LMS student wins poetry slam
February 11, 2009 · Updated 10:10 AM
Cassie Thomson, a Langley Middle School student, was the winner of the recent slam at the Dog House in Langley.
Cassie, 13, penned her winning poem after picking the words “breeze,” “memories,” “Pepsi” and “independent” from the list of 12 words on the slam sheet.
The poetry slam was sponsored by the Island Arts Council, which has been hosting slams for the past 16 years.
Organizers say attendance runs from 20 to 30 people per slam, to evenings with upwards of 50 in attendance, and competitors come from all over the island and off-island, as well. At last week’s slam, there was a poet from Montana and a visit by Iron Eagle (Frank Sanchez), a Nakota elder visiting the island.
By Cassie Thomson
Tangled and mixed up in the breeze
They show people drinking Pepsi on the beach
Laughing with the wind and at the wild sea.
As these memories grow stronger,
Faster yet, they come,
Independent, leading kings
Marching swift against the wild things.
A single memory stands amongst the rest
A copper chain, a glowing crest
Never before understood
But it had far more power than it should.