CPC Regional Library Poetry Contest
Thanks to everyone that entered a poem in our Poetry Contest. We received a lot of really good poems and it was a hard decision for our panel of judges to just pick 3 from each age group (they didn't entirely succeed). The judges had a great time reading all the poems and were impressed with the creativity shown.
The following prizes are awarded winners in each age group.
1st Place $35.00 Amazon Gift Card
2nd Place $25.00 Amazon Gift Card
3rd Place $15.00 Amazon Gift Card
We encourage everyone to keep writing and dreaming.
Here are our winners!
Children Up to 12 Years Old
On an average autumn day
Beautiful fall leaves were dropping next to the barn.
As the sky turned twilight, gusty winds brought in the rain.
Spiders raced to the barn to find comfort
And busily wove new homes next to some dusty cobwebs.
Soon, the storm ended,
Sun peeked through the clouds
Reflecting on the shiny new webs built by spiders.
Happily, they admired their hard work.
Then sleepily closed their eyes and rested.
Michael's 5 random words: average, shiny, fall, comfort, cobweb
|I Give Up Trying to Write a Poem!
It was a dark and stormy night…
no no let’s do something else!
besides it always ends in a fight.
ok ok it was a cheerful and sunny day…
Stop!! no sunny days they make me sweat!
Ok ok if you say,
There once was a frog,
Eeeeew I don’t like frogs their skin is so slimy!
Ok fine there was a dog.
Not a dog a pup.
You’re so disagreeable
I give up!
Jubilee's 5 random words: dark, cheerful, frogs, skin,disagreeable
|King Al's Revenge
I have cheerful skin,
Just like a frog.
If you are disagreeable,
I'll hide you in the bog.
I won't let you in the park,
Because it's way after dark.
So agree with me,
And I'll let you be.
Alastir's 5 random words: dark, cheerful, frog, skin,disagreeable
Young Adult - 13 to 18 Years Old
I thought I loved you. I gave you my heart.
I trusted you to keep it safe from all harm.
But little did I know you were not to be trusted from the start.
Many warned me, but I gave it no thought.
For I wanted to believe that we could make it,
xxxno matter what.
Looking back now I realize my mistake,
and what a mistake I did make.
For I was soon to find out that you'd abandon me without a
I've retained these memories in my thoughts.
And remember feeling as though you’d stabbed me directly in
the heart, and I watched as the red blood slowly poured out.
I used to fear the thought of being alone.
So now I thank you,
for in the end you have taught me that I need to follow my own route.
No matter where it may lead, I need to travel down it by myself.
Because in the end I need to know how to love myself,
for I am beautiful inside and out.
Bonnie's 5 random words: warned, abandon, retained, red, route.
|Ask The Sky
There once was a man
as grouchy as could be.
He lived at the top
of the world's ugliest tree.
He had a wife
who was full of life
and yearned to break free.
Then one day she had the idea
to leave the ugly tree.
She climbed down further and further
until the grouchy old man
no longer saw her.
Once at the bottom she looked up at the sky
asking to justify, "Why the man she loved
was as grouchy as he could be?
"The sky then told her,
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
Alexxis's 5 random words: idea, top, grouchy, justify, break
I blinked and light flashed
Illuminating an outcrop of pockmarked stone
Rain running off in rivulets
Away from the tiny creatures
For whom the stone provides shelter
I blinked and it disappeared
Gone into the world of pounding rain and obsidious wind
Swirling, wailing wind
Whipping branches, ripping heather
I peer wide-eyed behind the window curtains
Then jerk back hastily as a scourge of wood and leaf
Scritches, scratches across the transparent glass
The first of many, it continues nonstop.
I do nothing; sitting on my bed
Thrills of excitement course through me
I imagine an unknown beast
Prowling...on the hunt
It will not leave until its hunger abates
Thunder clashes with lightning, wind rages...
That is my world as the minutes slowly slip by
I watch the clock at my bedside
Perpetually ticking away
Always the same sound
Outside, the storm moans
My cheek is settled against my pillow
The storm lulls me...
My eyelids are heavy, they drift down
Sunlight streams through the glass.
Lily's 5 random words: leaf, stone, provide, do, nonstop
Adult - 19 + Years Old
|For William Carlos Williams
so much depends
what is seen, heard, observed
beautiful, wondrous moments
retained or lost
like abandoned objects on the side of road
random words driving
on a circuitous route
while the red sun warns
of evening dark
so much depends
what is seen, heard, observed
Amy's 5 random words: retain, abandoned, red, route, warn
It's about to start.
The music to soothe,
The melody to embrace.
The sounds to draw you in
with the vibrations to tickle your chin.
It's the birds in the trees,
And the songs they are singing.
Bringing on the morning
Greeting you today.
The songs to make you smile,
And brighten your day.
Lisa's 5 random words: listen, chin, start, draw, soothe
|And tied for 3rd Place
|Scarce is Sleep
Scarce is sleep
I count sheep
I start again
Peg's 5 random words: Sheep, sleep, useless, scarce, start
One idea after another
prances across my eyelid-screen
daring me to justify my right to live
through this pandemic.
Off the top of my pillow:
No one else could figure out my system
for doing taxes.
Who would go through
my boxes of letters,
credit card offers,
used tissues stuck together by melted cough drops?
At heaven's gate I would be
grouchy as the devil
if we failed to attain our fiftieth wedding anniversary
after bothering to put up with each other for
forty-nine years and nine months!
To prancing thoughts I say,
Give me a break!
Let me sleep in peace
but not yet rest in peace!
Elizabeth's 5 random words: idea, top, grouchy, justify, break