Citizen Writer Challenge
In Verse Winners
Writing songs or poems is a creative, powerful way to express an opinion, convey an emotion, send a message, or tell a story. Through folk songs, raps, country music, spoken word and other genres, songwriters and poets have used their words to protest, to unite, and to inspire listeners and readers. Sometimes these works are straightforward and their meanings are clear. For example, "We Shall Overcome" is a powerful anthem that was very popular during the Civil Rights Era of the 1950s and 1960s.
Other songs and poems use imagery and symbols to convey their messages, like the folk song "This Land is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie or the bilingual poem "From the Belly Button of the Moon" by Francisco Alarcon. Write a song or a poem that tells a story or expresses your opinion about something important to you. Include lots of details to convey your message. (Minimum length: three stanzas or three verses). Optional: You can include an audio file of you performing your song or reading your poem.