Poetry Festival will be held:

Saturday, April 27, 2024

2023 Winner

All that makes me

“Who are you?”

I am a no one who enjoys being alive.

Those who question my past don’t believe my present,

yet hate to realize that I emphasize what I synthesize

in my large-size brain.

Growth presents itself when you fall,

get up, and jump back on your high horse;

But I could never be where I am today

without my previous eras.

I’m the queen of gender-neutral fit-making

and the king of confusing people with my ability to

defy stereotypes, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

“Would you?”


Armani Thornton

Ballou Senior High School

Grade: 12