We want to thank all the great poets who entered our poetry contest. There were so many warm and touching entries. Our judges have read them all and chosen the winners!
1st Place – Rowan Trietely of Castle Rock & Eagle, Colorado
2nd Place – Mary Pflaum of Kansas City, Kansas and Beaver Creek, Colorado
3rd Place – Cami Johnson of Wolcott, Colorado
Thank you all for being a part of our poetry contest!
Gardens for the World – Rowan Trietley, Renaissance Outward Bound School, 5th Grade
Castle Rock & Eagle, Colorado
I wish everyone had a garden
So as to be comforted and happy
To plant the seeds of hope
And watch knowledge grow
Like a blooming flower
To confide in secrets
Never to be whispered again
I wish everyone had a garden
To find contented peace and love
Between the splashes of color
And to learn to love one another
The garden would be yours to decorate
With your mind and personality
Like a Christmas tree adorned with silver trimmings
Look upon, and the garden would lift your spirits
Like the wind lifts seeds
The garden would fit your very needs
Food for the hungry
Inspiration for the artists
Love and kindness for the wilted
Fun for the playful
My wish for the world is that everyone had a garden.
Wishes For The World- Mary J. Pflaum,
Eisenhower Elementary School, 5th Grade
Kansas City, Kansas & Beaver Creek Colorado
My wish, to start, is for world peace,
With no arguments to be heard.
My wish is for the wars to cease,
And for the sicknesses to be cured.
I also wish for some food to be
Distributed to those in need.
I wish for those who have no home
To find warmth and shelter to call their own.
I wish that soldiers far away
Could be with family on Christmas Day.
And even though they’re brave and strong,
Would not have to be gone so long.
And yet another wish of mine
is for all children to grow up fine.
To go to school, and learn and grow
And know the things I’m blessed to know.
To grow up to be what the y want to be,
And see the places they want to see.
I know that I have wished a lot,
But please don’t think I’m needy.
For none of these wishes are made for me
Nor are they selfish or greedy.
I only want my wishes
To be heard and turned into actions.
Maybe my hopes could change the world
Even the tiniest fraction.
My Wish For A Better World – Cami Johnson,
Vail Mountain School, 5th Grade
When snowflakes fall from high above and the wind blows sharp and cold,
Cheer should be ringing loud for all to hear.
And when the moon shines off the snow at night, the trees should glow with happy light.
When happiness rings throughout the world,
The holiday season starts to turn from a cold, dark, gloomy time of year to a glowing, perfect, happy season.
Only someone with very bad reason
Could every be sad during holiday season.
So when snowflakes fall from high above, and the wind blows sharp and cold,
Turn on a smile, laugh a lot,
The world will thank you.
I promise. Just watch.