Poetry Festival will be held:

Saturday, April 27, 2024

2023 Winner

Romeo and Juliet

It is thought that love brings the greatest happiness…

But the line between euphoria and despair is very thin

Destiny can be tragic but cannot be averted

(Star crossed) love burns bright but dies cruelly


Attraction is mistaken for attachment

Lust confused with love and a fling with forever

The fantasy ends, left with only the ashes

And reality becomes a hell that torments.


When the last spark of light disappears

Would you drink poison, stab yourself?

When the promises made are forever unfulfilled

Would you wish to feel absolutely nothing?


Four days is not forever

Who knows what would have been

If they only had more time?

Was it love or infatuation?


They died because they could not see the difference

Between the allure of the forbidden and real love

Their tragedy is that they were forced to choose

Too soon


Natalie Weis

Edmund Burke School

Grade: 9


Chevy Chase, MD


Washington, DC

Favorite Author or Book:

I could never choose! I love too many!

Dream for the Future:

I hope to have a giant library some day!

Inspirational Figure:

My grandfather, Byron Weis