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2016 WORDS UNLOCKED WINNER: MY REALITY

First Place

Title: My Reality

School: Duval Academy
Teacher: Fallon Collins-Rothenberg
Poet: Kevin

POEM TITLE: My Reality

Visions of joy slowly spiral

into view, mid-slumber

 

Desire always hits hard

 

I remember the paleness of her features,

recognize her desperate pleas

 

but I’m lost

like the first chances

I will never get back

 

I lie in bed, consumed

by her breathtaking smile

 

I reach out

 

as she drifts further and further away

 

I awake from my slumber

hoping to see her

by my side

 

Reality hits me hard

like a hurricane in mid-August

 

strikes me like the uppercut

I wasn’t expecting

 

 

fills my body

with a familiar, pulsing pain

 

All I can see

are the white brick walls

 

plain

 

The tree branches sag

outside the bars of my window

 

The scenery brings me back

to a small town in North Dakota,

a place I found comfort

 

I think back to hiking up a hill

on a beaten path overgrown with vegetation

 

I remember my grandpa,

 

remember our first tee-off

under a sky of velvet,

 

how proud he was

when I scored my first par

 

But I’m still here

 

on the top bunk,

a cold, dull slab I call home

 

spine-shivering

 

I strain to see them

from behind these numbing bars

 

 

There is beauty in the struggle

I must remember that