40th Annual Parkmont Poetry Festival: Saturday, April 30, 2022.

2021 Winner

Thought, Not Paper

Poetry is not a piece of dead wood

with black ink put in patterns imprinted on the surface.

It is not a contest to see who is sappier, more passionate,

has more knowledge of difficult words,

not a gray metal table, organized, industrial, empty.


It is a cry,

For home,

For strange adventures.

Not yours,

Not ours.



Poetry is a thought with evidence,

A memory to look back on, to reflect.

If it has bad word stuff,

Regardless whether that which encompasses decorous denominations of grapheme,

Or simply a




Poetry is the thought,

Not the paper.

Amika Bibolov

Amika Bibolov

Sidwell Friends School

Grade: 6


Bethesda, MD


Washington, DC

Favorite Author or Book:

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Dream for the Future:

Be a programmer

Inspirational Figure:

My parents