Our Poetry Contest Winners

Back in October, we invited "Kidspace" readers to send in poems for this year's young people's poetry contest. And send you did - more than 1,100 poems in all. We were delighted.

Poems came from all regions of the United States, in both structured and free verse. Many people wrote about nature; others wrote about their favorite activities or their neighborhoods. Thanks to everyone who entered!

The poetry was reviewed by three judges: Diana Der-Hovanessian, president of the New England Poetry Club; Steven Ratiner, a poet who works with many schools in the Boston area; and Elizabeth Lund, the Monitor's poetry editor. We hope you'll send in poems for next year's contest, too.

Black

Black, you are the color

of my people

The black and white

movies of our parents' past

Black, you are midnight

sweeping over the land

The black tip of a pencil

The wet nose of

a dog

The dark place

where the stars stay at night

Charlinda Ann Brewster

Grade 5

Minneapolis, Minn.

Butterflies of snow

hit

a tinted window

Jessica TeSelle

Grade 5

Denver, Colo.

What Is the Name

It's the water dripping on steel,

It's the phone ringing in the dark,

It's the crickets on a warm spring night,

It's the clock ticking away midnight,

It's the lamp swaying back and forth

to cast its frightening shadows,

It's the wind outside to tell you a tale of storm and rain.

Its name

is noise -

I would have called it

music.

Brandee Hansen

Grade 5

Provo, Utah

Car Ride at Night

Dark night, bright lights

Shimmery trucks passing by

Street lights shining high

Yellow, white, pretty lights

Happy sleepy car ride.

Zzzzzzzz

Peter Lepper

Age 4

Newark, Ohio

Bike Riding

My feet rise off the planet

peddling the wheels of steel

that sparkle as they spin me

through open space.

I feel like winding to

galaxies farther than the sun

where bikes are satellites

orbits never done.

Dennis Martin Dunne

Grade 6

North Bergen, N.J.

The Cat

Night.

Cat.

Curled like a steel trap.

Muscles flexing.

Crouching.

Waiting to strike.

Movement.

Green eyes flicker.

Pounce.

Silent landing.

Nothing.

Sam Howe

Grade 6

Belmont, Mass.

Falling

Snow is falling

ever so

slowly

as the

sun is

setting,

the

darkness

falls,

falls,

falls,

the

children's

eyes are

closing,

ever so

slowly,

hand

in

hand

we go,

and now

the moon

falls,

falls,

falls.

Chelsea Jones

Grade 7

Fletcher, N.C.

Jet trails in the sky

Look like rainbows waiting

To be colored in.

Ben Lepper

Grade 3

Newark, Ohio

Geese

Geese flying,

Flying south,

They know,

They are wise,

Cold winter coming soon.

Fly,

Fly fast,

Fly away,

Stay until spring,

Cold winter coming soon.

Ice,

Cold ice,

Thick ice covering the pond,

Insects gone, fish gone, geese going,

They know,

They are wise,

Cold winter coming soon.

Geese flying,

Flying north,

They know,

They are wise,

Warm spring coming soon.

Fly,

Fly fast,

Fly home,

Stay until winter,

Warm spring coming soon.

Anna Jackson

Grade 6

East Ryegate, Vt.

Sunshine

On rainy days

Over a hill

Beyond the schools

Down the street

Up a hill

Around the trash cans

Is a house

Through the door

Up the stairs

Within a room

By the window

I wait

Jeffrey McVey

Grade 6

San Diego, Calif.

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