And the winners are....

Back in November, we invited "Kidspace" readers to send in poems for our third annual young people's poetry contest. And send you did - more than 1,200 poems in all. We

were delighted.

Poems came from all regions of the United States, in both free verse and various forms. Many wrote about the seasons or the natural world; others wrote about love and relationships. A few chose to write about history or world events.

The poetry was reviewed by Diana Der-Hovanessian, president of the New England Poetry Club; Steven Ratiner, a poet who works in the Boston area; and Elizabeth Lund, the Monitor's poetry editor.

The judges were impressed with how many of this year's entries used rhythm and repetition well. There's a subtle music to many of the poems on these pages. We hope you'll enjoy reading them - and we hope you'll send in poems for next year's contest, too.

THE WIND

When the wind blows

quiet things speak.

Some whisper, some clang,

and some creak.

Grasses swish,

treetops sigh,

flags snap

and slap in the sky.

Wires on the poles

whistle and hum.

Trash cans roll,

windows drum.

When the wind stops

what happens then?...

All the quiet things

are quiet again.

Sara Sun Tranmer Goellner

Grade 8

Sarona, Wis.

AUTUMN

red and orange

paint chips fall

off the canvas

Georgia Brown

Grade 6

Denver, Colo.

DRIFTING

Don't fade away

dear horse.

Where are you going?

Only to find

a mysterious shape.

What? What's that?

A dragon.

No, an angel.

Fly away.

To become what now?

Drifting.

Plain.

A cloud.

That's all.

Carly Sakolove

Grade 7

Hingham, Mass.

WHITE

White, white, simple and bright

Hail

Like a bride's veil

White is see-through fog on a misty day

White stars gleaming late at night

White fluffy snow, cold

You know the white makes it glow

White is the sound of glory

And the mourning dove

White is the sound of love

Jenny Stephens

Grade 3

Harpswell, Maine

CITY RAIN

overcast oppressive humid

they wander

they run

they loosen ties

they button coats

they remember last night

they think about the meeting soon

they hurry on their ways

spray drops fog

they smile

they frown

they look up at the sky

they hide under awnings

they stick out their tongues

they take out umbrellas

they dash behind doors

drizzle steam wet

they sigh

they yawn

they wonder how long it lasted

they hope it won't start again

they linger just a little longer

they wipe steam from their windows

they move on again and forget

Sara Sanford

Grade 8

Gaithersburg, Md.

BRIGHT LIGHT

Bright lights, silent night

Shiny stars, sparkle bright

Crystal angels twinkle high

Lighting up the winter sky.

Topher Larsen

Kindergarten

Hingham, Mass.

ONE SMALL FINGER

a Holocaust poem

One small finger never meant so much,

Now it pins a star

Stand or bow, bow or stand...

One small finger never meant so much,

Now it pulls you away

Run or follow, follow or run...

One small finger never meant so much,

Now it locks a cage

Hope or despair, despair or hope...

One small finger never meant so much,

Now it chooses your future

Right or left, left or right...

One small finger never meant so much,

Now it beckons your family

Live or die, die or live...

One small finger never meant so much,

Now it turns the shower knob

Gas or water, water or gas

One small finger never meant so much,

Now it pulls a trigger

Hit or miss, miss or hit...

One small finger never meant so much,

Now it liberates you

Freedom or subjection, subjection or freedom...

One small finger never meant so much,

Now it opens a door

Truth or lies, lies or truth

One small finger never meant so much,

Now it turns a page

Learn or deny, deny or learn...

One small finger never meant so much,

Now it holds the memories

Share or keep, keep or share...

One small finger never meant so much,

Now it balances the world

War or peace, peace or war...

Never again

Sara Wade

Grade 10

Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

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