Teen Poetry Contest Winner for 1999
Stephanie Burak
Niles West High School, Grade 12

Can you leave this ailing heart
to smile and sing as I depart?
to know my hurt at one time hence
experience and give no recompense
nothing to ease the pain.

Will you kiss these beads of rain
just to drink the salty taste
to know my body wholly chaste
to celebrate my return to waste?
Is it that you dare conceive
to find the beauty in my leave
or are you blind in heart and eyes
to know the beauty in my demise?