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TOP TEN WINNERS

Libby Snowden
Grade 8
Kenmore Middle School, VA

Where Else to Go? Home.
Where I counted to ten
against gargantuan, dark oak trees
during games of hide-and-go-seek.
I never thought twice about
living anywhere but home.
But then, the unimagined:
ALL MUST GO.
Our possessions in cardboard boxes on a colossal, viridescent eighteen-wheeler.
I witness and wonder:
"Where else is there to go?
How can I survive anywhere but home?"
And when our car backed out of the driveway one last time,
I bawled goodbye.
I willed myself to believe I was a zebra-striped swallow.
Simply migrating South,
and would soon return home.
But my honing flight mechanism
has somehow been tripped
and I can't go home again.

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