Poetry Festival will be held:

Saturday, April 27, 2024

2023 Winner

Stick around

I loved lemon drops and yellow labs

The smell of rain and brand new books

I loved to people watch on buses

And to smile at strangers because my mother said it would

      make their day

I wanted to make people happy


When I think of happiness

      I think of my sister’s burnt caramel colored hair that falls into ringlets on her shoulders that gently bounces when she laughs


I think of my mother’s hazel green eyes

      that sparkle when she’s proud of me


It’s that warm fuzzy feeling in your chest

      That spreads down to your fingertips

         that tells you stick around for another one of those rainstorms

just to smell the rain after it’s passed


Ollie Parachini

Edmund Burke School

Grade: 7


Washington, DC


Washington, DC

Favorite Author or Book:

Kathleen Glasgow and Virginia Woolf

Dream for the Future:

I want to become a child life specialist at a children’s hospital and work with teens with chronic diseases and open a coffee shop/bookstore in my free time.

Inspirational Figure:

An adult that inspires me the most is my older sister.