2020 Winner

Perfect

Writer’s Block

What will I write

I’m not sure what to do

When that wall

Blocks your imagination

From going wild

From being

 

Perfect

 

When you’re insecure about what school is telling you

What the other kids will say

When you feel like you are weird

And soon you believe that you are alone

 

And that’s weird

 

When you ask yourself:

Am I the only one being insecure?

And that you should follow the crowd

The trends

The popular kids

Because they seem

 

Perfect

 

When you feel silenced

As if you want to SCREAM

“I’m not the weird one!”

“I want to be myself! I want to be unique! I want to be different!”

Because you see that all of the followers are

Basic

Silenced

Robots

That don’t feel like they’re equal

That they’re less than the popular kids

Because the popular kids seem as if their lives are

 

Perfect

 

As if they’re on a tv show

But what they don’t know about these so-called “Weirdos”

Is the “Weirdo” that isn’t wearing the “trendy” clothing

Will start the next trends

The “Weirdo” that doesn’t use social media

Will make more meaningful friendships

And the “Weirdo” that is reading alone at recess

Is learning more valuable things than petty drama

So, to all of those kids feeling insecure,

If you are being yourself you are

 

Already Perfect

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Eleanor Hansen

Alice Deal Middle School

Grade: 6

Hometown:

AU Park, Washington, DC

Birthplace:

Washington, DC

Favorite Author or Book:

Shel Silverstein and Kate DiCamillo

Dream for the Future:

First female president on Broadway with a bestselling poetry book

Inspirational Figure:

My lovely mom and dad who made me who I am