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8/20/2019

Poetry Contest Winner: Breaking My Mother’s Addiction

All month we have been featuring the top entries from the 2019 Words Unlocked poetry contest hosted by the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings. This poem, by D.A.C., was the winning entry.

8/15/2019

Poetry Contest 2nd Place: IDK

This poem was one of two 2nd place winners in the 2019 Words Unlocked poetry contest hosted by the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings. 

 

I’m locked up, choked, covered, and tied by iron and steel chains,

Chains that cannot be fought by strength but by brains,

These chains have bound around my body, mind and soul,

Two-to-three years of my growing adolescence have they stole,

Too many times have I had these metal snakes biting into my skin,

Sharp teeth digging at my wrists and ankles digging deeper within.

8/13/2019

Poetry Contest 2nd Place: The Drug in Me

This poem was one of two 2nd place winners in the 2019 Words Unlocked poetry contest hosted by the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings. 

 

I am white and crystalized,

My world is through the eyes of people that see dark skies,

I take him or her through it all, I am running through the veins when they overdose and fall,

I love the addicts who come back for more,

I get inside little girls and close the door,

I don’t want to be me but I’m too scared to die,

I can see everyone lie, I watch men rape girls and sell me,

I am hard to make so they pay their fee,

I see the men who think their able to treat them and me this way,

I know it’s all because they shoot me into their bodies every day,

My name is tweak but the guys with the flashing lights call me methamphetamine,

Why live when people only want you to use,

I want to win but they always get caught and I lose,

I always end up taking a family away,

Why can’t they just love me without all these prices to pay?

8/8/2019

Poetry Contest 3rd Place: Astral Plane

This poem was the third place winner in the 2019 Words Unlocked poetry contest hosted by the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings. 

 

A place,

where fear is non-existent.

8/6/2019

Poetry Contest Honorable Mention: I’ll Be Me

This poem was a highly commended entry in the 2019 Words Unlocked poetry contest hosted by the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings. 

 

As she flies higher and higher

She finally feels free again

No Worries

No problems

Just the occasional bird

Also free of worries and problems

As she reaches the summit

She has her life planned out

Her dreams

Her passion

Her responsibility

All being shone before her eyes

But what she knows from previous life lessons

Is that what goes up must come down

But she will not lose her touch

She is smart

She is talented

She is unique

Free of flaws and imperfections

She is what every girl wants to be

She is unstoppable

She is determined

She will not let anything get in between

Her goals

Her dreams

Her life

As I awake from my dream

I sit up

And I look around my cell

Disappointment

Sadness

Failure

 

Cloud my thoughts

And fill my brain

I want to be

Who I am meant to be

I am meant to be

Who I am created to be

But I’m created to be me

So that’s who I’ll be.

8/1/2019

Poetry Contest Honorable Mention: Mr. Farney’s Class

This poem was a highly commended entry in the 2019 Words Unlocked poetry contest hosted by the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings. 

 

I’m the wind in a golden Baritone

Blowing away the pain.

7/30/2019

Poetry Contest Honorable Mention: Menace to Society

This poem was a highly commended entry in the 2019 Words Unlocked poetry contest hosted by the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings. 

 

I am a 15-year-old Menace to society,

Well, through the eyes of my prosecutor and Jury,

 

whose life simultaneously

came to a halt due to Felony of the first offense.

8/13/2018

Words Unlocked: Poems from Inside Juvenile Justice Facilities

Last week, The Imprint published all of the top five entries from Words Unlocked, the fifth annual poetry contest for youths incarcerated in juvenile secure facilities operated by The Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings.

8/10/2018

Words Unlocked Youth Poetry Contest Winner: Jumbled
The Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings (CEEAS) recently concluded its fifth annual “Words Unlocked,” a poetry contest for juveniles in secure facilities. The Imprint of Social Change published all of the winners throughout the week.