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Xie, Cindy, “schizophrenia: A Sonnet” ; “Growing Older: Villanelle”

XIE, CINDY

Cindy Xie
Age: 13, Grade: 8

School Name: St Luke’s School, New York, NY
Educator: Caroline Muro

Category: Poetry

“schizophrenia: A Sonnet” ; “Growing Older: Villanelle”

Schizophrenia: a sonnet

You, gum, stuck to the outsole of my heel 
Do you know the pains of walking along?
Screams of constant stick, stuck mixes the way I feel;
 Years of dragging here there, oh how I long

For the gum to sleep, slump, and pause its speak!
To wake and attack my wanderlust soul.
You build up cities of muscles but weak; 
spies and secrets buried in pigeonholes.  

Hours upon hours—I have lost track.
I’m not dangerous, nor deadly. Please stop.
It is not the ability I lack,
It’s my head spinning like a top nonstop

The reality I work for, the life
The one you have—my absent muted mind

Growing Older: Villanelle

When did we forget the old dragonfly?
For the days will never lay down to rest
Ringing timers keep calling us to die

Once flying daily, to come home to pie
Then the first summer… got the best of him
When did we forget the old dragonfly?

You never thought you’d see them say goodbye
Forgot your nest and now you are depressed 
Ringing timers keep calling us to die

Once Roaring 20’s, now watching time fly 
Sometimes being excited is a test; 
When did we forget the old dragonfly?

Wise with wisdom, protecting his pond. Why?
Laid some eggs, now for your one last request. 
Ringing timers keep calling us to die

Do you remember when you’d laugh and sigh,
“Is this forever?” and stare with such zest
Settle down, water splash, turn to the sky
“When did we forget the old dragonfly?”