Grace’s Poetry Competition Winners Announced
Grace’s Poetry Competition Winners Announced
To celebrate this year’s National Poetry Day, Grace Academy Solihull students took part in our academy’s poetry competition based on the theme of Empowerment. With over a hundred entries, the winners and runner ups were announced last week but it should be noted that these were not easy decisions!
Congratulations to Amber Pennell with her beautiful poem Wildflower, I Am. Standing up for equality is Taya Ellis with Women’s Rights, and telling her truth with Don’t Touch My Hair is Lani Bagwisanyi. As we have so much creative talent at the academy, we simply couldn’t ignore Mubasher Hassain, Kye Sears and Kai Gutherie’s efforts as well – well done!
The three winners of the competition have won a copy of Chris Ridell’s Poem’s To Save the World With, a £10 Amazon voucher and a notebook. Those who won prizes for effort have all received chocolate and Grace Points for their excellent entries.
Congratulations to all our winners, runner ups and all those students who entered our Poetry competition, we look forward to your entries next year!
Wildflower, I Am – Amber Pennell (7E), Winner
I welcome the ships and battlefields of my existence,
Allowing them to pass through me.
I dwell on memories contained,
By deeply rooted, unconscious thoughts,
My spirit urges for the sea,
I belong to the waves; free and ever moving
Sometimes gloomy under wintry clouds, though
Always tranquil and serene at heart,
I am an untamed, undomesticated voyage
Sailing across melancholy curtains of rain and
I disappear in adventure beneath darkly and desolate nights,
Always returning as an ever-growing, ravishing flower.
Who Are You? – Mubasher Hussain, (9B)
Who are you? A confident person who stands up for themself even though you’re weak.
Who are you? The hardworking person who goes to school or work to improve yourself and your future.
Who are you? The one that spends time with family and friends and calls to check up on them.
Who are you? The one person that plays football with their friend.
And finally, who are you? The one that never gives up.
Women’s Rights – Taya Ellis (7C), Winner
I am a woman and I wish I could say this doesn’t cause me fear.
That I’m not weary of this body.
Of what it’s been though.
Of what they might do.
I am a woman and I love being one.
But why should this mean I have to receive less?
Why can you freely voice your opinions while mine I have to suppress?
I am a woman and I have my own unique, style and preferences.
I want to go out wearing what I love, without fearing the consequences.
I am a woman, why do you shame me for that?
Being a woman doesn’t make me less of a person, nor does it make me “prey”.
I have the right to feel safe when I walk around by myself.
I am a woman. Yes, I am.
But before that I’m human, just like you.
And all women deserve to be treated with
the same amount of respect that men do too.
Because, regardless of any gender or race,
Each and every one of us has the right to feel safe.
The Folly of Modern Education – Kye Sears (8G)
Thank you for coming,
Today’s topic is the folly of modern education.
A lot has changed in the past century
But one thing that hasn’t changed is school education.
A century ago school was used to churn our factory workers
And to teach kids to stay on the ground
Instead of reaching for the stars.
Modern jobs have changed drastically
But modern schools are still using that grounding mindset
That lobotomized the previous generation.
People made fantasies about robots taking over,
But if the education system continues like this,
Then that fantasy will become a reality.
Don’t Touch My Hair – Lani Bagwisanyi (8D), Winner
Her dark melanin glistened in the Botswana sun,
It was as if gold snow had blessed her skin,
She had luscious brown lips and
They faded into rosy pink.
You could be hypnotised by her dark eyes.
Lifeless yet so alive.
This girl had such a beautiful mane,
Her coils were illuminated in the rain
Her 4c cascaded down past her lip
Now a fro is seen as cool and hip.
Unprofessional, nappy, gross and tangled
The truth of our beauty mangled,
Ghetto until on someone with pale skin,
When will black women get the win?
Flooded with hot combs, perms and relaxers
When will society accept we are different?
See she always wore a crisp white gown
So as to look like a black angel,
The sleeves hugged her wrists
And danced around her knees
She did not have a name.
For she was only a doll,
A slab of wood, a toy maker
Carved into perfection…
The Villain – Kai Guthrie (9C)
I always wondered why
I like the villain more
And I think it might be
Because when they get
On the floor
Down on their knees
For her and only her
Something in me stirs.
A hero would sacrifice her to save the world
Showing that they are indeed pure hearted and honest
But a villain would tear the world apart if she was hurt,
That is a promise.
They seem selfish, manipulative and rude
To everyone around
But he treats her like a queen,
His and only his
Sitting beside him on a throne with her crown.
I think villains are misjudged
And that most of the time
We don’t get to see their story,
For if we knew it
The hero might not seem so full of glory.
Monsters are made not born
And any soul, tortured and captured
Incidentally would not have any time
So next time I defend
The villain of the tale
Remember that they too were once broken and frail.