We are very excited to announce that Dora Kadish (Class of 2014) has just been announced as the winner of the 2013 Ruth Berrien Fox Award, an annual poetry contest which is open for all high school students in Massachusetts. This contest has been held by the New England Poetry Club, in connection with the Longfellow National Historical Site in Cambridge, for the past six years, and Ms. Kadish marks the first time a Burlington student has been recognized for her submissions. Ms. Kadish will surely be pleased to know that the New England Poetry Club currently has Seamus Heaney, X. J. Kennedy, Derek Walcott and Helen Vendler on its contest consulting staff, so there is a chance that her work has now been read by some true literary giants. Her award carries with it a $100 prize. Congratulations, Dora! And now, we proudly present her winning poem, The Price For Eyes.
The Price for Eyes
by Dora Kadish
You can only look forward.
But that’s because you don’t have eyes in the back of your head.
Aren’t you glad you don’t?
Aren’t you glad you don’t have to constantly stare at your mistakes?
Live in the moments of embarrassment
Of stupid choices
Of those depressing, dark times
When your smile would never quite reach your eyes.
So why do we find ourselves turning around so often,
Staring our memories in the face?
Why are we so intent on
figuring out why we are the way we are?
Why not turn our eyes in the proper direction
And use them for what they were designed?
To look ahead!