Slam poetry inspires teens

December 21, 2010

By Contributor

Skyline High School senior Sonja Lund joined 10 poets at the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board’s poetry slam Dec. 11, and walked away with a first-place prize.

About 30 participants cheered on the teenage wordsmiths, and so encouraged them that several created poems on the spot “because the setting of the slam had inspired them to do so,” Issaquah High School sophomore and poetry slam co-organizer Iman Baghai said.

Lund’s poem, “In My Eyes,” is about marriage and civil unions. “Separate-but-equal?” she wrote. “ I don’t buy it.”

In My Eyes

Look me in the eyes

And know me:

In almost every way

I am just like you

I breathe like you

I walk like you

I speak the same language as you

I curse, I laugh, I cry

My tears are just like yours

Look me in the eyes

And know me:

You silence me

I want to share a word —

A Word —

With you, and you say

It Doesn’t Matter.

Do you not understand?

Look me in the eyes

And know me:

A Word is not worth

its weight in gold

You lose nothing

By sharing it with me

But when you keep it to yourself

That says that I am different

in so deep a way

that I can’t even share a language

with you

Regardez-moi dans les yeux,

Et connaissez-moi:

Je suis tout comme vous

Mon coeur bat

Mes yeux voient

Mon cerveau pense

Mais à vous,

Je ne peux pas avoir

Un mot

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