"Dragon" by Laurel

I am the last dragon.  The last one of fire, the
last one of nobility.  This is the end...of a noble
race...one of fire, of power, of passion.

"The Last Mockingjay" by Haley Ryan

I am the last mockingjay
I am blue, white and black
I sparkle like the sun's ray

I am the last mockingjay
My feathers liquid gold
To be free in the sky
is my way

I am the last mockingjay
I sing with a perfect voice
Everyone does exactly
what I say

Because I am the last mockingjay.

"Last Uniasor" by Katie Perry

I am the last uniasor, which would
be a unicorn dinosaur mix, the
humans call me a hero as
I saved them from all the ITS
in the world with my super-fast
speed, laser eyes and x-ray vision
with super strength.  I am one
to live forever, for no one shall
harm me in any way, I am

"Don't eat me" by Alicia Todd

I am the last squirrel. My home is
an upside down elevation.  My fur is so
disgusting, I look like a drowned rat.  My teeth,
without anything to chew, now retreat past
my paws.  My eyes are wo wild I look
rabid.  My claws have gone unclipped and can now
knock any creature far into space.

"I am the last dragon" by Marie O'Grady

I am the last dragon.  It's been over a hundred
and fifty-seven years since I watched
the second to last dragon slaughtered.
I have survived only by hiding in this
ridiculously small cave in the dark with
only birds to keep me company.
I finally receive a visitor, but,
apparently, he was sent to kill me. I
easily stop him by using my telepathic
powers. I mentally calm him and he comes
to sit by my scaled legs, as I bury my head
between my feet.

"with some help from our hearts" by Ben Read

The Little Deer by Frida Kahlo

"I'm gonna jump off the rail, and I'm gonna, like, fly over
the city and I'm gonna be like, 'What's up, Bill Gates?'"
the boy in the flat-brimmed baseball cap
says as he walks by.  What does he mean?
I wonder what can be taken
from a statement
such as that, and what
can be taken from a single moment.
Take this one.  What can be taken
from the scratch / of pencil on paper?

And so as we wonder,
we also wander
down the path
our imagination (with some help from our heart)
sets for us.

"So Long (Forever)" by Ben Read

I am dying.  Simple as that.  Yep.  I know you're probably all screaming at me to run.  But no.  I, of all things, am thinking about the time Shilo told me about the supervolcano.  A bunch of false news stories, I thought then.  Oh, completely.  Can you sense my sarcasm?  Just wondering.  It's weird how imminent death makes you mental.  Or is it just me?  Am I just weird for thinking that the end of the world is something to FREAK OUT about?  I guess so.  But I don't care.  It's settled, decided.  I am going to die.  Yessiree.  I've already decided what my last words are going to be.  "SHILO!!!!!!!!!"  (Yes, all the exclamation points are necessary).  So long! (Forever).

"Algún Día" by Kiersten Moss

"You didn't come back," she said.
"I waited and you didn't come back."
The man nodded.
"I know."

~poem inspired by dialog~

Artist: Edward Hopper

"The End" by Kiersten Moss

Lovers Leap by Marcus Stone
The sun rose over the ashes of the city, filtering slowly through the haze.  Fires still smouldered.  My shoes stamped out flames and I tried desperately to save what little I could.  It was pointless, I knew.  This close to the center we were so lucky to be alive...even though we wouldn't be for long.  The two of us looked at each other, knowing.  We could do what we could for as long as we could, but in the end, it would be pointless.  He took my hands, I kissed him, and we both jumped.

Publishing and scholarship opportunity for teens

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"The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers recognizes outstanding young poets and is open to high school sophomores and juniors throughout the world. The contest winner receives a full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers workshop. In addition, the winning poem will be published in The Kenyon Review. The runners up will also see their poems published."

You can submit your work via their website, at the link provided above (be sure, as always, to read and follow the submission guidelines carefully). Give it a go! It's definitely worth a shot.