Common Book Poetry Contest

The Common Book committee paired up with Student Media to host a poetry and short story contest around “Spare Parts”, the 2019-20 common book. Due to the campus being closed because of COVID-19, The Et Cetera offered to post this year’s poetry winner since the Poetry Slam event was moved online. This year’s winner is an original piece by an Eastfield student Jade Pena.

 

with all of my strength, Eternity

By Jade Pena

to the girl who has written herself whole

for everyone but herself

 

I’ve waited for you to finish your storm

To pelt sun streaks and a prayer out of your clouds

 

I’ve waited for G-d to re              member you

 

and not because he is forgetful

but because you are

broken

 

I want your stain glass pulse

to pick up its shattered            parts

 

I want you to delve into this piece

and put the wordplay of you back together

 

purge yourself in this poem

 

On a Sunday night when the psalms of your church weren’t enough

 

in your closet

knees bent

on a pile of ribs

that

have just made their way back to you

 

no man can keep your entire cage

 

there is blood in every pen you write with    yet

this page is purer than it has ever been

 

I want you to live a moment where you have rewritten

your song

 

but this time do not wait for the crescendo of palms

to surge through your ears

to start loving yourself

 

do not wait for your words to be on shelves

rewrite yourself and live in that before the ink dries

 

with all of my strength,

Eternity

Virtual student art exhibition

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