A.J Minor holds his poem which recently made him a finalist in the Worldwide Poetry Movement contest. Also the president of Junior Inspirations, Minor’s poem will be published in an international poetry anthology.
|I've felt the same damn way for most of my life,|
No reason to live,
No reason to fight,
But then I found you,
Yeah my thought process stayed,
But it's like I got recharged,
I had this feeling that you cared for...
I had this feeling that you loved...
Of all people,
The one who never got the bat of an eye,
Or even the turn of a head,
Yeah we've both had it bad,
We know it to be true,
But since it's just between me and you,
Let's stick together till the end of time,
Windin' each other up and making each other fine,
What do you say?
'Cause now I need a wind,
'Cause I'm feelin' kinda down and I need to hear your sweet chimes.
By: Aaron J. M. D. Minor
WILLIAMS - Nowadays, almost everyone logs on to Facebook religiously, but in doing so probably doesn't expect a unique opportunity to showcase their talent.
Not the case with Williams High School student A.J. Minor.
An advertisement for an international poetry contest lead to Minor submitting his first poem to the online contest.
"I was writing in my notes and I looked off to the side where the listings are, saw it, clicked on it and it took me to the World Poetry Movement," Minor said. "I was reading through it, and they said there were 116 prizes and this, that and the other. I went for it."
Minor entered the poetry contest, thinking it would be "kind of cool" to see what would happen, and never expected to hear back.
A month later, he was a finalist in the contest, with his poem selected to be included in an international anthology.
"It was kind of random, I didn't expect it to happen," he said. "I'd submitted it a month earlier and I didn't think I was going to be getting anything in the mail. I opened it up and found out it was going to be going to the Library of Congress. I had the number of where it was going to be and everything."
Minor describes his style of poetry like rap, unique from other forms of poetry. His poem, he said, will be in a large poetry compilation, located at the Library of Congress.
"This poem that I wrote was inspired by a text message that I got while working at Bearizona. It was early in the morning, I had gotten a message at around 3 a.m. I woke up at 7 a.m., read my message and that's what came out of it."
Minor said the book would contain work by poets from all across the world, along with a short biography. The official poetry contest ends Oct. 1.
According to their website, The World Poetry Movement organization provides a worldwide forum for creative self-expression and sponsors a comprehensive series of lectures, seminars, classes, conventions, publications and contests that are designed to nurture and promote the most soulful form of communication known to mankind.
The World Poetry Movement has worked to foster an appreciation for the art of poetry. Their mission, according to their website, is to encourage as many people as possible to create and share poetry.
Over the past 15 years, the Managing Directors have awarded over $250,000 in cash and prizes to previously undiscovered poetic talent. They are also responsible for the creation of the World's Largest Poem for Peace that included contributions from President Bill Clinton, The Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and tens of thousands of other poets from over 70 nations.
For more information about the World Poetry Movement visit www.worldpoetrymovement.com or Facebook on www.facebook.com/World-Poetry-Movement.