CONGRATULATIONS MARTING LUTHER KING PEACE POEM WINNERS
We are so proud to announce that Kaiser High School has taken top honors in the 22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Poetry contest. Congratulations to:
Mayor’s Award of Achievement:
Farrah Dinh – 2nd Place, Grade 12
Elana Ingwers – 2nd Place, Grade 11
Carlyn Kagamida – 1st Place, Grade 12
Shelsea-Geo Lonokapu-Sablan - 1st Place, Grade 11
Raine McAngus – 1st Place, Grade 12
Makani Pahili Sua – 1st Place,Grade 12
Emily Westpfal – 2nd Place, Grade 11
Grand Finalist – Shelsea-Goo Lonokapu-Sablan
2nd Place – Makani Pahili Sua
Teacher of the Year – Ms. Sarah Shiroma
Grand Finalist Winner - Shelsea-Geo Lonokapu-Sablan
I heard a rumor that life is born
Within a mother’s womb,
But that’s a little white lie,
And I am of the few that know the truth.
Life is born where the sky meets the sea,
When the rain kisses the flowers
On the eve of spring.
Life is born when friends hold hands
And run across the beach
As waves lap at the sand.
Life is born when children
Invite their classmates to play when it’s sunny,
And they never notice
If the ones around them look or think any different.
They’ll pass the ball to anyone they like,
Because kids understand how to live life.
I heard a rumor that true love is made
When soulmates kiss
On Valentine’s day.
But that’s a little fable,
And I am of the people able to see
Love is made where the forest thickens,
When nails dig into dirt,
Wet from fresh dew on the grass.
Love is created when others come to aid
Those who have fallen, those in pain.
When parents tuck their children into bed,
Or bake bread from grain,
Or help their neighbors plant their gardens,
Wish their folks a good day.
Love is found on the side of the street.
People greeting strangers,
They’ll never see again.
Whispers in the wind, fleeting moments,
Putting aside the grief for a while,
To shake hands with someone different.
When we look up at the sky
See the glittering lights that dazzle and shine
That’s love, that’s life.
No matter where we are
We all see the same stars.
Together on earth,
Compared to lightyears, we aren’t that far apart.
To live is to know
That a long time ago
The same stardust formed
A million little people
All connected by the air that we breathe,
By our hearts that beat,
By the blood that we don’t have to spill.
I heard a rumor that the greatest minds question
The reason that we are alive.
But that’s an easy answer,
We’re here to help,
To find joy,
To grow together and prosper,
We’re here to do more than survive.
By: Farrah Dinh
The world sits on a fine line between chaos and peace
As it changes, it inches closer towards chaos
People run rampant, greed and hunger take over
Evil is the root of this chaos
Causing those around us to submit to it
But in the d of chaos, the wars, the riots
There are those that stop fighting
Because they realize that standing on the side of chaos
Will destroy them as a whole
The fighting will tear a hole between every nation, every country, every person.
But if there is only peace,
Chaos will grow as people start to stray,
People will want to start fighting again
Finding any excuse to do so.
Chaos and peace go hand in hand
There must be a balance between the two
Because chaos brings peace
And peace brings chaos.
There must be chaos
To bring peace to the world.
Two opposing forces
Unstoppable death and inevitable destruction. When close to collision our hearts tighten, breathing stops,
hands come together.
And by some astounding fortune, it stops
We get to see another day.
Our collective heart slows as we take a breath of relief. We are alive. Together.
Our hands stay woven together like a tightly knit basket This is tranquility standing together,
Opposing forces choose harmony over