Teen Poetry Contest Winner for 2010
Briana Rodriguez
Niles North High School, grade 11


The beginning and the end
The wrong and the right
Those who fight
Those who die.

My brother, my sister
Your aunts and uncles
Our father and mother
Soldiers out on the frontlines

Gone for days, months, years
Hearts stung with worries and tears
Missing birthdays and graduations
Weddings and funerals

Lost from the world
Emerged in constant danger
Apart from society

Government in control
Sending orders
Spending money
Playing with peoples lives

Sugarcoating everything
Making everything sound so swell
While people are sleeping over there
With guns, and bombs, and shells

Filled with lies
Filled with pain
War is just another game we play

It’s the beginning and the end
Seen both as wrong and right