Poetry Festival will be held:

Saturday, April 27, 2024

2022 Winner

Just for you

Inspired by Donika Kelly’s poem “Offering”

I watch quietly,

As you lie there,

still and peaceful.

sniffles and looks of regret

fill the room.


Mother pushes me forward.

I stumble,

But shuffle my feet forward,

Your rose clutched in my hand.

Its sharp thorns

dig into my soft skin.


A vibrant red rose,

Fresh petals,

Holding strong to the stem.

I picked it myself,

Just for you.


I swallow the lump in my throat.

Release my tight grip,

And place down my offering,

To you.


Camille Kountoupes

Sidwell Friends School

Grade: 6


Bethesda, MD



Favorite Author or Book:

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Inspirational Figure:

My teachers