Poetry Festival will be held:

Saturday, April 27, 2024

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


Abe Silverman

Parkmont School

Grade: 9


Washington, DC


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.