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

2021 Winner

The Lust of Love

The skies weep as spring comes

Beating on the window drums

The summer flowers bloom

Pink, yellow, blue


The warm scent of perfume

With the shadow that looms

And ripening of the plums

Watching as he succumbs


Summers are the longest days

Wading into deathly craze

Nothing left to do

But wait ‘til fall rolls through


It would be a lovely view

If she were there with you

But time passes, in honeyed daze

Ignoring how he prays


The tears dry up with fall

And there’s nothing left to bawl

Browning leaves

Wilting trees


Goodbye summer’s breeze

Welcome winter’s freeze

On his face, a smile so small

But his heart waits in thrall


Together in this room

So much left to assume

But now we have timeful sums

And of this place, we’re the only ones

Katherine Harding

K. J. Harding

DC Home School

Grade: 11




Washington, DC

Favorite Author or Book:

Dylan Thomas or Zelda Fitzgerald

Dream for the Future:


Inspirational Figure:

My grandmother