Winner, 8-11 poetry category, Nyah-Walcott Quansah
All ears! Take notice of what I say,
Because right now, right here today,
Is time for me to explain
The main purpose for you listening.
The message I tell is not that plain,
Yet powerful but may sound insane.
I have a voice and want to say,
Standing here on this stage,
Speaking out loud while feeling proud
Has helped me accomplish things,
Leading up to this day.
You may think what am I proud of?
Well… My skin colour,
Dark brown electrified by the sun,
Makes me feel powerful,
Ready to take on anyone!
My Afro, bouncy and puffy,
Curly and fluffy.
Is my perfect crown to receive
All the floating energy and elements,
My knowledge and intelligence,
Are growing every day,
Still more things to learn
But I'm on my way!
My ancestors have left me
Things to explore,
With this legacy I will open up
Some new doors!
I am a voice, knowing myself
And doing the RIGHT thing is the RIGHT choice.
If all ears listened to
What this 10-year-old has to say,
The world would be a different place.