This year’s Walk on Words poetry contest was themed Sister Cities to celebrate the relationship of the Association of Sister Cities in Palmdale with the Comité de Cuidades Hermanas in Poncitlán, Mexico, since 1974. The annual poetry contest was held in April to coincide with National Poetry Month and invited poets to submit their poems in Spanish or English. A panel of six judges, fluent in both languages, reviewed and scored 30 submissions.
The winning poem was written by Zsanette Osawaru and is presented in English and Spanish for your enjoyment.
The poem was stamped in concrete at Poncitlán Square with a public unveiling on September 19, 2023. The event was attended by a delegation from Poncitlán, Palmdale’s sister city in Jalisco, Mexico
The winning poem:
Un cielo tan brillante Una tierra que florece Dos ciudades conectadas Nuestra hermandad crece De Palmdale hasta Jalisco Mis afectos con ti estan Hermanos hasta el fin Querida Poncitlán
Such a bright sky a land that flourishes Two connected cities Our sisterhood grows From Palmdale to Jalisco My affections are with you Sisters to the end Dear Poncitlán