Three years ago,
nature put on a good show.
From Hurricane Irma to coronavirus,
My mum was considering moving to Cyprus.
Although there are ups and downs,
I love this place, that’s why I’m still around.
The things I could have changed
Were probably my grades,
Those hit my family just like grenades.
Over the long period of quarantine,
I changed from a child to a teen.
Definitely wasn’t cool.
A lot has happened in this day and age:
Mission impossible — disengage!
Some things I wish I could change,
These strange things I could rearrange.
Something small like Santa’s list,
I want no more guns, not even a fist,
Something on sale I wish I could resist!
The world makes bad decisions,
Our ideas brought us in a sad collision,
We could have been in a good position,
But now we’ve got one big mission,
Mission impossible now engage!
Regardless of age, gender or race,
Let’s make the world a better place.
The past years have been a show,
But now it’s just for me to applaud and go
I want to be able to write a poem
About how much this world has grown
But for right now this is what I would have done,
Three years ago.
Rush was one of the winners of the Nook Young Writer Awards in June in the age 13-18 category. The above poem was written on the prompt “If you could travel back in time three years, what advice would you give your younger self and why?”