Poetry Festival will be held:

Saturday, April 27, 2024

2017 Winner

Lost Ones

for every child born

There’s no guarantee


for every blessing

There’s a storm


for every backwood in Mississippi

There’s a monument in Washington


for every black male

There’s a bullet chasing his future


for every Medgar Evers

There’s a byron de la beckwith


for every boonie in the heart of the bigoted south

There’s a shattered echo of freedom


for every MLK

There’s a james earl ray


for every Bloody Sunday in Alabama

There’s a sacred place


for every Abraham Lincoln

There’s a john wilkes booth


for every dylann roof

There’s a St Aloysius church


for every newspaper published

There’s a tragedy in the fine print


for every Trayvon Martin

There’s a mother


for every Anthem

There’s a soldier ready to kneel


for every segregation today, tomorrow, and, forever

There’s a Civil Rights Act


For every John F. Kennedy

For every Emmett Till

For every Civil Rights martyr


There’s an America

whose declarations left you



Jirhe Love

Gonzaga College High School

Grade: 12