The 41st Annual Parkmont Poetry Festival will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2023.

The submissions deadline is Friday, February 17, 2023.

2022 Winner

A Rainy Dock

Waves smash against the pillars

Cool rainwater batters against the dock

The tip tap of the rain against my coat

Like the ticking of a clock

 

The sharp air of the day fills lungs

With each exhale, my breath freezes

In the frigid air

 

The weathered dock is like an elder who re-

-fuses to let death take them

Creaking wood like brittle bones

The moss green raincoat does little to warm me

 

Each raindrop falls into the lake and disappears

Like a small child in a crowd of people

 

White clouds coat the sky like a cotton ball blanket

I look with glazed eyes into the sky

Hypnotized as my mind shuts down

The sunshine peeks through —

 

A beacon of what’s to come

And what has passed

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Abe Silverman

Parkmont School

Grade: 9

Hometown:

Washington, DC

Birthplace:

Burlington, VT

Favorite Author or Book:

Adrian J. Smith

Dream for the Future:

My dream future would have me as an engineer mechanical, chemical, etc., living in the suburbs of a city, with a beautiful forest a short drive away.

Inspirational Figure:

I know it sounds cliche, but my mom.