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

2021 Winner

The Poor Unfinished Poem

angry, agitated, annoyed


His mother howled like a banshee

But the boy still couldn’t pay attention


He was distracted by the wily, white noise


cars passing

machines humming

clock ticking

dogs barking


Wily, white noise begging him to sleep


angry, agitated, annoyed


It was just too hard

Impossible, really


So he watched the patterns of light spread like a spider’s silk web over the ceiling


The boy wanted his work to be done

But did not want to do it


One more sentence, said the tired Mom

But the boy closed his ears


angry, agitated, annoyed


The poor unfinished poem


Jackson Sade

Parkmont School

Grade: 8