Sample submission from a 14-year-old

We are very excited about this one, which has definitely made the cut. It shows emotion and vulnerability while being authentic. As a poem it has rhythm and is nicely crafted.

The Land of Mango Sunsets

I am from visits to tropical beaches

From dancing in the rain

damp sand between my toes

and mango-colored sunsets in my eyes


I am from the dawn chorus, waking me up for school

From murmurings of those up before me

the air conditioner breathing; the fan clicking

and my older sister playing her music loudly


I am from fried rice and noodles

Fragrant Southeast Asian smells

from the chemical scent of chlorine in the pool

and the muggy scent of monsoon-season rain


I am from all my friends I used to have

All my friends I left behind

from the ghost stories I’d borrow from the library

and the kindly librarians who helped me do so


I am from wishes, hopes, and dreams

fears, loves, and growing up

from happiness, anger, remorse, and everything in between

and writing it all down…


I am from summertime in Canada

loving the fruit and exotic appeal

wishing I would sometime live there

and then I did.


Now I wish I was back

in the land of mango sunsets

My passport says ‘Canadian’

but I know I’ll never be…


Yasmina, 14


About Jo Parfitt

Publisher at Summertime Publishing since 1997. Author of 32 books and publisher of 150 or so more (number grows every month). Mentor to hundreds of new writers. Specialises in producing books by and for people who live overseas. Books sold via and online bookstores. Offers a personal author mentoring service, supporting, editing and advising writers from brainwave to bookshelf and beyond. Additionally run and run writing workshops.
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3 Responses to Sample submission from a 14-year-old

  1. I´m so glad Yasmina wrote it down! Lovely. Oh I love mango´s and sunsets too, must be the African TCK part of me.

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