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

The submissions deadline is Friday, February 17, 2023.

2022 Winner

When the world ends

When the world ends, won’t it be another day?

Waking up to a shining blur in my eyes

as I venture into a building, to be churned and kneaded

til I’m numb and left to serve an apathetic organization

and a CEO somewhere who flaunts his wealth

and promises a change he’ll never bring.

Heading home alone after a temporary eternity

with a goal unfinished and a life

as something other than a corporate slave to be desired.

The same as always.

Is that how the world ends?

Instead of ending like the past, maybe it could end like a dream?

I will be collecting crystals and manifesting more joy than ever

cherishing all my possessions, both material and emotional.

I will be crying and screaming and venting all my anxieties into a void,

no soul in sight to tell.

I will be cheering, embracing and loving everything about me,

my melanin, my queerness, and my femininity.

I will be resting in a lavish home that is not my own,

munching on every snack I like in every corner store and every Giant in sight.

I will be laughing, raging and flaming as I and the pleasant people play Uno,

accepting our losses and our victories.

Oh, to end so beautifully truly is a dream deserving to become reality.

When the world ends, what should I expect?

Hope, despair, paradise, or purgatory?


Christa Madikaegbu

Ballou Senior High School

Grade: 11