Senior Creative Writing student Andre Hilliard was awarded “Best in School” for his poem, “From Birth” by the Carnegie Mellon University Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards. Andre attended the awards ceremony at CMU with his Creative Writing teacher Mr. John Danchisko, and Andre was honored alongside high school and university writers from around the region. Andre was presented with a plaque by CMU poetry professor Dr. Jim Daniels to commemorate the occasion.
“From Birth” is reprinted with permission below:
What is this white baby?
Birth from A caramel woman
Conceived by a male that has the complexion of Bark.
What is this, White?!
Color of freshly fallen snow, canvas for an artist.
What is this?
Created by night but came out bright like day.
God must of made him from spite, from my actions in life.
The meaning of him, drilled in a culture determined by his skin.
But his head held high, high enough to see the heavens.
Cuddled up in my arms.
Warm from all danger.
In a colorless body, in a colorful world. But something did have color
The red beating of his heart.
The green in his grassy eyes!
The peachy pink his marshmallow cheeks!
“What is this white baby.” as I smiled.