By James Rodgers, Auburn Poet Laureate
As we near the end of April, with National Poetry Month coming to a close, I wanted to take a moment to highlight some of my favorites from the Auburn Youth Poetry Contest. I received a bunch of submissions, and while I’m not a fan of picking favorites, I wanted to highlight a few that made me smile — or think.
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— By Hadley Hart, age 8, Kennydale Elementary
A dim torch lights my way
Illuminating my surroundings
A deep, dark cavern envelopes me in heavy shade
Eerie sounds approaching me from every angle.
Spiders crawling about,
Their webbing obstructs my view.
Finally I saw it, oh! My treasured prize!
There they lay
Right before my weary eyes
The greatest gem anyone could ever possess,
It’s just too bad it all ended with an unseen “HISSSSSSS”.
— By Emma Lats, age 10, Ilalko Elementary
Thanks to all the fun entries, and to all the teachers and parents who submitted. I hope we can have an even bigger group of entries to choose from in 2022!