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

Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, February 22, 2022.

2021 Winner

The Real Me

I am made of fear and darkness.

I open my eyes to dark woods and three houses.

When the shadows fall, that means it’s time to eat.

You might find me messing with three nice friends.

I dream in shadows of my prey;

My heart jumps when I’m close to eating them.

My biggest fear is dying of starvation, and

I have no friends at all.

I feel like I can do anything when I devour them.

There is nothing quite like the smell of three animals.

It’s time to rest in the dark times.

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DeMarco Randolph

DeMarco Randolph

Ballou Senior High School

Grade: 11