Antaneyah Johnson was chosen as the winner for the University Writing Center Poetry contest for Fall 2015. The contest is part of the National Day on Writing through the Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and is an occasion to “celebrate writing in all its forms.” Students throughout the university were invited to submit original poems surrounding the theme, “What Writing Means to Me.”
Johnson’s poem “Writing” was was published on the KUWC website. She also won a $25 Paw Pass, KUWC T-shirt, and will have her poem published in Shoofly and Lehigh Valley Vanguard magazine. Johnson is a Professional Writing Major.
By Antaneyah Johnson
Writing is a movement.
When a person’s fingers trace
on the blank piece of paper,
or type on the screen, getting rid of the blank space.
It becomes intense.
The way words have to form in the mind,
and the machines that are churning in your head.
The idea suddenly sparks like a firework,
and you have to catch it.
It contains information, frustrations,
happy moments, sad moments,
falling moments, and rising moments.
It is a friend that anyone can keep or share.
With each word that I place,
or type, I give life behind the meaning.
It is a door of multiple possibilities.
It is life itself.