Prize Poetry

Pongo Poetry Prize - April 2014

This is the 16th winner of the Pongo Poetry Prize. Following the winning poem, there are links to three great poems that received Honorable Mention.

That Unmistakable Sadness 
by a young woman, age 15

I don't know where I am going
stumbling through days trying not to break
peeling the soles of my shoes off of the pavement
dreaming I end up somewhere safe

The pain is blatant at every turn
on street corners and front steps
it comes in anger and in sadness
defiance and regret

That unmistakable sadness
nurtures you into a trap
that is why I must leave now
and why I never will look back

[Author Statement: "I think writing is a way to let your mind get rid of things that would otherwise clutter and mask what is really important. It allows you to evaluate and understand yourself better as well as people around you. I have been writing since before I can remember, I honestly don't think I would be sane without it."]

Honorable Mention, April 2014 
A Blue River
Who I Am
Walk One Mile in My Shoes

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