Northview High School Names First Official Poet

A poem about embracing the moment has earned Jessica Swanson an honor for the next school year. The Northview High School junior has been named that school’s first Poet Laureate. She was chosen by English department teachers after AP Literature students narrowed 16 student poems entered down to just three. 

Jessica’s job as Poet Laureate will be to promote poetry in any way she likes during the 2013-14 school year. Northview faculty members will be asking her to come talk to their classes or write a poem for a special occasion.

Following is the poem for which Jessica was chosen.Jessica Swanson is Northview High School's first Poet Laureate


I took today and cupped it in my hand

felt the clock push time in between my fingers

realized I had lost so many seconds

as they dribbled down the cracks

Had I been happy?

Could that balance out the moments I had wasted?

I know where I am headed

the Future

A lifetime.

But Now…

I am missing Now.

I keep trying to push forward

but chasing forward is running to death

I need to catch my breath

But I can’t breathe underwater.

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Charles Honey
Charles Honey is a freelance writer and former columnist for The Grand Rapids Press/ As a reporter for The Press from 1985 to 2009, his beats included Grand Rapids Public Schools, local colleges and education issues. Honey served as editor of The Press’ award-winning Religion section for 15 years. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today magazine, Religion News Service and the Aquinas College alumni magazine. Read Charles' full bio or email Charles.


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