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

The submissions deadline is Friday, February 17, 2023.

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