Congratulations to the Poetry Contest Winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual Poetry Contest!  We had a blast at the awards ceremony and look forward to what you will be submitting next year.  Curious about who won in each category?  Here you go:

3rd-6th Grade Category:

1st place:  Sara S. for her poem, "Adoption"
2nd place:  Augustine R., for his poem, "The Computer"
3rd place:  Ellie M., for her poem, "A Sonnet for the Moon"
Honorable mentions:  Jeevan S. for "True Friendship" and Sarah E. for "Rain?"

7th-8th Grade Category:

1st place:  Marina R., for her poem, "Untitled"
2nd place:  Payton P., for his poem, "Beauty"
3rd place:  Elena S., for her poem, "Leave It Behind"
Honorable mentions:  Mary D., for "The Dark Cloud" and Randen B., for "Crashing Waves"

9th-12th Grade Category:

1st place:  Alyssa V., for "Untitled"
2nd place:  Juliette Z., for her poem, "The Lesser Known Compositions of a Human Being"
3rd place:  Elizabeth C., for her poem, "Angel Warriors"
Honorable mentions:  Maria M., for "Broken Hearted" and Elizabeth M. for "Empty Book"

Adult Category:

1st place:  Andrea F., for "Ripe"
2nd place:  Donald H., for "Sizzle"
3rd place:  Abigail S., for her poem "Dry Rain"
Honorable mentions:  Barbara J., for "Way Beyond Smelt" and Stephen B., for his poem, "Children's Christmas Parade"

Thank You to All Who Submitted Poems!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual Poetry Contest!  Your submissions will be sent to the judges and the winners will be notified. The three best poems from each of four age groups will be awarded Target gift cards.  All entrants may choose to read their poem at the Awards Ceremony at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Saturday, May 30th from 2-4pm.

Deep Within

As we part ways
In the midst of my days
The words we hold
The one we told
The fear I brave
And we will live til the grave
Deep within, bold and true
It says, I love you
Deep within, I feel it
The fire that you lit
Deep within it rises
Holding on to life's prizes
We stand hand in hand
Going to our promised land
Deep within, bold and true
It says I love you.

-- J. Ezra H., 13


S unshine escaping from the cracks in the clouds
P etals blooming in fluorescent bushes
R iding bicycles to your friend’s house
I gnoring those pesky mosquitoes, because you’re having too much fun
N ight falls with a bright, peachy sky
G orgeous spring

-- Riley R., 12


You used to be
A beacon of light
Protection from
The darkness
Of the world
Your eyes
The cerulean hue
Of the seven seas
And they seemed to
Quench all thirst

But one day
A tremor cracked
Your shimmering skin
And your irises grew
Dull and lifeless
Then you shattered
Into a million pieces
Bits of you
Lighting up
The black sky

And that was when
I realized the beauty
In even the greatest loss
For you had become
A phoenix
Rising from the ashes
And spreading your wings
To the farthest reaches
Of the universe

And in the newly lit galaxy
I swear I saw
Two cerulean eyes
Winking at me
In the distance

-- Payton P., 13