Fall Writing Frenzy Poetry Contest 2023
Many thanks to Kaitlyn Sanchez and guest judges Ameerah Holliday and Ebony Mudd for hosting this year's contest and to all the fabulous prize donators! #FallWritingFrenzy
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Here's my entry:
GOLDEN SILENCE (WC 182)
by Michelle S. Kennedy
In a world of sensory overload, my Autistic brain silently screams—"QUIET!”
Sounds of autumn pierce my delicate ears:
Birds CHATTER. CAW. CHIRP. CHITTLE-CHEEP!
Leaves CRUNCH. CRINKLE. CRACKLE.
Trees SHIVER and SHUDDER.
Wind wildly WHISTLES and WAILS.
Leaf blowers BUZZZZ. BUZZZZ. BUZZZZ.
I slip off my backpack. Even the sound of the zipper’s ZZZZZZIP! sends unwanted signals
to my brain.
“Noise OFF!” I say in a defiant tone.
I pull out my blue headphones, the ones that save me from the sounds—sounds that most people can ignore, but for some reason, I can’t.
I close my eyes and breathe.
With nerves calming, my other senses come alive. At last, I can focus again.
My eyes open as I readjust to my surroundings:
Birds FLITTING and FLYING.
Leaves TWISTING. TWIRLING like a tornado around my feet.
Trees SHIMMER and SPARKLE in the warm sunlight.
Wind BREEZES through my hair and tickles my skin.
Leaf blowers still BUZZZZ. BUZZZZ. BUZZZZ. But now, I no longer care.
With my trusty headphones, I walk home enjoying the golden silence with a smile on my face.