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2020 Contest Winners

Patriotism

2021

Poetry Contest

Theme

A short message from out poetry Judge

Kathy Mellor

While it is an honor to judge the poetry submitted, it is also tremendously difficult to look at all the work and heart that went into each one and deem one better than another. I commend all the participants for their excellence, it is no small thing to bare your soul on paper. My hope is that whether or not you won, you continue putting pen to paper and develop your gift for sharing thoughts and feelings through poetry.

Grand Prize Winner

Reagan Dregge

Minnesota

Adult

Nessie

The Loch Ness Monster's

shape was born

In shadow-shrouded chasms

Long thought to haunt the

misty deeps

Of cold and lightless fathoms

Some say she is a

fairy beast

A figment spun from tales

While others claim a

dinosaur

Or remnant kin of whales

Myths multiply and

theories mount

But just the other day

I watched her swallow

up the sun

Then wink and float away!

2nd

Elena 

14 years old

Utah

 

A Plea to the King

How could the earth be a boring abyss

With all the people such as this:

The soldiers who never say a word?

Or the dancer whose music is always heard?

What of the storyteller whose shows are worthwhile,

Bringing to the children smile upon smile?

Or the workers who seem not to have names

Yet always have time for the children’s games?

Or the little toddlers with two left feet

Who follow their parents like little lost sheep?

They might seem like stepping stones in the ground.

But with them here the earth is crowned.

Not with the metal that you may believe

But with all of the things that they can achieve.

So, I ask of thee- right here, right now,

If thou wilt hear my pleaded vow;

To see the world as it really should be

Not things in the way of thy decree.

And while they need not show their worth-

(As that has been useless since their birth),

I ask of thee, O’ King O’ Mine,

If thou wilt see this as a sign-

 

To have error is human and that's all we can be,

To change is divine so that's what I ask of thee.

1st

Elaena 

13 years old

Virginia

The Still River

The river is still,
as still as a painting,
yet just as a painting,
it is full of motion.
Upon the still river,
the round orb like shape of the Moon,
leading the stars
like a shepherd leads his sheep.
Then once a month,
when the shepherd goes to sleep,
the stars twinkle
and dance across the night sky.
Then, when the night turns to day,
the sun appears, a fiery maiden,
her golden hair rippling behind her.
Her dress and shoes made of gold,
riding in a orange chariot
pulled by fiery birds,
leading her army of clouds
against the armies of rain.
Just as they start to win the battle,
her own forces betray, and banish her.
All this reflected on the still river.

3rd

Kathryn  

9 years old

Arkansas 

He is Coming

When the sky is dark,

And the thunder claps.

He is coming.

 

When the trees tremble,

And the earth quakes.

He is coming.

 

When the wind whirls,

And the rain falls.

He is coming.

 

When the rain stops falling,

And the earth stops quaking.

He has come.

Published Poets

Adult

Reagan Dregge

Minnesota

Nessie (Grand Prize Winner)

Faith

Melissa Crowther

Utah

Sanctuary

Winter's Wait

Juliette Hiller

Oh, Smiling Moon

Middle School

Elena - 13 years old

Virginia

A Still River

Grace - 13 years old

Nevada

Opportunity

Caden - 12 years old

South Korea

My Sweet Little Sister

Teen

Elena

14 years old

Utah

A Plea to the King

Lily

17 years old

Louisiana

Quarantine

Adison 

14 years old

Utah

When Imagination Takes Role

Elementary

Kathryn - 9 years old

Arkansas 

He is Coming

Cayden - 10 years old

Indiana

A Seed I Sow

Jordan - 9 years old

Winter

Authors Pick

Kylie - 10 years old

Texas 

Deadly Dreams

Isla - 11 years old

ZAMBIA

The Killamanine

Cambry - 12 years old

Virginia

Seaside ABC's

Max - 5 years old

AUSTRALIA

Best of the Best

These poems will also

be published

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