Teen Poetry Contest Winner for 1999
Nihada Softic
Niles North High School, Grade 12

Pantum

The unexpected cold and bloody war.
Innocent people are dying.
There is no food and no where to hide.
Wounded people lying down on the street.

Innocent people are dying.
The kids on the street are crying.
Wounded people lying on the street.
"No, don't shoot!"

The kids on the street are crying.
"No, I don't want to die!"
"No, don't shoot!"
"No why can't we all live in peace?"

"No, I don't want to die!"
There is no food and no place to hide.
"No, why can't we all live in peace?"
The unexpected cold and bloody war.