Poem of the Day, April 12: Poetry to Go, Young Poets

Poetry to Go features line-limited poetry written by teenagers and displayed on Regional Transportation District (RTD) buses in the seven-county Denver metro area. The Denver Branch of National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) began displaying teen poetry on buses in 2000. There’s a certain magic to the idea of poems traveling around the Denver metro area, poems with the potential to impact someone’s day unexpectedly.


First Light

She steps into cold morning,
thoughts of feather pillows and quilts
creep through as she shivers.
He drives like a madman:
honking, speeding, crudely gesturing.
She sees the sky, mesmerized by dawn
that breathes perfect shades,
a masterpiece painted in front of her.
“Look at the sky,” she tells him.
“I’m watching the road.”

-Rory Richardson, Age 18

history

in ancient days they
built fires to see by.
sun-riddled pupils
craving light sources,
illumination.

now we build fires
to remember
what it felt like
to be blind.

-Emily Raymundo, Age 15

Midnight in Denver

The flushed rash of city soaked night
slides into the jagged curves of mountains
and the aching emptiness of prairie;
I am hungry for darkness.

-Ryan Brown, Age 15

Perfect

Let’s be honest here.
I spit when I talk, I have no good advice,
I never walk away when I should, I’m judgmental,
And I tend to assume I know all the answers.
I complain when there’s nothing wrong,
I work just hard enough to get by,
And I’m the last to admit if I’ve made a mistake.
I lie, I litter, I laugh at dirty jokes,
I don’t take “no” for an answer,
And I smile regardless.

-Jennifer Marra, Age 18

(c )in the name of the poet or assigns. Used for educational purposes and for the promotion of the poet and personal growh of the reader.

Journal Prompt:

These poems demonstrate the everyday sacred moments of beauty, mystery, nature and self-acceptance. Choose any one as starting inspiration for your own poem. To begin, take a line, or the title, and borrow it as the opening of your write.

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