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2019 National Medalist Liahm Blank

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Congratulations to Liahm Blank on becoming a 2019 National Medalist in the Scholastic Art and Writing Contest. Liahm received a Silver Medal for his poem “Trapped Free”. This is a huge honor, and we are all so proud of his accomplishment. 
 
Trapped Free
 
I am trapped. 
Don’t ever try to tell me that 
I have options. 
Thank you for showing me that
I have no way out. 
It is foolish to think that
I can escape this madness. 
Clearly,
My mental chains hold me hostage.
Nobody will ever look at me again and say that
I can fly away.
I can’t do this anymore because
I know I will never be free. 
In my mouth, you will never hear the words
I will find a way out.
Every day I think to myself
I deserve everything that’s happening to me
And that
I can’t find happiness. 
Nobody in my life actually believes that
I will find the key to escape.  
I know it will take time, but
I will crumble, there will be nothing left of me. 
I can’t believe that I used to look at myself in the mirror and think that
I can save myself. 
My life would be so much easier if I could just toss a coin in a fountain and say
I will be unshackled
I will repeat it to myself one hundred times: 
There is no escape. 
Only when this poem is reversed
I will be free
 
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