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OVERALL WINNER
Caitlin Canavan O'Driscoll

Music is the medicine of the mind

I like to sing along to 7 Rings,
When Mom and Dad are crying downstairs,
Over unpaid bills and adult things.
I ignore how only one of my earphones blares.
The other is frayed and silent.
I can feel the bitter chill when the oil runs out
And I can hear when the landlord comes by and things get violent,
The slam of his scrunched fists on the table and the scariness of his
shout.
“Lashes and diamonds, ATM machines,”
I wish I could pretend I knew what she meant,
Since cold nights on the street aren’t just in my dreams.
We have no home because we couldn’t pay rent.
Now I don’t want to be a millionaire.
I just want my home back, so I don’t have to be scared.

Author: Caitlin Canavan O’Driscoll.
Award: Overall Winner.
School: Mount Saint Michael, Rosscarbery.
Teacher: Sheila Jennings.


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