Sophomore Noah Jones reads his original poem, which won the LA Library Poetry Contest, in Friday Community Meeting.

Sophomore Noah Jones reads his original poem, In Peccato Sumus Homines, which won the LA Library Poetry Contest, in Friday Community Meeting.

Librarians Cathi Howell and Carol Jackson and their student Library Aides sponsored a poetry contest in April, which is National Poetry Month. 33 Lincoln Academy Students submitted poems, and of those, the Library Aides chose to honor the following student poets:

Julianna Preston for “The Folly of Dali” and Theodore Matel for “Lords Quietus” tied for second place. Honorable mention went to Audrey Harper for “And Thus My Heart Shall Not Belong to Thee,” Grace Sleeman and Abigail Thompson for their Untitled poems.

The winning poem was submitted by sophomore Noah Jones, who read his poem entitled “In Peccato Sumus Homines” as the opening reading at the LA Community Meeting on Friday, May 23. Congratulations to these accomplished student poets!

Noah Jones’s winning poem is printed below.

In Peccato Sumus Homines

by Noah Jones

 

“In the end you know desire will win”,

admits the preacher unto empty pews.

And in this we’re bound and made into kin

 

A snake, a garden, original sin:

The excuses all good Christians must use.

In the end you know desire will win

 

A chorus of beggars met with chagrin,

beg god to forgive the things they must do.

And in this we’re bound and made into kin

 

A king bows his head and hears broken hymns

and twists on his throne to say to his muse

“In the end you know, desire will win”

 

And the muse smiles as she takes this all in

and replies with what she knows to be true

“And in this we’re bound and made into kin”

 

So let this speech end the way it begins

and let the church bells ring out and amuse.

In the end you know desire will win,

and in this we’re bound and made into kin.