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

Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, February 22, 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

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Jackson Sade

Parkmont School

Grade: 8