Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Young Poets' Winning Words

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Young Poets' Winning Words

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Every year, when the entries start pouring in to the Monitor's Young Poets Contest, the editors are as excited as the young people who've entered their work. In the hundreds and hundreds of poems we read, we see so much creativity and originality. It's inspiring!

Thanks to everyone who entered, and congratulations to the seven top winners, which were chosen by poet Elizabeth Lund.

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Two butterfly wingsWhiteWith gentle streaks of blueSpreading out. Dark metal bodyGlitteringIn the morning sunLet her flyWith the imprintThe memory of wordsWritten on the thinDelicate whiteWith veins of blueSoaringThrough the infinite space of thoughtRiding the breezesOf imagination,DriftingFrom flowerTo bright- colored flowerOf budding words,IdeasSpeckling the whiteBlue- streaked wingsWith dustOf a lead pencilMarking the pathsOf its travelsMichal GoderezAmherst, Mass.8th gradeMy FFA Jacket

In this lives meEach stitch a memoryEvery wrinkle an experienceIts form molded to a perfect fitAt the touch of its corduroyConfidence is pumped through my veinsMy horizon is endlessWhen I look through into its blue and goldThough I will always remember What has happened in my jacketAs it slips down off my shouldersA part of my soul is hung in the closetMichelle MillerKalispell, Mont.12th gradeWinterdream

My mind is the only placeWhere I can trot across A snowy driveway.In my mindI can scoop up precious snowflakesAnd consume their forceful cold.In my mindMy dad asks me to shovel the walkwayBut I don't mind one bit.In my mindThere is always need for hot cocoaWith plenty of whipped cream.In my mindMy cheeks are always a deep and powerful pink.In my mindI must venture outside to findThe best firewood from the stack.In my mindI can make snow angels forever.But in San Diegoall I've got are sunny skies And lovely weather. …

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