2014 Poetry Contest Winners
Rhyming Category: Megha Ilango for A Sparrow's Flight
Free Verse Category: Shivani Sankar for Rising Sun
The Winner's Poems are Posted Below - Scroll Down to See Them
Rhyming Category Winner
By Megha Ilango
A jump, a push, the first motivation.
Wings that extend in confidence and aspiration.
Air rushing up as he crashes and falls.
A heap on the ground, a small, twisted ball.
A moment of despair as those small eyes open.
The weight of gravity leaves him broken.
But he’ll stand up, his wounds will mend.
With patience and persistence, he’ll try again.
The next time, he jumps from the nest on his own.
He soars up and away, further than before.
He chirps in joy; he’s tried for so long.
His journey has left him swift and strong.
Free Verse Category Winner
by Shivani Sankar
Hues of oranges and yellows,
Blurred together on a canvas,
Mixed with blacks,
And all shades of grey.
I hadn’t painted,
Before I got a chance.
I wept at my losses,
To never be a perfect picture.
Lost under clouds,
A hope diminished.
Steady hands guided me.
Held me tight,
Showed me light,
That I had long awaited.
Paintbrushes wore thin,
As I glided quickly.
Stroke by stroke,
Covering lines of dark
Hanging over the fireplace today,
A rising sun,
In place of,
A once tragic mess.