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."

© 2020 C. Art Press. All Rights Reserved. Chicago, Illinois.  Our website is continuously being updated to better represent our mission, work and products. If you have a suggestion or are looking for more information on a product if you are unable to find it here, please email us: Thank You!

  • Instagram - White Circle
  • facebook-square
  • Twitter Square