Prize Poetry

Pongo Poetry Prize - July 2012

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

Where I Come From 
by a young man, age 16 

I'm from a street where evil is its fate. There is no hope, but could we have one last chance?

I'm from faith in where God sees me.

I'm from a long line of people who are just the same every day. We pass and we don’t see the things that people, that can’t see, see.

I'm from confusion about my dad not being there for me, and not taking time to be with me.

I'm from laughter over my friends, my friend M, and the things we used to do together.

I come from a family that don’t care about school and do drugs, and I choose not to do the same.

I'm from love, and I know that because they take care of me, and I really miss my dad, and I can’t see him, but I am not mad at him because of what he did.

I'm from fear, especially when I think about all the memories that were bad, and then screams fill the room.

I come from a long line of folks who have died.

I come from experiences like evil everywhere, and look around and see nothing but crying.

I come from bad cities and bad places. There is nothing I can do, but if there was, I would stop it if I could.

And I wish my life would become a name for fame, I have no pain.

That's where I'd like to be from.

[Author Statement: "I like to write because it helps me to express my feelings and it helps me to think about things. Writing helps me tell my life story."]

Honorable Mention, July 2012 
If My Fist Could Speak 
This Is Who You Are to Me 
The Way You Sang  

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