Congratulations to the three poets whose poems have made it to the final shortlist for the Douglas Park poetry mural and Word Play Way installation. The final shortlisted poets are Ariel Walton, avery r. young, and Jupiter Dandridge.
Each of these poems celebrates the legacy and future of Douglas Park and/or the North Lawndale community. Jupiter Dandridge, avery r. young, and Ariel Walton each root their words while also soaring into possible futures, and we're grateful to have the opportunity to share their word. Congratulations and thanks to our finalists.
Check out the final three shortlisted poems below. Our next post: the winning poem! Stay tuned for final news and future launch events, featuring each of the shortlisted poets!
Every house on Cullerton Jupiter Dandridge
looks like a castle On the porchI sit underneath my Great Grandmother in the same spot as everyone who came before me & it’s so hot that the moon is just the sun sleeping So kids pick up silver smiles off the sidewalk & throw them at each other In the alley all my friends jump on mattresses with shoelaces for wings
Peace and Love Ariel Walton Is what rose and will rise as the seeds also known as children grow Hearts filled with purity and hope the future is what we’ll come to know Less hate and more love no fighting and more hugs The very light that will shine on the darkness healing each wound until we all progress The very unity, in the word community there is no I, only we Together we’ll overcome all adversity a unit, united we stand Hearts exuding pure love and light until we raise the vibration of our great land North Lawndale
From This Stone avery r. young
From this stone, springs forth a wonder/land with room for all kinds of flowers to bloom. Violets, lilies, and even flowers too big for hands. Even flowers with thorns and fragrance that looms. From this stone, a mountain of monkey-bars and swings. A mountain of looping slides that will nest laughter. A mountain with a crossword puzzle in the crosswalk, among other things that will reside with pride for many years after we grow wings to fly away from North Lawndale or acquire eagle claws on our toes to stay planted. From this stone, issues a love-well And a joy that heaven has granted.