Young Poets, Winning Words

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What a joy it is to announce the winners of our 10th annual Young Poets Contest. We received more than 1,000 entries from students in the United States and from many countries around the world. We were impressed with the high quality. Congratulations to all who entered!

Elizabeth Lund, a poet who served as judge, had a difficult time choosing the winners, but finally settled on the eight printed on these pages as the most creative and original. We will send copies of today's newspaper to the winners, along with a special certificate and an "I'm a poet" button. Those of you who sent us a stamped, self-addressed envelope for the poetry button will receive it next month.

Thanks again, everyone! Look for the announcement of the next Young Poets Contest in the fall.

Waterslides

I plop inAnd get the signal.Go.I push off,Like a squirrel from a tree.It begins.I sway, back and forth,Dipping,Turning.Under one moment,I gasp the next.Suddenly jet-blackI plunge,Unknowingly.Then materializing,I am blinded.I hit a wall,Under once more.I slow, Swirling.I surface.It's finished. Excited, I rush back,For just one more ride.

Luke BarthelmessSt. Louis8th grade

Laura the Jump-Roping Queen

L is for Laura, lollipops, and laughterA is for Anna, the sister I came after1 Hip 2 skip 3 hop-scotching.U is for Underdog, my super swing heroR is for rings and things sitting on my bureau4 slide 5 ride 6 sledding with SantaA is for ABCs, 123s, and Do-Re-Me's

Laura MackWaitsfield, Vt.12th grade

Melanie

A friend to meMy book readerLikes candyGives hugsAnd kissesThe best teacher in the whole wide worldWe are allowed to call her Mrs. Maiola

Jack WhalenMarshfield, Vt.1st grade

A Phoenix

A year is a phoenix,Fiery bright,Energies spark,Dreams take flight.From cold ash,A tiny bird,In spring's warmthIts song is heard.Blossoms on trees,A fledgling grows,Flowers to leaves,Fire flows.Summer's heat,Dancing flames,Freedom and spirit,Never tames. …

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