In the Forest*

November 15, 2020


2020 Merit Award
By Miakoda Baughman, Grade 3

When the Mountain glows
And the River shines
And the trees speak to me
In the forest
There is magic
Everywhere
In the forest
With me

I think the moon is watching
Over me
And the sun shines
With me

In the forest
With me
I think the spirit
Is watching
Over me

*Copyright 2020 by Miakoda Baughman. Broadside illustrated by Angela Boyle.

merry & happy

December 25, 2019

Have a very fine Christmas,
whatever, wherever, however you celebrate
and even if you don’t.

. . . . .
J.I. Kleinberg collage

Willow Trees*

October 23, 2016

Willow Trees by Winter Gariss
2016 Walk Award
By Winter Gariss (11th grade)

Wandering willows weep and wallow with wonder,
Idealistic breeze indigenous to the infamous trees.
Nature nurtures their nostalgic leaves while new
Trees become tied together throughout
Endless roots entangled under ebony earthen soil
Rounded rough bark reaches up and royal
Green leaves gallantly gleaming in the
Atmosphere. Almost aligned with the
Round radiant stars romantic in the night.
Icy and incapacitating beauty of
Snow softly slipping sideways in to the willow’s arms
So soundly sleeping, the world will stay.

. . . . .
*Copyright 2016 by Winter Gariss. Broadside illustrated by Kim Wulfestieg.

W.S. Merwin: To Plant a Tree

April 22, 2016, marks the 46th anniversary of Earth Day. In honor of that occasion and in celebration of National Poetry Month, the hour-long video “W.S. Merwin: To Plant a Tree” will air on PBS stations nationwide over the next two weeks.

W.S. Merwin moved to an old pineapple plantation on Maui, Hawaii, in 1976. Since that time, while continuing his prodigious output of writing, serving twice as U.S. poet laureate (1999-2000, 2010-2011) and winning prizes and awards too numerous to mention, he has worked steadily to restore and regenerate the rainforest that once occupied the 19-acre site on the island’s north shore.

Read more about the film and see a nationwide broadcast schedule at The Merwin Conservancy, or check your local PBS station’s schedule for details. (In Washington, KSPS/Spokane will air the program on Sunday, April 17, at 4:00pm and KCTS 9 will broadcast it on Saturday, April 30, at 8:00pm and again at 3:00am on Sunday, May 1.)
. . . . .
photo: Cicala Filmworks

wishes

December 25, 2015

tree words © j.i. kleinberg

tell it to a tree

July 17, 2015

The Atlantic - email a tree

This post has nothing to do with poetry. But it could. The city of Melbourne, Australia, appreciates its trees. Planners carefully mapped the urban forest, identifying each tree by type, longevity and ID number. Taking this one step further, they issued an email address for each tree, the hope being that if a tree was damaged or needed attention, local citizens could easily report it. Instead, as this article in The Atlantic explains, Melbourne’s trees received thousands of love letters.

While the article doesn’t mention poetry, the project (worthy of duplication) certainly seems to offer a forest of prompts.
. . . . .
“Trees” by Joyce Kilmer

stillness*

July 16, 2013

stillness by Luther Allen
2013 Merit Award
By Luther Allen

 
winter.
night.
cold.
rain.

 
bare alder:
we think
in this frigid dark
it is waiting
for spring.
no, it is
just
stillness.

 
almost
as still
as the patient
rock
wrapped
in the alder’s
writhing
wrestling roots.
 

*Copyright 2013 by Luther Allen.
Placard design by Egress Studio. Illustration by Angela Boyle, flyingdodopublications.com.

Indian Plum*

June 6, 2012

Kari Galbraith ~ Indian Plum

2012 Walk Award
By Kari Galbraith

Indian Plum

You are the talisman of spring,
a soft euphonic solo,
wind’s lithe dancer

Lacey camisoles
of cedar and maple,
under-story stars
randomly sprinkled,

Pendulous prayers
clustered, cloistered.

Winter’s tears lost to spring
in drifting blossoms
and timid dreams

Ivory carved
between the breasts
of seasons, you are

spring rains’ lover,
harbinger of warmth,
a delicate and tenacious

whisperer.

*Copyright 2012 by Kari Galbraith. Placard design by Egress Studio.

Ruby Powers reading her winning poem, "Daylight on a Summer Branch"

2011 Merit Award
By Ruby Powers, 3rd grade

Daylight on a Summer Branch

Shining dazzling green
Like a turtle’s back
Wet with dew
Mother Nature’s magnifying glass

The branch’s needles weave and bend
Tickling my hand
Make me have
Warm fun thoughts

The dew is now evaporated
but is still here, still here, still here
somewhere.

*Copyright 2011 by Ruby Powers. Photos by Karee Wardrop.

contest judges Stan Tag and Maria McLeod watching Ruby read
Contest judges, Stan Tag and Maria McLeod, watching Ruby read her poem

Books on Trees*

June 7, 2011

Kevin Murphy reads his winning poem, "Books on Trees"

2011 Merit Award
By Kevin Murphy

Books on Trees

Never believe what a book says
about a tree
because books are made
of dead trees and the dead
are jealous of the living
and do not describe them
objectively.

Books on geology
are more reliable
although the origins of the ink
create cause for concern.

*Copyright 2011 by Kevin Murphy. Photo by Karee Wardrop.

%d bloggers like this: