Young Writers Contest Second Place: Jessica Ayabe

We’re breaking away from our typical Member Monday to feature a piece by local young writer, Jessica Ayabe.  Jessica is an 8th grade student at Boulder Creek School and she tied for second place in the Young Writers Contest, sponsored by Writers Forum and Enjoy Magazine.  The other second place piece and the first place piece will be featured the next two Mondays.  The theme of the contest was “Poetry”.  Congratulations to our three young writers and welcome, Jessica!

City Music

by Jessica Ayabe

Music is the heart of the city.

You can hear it everywhere

The low sounds from the gravel as the car rides by

The high notes from a horn, each can be different

You hear the beat from a single footstep meeting the smooth, paved walk

Becoming syncopated and harmonized at times

Feeling the summer breeze that rustles the trees

Swish! Swish!

Like the sounds of a maraca

The sad thing is no one is paying attention to this music of life

So focused on music from a radio or an iPod that spills words into their minds, that can change hearts

Not caring how beautiful this unique world can be

Not me

I love and appreciate this beautiful city

To be part of this world and enjoying it

And most of all to hear it unleash its city music.

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Member Monday: Leaving by Linda Boyden

Welcome back to Member Monday.  It’s a pleasure to feature a poem by poet, storyteller and children’s author, Linda Boyden.  You can purchase a hardback copy of Linda’s newest picture book Boy and Poi Poi Puppy at All About Books.

Author’s Note: Here’s a poem I recently wrote about how i feel when I have to leave Nevada. On the way home I usually pull over at Hwy 395′s “Shoe Tree” and cry a tiny bit. Often there’s no traffic and the scenery is so beautiful.

Shoe Tree by Linda Boyden

Shoe Tree by Linda Boyden

Leaving

by Linda Boyden

rain-kissed sagebrush,
crisp cobalt sky,
stark mountains brushed by snow,
supple foothills that glide
down into the broad expanse of land
where ghosts still ride pinto ponies,
their wizened faces huddled against manes
their hooves thunder across dry lake beds,
where voices and whinnies echo on the wind
I inhale the desert songs of beauty and remorse
and bury one small piece of my heart
my sacrifice,
my offering,
my promise to return.

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Member Monday: Rain Says by Linda Boyden

Welcome back to Member Monday.  It’s a pleasure to feature a poem by poet, storyteller and children’s author, Linda Boyden.  Linda crafted this piece at the January Writers Forum meeting with Susan Wooldridge.  You can purchase a hardback copy of Linda’s newest picture book Boy and Poi Poi Puppy at All About Books.

Rain Says

by Linda Boyden

Rain says:I will snarl thunder at you
nibble the nectar of your roots
crave the caverns of your flesh
tattoo your skin in mosaics
tether your heart and
river you with my love
but when the planet sways
and bitters my song
then will I leave you only the shards
for I am your Persephone.

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Writers Wanted: Poetry Contest

Famous Poets announces that $5,000.00 in cash and prizes will be awarded this year to amateur poets. Poets, especially beginners, are encouraged to enter for their chance to win.

To enter send one poem of 21 lines or less: Free Poetry Contest, PO Box 21, Talent, OR 97540. Or enter online at www.famouspoets.com. A winner’s list will be sent to all entrants. The deadline for entering is March 1, 2014.

“Any poet, whether published or not, can be a winner,” says Executive Director Mark Schramm. “When people learn about our free poetry contest, they suddenly realize that their own poetic talent can win cash prizes, as well as garner national recognition.” Famous Poets has awarded over $400,000.00 in cash to amateur poets over the years, more than any other poetry society. We are helping Poetry, the Cinderella of the Arts, find her glass slipper.

Member Monday: New Year’s Eve by Linda Boyden

Welcome back to Member Monday.  It’s a pleasure to feature a poem by poet, storyteller and children’s author, Linda Boyden.  You can purchase a hardback copy of Linda’s newest picture book Boy and Poi Poi Puppy at All About Books.

New Year’s Eve

By Linda Boyden

The year hangs on
like a ribbon dangling
from its paper spool,
tasting the swing
and sway of freedom,
yet with one end
tethered to the cardboard.

There are hours left
before the year can rest.
How to spend these
precious minutes?

Visit a forgotten soul.

Sweep away doubts.

Abandon regrets.

Mend a quarrel.

Overlook misfortune.

Accept grief but bury it.

Today will tick by
and the year will sigh
at its job well done
as it waits to be tucked
on the shelf of history.

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