn’t always a good thing.


You wouldn’t listen to someone
if they constantly yell orders.


Nor would you listen to someone
who tells you how to live your life.


I know I’m being hypocritical.

It hurts me to say that
and it’s not something physical.

Hear me out though, before you chat.


I think you’re amazing
but you don’t know me.


I don’t want the judgments
that come out of your mouth in thought out phrasing.

I don’t want the pity stare.
The one you use to show you understand.

I don’t want the butterfly touch.
The one you use to prevent me from shattering.


I’m not in Elsewhere
and I’m not aging backwards.

I’m not five again
although I wish I was four.


Arsema Gossaye

Center City Public Charter School, Brightwood

Grade: 8


Columbia Heights


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Favorite Author or Book:

Little Women

Dream for the Future:

To go to a good college and receive a graduate degree so that I am able to have a fulfilling career.

Inspirational Figure:

My mother, Ferehiwot Shanka