Elementary School, First Place: When This Is All Over
When this is all over, I’m going to the mall, to Vera Bradley
Where I’ll touch all the bookbags and lunchboxes
All the red, yellow, and pink splatches of color and sleek designs.
And I’ll see my friends. I’ll touch them, too!
And we’ll have sleepovers again. We’ll go to bed at eleven,
We’ll eat junk food right out of the bag and not even care about germs.
We’ll paint each other’s nails, laughing and talking about boys.
We’ll sit close together, much closer than 6 feet, #notsocialdistancing.
We’ll listen to music and dance, Fortnite dances,
The Hype and the Orange Julius, our arms crisscrossing.
Cool kids! And we’ll laugh outloud!
We will lie on the floor, cross our arms,
And when a friend pushes down on us
Our true laughter will explode in the air!
I’ll eat a restaurant again, like Torre,
Guacamole and chips
Mango and coconut ice tea
Cool delight on my throat
Of course, I’ll go with my friends.
We’ll have a contest to see who can drink the mango tea faster.
Somebody will probably spit it out and it’ll be funny,
Loud laughs that make our cheeks hurt from scrunching up
From so much … JOY!
Age 10, Grade 5
Arts Academy Charter Middle School