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

Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, February 22, 2022.

2021 Winner

Trains

During the Partition

People fled their homes

On trains that left the platform

But didn’t always return

 

Littered with rubble

Splattered with blood

Filled with refugees

Trains of loss, sorrow, and hope

 

My grandfather once rode those trains

When he was only fourteen

Just a year older than me

Seeking safety

 

He arrived in a new land

But not without scars

Of all he had lost

Family, money, his home

 

But with hope

Faint but still there

Like an ember from a fire

About to spark again

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Laila Bapna

Laila Bapna

Georgetown Day School

Grade: 8