Vox Poetry Contest


This poem received an honorable mention in the “Sonnet” category in the 2024 Vox Poetry Contest.



by Ava Halter

Poems last longer than poets, a fact
In many libraries, they do reside
They share their dreams, their hopes the things they lack
In a hallowed hall, their whispers abide
They say, “Come my friends, stories to be told.”
“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”
In simple words, a story will unfold
The place love and romance don’t seem cliché
Words reflect and flood with creative thoughts
Soldiers they stood, marching through their crusade
Their convictions they try to get across
After years, their opinions stand, unswayed
Where star-crossed lovers dance across the lines
Where words flow and yet still meet the guidelines.

About the Poet: Ava Halter is a 2024 high school graduate pursuing an Illustration degree at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in the fall. With a love for poetry, Ava is inspired by renowned authors such as Seamus Heaney, Walt Whitman, and Henry David Thoreau. Ava aspires to blend visual art with written expressions.


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