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.

 

Online school

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?”


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