POETRY WINNERS IN GROUP 3
Not because we are weak,
But because we have been strong for too long.
Not because we are musicians,
But because we want to be free.
Not because we are ballerinas,
But because we cannot fly.
Not because we are happy,
But because it hurts us too badly to cry.
Not because we are old,
But because we feel it is impossible to stay alive.
ME WITHOUT YOU
A Plane that doesn’t Fly, A Year without July, A Stream
which became Dry. A Match without Fire, A Circuit
without the Wire, A Car without a Tire. Shoes without
Laces, A Sentence without Spaces, A Nerd without
Braces. A Phone without a Dial, A Face without a Smile, A
Clock without a While. Socks without feet, Fire without
Heat, A Heart missing its Beat………
I often think, of things that trouble me.
I often think, of why this could be.
Of bullies, the words that they say,
The jokes that they play.
I often ask, why me?
What have I done? Why am I the one?
I often think, of those who are like me.
Those who cry the tears of the rejected,
The tears of the lost.
I often think, what is the point?
Why am I here? Why must I live in fear?
But now, I often realize,
Of how I can stand tall, just like a brick wall.
I am better. I am stronger.
Stronger than they will ever be.
And now I see, that I am me.
And I am great. I am good.
I have proved more than they ever could.
Before, I wanted to escape, to run away and pout.
Now I often think, I am proud to be me, inside and out.
Her words like a volcano.
Keep pouring out,
Big or small.
Weak or strong.
Burns them all.
Then it stopped.
No lava left
to hurt anyone.
No lava left in this mouth of a volcano.
End of Counterpoint
Autumn’s cold is like a scythe,
It rat-a-tats on your window,
For fear of the wind’s blow,
Brings sickness and pain as sharp as a knife,
With the taste of blood, treats, and malice,
On the blade,
As cold as ice.
Winters cold is warmer still,
Carrying man’s good will,
Warmer than the seasons past,
Making all the memories last,
Of the silent joy and laughter,
Finally it’s almost here
Time for all the love and cheer
No, not Santa on his sleigh
No celebrating New Year’s Day
It’s not about a ghost or mask
Trick or treat you do not ask
No presents, no candles on a cake
No bunnies or eggs for goodness sake!
It’s not about turkey, stuffing or pie
You’ll see no fireworks in the sky
It’s not about your mom or dad
But there’s no reason to be sadThere will be
candy and a card
So by now it should not be hard
To figure out by this line
Will you be my Valentine!
Light filters through the canopy.
Soon the air is filled with the gentle hum of life,
that will turn into a roar of existence.
Every meal symbolizes the tight twine of life,
binding predator and prey.
The steady swing of life here is the earth’s pulse,
radiating the vibrations of the love God shows.
A day in the jungle is a chance to stand truly in
the circle of life.
POETRY WINNERS GROUP 2
Group 2 1st Place
Have you ever woken up to hear the Morning Song?
Have you ever heard the little birds tweeting right along?
As the sun begins to rise do you hear the hum
as you neighbor turns on his car, the motor is the drum?
Do you look out the window
and see a chickadee
perched on a twig
chirping oh-so happily?
It really starts your day off bright to hear this lovely song,
Time to do YOUR part in the morning song.
The Dog Star
When you lay your head down,
Very far away,
The Dog Star
Winks at you.
You happily smile back,
Eager to go to sleep.
“Come for a ride little child,
I shall take you to places unknown,
You will have fun I guarantee,
If only you come with me!”
Says the Dog Star.
Travelling through unknown galaxies,
Learning about space and time,
If only you could do this forever,
You would feel extremely happy.
If only you could do this forever,
You would feel extremely happy.
LIKE PLAYING MINECRAFT
ON A LONELY
YOU ARE ALL
ALONE IN SURVIVAL
THE DARK IS
BEFORE THE MONSTERS COME.
ZOMBIES CREEPERS SLIMES ENDERMEN SPIDERS
Hippity hop, hippity hop, we found her all alone.
Hippity hop, hippity hop, I wanted her as my own.
Hippity hop, hippity hop, her color was all brown.
Hippity hop, hippity hop, most gorgeous one in town.
Thumpity thump, thumpity thump, her eyes did sparkle like a star.
Thumpity thump, thumpity thump, I came to find her from afar.
Thumpity thump, thumpity thump, I knew she was so sweet.
Thumpity thump, thumpity thump, my heart was glad that we could meet
Hippity hop, hippity hop, from the shelter, I bought my bunny.
Thumpity thump thumpity thump, I brought her home to be my honey.
Hippity hop, hippity hop, now she is my best, best, friend.
Thumpity thump, thumpity thump, I will love her to the end.
Parents tell us to go out and play,
And that out there we will stay,
We follow their commands obediently,
Outside we make snow figures perfectly.
Much time has passed by,
The sun setting in the sky,
Casting an orange glow,
All over the sparking snow.
My toes are extremely numb,
We have had so much fun.
Inside it is so very warm,
The heat enclosing us like a swarm.
We sit by the fire warming out toes,
As we drink hot cocoa with marshmallows.
Later we curl up on the couch,
Nobody’s feeling like a grouch.
We are done watching our holiday movie,
But now it is time for bed you see.
We snuggled in our warm beds,
While we dreamt about our day in our heads.
POETRY WINNERS GROUP 1
What I Like to Do in Summer
The winter is such a bummer
I can’t wait until it’s summer
No more books, school is out
Hotter weather is what it’s all about
In summer we can play outside
Even go for a bike ride
To a camp and on a lake
A nice boat ride we can take
It’s so hot we can swim in a pool
Now we feel nice and cool
At night marshmallows we will roast
Tubing behind the boat is what I like to do the most
Those are things I love to do in summer
This winter has been such a bummer
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2015 FRIEND OF POETRY/ART/MUSIC AWARD
To honor an individual (or organization) who has creatively, consistently, and collaboratively advanced the cause of art, poetry, or music composition in Central New York, thereby having a significant impact on the quality of life for individuals and groups at organizational, community or regional levels.
The CNY Branch of the NLAPW will be solely responsible for managing the nomination
and selection process for this Award. The frequency of presentation of the Award and determination of the Award category (e.g. poetry, fiction, art, composition) will be at the discretion of the Branch, operating through its Poetry and Art Contest Committee. It will be the responsibility of the Committee, acting together or through a sub-committee, to announce and receive nominations, and, based upon the nominations received, recommend the winning nominee. The Branch will determine the budget allocation available for the award.
The Friend Award Committee will draft appropriate press releases in collaboration with the Contest and/or the Branch Media Chair, so that information about the Award is carried forward as a part of the annual NLAPW Awards Program and Ceremony.
The Friend Award Committee will review all nominations, select a winner or possible winners, and recommend their decision to the Contest Committee. A decision will also be made and carried out regarding an appropriate prize and the presentation itself. Publicity about the award will be coordinated through the Contest Chair and Branch Media Chair.
The Friend Award will be presented as part of the annual Contest Ceremony.
Please submit the Nomination Form and any supporting information by February 20, 2015.
Send to: Mary Gardner, 2411 Wave Way, Skaneateles, NY 13152 or to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Receiving date: November 30, Saturday, from 10am-noon
Opening and Poetry Reading: December 5, Thursday, from 6-8pm Poetry reading at 7:30pm
Take down and pick up: December 30, Monday, from 4-6pm
The library will serve punch, cheese, crackers and fruit for the opening. We have no obligation for this. I do hope that most of us will participate at this busy, festive time of year! Please let me know if I can facilitate any part of your joining with us! (email@example.com or 638-4036).