Third Place

If my tears fall in a forest
does anyone hear my cries?
Can anyone feel the pain I live,
can anyone read my mind?
I'm dying inside.

Your sobs have been my bedroom
and your flesh has been my pillow
I've been waiting in sleep
for you to offer up the deep,
and you disappoint me
I'm dying inside.

If my screams echo in a forest
can anyone see my tears?
If anyone can hear me,
hear this
I'm dying inside.

Students at the Birch Wathen Lenox School:
Arielle Chavkin, Lauren Meadow, Evan Seiden, Zoe Kellner,
Vanessa Packer, Danielle Brennan, Christine Sienty,