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

The submissions deadline is Friday, February 17, 2023.

2022 Winner

Dreams over Nightmares

Every night when I go to sleep

I hear voices with rhythm.

When I am awake, I hear voices of joy and laughter.

Some nights I want to sleep, but I have nightmares that I hurt.

The nightmares don’t want me to do more damage.

When I wake up angry, I mask that fact all day,

til I get home.

There is a tiny little mockingbird in my mind

that tells me to never do something that’s not going to help me.

I don’t drown on failed dreams.

I’m the one who backflips and floats on them

until my dreams are completed.


Esson Godbolt

Charles Hart Middle School

Grade: 8