Meditation by Janelle Fila
 
In 2014, I won the Young Adult Review Network's (yareview.net) Random Word poetry contest. Printz winner John Corey Whaley judged and my prize was an autographed copy of his newest book, NOGGIN. Below is a copy of my winning poem:

Close your Eyes
Count to ten
Drown in the forgotten memories
dribbling past your outstretched fingertips
like the trickle of rainwater against a fogged up
pane of glass.
Underneath the layers of self-loathing and shame
are the wormy contents of your dying heart
Locked on the topmost shelf of an unused pantry
the brass key rusty and forgotten in a drawer full of
old batteries, used twist ties, and spilt salt.
Focus on the cadence of your breath
In
and Out
like the rhythm of the consistent drips
of a leaky faucet
swirling down the drain of life.

John Corey Whaley said: “This poem says so much with so little–and with a total lack of pretentiousness about it. Each line does something amazing by strapping itself to the familiar. It’s lovely.”

I hope you all enjoy it, too!