MASON — A poem, “Do You Know?” written by a Wahama High School student about mental illness, has been published by the American Library of Poetry.
Ashley Adams, a junior at Wahama, wrote the poem last year and was encouraged by her English teacher to enter the poetry contest. Adams was notified she was a winner a few months ago and recently received the book in which her poem is published, titled “Eloquence.”
“I thoroughly enjoy writing,” Adams said. “English is definitely my favorite subject.”
This was Adams’ first attempt at writing poetry, and she stated she was “really surprised” when she received the letter that she had won. The student said less than 20 percent of the entries received were published.
The daughter of Trinity Deneca and Shannon Adams, Ashley carries a 4.4 grade point average and hopes to attend an Ivy League college to study psychiatry. She is active in National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and the Farmers Bank Junior Board of Directors.
Adams’ winning poem is below:
“Do You Know?”
“Do you know how I feel?/Do you see as I see?/Because if you do, I pray for you mentally./I’ve had enough of this pain rushing through my head,/It’s burning, hurting, causing me dread./What’s a smile?/Just merely a disguise, or maybe nothing but blissful lies?/My words are sad, filled with misery and pain./Words that had once pierced my heart and filled it with ache./I assure now, my words are loud and clear./Something that can only be understood if you knew this fear./Now tell me now, do you know how I feel?/Do you see as I see?/Because if you do, I pray for you mentally.”
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing and lives in Mason County.