GLENDALE -- Glendale and Clark Magnet high schools dominated this
year's All District Lions Club High School Poetry competition.
Twenty-five students from Glendale, Clark, Hoover, Daily and Crescenta
Valley highs competed in the annual event.
Five winners were chosen: Jeffrey Thompson of Glendale High and Regina
Varsh of Clark tied for the first and second spot, Cristina Frankian of
Clark and Elizabeth Cooke of Glendale tied for third and fourth and
Rebeca Medina of Glendale took fifth place.
Glendale High School won the overall competition.
The following is the complete text of Jeffrey Thompson's winning poem:
A prodigy, that's what everybody said,/But now on a beach he lies
dead;/An enemy bullet lodged in his head.
He graduated high school as valedictorian,/Ready to study at Harvard
to be a historian,/ But the drums of war became very loud,/ And my friend
and I left to "make our nation proud."
We signed our names and boarded a train,/To boot camp we went for six
weeks of pain,/And then onto a ship we went right away;/With nothing but
ocean, day after day./
At last we were ordered to hit an enemy shore;/A victory, it was said,
would win the war./I wrote three more letters to my mother that
night./And we re-checked our equipment 'til the first break of light./
My friend and I boarded a landing craft,/And I thought with dread, it
was just a raft./ The navy guns opened up onto the shore,/As I prayed
once again for what was in store./
As we crossed the waves as fast as we could,/I heard the low humming
of bullets biting wood./Th next thing I knew I was thrown towards the
sky./ Oh no! Oh no! Was I going to die?
The next thing I remember I was dragged across the sand,/I know it
felt good to be back on dry land./I looked up and saw my savior, my
friend./ He said, 'Don't worry, it's nothin', this isn't the end.'/
In a flash a red he fell on his back;/ Becoming just another casualty
of the attack./He saved my life that day, do you know?/He forever became
my greatest hero./
I too died on that day,/Seeing my friend being carted away./ As he is
being buried, I would just like to say:/ War causes hate, hate causes
war;/ It can't be tolerated any more!/