Elaboration and Contemplation

Posted: Monday, January 12, 2009, 9:10 am

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Presenting the winners of the 2008 Worthington Libraries Teen Poetry and Short Story Competition. Chloe Johnson, the first place winner for middle school poetry, reads "Elaboration and Contemplation."

You ask me to elaborate
And I ask you not to instigate
A scenario in which you generate
A need for me to speculate
Why, in me, you cultivate
A feeling so intoxicate
For should I have to investigate
The sensation might dislocate
Itself, and uncertainty infiltrate
Me as I deliberate
On why, oh why, I fixate
My attentions on you, then agitate
Moments in which I situate
Upon myself a mandate
That you and I be separate
But that would never alleviate
My feelings, only assassinate
My joy. And, surely, inoculate
Me from happiness to percolate.

You ask me to elaborate
So now I must reiterate
I am not allowed to contemplate
This matter, and won't tolerate
Any attempts to terminate
The feelings that I celebrate.

Chloe Johnson
1st Place, Middle School Poetry
2008 Worthington Libraries Teen Poetry and Short Story Competition

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