Atlanta WordWorks Wednesday #ATLWWW
Weekly poems from your Team Atlanta representatives of Brave New Voices 2017
Tia, 16, may be the youngest member of AWW’s Team Atlanta this summer, but don’t let her age fool you. With a pen graced with cocoa butter, abundant metaphors and a genuine raw soul, Tia’s words and wisdom of self supersede her years, and we cannot wait what will come from her this season.
Read her poem below.
“It’s Always Windy In The Morning”
Cold breezes whistle through falling pine needles
It’s always windy in the morning
Sunrise resting on arch of her eyebrow
Crimson lips, nervously bitten
Broken lips, torn skin
Her cotton hair a funeral black
Tight curls barely blowing
Aching knees, wind whipping between her joints
She knows the walk is long
And she knows the sidewalk ends
The soles of her feet will press into an unfriendly pavement
Broken glass slashing her toes
Swollen ankles sinking into her heels
She knows the walk is tedious
And she watches the wind tug at the stem of reluctant flower petals
Her shoeshine colored skin is thin
And the wind is penetrating
The whites of her eyes soaking in tears that will dry before they leave the sockets
The wind will not let you cry
You are not allowed to feel the sharpness of the breeze
Tearing at her shadow colored ears
The palms of her hands clasped together in self promise
The wind gusts are strong
And the walk is longer than a million blood soaked trails
It is always windy in the morning
Warm breezes are not for these times
Summertime sunshine isn’t for these times
Dusk is followed by another dawn
In the middle of the night we find the end.
Interested in Slam Poetry?
Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival is an annual slam poetry competition for poets ages 13 to 19. This year the festival will convene in the Bay Area, California, July 19-22.
Use #TeamATL #ATLWordWorks and #WritersWednesday to keep up with weekly updates and profiles of Team Atlanta as we progress through the #JourneyToBNV17.
Atlanta Word Works offers free poetry workshops during the school year at VOX, too. Submit your own original work for publication by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.