A NOTE FROM THE JUDGE, ARTRA RICE:
Last month the Webster Weekly chose one creative writing submission for publication in our section in the Tulsa County News. Included below are three additional outstanding pieces from our first contest. Entries for the next Creative Writing Contest are due Nov. 17. E-mail entries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I chose these three pieces, and I have such appreciation for them, because they express a peculiar description of themselves and their self value according to their own observations and standards, not anyone else’s or the media’s. The recognition of personal value and individuality is much needed in our youth, and that is something Royal and Wilson both have.
Where I’m From
I am from laundry lines.
From a dog house with a chimney
I am from the rose bushes in the yard
(beautiful, thorny, smells so good.)
I am from the school yard
The play ground out back.
Whose slides I went down,
Where I scraped my knee.
I am from Pepsi cans and ashes,
From Hazel and Otis
I am from the drug addicts
And the drunks.
I am from not knowing
Where my religion lies,
But forgetting it’s in my heart.
I am from a family tree,
Chicken dumplings and Kool-Aid
From when my mom told
Me I’m royalty.
Saying my dad died from being brave.
My most prized possession lies under
My bed, a painting of a girl praying.
Pictures of family long gone.
A dream capture to catch the bad ones.
It broke my dreams released.
And now I dream no more.
So, what’s different about me? Please tell!
What! My eyes, my short hair, or my big size?
Or is it my hot style or my cute smile?
Well, whatever it is you sure ain’t wise
Sphh…! For you to think about wanting to
Leave THIS! But it’s koo! I’m sure this prize will
Surely open someone else’s eyes. Boy!
I sure won’t cry I’ll just wave you GOOD BYE!
I’m Just Like You
It is I, I am here.
It is I, I am near.
I came back to see.
I know you do not believe.
But it is me, come hold my hand.
I’m just like you, I am man.
You can see my flesh, see my blood flow,
I’m just like you, I am whole.