Editor's Note: For the first time in the history of the San Mateo County Fair, a 300-page anthology has been published that includes more than 100 stories, poems and essays from writers who submitted award-winning work for the fair's literary contest. The idea was the brainchild of Bardi Rosman Koodrin, a San Bruno resident who runs the fair's literary contest, and the anthology, titled "Carry the Light," features work from many Peninsula writers.
This poem is about learning to overcome problems, and carrying hopes and dreams.
From p. 70, "Carry the Light"
In times of hardships
that pull at your heart,
like a thousand whips
tearing you apart,
You wonder as tears
run down your face,
Is there still hope, light to cheer?
Stand up now, and at your own pace,
Carry the light;
Your beliefs and your hope,
and your dreams just might
leap from their rickety tightrope
and into reality.
Now it’s all in plain sight,
so let yourself free
and carry the light.
Excerpted from "Carry the Light" with the permission of Sand Hill Review Press, the publisher. The book is available for purchase for $12 on Amazon.com.
Cheyenne Wiseman is 13 years old and currently attends Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School in Palo Alto. She enjoys writing, going on walks and playing with her three cats.