April is National Poetry Month
"A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone's knowledge of himself and the world around him." - Dylan Thomas
Neptune Public Library is proud to present winners of our poetry contest:
Winner of group Children K-4
Today I was thinking about boys
They always think about their toys.
They are crazy.
They are kookie.
They always say "cool to dog poopie.
But one day I will marry one.
I don't think it will be much fun.
Winner of group Tween and Teen
Day at the Beach
The warmth of my parents’ hands.
Collecting colorful shells as we walk along;
Listening to the ocean’s soothing song.
A beautiful sunset dripping into the sea;
The noisy seagulls flying freely.
I look out and strain to see;
A dolphin family playing in the water happily.
There is no place on Earth I’d rather be;
Than here by the ocean only mom, dad and me.
Winner of group Adult
Dining Hall, 1:55 pm
run away through September sunlight
warm like lemon glaze.
I could forget class,
abandon the blue portfolio,
and that drawing, my first,
messy and meaningless,
like tracks of slugs on sidewalks.
I stare at my plate,
tuna sandwich reeks like cat food,
chocolate cake tastes like chalk.
A class critique. My stomach lurches,
a pack mule stumbling on rock.
my sixth-grade student years ago,
now grown tall, dignified,
a Druid priest in an Eagle’s tee shirt.
He sits, tells me he’s an art major.
tell him I’m retired,
trying new things.
My voice sounds small,
a mouse in a jar.
He frowns, touches my arm.
I feel the warmth
of crocus melting snow.
Stay in school, he whispers,
We’re all beginners.
I murmur thanks.
Still I scan the door,
like a bird fluttering against glass,
The clock ticks,
I trudge to class.