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Recently author/poet Beth Kephart had a poetry contest on her blog and Jill Santopolo, senior editor at HarperTeen was the judge. To  my surprise, I won! I thought I would repost the original poem here.

It was written when I began to work on my latest MG verse novel MTLB. I had stalled on that book for a while but now I find myself thinking about this character again and wanting to get to know him a little bit better.


Searching for the boy
I find him
not running
not hiding
but standing
up
for someone who is
not him
for someone who is
like him
for someone who
doesn't know
how
to stand up for himself.

Not recognizing
their very sameness
he fights
for what
he
doesn't want
to be.


© Susan Taylor Brown, 2009

Irene Latham has the round-up for this week's Poetry Friday.
 


There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.



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( 22 comments — Leave comment )
cute_n_cranky
May 29th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, how very cool!
susanwrites
June 1st, 2009 05:35 am (UTC)
Thank you.
tracyworld
May 29th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
Very nice poem and very nice news. Congratulations, Susan!
susanwrites
June 1st, 2009 05:35 am (UTC)
Thanks it was a thrill for me.
jamarattigan
May 29th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
Love it. Congratulations, Susan!!
susanwrites
June 1st, 2009 05:35 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jama.
(Anonymous)
May 29th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
Powerful poem - Congratulations for the win!
jeannineatkins
May 29th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
That's a wonderful poem, Susan.
And wonderful affirmation.
You're listening, right?
susanwrites
June 1st, 2009 05:36 am (UTC)
I'm trying to listen. Sometimes it's a little hard to hear but I'm trying.

And thank you.
(Anonymous)
May 29th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
Oops, that last Anonymous was 'Violet'
afraclose
May 29th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, Susan! Love the poem, too!
susanwrites
June 1st, 2009 05:36 am (UTC)
Thanks so much.
hulabunny
May 29th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
Yay for you! See, you are a poet (you just didn't know it). Sorry, I couldn't resist.
susanwrites
June 1st, 2009 05:37 am (UTC)
Cute. And thanks!
kellyrfineman
May 29th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, and very nice work!
susanwrites
June 1st, 2009 05:36 am (UTC)
Thank you, Kelly.
ext_168393
May 29th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
Congratulations and thanks for sharing this.
susanwrites
June 1st, 2009 05:37 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading.
irenelatham
May 30th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
Oh! Fighting for what he doesn't want to be... oh boy does that resonate! Keep going with this one!
susanwrites
June 1st, 2009 05:39 am (UTC)
Thank you, Irene. I am glad to get excited about this project again.
(Anonymous)
May 30th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
Brilliant!
Well done, great poem. is this the boy who was refusing to cooperate earlier?
I must get my head out of this holiday loll and start some real work again.
Thanks for the inspiration :-)

Keely
susanwrites
June 1st, 2009 05:37 am (UTC)
Re: Brilliant!
Thanks Keely. Nope, this is a different one. My head is filled with boys of late. :0
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

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