Rukmini Kalamangalam seemed to summon the moody, gray sky into position as she spoke the first few words of her winning poem, "After Harvey."
Standing on the rooftop garden of her Carnegie Vanguard High School, the 16-year-old senior proved why she's the city's newest youth poet laureate.
Her words told the story of the city's collective headache and fear about the endless rain that fell in the days after Hurricane Harvey.
"We held our breath. Tried not to imagine what it would feel like to be drowning again," she spoke with a powerful melody.