The guest judge for the poetry entries was Sally Bliumis-Dunn who teaches "Approaches to Creative Writing" and a poetry workshop at Manhattanville College. Bliumis-Dunn praised Waxman's poem, "Glass," she said, "for the way Waxman approaches racism without naming it. This gives her poem great strength."
The poetry competition is the third of three genre competitions held at Central Middle School for the 2010-2011 academic year.
The Young Writers Showcase is a partnering project with the Greenwich Citizen and town middle school teachers and students to strengthen writing skills.
Following is Talia Waxman's poem, "Glass."
By Talia Waxman
Coated with dust
Fine lines branching and weaving across the surface
Like wrinkles in skin that come with age.
Each a single, solid hue
All in a row
A silent night of ruby, indigo, mauve
In a forest of olive, mustard, and mud.
Let the vases crash to the floor
Let the silence of the night be disturbed
Let it be heard.
A splitting sound that will ring in your ears.
Struck by a bolt of lightning
Let them burst into flames of color.
Let the sound be piercing
Let it echo to the ends of the earth.
And once it has echoed in every ear
And the shards of glass are scattered
A glistening array of tints and tones
Craft a mosaic from those jagged pieces.
Let the sunlight stream
Through a melting pot of vermilion, sapphire, magenta
Through a medley of emerald, lemon, and chestnut