2019 National Medalist Liahm Blank
Upper School Team
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.
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.
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
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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