Poetry, Grades 7 – 9: Third Place

What is Poetry? — Justin Krelitz

Poetry is a hedge maze of words and comparisons,
Your own personal adventure.
You walk through its beauty, twisting and turning to find the end.
It seems nothing but a useless task,
But only if you forget.
Only if you forget the walls of the maze, the sun above
And the scent of the lilacs that guided you to the conclusion.
But most importantly,
Only if you forget how your hand brushed against the bush,
Or the sheer brilliance of the creator.
What is poetry, besides a journey?