Christopher Valdenegro Poetry Contest
The winners for the 2022-2023 Christopher Valdenegro poetry contest:
Pauline Punzalan - Grade 10
Look at all that hustle and bustle around our tiny home.
Brown cardboard boxes stacked on top of
Each other when my mom finishes tidying a room.
Moving all my fashionable outfits into trash bags, with
A piece of duct tape with the word “Donation” on it.
Soaping marble countertops, spraying glass windows,
Dusting cotton curtains, and even little, framed crevices are dusted.
Making sure the house is left spotless.
My dad, calling in pick-up trucks to take our
Sacred memorabilia away, somewhere new.
Our obnoxious voices bouncing off the white walls
As we shout throughout the empty, cold hallways.
My sister randomly sneezing as she fights with
Clouds of dust collected in our storage bins.
Disassembling our vintage furniture in hopes to sell it
In a garage sale. Loading all our necessities into trucks,
Watching it drive away, almost till the vehicle had
Become minuscule. We soon drove away in our
Camry, hearing all our vases and Lego sets
Quiver and clunk in the trunk.
It was time to sprout into a new, maybe even a better
Giselle Avila - Grade 10
Second star to the right,
Straight on till morning.
Neverland in my sight,
A place worth exploring.
Enchanted fairies, and
Fiery stars that burn so bright.
Until I open my eyes
Calmly, I am sent back
To the burden of growing up.
The Old Neighborhood
Savannah Rodriguez - Grade 10
When I drive through my childhood home,
I remember smell of fresh bread at the bakery
Sweet smell of cinnamon in my nose
Vendors selling fresh ice
The screaming of children on the block
Mariachis singing on weekends.
Summer days with no A.C.
Neighbors coming together for BBQs in 90-degree heat
Water fights as the night cools down the heat
Now, I see the murals of angel wings on the walls
The restaurants closed.
I see myself young, eye gleaming with joy.