Stack the bricks on top of each other, Make a wall across the kingdom, Now, flatten the land, And plow the fields, These will be your food for the kingdom, Select a man to be the guard, Strong and fearsome, And, decide the rest of the roles, The lowly ones, Crooked teeth, dirty hands, They harvest your food supply. Recruit men to become knights, Trained killers. Stealing all life that threatens your kingdom, Build armor and swords for the knights, Finally, the most important decision, The throne. Construct it big and golden. Glorify yourself. Start building.
"Feudal Construction" was the winner of our 2017 Stephen Bonga Award for High School Students (Poetry)
Rory is a senior at Detroit Catholic Central High School in Novi, Michigan. He is the captain of his school’s wrestling team and started writing poetry for enjoyment his freshman year of high school. He hopes to attend the United States Naval Academy next fall in order to achieve his dream of becoming a Marine Corps officer.