Poetic Power

A Creative Communication blog

Featured Student Writer: Christopher Johnson

on August 15, 2017

Christopher is a Top Ten Winner for our fall 2016 national poetry contest chris1for his poem “A Father’s Sacrifice.”

My name is Christopher Johnson; I am 14 years old, and attend Kenneth Cooper Middle School in Oklahoma. What inspired me to write “A Father’s Sacrifice” was just watching what my dad did for me throughout my life. Since I was a little boy, all I saw my dad ever do is work and work without ever stopping, but somehow he still had time for me. From my birthday’s to even just going to the mall to see a movie, he always made time for me. One time when it was his birthday (which is one day out of the year where I finally get to give back and let him have his own day) instead of him getting what we wanted, he made sure that I had everything I needed first. He’s always put me first no matter the time or place, he also protects me with his life, and never gives up on me. I do sometimes feel like I am the luckiest boy in the world to have such a great dad in my life to learn from and to have a male role model to get inspiration from a lot of my friends don’t have what I have. I want to grow up to be just like him strong, independent, but also caring for others. If you could see the look on my dad’s face when he saw my poem was in the Top Ten Winners, I knew he was proud of me.

chris and teacherI have achieved a lot in my short life; I took the ACT at the age of 12. I am taking a 10th grade math course right now, and I am in National Junior Honor Society. This achievement is my most recent one. I do plan to go to culinary school, but not in Oklahoma. I want to go to New York to attend the ICE institute of Culinary Education with my grandparents who live there. I’ve always loved cooking and watching other people cook like Gordon Ramsey. I want to own my own restaurant someday but, first I will go to college to get a degree.

One of my main inspirations from my school was my English teacher Ms. Kinder. I’m so grateful that I got to share this achievement with her because I know it really meant a lot to her and made her proud but, without her I don’t think I would have had the courage to submit my poem and I really do thank her for giving me the courage to do it. She’s always inspired me to be great and that I will do great things in the future. Ms. Kinder was just been a very big part of my life and I don’t know what I’d do without her.

I am very honored to have been picked Top Ten from Creative Communications and I hope that I can keep on succeeding and doing what I put my mind to, because the first step of achieving any goal is to believe in yourself and work hard. That’s what I plan to do with the rest of my life and maybe teach others how to too because some people have the ability to be great, but they are only holding themselves back from greatness.

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