on poetry

November 9, 2015

James Schuyler
“I wish i could press snowflakes in a book like flowers.”
James Schuyler
(November 9, 1923 –
April 12, 1991)
. . . . .
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quote from The Morning of the Poem

I Love My City in Snow*

November 9, 2014

Andrew Shattuck McBride - I Love My City in Snow
I Love My City in Snow
By Andrew Shattuck McBride
2014 Walk Award

I love how, as the snow starts,
everything slows and the city catches its breath.
As hush settles over landscape becoming snowscape,
I love the quiet, how the hard edges soften,
how snow covers grit and scatter of litter.

Power’s out in my apartment.
I’m on foot, feel I don’t belong, feel as unwanted
as a trespasser. The diner on Cornwall is open:
I gulp coffee, shovel down biscuits and gravy,
sausage and eggs, finally find comfort.

Snowmen, a snow frog and a snow ogre
appear, redeemed by eyes that aren’t coal.
Deciduous trees are black, fringed with white lace.
Tracks everywhere: humans and dogs,
rabbits and raccoons, deer and birds.

I’m not alone; I do belong. I love my city in snow.

*Copyright 2014 by Andrew Shattuck McBride. Broadside designed and illustrated by Anita K. Boyle, Egress Studio.

untitled (change)*

November 2, 2014

Seren Fargo - untitled (change)
untitled (change)
By Seren Fargo
2014 Merit Award

change in plans
the garden sale sign
covered in snow

*Copyright 2014 by Seren Fargo. Broadside designed and illustrated by Anita K. Boyle, Egress Studio.

Breathing Snow*

August 17, 2013

Timothy Pilgrim - Breathing Snow
2013 Merit Award
By Timothy Pilgrim

You can do it awhile. Air pockets remain,
locked around ice crystals. But not forever—
just long enough to replay the avalanche

rolling over life, sweeping love downhill,
leaving you flattened in white,
no way to reach for sky. If your ears still hear,

eyes are not frozen closed, hand trapped
near face can clear a bit of space,
you may have sufficient time

to listen for swish of metal probes
slicing nearby, promising beams of light.
If tempted to sleep, imagine

a new lover finds you, scoops a place
by your side, lies close. Together,
you breathe hope into deep snow.

*Copyright 2013 by Timothy Pilgrim. Placard design by Egress Studio. Illustration by Angela Boyle, flyingdodopublications.com.

a poem for winter…

December 19, 2012

2011 Merit Award
Eric Carr - Snow - 2011 Merit Award

By Eric Carr, 1st grade

SNOW

Snow and shovels all around
There is a pickle in my hound
And snow all around
And horses on the bound
Firing snowballs on the ground

*Copyright 2011 by Eric Carr. Placard design by Egress Studio.

snow!

January 18, 2012

Eric Carr - Snow - 2011 Merit Award

By Eric Carr, 1st grade

SNOW*

Snow and shovels all around
There is a pickle in my hound
And snow all around
And horses on the bound
Firing snowballs on the ground

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Click to see and hear Eric Carr reading his poem on YouTube.

*Copyright 2011 by Eric Carr. Placard design by Egress Studio.

Snow*

May 31, 2011

2011 Merit Award
Eric Carr - Snow - 2011 Merit Award

By Eric Carr, 1st grade

SNOW

Snow and shovels all around
There is a pickle in my hound
And snow all around
And horses on the bound
Firing snowballs on the ground

*Copyright 2011 by Eric Carr. Placard design by Egress Studio.

Warmth & gratitude

November 25, 2010

visitor
On a snowy Whatcom County Thanksgiving, special thanks to all of you who have created, sustained and participated in the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest — our generous donors, our hardworking committee members, our eager readers, our supportive media and, most especially, our thoughtful and creative poets.

You*

November 21, 2010

Placard design by Egress Studio
2006 Merit Award
By Chelsea Applegate, 5th grade

You are the one
the one is you
you are the one
that is always helping
me through times of
need not times of
greed. My passion
for you is like my passion
for snow so white and yet
so light. If the snow melts
my passion is gone the fire
is out the leaves are gone.
This is a community and
I belong in it.

*Copyright 2006 by Chelsea Applegate. This poem is included in POETRY WALK: Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest – The First Five Years. Info: Book! Placard design by Egress Studio.