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Read the winning poem from our 2024 poetry contest

Our editorial team has narrowed down the 2024 poetry contest to these finalists — read all of the poems, including the contest winner our readers voted for.

A top-down view of a laptop sitting on a table with an open notebook and pen sitting on top of it. Next to the laptop is a latte in a mug atop a white saucer. The latte has a foam heart on top.

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This month, we ran a poetry contest to celebrate National Poetry Month. We challenged our readers to craft a poem using only the words that appeared in one of our newsletters (here are the original contest guidelines if you want to give it a try).

Check out the poems below, including the contest winner our readers voted for.

Winner: “Of Bluegrass and Pine” by Chad A.

A taste of local poetry
like an album
of open precipitation
sprung from Grimey’s
garden of vintage
bluegrass and pine,

April is the poet calling out to life!

Shaping words from
ambivalent discussion
into designer cocktails
inspiring the night.

Poems are vendors of creativity,
seasonal tattoos of time,
a simple oasis
appearing from chance,
as pairings of
love and exile,
crawfish and beer,
or a red summer sunset
of locust and whiskey

Finalist: “CHAMP” by Suzanne H.

It is an honor to share a poem about a pup
During his early days he was as big as a cup
His name is Champ and he loves to play
Games of wrestling and running every day
A second favorite is a park up the street
Where a Cafe offers snacks for pups to eat
He is unlike any dog you have played with before
I love him with a full heart and more!

Finalist: “Wait to See the Sunrise” by James Y.

Every day is not like today:
They’re original it appears;
Life will not wait for you to see,
That your lifestyle can have originality.

Someone needs to clarify time:
It will not wait for you to see;
Time will fuel your Heart with new ties,
But you must first open up and host the early sunrise.

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