Ignored the evil when it was oceans away
I could’ve believed it was lifetimes away
first signs of spring:
smell something happy in the air
bare feet rough
from running outside
we can’t have all that
winter never seems to open its fist
but we only realize now
it’s not winter that took the thrill away
JAMIE ZOU was the top prize winner, grades 7-8 category, of the First Menlo Park Youth Poetry Contest, co-sponsored by the City of Menlo Park and Menlo Park Library Foundation. She is now a 9th grader who attends school on the East Coast.
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