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

2021 Winner


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

Karla Rodriguez

Karla Rodriguez

Parkmont School

Grade: 11


Washington, DC



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