Winner of the SciPo2019 Under-18 poetry competition: theme ‘Eating Plants’, judged by Carrie Etter
You're a cactus flower
Born from spikes and pricks.
You transcend your roots
Living for that bloom
Which will finally change
Their perception of you.
Hydration isn't necessary-
You're desert destiny.
To the various thoughts of famine which pass over the lobes of my brain,
And rest on the parchment of my tongue.
You're vim and vigour.
Enchantress I said,
Preying on my moments of vulnerability,
I am delirious, I am delusional.
You resemble safety,
You make me
with total insanity.
Isaiah Ambssa Robinson-Lewis, aged 16
The SciPo2019 Network has permission for publishing the data, poem and photo.
Photo by Lisandro Gallardon.