Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Poetry Contest. This year's theme was animals,inspiring over 200 poems. Winners and honorable meniton recipients are invited to Poetry Night on Tuesday, April 25 to read their poems and receive prizes and certificates. Thank you to our judges: Peggy Kane, President, Friends of the Library, Kate Burnham, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, and Barbara Raab, Children's Librarian.
Kindergarten – Grade 1 Category
By Kellen Warren
Penguins live in igloos that are cold,
In the Arctic they eat fish we are told.
The dads stay with their eggs,
Holding them with their feet and legs.
Grade 2 -3 Category
By Ryan Garrant
The owl lays silently in a tree.
Silently, the mouse creeps slowly on the woodland floor.
On silent wings, the owl flies towards thy mouse, flap, flap, flap... but never heard.
Suddenly the mouse breaks the stillness of the night.
Eeeek! sadly, it is too late.
The owl then flies silently into the night.
Grade 4-5 Category
The Poem of the Bad Dog
By Gianna Misiraca
Don’t want to fetch sticks,
Don’t want to sit for my owner,
I steal food from the fridge
And take the printer toner.
I’m the worst dog of all,
I don’t follow rules,
I won’t do tricks,
Those are for fools.
I’m a realy picky dog,
I’ll only eat treats,
But I am so loveable
I can’t be beat!
Middle School Category
By Kathryn Rohleder
Small and shiny
Swimming in circles
Never finding the end
of the imaginary maze
The tiny turtle tired out
The tiny turtle
submerges in the
clay colored water
The tiny turtle was gone like
a mysterious phantom
in the shadows of the night
High School Category
Paradox with Legs
By Amy Lynn Warner
You frighten me, so.
I scream, I screech, I squeal
and yet you move not.
You're in the corner waiting to make your move,
I'm running out the door calling for help.
You fearless creature, you.
You wretched beast.
If you were another, I would not mind.
I rather anything but you.
You and your eight limbs to torture society.
I only have passion and hopes for life, and
yet you make me go against all I stand for.
My morals twist, my body horrid,
all because of a stupid little spider.
The Zookeeper’s Symphony
By Christine Blaisdell
On a Saturday night, when the zookeeper’s keys
Have locked the front gates with a click and a squeeze,
The hippos let go a most watery moan
And the toucans catch hold of the rich overtone.
The primates percuss, snapping fingers and toes,
While the elephant inhales and lifts its great nose.
In the dim light of a thin crescent moon,
A trill, a crescendo, a riotous tune
The peacocks conduct with an arrogant flare,
Coaxing a growl from the lone polar bear.
The zebras create a fine washboard effect
Rubbing their stripes side to side, neck to neck.
A smart pair of meerkats barks up the scale;
A young leopard whines while chasing its tail.
Up on the high ground, some old mountain goats
Bleat several sweet bars of staccato notes.
Then, an African lion adds a deep roar
To the rippling sounds of the sleepy sloth’s snore.
The zookeeper smiles as she hangs up her keys,
Then, humming along, plays the spoons on her knees.
Honorable Mention Poems
Giraffes by Carly Thayer
All Monkeys by Keira Rice
Dolphins by Sonny Rebeiro
Pandas by Jessi Ding
The Legend of the Ocean by Aidan Briere
Bald Eagle by Ali Rana
Frogs by Tyler Ward
One Moose Standing Strong by Brendan Daly
Animals are We by Mei Lu Barnum
When You Walk in the Forrest by Julia Ferraro
To an Undaunted Doe by Sr Mildred A. Rothwell OSF
New Jersey Road by M Barbara Duris