Vermont Arts Council

Samantha Aikman, 2021 Original Poetry Winner


Last Saturday I made
a carrot cake in a green glass
pan with a chip out of the side.

We are never really all here.
We walk through days
with our heads in some
deserted cabin we once discovered
on the rocky shores of Maine,
or in the gutter beside a street lamp
in a city we once longed for.

What I mean to say is,
we are pieces.
What I mean is,
we don’t always have to know
what we want.

The year I turned fifteen
I was determined to buy
a Greyhound ticket and travel south.
It didn’t matter how far I got
or how long it took,
only that I was moving
towards the light
and not away from it.

I never packed the bag. I
never bought the trip.

I am still sitting here,
with a paper bag of broken glass
and an unfinished poem
on a Thursday night
that was never meant to come.

Samantha Aikman

Gold Key, 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards


admin-place March 18, 2021