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Poetry Contest Winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2nd annual poetry contest in honor of National Poetry Month! 

 

The winners are:

 

1st place: “Iowa Soldiers, Entrenched World War I” by Barbara Meeker ($20 downtown GJ gift card)

2nd place: “Hollow Man” by Steve Hight ($10 downtown GJ gift card)

3rd place: “Benediction” by Patrick G. Metoyer ($5 downtown GJ gift card)

 

Congratulations!  Your prizes are waiting for you at the Information Desk at the Central Library. Also, a big thanks to Dr. Lopez for being our judge again :)

 

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1st Place: “Iowa Soldiers, Entrenched World War I” by Barbara Meeker

 

Soldiers marching

Darkness falls

Trenches hide them

Muddy walls

 

Urination

Lie face down

With backs to wall

Sleep unsound

 

Branches crackle

Boots step light

Germans–approach

Past midnight

 

Hand to shoulder

Word is passed

Silence darkens

No light cast

 

Each dons helmet

Seizes gun

Ammunition

Night undone

 

On toes in trench

Ears to ground

Scudding noises

Circle ‘round

 

Grenades strike trench

Piercing screams

Men blown apart

Most, young teens

 

Soldiers scramble

Some take aim

Some throw dirt on

Hell’s own flames

 

Germans escape

By fire’s light

My uncle’s fate

Sealed that night

 

Body retrieved

Stick stands tall

Wearing his tags

For morning’s call

 

2nd place:  “Hollow Man” by Steve Hight

 

The laughter from his mouth

rings as false as the other sounds

that emanate from it,

the pained look that furrows

his practiced brow,

the quizzical incomprehension

that follows from the pain of others,

the tiny doses of almost-concern

that he measures out when necessary,

and the fragile words of self-aggrandizement

so easily shattered they tinkle

like broken ornaments

to be swept into a pan and discarded

 

3rd place: “Benediction” by Patrick G. Metoyer

 

Ilya Kaminsky

blesses his deafness

praises sparkling

syllables

words

stories

hammered

on dancing anvils

of his inner ears

 

lauds the lord who

stripped stirrups

silenced drums

yet did not dampen

Kaminsky’s Muses

Erato’s bellows

a wordsmith’s decibels

forged

‘roun’ the world

 

Benedicite Deo!

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  • Patrick G. Metoyer

    Thanks, Luis, Cari, MCPL — you made my day with the notice that “Benediction” garnered the third-place award in this year’s poetry contest.

    • Patrick G. Metoyer

      Congratulations to fellow poets Barbara K. Meeker and Steve Hight for their first and second place finishes.

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