Poetry Festival will be held:

Saturday, April 27, 2024

2020 Winner


I was just a young girl in elementary school, bite sized

Surrounded by hawks who preyed on the most timid and shy

They chose me

I would be the one they looked down on

I was the one that they said “wouldn’t be noticed”

I was invisible

The rest of my class grew stronger but not me

They ate good meals and drank fresh milk

I didn’t

The tall girls wanted to be models when they grew up

I wanted to be an astronaut and fly to the moon

The boys wanted to grow tall and be basketball players

I wanted to run, run and run, faster than anyone.

They said I couldn’t

I love my body, I reach zones that other people can’t

I can climb to the tree tops, light as a feather

I can crouch gracefully, without hitting my head

I can sleep cozy, covered head to toe

I’m bite sized but not disabled


Karla Rodriguez

Parkmont School

Grade: 10


Fort Totten



Favorite Author or Book:

Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Poet: Javier Zamora. Book: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Dream for the Future:

I want to be a famous video editor. Becoming the first Hispanic female to receive an Oscar for best video editor/film director would be a dream come true.

Inspirational Figure:

Oprah Winfrey is a great role model because she is a strong and generous person. She is someone who inspires me to do good things. She had a rough past and her story gives me hope. Greatnesses from small beginnings.