Poetry Festival will be held:

Saturday, April 27, 2024

2023 Winner

Ode To Immigrants

Tired of suffering,

wanting a new lifestyle.

Brave enough to break the laws.

Courageous enough to take that risk.

Fearless of the consequences.


Walking through the desert.

Swimming through bodies of water.

Praying they won’t be caught.

All for an opportunity for change.


Coming to a place you would never imagine being.

Attempting to create a better future for your descendants.

Leaving home at the risk of never finding home again.


Having the courage to close a door,

to open a new one.

Some welcome you,

others want you out.


Following the wise words of Emma Lazarus,

we should all “lift our lamps beside the golden door.”


Hector Reyes

Gonzaga College High School

Grade: 12