3rd Place (Teen) - June 2011


I find silence to be
An agreeable companion.
It listens, accepts,
And never passes judgement.

It's always there,
If you listen for it,
A comforting hand
On your shoulder.

It nurtures your thoughts
And ripens ideas,
Then leaves you
To take all credit.

It advises,
Revealing pathways,
Presenting options,
Formerly veiled by noise.

Some judge it to be
Awkward or fruitless,
But in this,
They judge themselves.

If you listen to silence,
Hear it out,
Maybe you'll find
A friend in it.

Leanne Louie