Ronit Das is currently in 7th grade and was the youngest finalist in the 2020 Housing Leadership Council Youth Poetry Competition. His work is published in the anthology, I Have a Dream: Inaugural Poems for a New Generation (2021). He is also featured in the program, “Celebrating Young Poets,” produced by The Midpen Media Center and in “Breathe,” a Youth & Ecopoetry Project funded by The Academy of American Poets and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Poem on Belonging
We stand here the present day Thanks to those here long before We changed a lot from back all the way When we didn’t have smartphones and more The people then shaped us now More than we could ever know The ones before us who would plow Through the trouble for us to grow Their work for us Our work for the next We can give a food surplus Make their lives less complex And we will continue to grow As the join together, connect And we will together know Or find out at least, what's next?
Copyright © 2022 by Ronit Das. Used with permission of the author.