A POETRY Contest HOSTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
CHANNEL KINDNESS & Born This Way Foundation
Grandmother’s hands, cups of tea, smiling strangers…
Four Girls Write Now mentees, selected by a panel of Channel Kindness judges, share poetry about the ways they give and receive kindness,
Remembrance: An Index From My Grandmother
By Ariel Zhang
From the CHANNEL KINDNESS judge’s panel:
With beautiful similes and powerful language, this poem simply took our breath away. Our judges were drawn in by the author’s mastery of the craft, her creativity in writing the stanzas, and vivd imagery. This piece is absolutely stunning and a beautiful ode to her grandmother.
I. CRIMSON: red, orange, all the other iridescent colors like that. I think of the things done and undone, raveled and unraveled. crocheted bunnies, knitted turtles. the sweater I outgrew. white collars browning, hushed behind sepia frames. your watercolor koi bleeds into colors only you can see. I want to give my canvas to you. I don’t know if this is the color of dawn or dusk. I don’t know where we begin or end. II. MYOSOTIS SCORPIOIDES: commonly called forget-me-nots. five petals of sky. a baby hand. we collected these aqueous antiquities and kept them like secrets. we spelled out words with moons. you taught me such cryptic languages. I would spend the rest of my life decoding them. now, I spoon quiet words into your mouth the same way you did when I was little. I want to crawl into your lungs and breathe for you. I want to spell it out. please, forget me not.
Read the full poem on the Channel Kindness site.
A Poetry Contest & Story Collection
When you think about kindness, what sights and sounds come to mind? How do you encapsulate such grand feelings of compassion? Girls Write Now mentees and alumni rose to the challenge in the Art of Kindness Poetry Contest, hosted in partnership with Channel Kindness and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation.
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