Document Type

Student Paper

Publication Date

Spring 2021


Creative Writing | Mental and Social Health | Poetry

Description, Abstract, or Artist's Statement

This poem was written as a direct response to the 22nd Vasquez Valarezo Award theme of "Discontentment." Breaking the noun "Discontentment" into its components parts allowed me to explore of the emotions and mental health states experienced by myself and my community during the "COVID summer" of 2020. Each of the poem's stanzas encourages readers to contemplate different emotional stages and the various coping mechanisms they may demand in order to regain a sense of control and stability. The poem also alludes to the value of a strong community during times of crisis, in particular the international student community of Augustana College.


3rd Place Winner, 2021