Poem by UNL Atlanta Academy Senior, Zhane Simpkins, Receives Editor’s Choice Award from Teen Ink!

Congrats to Atlanta Academy Senior, Zhane, whose poem about her father recently received an Editor’s Choice Award from TeenInk.com! Zhane’s passions are writing, acting and directing. She is currently deciding on a college and has received numerous offers. Wherever she goes, we know her talent will shine! Check out her beautifully written poem below.

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Zhane Instagram-ImageCOMPLICATED, MY HEART IS OUT OF ORDER

I AM MORE THAN JUST A CONVICT’S DAUGHTER

 

DON’T SAY HE DOESN’T LOVE ME, HE JUST MADE A BAD CHOICE

QUIT TELLING ME HE’S A BAD PERSON, SEE NOW I HATE THE SOUND OF YOUR VOICE

 

HE WAS AT ALL OF MY OTHER GRADUATIONS, BUT THIS ONE HE MIGHT JUST MISS

ALL FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY, BOY DID HE TAKE A RISK

 

I LOVE MY GIFT FROM TIFFANYS AND OF COURSE I LOVE THE FUR

BUT THESE ARE ALL MATERIAL THINGS , I NEED YOU, MY FA-THER

 

YOU DON’T HAVE TO PUT HIM DOWN, HE’S BEEN KICKED HARD ENOUGH

BEING BEHIND BARS ALL THIS TIME, NOW THAT LIFE HAS TO BE TOUGH

 

I CLOSE MY EYES AND PRAY FOR HIS RELEASE

THEN I SIT AND MEDITATE TO GIVE MY SOUL SOME PEACE

 

I LOVE HIM MORE THAN WORDS COULD EVER EXPRESS

HE’S NOT PERFECT, BUT TO ME, HE IS THE BEST

 

THE MEMORIES OF HIM, I HOLD CLOSE TO MY HEART

WHEN HE GETS OUT OF JAIL THIS TIME, NO ONE WILL EVER TEAR US APART

 

Read Zhane’s full New Look story here!