Pongo Project Journal

Sharing stories of our work with teens
Oct 16
Trapped in Life!!

It's my pleasure to announce the latest winner of the Pongo Poetry Prize. "TRAPPED" is a stunning poem about fear, hiding, and despair in an abusive home. But it also represents the courage of a poet who is able to go TO that child hiding under the bed, in her moment of world-destroying terror. I've included the award-winning poem below, and a second by the same author.

In "MY WORLD" our poet, in a more adult voice, describes a chaotic and dangerous circus inside someone, where a loving soul is hiding.

These two poems are followed by links to three fantastic poems that received Honorable Mention.


TRAPPED
by a young woman, age 18

ONCE AGAIN UNDER THE BED I GO.

TRAPPED, WHILE I HEAR HER SCREAM!!

"HER LOUD, LOUD SCREAMS"

I COVER MY EYES BECAUSE EVEN THO' I DON'T SEE IT
I CAN FEEL IT AND IT MAKES ME

SEE IT. SO THEREFORE I COVER MY EYES. I PRAY THAT
DADDY OR SHOULD I SAY THAT EVIL MAN

DON'T COME DO THE SAME TO ME. I WANT TO PROTECT
MOMMY I DO. WOULD SHE BE MAD IF

I DID SOMETHIN' BAD SO DADDY COULD BEAT ME?
TRAPPED, EVERY DAY FOR HOURS. I DON'T

COME OUT TILL HE LEAVE AND MOMMY COMES TO GET ME
FROM UNDER MY BED. EACH DAY

SHE TELLS ME WE ARE TRAPPED AND WILL BE FOR A LONG TIME.

TRAPPED UNDER MY BED, TRAPPED IN THIS HOUSE,
I'M TRAPPED IN LIFE!!


MY WORLD
by a young woman, age 18

INSIDE MY WORLD IS CRUMBLING, CRUSHING WALLS.

MY UNCONTAINED FIRE-BREATHING ANGER, THAT BURNS LIKE A WILD LIFE FIRE.

MY TEARS ARE CREATING AN OCEAN OF FEAR. NO WHERE TO RUN TO. NO ONE TO TURN TO

WITH NOWHERE TO HIDE.

I'M SHEDDING LAYERS OF EMOTION AS FAST AS THESE DEAD BODIES ARE DROPPING.

WICKED UNBALANCED BALANCE BEAMS MY THOUGHTS ARE GOIN' LIKE THREE HULA-HOOPS.

MY WORLD IS A NEVERENDING CIRCUS. EVERY DAY I HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THESE

FEROCIOUS BEASTS. MY ENEMIES ARE LIKE LIONS THAT HAVE NO MERCY FOR THEIR PREY,

ALL ATTACKING ME BECAUSE THEY FEEL THREATENED. INSIDE MY WORLD IS A SOUL THAT WANTS

TO BE LOVED AND GIVE LOVE. MY WORLD IS A MESS.


[Author Statement: "I have been writing poetry for years. Writing is the only way I can express myself without being misunderstood. I searched the web long and hard and found Pongo Teen Writing. I read about the web site, loved it, and decided to add a few of my poems on there. I have books and more books of nothing but poems. I would love to keep writing for Pongo Teen Writing."]


Honorable Mention, July 2011
Ruin and Effort (about the heroic work to create a life after loss)
Another Child (about a childhood with too little)
I'm Still Breathing (about emotional need, physical connection, and risk)