Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our World Poetry Day contest. Every submission was so beautiful and thoughtful – it is amazing to see such talent!

It was a very tough decision but it is with great excitement that we announce this years winner: upcoming writer and poet, Lekpele M. Nyamalon.

Lekpele’s entry, titled “Forgotten Future”, shares with us what he thinks young people deserve in a simple and beautifully haunting poem. Congratulations, Lekpele!

Forgotten future

We don’t crave the stars
But a light to shine on our paths
That we stumble not

Not the moon
Just a space to play at night
And beam with innocence

We hope not for diamonds
But a precious gift of dignity
Buried beneath our ground

Let our girls live
And go to school too
Spare them from rape and genital mutilation

Our little boys aren’t men
For arms and drugs
Leave them

Give the earth when you’re done
We might need it
Free from pollution

We need a life
At least once
Is that hard?


About the Author:

Lekpele M. Nyamalon is an upcoming Liberian writer and poet. He has featured at several open-mic events across Liberia and contributes regularly to the Poetry column of the Daily Observer Newspaper in Liberia.  Lekpele has featured at the Liberian National Museum Arts exhibition as a guest poet and the One billion rising of the vagina monologues in Monrovia. He was recently selected as a participating Poet, along with other West African Poets on a Poet’s residency on Goree Island, Senegal organized by the Open Society Initiative of West Africa (OSIWA) to articulate their views of a new Africa .

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