Teen Poetry Contest Winner for 2000
Kevin Michelson-Kelly
Niles North High School, Grade 9

Off the top of my head,
from the bottom of my heart.
I mean all that I say
and write from the start.
You might be confused
or misunderstand
But remember this comes from my mind
to my hand
I write lots of stuff
that puzzle the brain.
But when you're done reading
don't say I'm insane.
Because what you're thinking
I look at in confusion
and maybe your reality
is just my illusion