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

Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, February 22, 2022.

2021 Winner

Treasure

Communities work from morning sunlight to dawn, but what if we

 

Worked together? Would labor be stress-free, would we think

 

Of our neighbors as family? Life is about surviving, not having as

 

Many materialistic things as possible. We are human

 

We have dealt with failure, loss and betrayal. As beings

 

Nothing lasts forever. And what about the things around us? Do we

 

Treat them with value? Give them the appreciation they deserve

 

I used to think trees and plants didn’t feel every

 

Time I pulled the leaves, when my hands rushed past every last

 

Leaf. They can’t speak and tell you, hey don’t cut me. I’m not just a thing

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Karla Rodriguez

Karla Rodriguez

Parkmont School

Grade: 11

Hometown:

Washington, DC

Birthplace:

Mexico

Favorite Author or Book:

Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Dream for the Future:

I am interested in environmental/agricultural studies. I want to help save the environment. I spend my days on a farm with plants and animals and I hope to keep enjoying these things.

Inspirational Figure:

Billie Eilish