Poetry Festival will be held:

Saturday, April 27, 2024

2023 Winner

The Whisperer at my Door

WHO knocks at my door when all hope is lost?


Oh is it you? Reaper,

whisperer of the night


when night falls, you become my friend

when the sun lays waste

you become my protector

when it’s my time to ascend to the heavens,

you become my guide


your Blade as sharp as tungsten needles

your Aura as dark as a midnight sky


the warmth of your hands

as warm as cold night

Your darkness beats louder than

a body’s beating heart


flowers sink in the presence of your smiles

eyes roll in the absence your growls


your skulled face sings Melodies stronger than the midnight blues


I tremble in joy waiting for the good news


when I hear the knock at my door

I look out of the shallow shell

and I say to myself


Who knocks at my door?


Oh whisperer, oh reaper,

I’ve come to accept your crimson love

and hear your darkened roar


I praise you as the one I seek


the whisperer at my door


Michael McKnight

Gonzaga College High School

Grade: 12


Washington, DC


Washington, DC

Favorite Author or Book:

Ray Bradbury

Dream for the Future:

To be able to help others reach their true potential and go beyond what they think they can do.

Inspirational Figure:

My uncle, he is a shining example of a true inspiration.