Poetic Power

A Creative Communication blog

Featured Student Writer: Albert Konotey Nii Adjin Sackey, III

on March 19, 2014

Konotey 2nd grade pictureAlbert was in 2nd grade at Hamilton Avenue School in Connecticut when his poem, “Family,” was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Spring 2013 national poetry contest.

Albert is a seven-year-old who loves his family.  Discussing his family, Albert explains, “They are really sweet and kind.  When I think about my family, I think about love.  I really love learning about the history of my family.  Half of my ancestors are from Africa, a quarter are from the U.S., and a quarter are from Europe.  Some of my ancestors were racist.  It is really hard for me to understand that so much of my family was racist.  I think racism is bad.  I think that since the end of slavery, it has been a painful struggle for all African Americans.  I think the racism that has happened since then is horrible.  It makes me upset to think that some of my ancestors were racist and even slave owners.  So, I decided to write a poem about that.  The first paragraph is about how nice my family is now and how much I love my family.  I know that not all of my family was perfect, so I did the second paragraph.  My mom and dad and all my immediate family really have inspired me to be proud of the person I am today.”

In the future, Albert would like to make the world a better place by stopping racism.  He plans to become a lawyer and fight to stop racism.  He is also going to run for President.  If that doesn’t work, he would like to be an inventor and invent a time machine.  Albert figures that maybe racism will be illegal in a thousand years, so he could help people travel to the future to when there is no racism. To read Albert’s winning poem, click here.

To learn more about our national writing contests, visit www.PoeticPower.com.


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