Poetry Festival will be held:

Saturday, April 27, 2024

2022 Winner


There will always be light after dark;

By dark, I don’t mean those unfamiliar midnight skies,

I mean the dark absent-minded, savage people

who paralyze you when you dare to look their way,

the people who will influence you, like an addicting fog in the sky,

moving frantically toward you,

That is what I mean by dark.


The meaning of light,

I don’t mean the elegant sun that shines bright in the glowing sky;

I mean the people who cherish seeing themselves to the next day,

I mean the people who have a light scent of violet to their damp skin,

they forever praise the god that serves them,

they praise the ground beneath their own two feet.

This is what I mean by there will always be light after dark.


Jayla McMillian

Charles Hart Middle School

Grade: 6