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December 25, 2020

Oranges are Orange*

October 28, 2018


2018 Merit Award
By Grace Moore, grade 1

Oranges are orange
Blue jeans are blue
Colors are brighter
When I’m with you

. . . . .
*Copyright 2018 by Grace Moore. Broadside illustrated by Kim Wulfestieg.

Your Blue Shirt*

June 18, 2011

2011 Walk Award
By Richard Blake
Richard Blake - Your Blue Shirt - 2011 Walk Award

*Poem copyright 2011 by Richard M. Blake can also be read here. Placard design by Egress Studio.

Your Blue Shirt*

May 17, 2011

Richard Blake reading Your Blue Shirt

2011 Walk Award
By Richard Blake
Your Blue Shirt

is like a slice of sky
neatly enclosing
you—molding
only to you

cloudless optimist

the way you could say
calm blue ocean
into the face of maelstroms
into the teeth of shattering glass

only the brightness
of its blueness
was wild enough to ride
the bucking belly of your laughter

when I imagine
that you’re still here, its vibrant hue
can saturate the wounded darkness

my own kind of blueness
that closed over
me when the world
closed over you

*Copyright 2011 by Richard M. Blake. Photo by Karee Wardrop.

For what was*

November 26, 2010

Placard design by Egress Studio
2007 Merit Award
By Paige Kulm, 8th Grade

I am a fierce lion of the flower fields,
My color shines brightly,
But then hidden among my many friends,
Thankful for their protection,

Spring now bursts out in every color,
As many of us just wait to be tickled,
By the busy bee.

Soon the bugs pop out,
Gnawing, at our precious,
Delicate, green hands.

Then comes our time to go,
The greedy people just plucking me and my,
Colored friends, almost as if they can’t hear us,
With our loud shrieks.

The sense of belonging fades away,
Just as our color will,
Within hours our days of glory together,
Will be no more.

Now as I pity in my near death,
I appreciate the difference,
Of my life.

Things around me seem the same,
As I wish for what was,
Me and my field of wild flowers.

*Copyright 2007 by Paige Kulm. This poem appears in POETRY WALK: Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest – The First Five Years. Info: Book! Placard design by Egress Studio.

Migration*

November 4, 2010

Placard design by Egress Studio
2009 Merit Award
By Colleen Schwartz

I stop to touch the
gaggle of scarves flapping
wings of silk across the sidewalk
vendor’s door. Impulsively,
I reach for my leather wallet,
buy the first one that caught
my eye. Don’t think about it!
Do it now! Later, I do think.
Decide perhaps I needed that bright
length of texture. Needed the greens,
blues and nearly-golden swirls
to hold myself together. Bind
myself to this fragile belief, this
yearly migration of despair
to the far northern latitudes.

*Copyright 2009 by Colleen Schwartz. This poem appears in POETRY WALK: Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest – The First Five Years. Info: Book! Placard design by Egress Studio.

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