Comox Valley Arts and the selection committee were thrilled with the response to our 2021 Elevate Summer Poetry Contest. Thanks to everyone who submitted entries, and congratulations to our winners, whose work is published here.
BECAUSE I AM QUEEN
I wear a crown of many eyes
that sees right through your bullshit lies.
My throne is made from all the bones
Of hurtful people I have known.
My art is there to set you back
Perhaps give you a heart attack.
Damage is as damage done
I am not alone, nor the only one.
I am here to Seize My Day!
You don’t like it, turn away.
Return to where you once came from.
Don’t hang around and ruin my fun.
Yes I am the Royal Queen this time
And your bullshit is just out of line.
To where I am in current place
So get the f*** out of my face.
Guards! Release the hounds!
Get that boiling oil poured down.
Let the arrows fly sharp and shiny
Don’t get hit in your heinie
As you run away…
POEM BY KAREN DAY
IF I WAS A SNOWFLAKE..
I will form in clouds, I would go around the world, over seven seas and round and round!
Fall down to the ground and see what else to see, cover the whole world with pieces of me.
I was rolled up into a ball, hurled through the air and hit something hard.
A long time later I seemed to fall apart, I got very sweaty, all the way to the heart.
Soon I was flowing, with a lot of other me’s, into the ocean and sucked back up.
I froze again, I fell again, this time I did not melt.
POEM BY JACOB ENNIS, AGE 12
rain falls on grey-green
trees blur to watercolour
I am whole slowly
HAIKU BY BETH HARRIS
Birds are singing, oh.
A beautiful sound it is.
Carried on the wind.