Prize Poetry


by a young woman, age 18

is memory a gift or a curse?
i want to start over, but this gift holds me back.
every step i take i remember, i've taken this step
before, i've been here before, and it kills me.
should i want to hold on to the love i felt, or let
go of the pain that poisons my thoughts?
what do i do when that is all i have left, the pain,
and the memory that caused it?
that memory for now is my curse.

Other "Honorable Mention" Recipients, October 2010
My Best Friend Is in Love