Summer Youth Poetry Contest Winners
First Place Winner: ASHA LEWIS, 11
"Why Can't I Be Taller?"
Everyday I think about why I’m so different from the others?
Why can't I be taller?
Sometimes I dream about being a tall big bush
but it never happens.
Why can’t I be taller?
I get my soil and water regularly and I get enough sunlight, but...
Why, why can’t I be taller?
Others say I have to wait,
but I say “Why wait, I can’t BE taller!"
One day I just give up,
give up trying to be someone else I am not,
but still wonder, "Why can’t I be taller?"
Days pass, then weeks, then months, then years.
Then one day I look at myself and realize,
“I was never going to be as big as a bush,
but I was always going to be as tall as a tree."