Rabbits with Wings*

September 17, 2017

2017 Walk Award
By Amelia O’Connell, 8th Grade

Rabbits with wings flying up through the sky,
Catching the carrots that fall from the trees,
Deep in the forest live rabbits that fly.

Sometimes the rabbits will eat a fruit pie,
Carrots get boring after a while,
Rabbits with wings flying up through the sky.

When you hike through the forest a rabbit hops by,
Hiding its wings as it hops past your feet,
Deep in the forest live rabbits that fly.

Regular rabbits eventually die,
Magical rabbits live long happy lives,
Rabbits with wings flying up through the sky.

You may think, when that little rabbit hops by,
That it lives in burrows deep under the ground, but
Deep in the forest live rabbits that fly.

Someday, if you’re on a hike, you should try
Looking for rabbit nests up in the trees,
Rabbits with wings flying up in the sky,
Deep in the forest live rabbits that fly.

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*Copyright 2017 by Amelia O’Connell. Broadside illustrated by Megan Carroll.



September 10, 2017

2017 Merit Award
By Jim Milstead

She looks outside,
     when the first green sprouts of spring will appear.
The grey streets are streaked with with rain.
if her friends would like to come inside to play

Nearby the white-haired woman, brush in hand,
     faces an empty canvas,
     wonders whether she should join the other marchers
to change the world.

. . . . .
Jim Milstead was “Born in Chicago. Moved to Fresno, CA. Entered the Marine Corps, occupying northern China. Graduated from Fresno State College. Worked at the Linear Accelerator in Livermore, Ca. Entered graduate school, spending 35 years as a biological control researcher at UC Berkeley. Moved to Bellingham in 1992. Now I write.” He is author of the poetry books Collage and Scenario.

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*Copyright 2017 by Jim Milstead. Broadside illustrated by Christian Smith.

The Perfect Ballerina*

September 3, 2017

2017 Merit Award
By Amelia Carr, 11th Grade

A blur of tulle and tutus swiftly swirls
across the slick stage,
She elegantly leaps above the charcoal floor.
Appreciating the quiet audience focused on her dance,
She looks down at her worn down pointe shoes,
Wishing they were still silky and bubblegum pink.
Focusing on holding her arabesque,
She tries to portray the meaning of the dance.

Beveling her foot upright,
She hopes her shoes fully extend on top of the box.
Feeling the heat of the spotlight glow across her chest,
She brushes her arms across the intricate beaded bodice.
Caring that each position is precise,
She knows it’s almost time to exit the stage.

Dancing her heart out,
She fears that she will never be perfect.

. . . . .
Mimi Carr is a student at Squalicum High School. Dancing has been a part of her life for 14 years and she found her inspiration for this poem from her dance teachers and love for ballet. This is her first published poem.

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*Copyright 2017 by Amelia Carr. Broadside illustrated by Kim Wulfestieg.

The Sea*

August 27, 2017

2017 Merit Award
By Maddie Patterson, 3rd grade

The sea is like a platter of opalescent
blue shine jewels. It is the biggest treasure.
The blood of the world.

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Maddie Patterson was just finishing third grade when she wrote this poem. This is her very first published poem. She likes to watch her favorite movie, Labyrinth, and draw things from her imagination. She likes to read graphic novels and chapter books.

“I wrote ‘The Sea’ while I was on the bus ride home from school. I saw Lake Whatcom and imagined it as a sea. I wanted to write a poem that described what it looked like.”

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*Copyright 2017 by Maddie Patterson. Broadside illustrated by Kim Wulfestieg.

plaques on view!

August 25, 2017

Plaques displaying the ten Walk Award poems from the 2017 Sue Boynton Poetry Contest are now on view in front of the Bellingham Public Library (Central Avenue between Grand and Commercial in downtown Bellingham). They will remain there until replaced by the 2018 winners. Stop by and read some poetry!


August 21, 2017

In honor of today’s total eclipse, we are re-posting Moon, by Zachary Masterson, who was in the third grade when his poem was selected as a Boynton winner in 2008.

Placard design by Egress Studio
2008 Merit Award
By Zachary Masterson, Third Grade

Moon floating like a big
Waiting for
Light the
Fuse but
It waits and waits

*Copyright 2008 by Zachary Masterson. This poem is included in POETRY WALK: Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest – The First Five Years. Info: Book! Placard design by Egress Studio.

Migration Season*

August 20, 2017

2017 Walk Award
By J.R. Lara

This is the room I was born in.
All red terra cotta tiles and green light
from the vinca-twined mountainside.
So close
you can reach your hand through the window
lay it to this cliffwall flat
like you are saying stop or hello or I surrender.

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J.R. Lara is an environmental journalist and an MFA candidate at Western Washington University. She was a contributing writer for Green Fire: A History of Huxley College (2011), and is Nonfiction Editor at Bellingham Review and Poetry Editor at Psaltery & Lyre. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in River Teeth, Hippocampus, Eastern Iowa Review, and elsewhere. She lives with a handsome composer and a dashing poodle in the Sunnyland neighborhood.

About “Migration Season”: The room in this poem is real, and could be found, if you knew what to look for, in a century-old house near a covered bridge and a mulberry tree in the foothills of the Delaware River Valley.

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*Copyright 2017 by J.R. Lara. Broadside illustrated by Mat Hudson .

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