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2014 Callaway County Youth Poetry Contest Winners
Winners: 5-8 Years Old
A Day in My World by Elise Klein (1st Place)
Beautiful fairies circle and fly
in the lovely rainbow sky
with golden crowns and silver wands
they dance and swirl along.
I see them dancing yet
from my tent made of cotton net
and hear their fairy song.
I want to sing along.
The sky changes rainbows for stars
as crickets come with night time hours.
I fall asleep under their gleam
and dream a very happy dream.
Lolly Pop Land by Lia Bondurant (2nd Place)
Lolly pop Lolly pop oh how I love Lolly pops
I go into my room under my bed
I have a little land called LOLLY POP LAND!
There are lolly pop swings with taffy seats,
Sticky Jolly Rancher slides.
Rocks are candy crumbs.
And lolly pop top paths
And lolly pop houses made of lolly pop sticks
And doors have graham crackers and the knob is a peppermint.
I made one myself.
We stick them together with icing
And if you wanted to, put icing on the top of your house and put sprinkles on top!
My Candy World by Anna Klein (3rd Place)
Tiny fairies lick lollipop trees
and fly around enjoying the pink breeze.
Raccoons and squirrels love to play
in the branches every day.
The princesses ice skate
on a peppermint lake.
Seals slide around
and nibble the ice on the ground.
Winners: 9-12 Years Old
Just As It Is by Heidi Royer (1st Place)
When someone imagines a brand new world,
It might have flying horses or never get cold.
It might be full of rainbows and cloudless days,
It might have no school, where all we do is play.
It might be on Mars with aliens and such,
But in my little world, I wouldn’t ask for much.
Because if it never got cold, there’d never be snow,
And thunderstorms can be beautiful, you know.
Without school we couldn’t read or write,
And playing all the time could lead to fights.
Mars might be fun for a little bit,
But we’d all miss Earth and get home-sick.
Some things in the world might seem bad or wrong,
But we can overcome them with love, joy and song.
If we joined hands together with everyone else,
The bad things in life would start to melt.
So if I could change the world with only one thing,
I’d bring it together, and together we’d sing.
When I imagine a world better than this,
It would be all of us together, just as it is.
Waffle World by Haley Garrett (2nd Place)
I have a special place
It was my own sticky creation
I jump into my closet and hop into the pleasant portal
It leads you straight to wonderful Waffle World
Waffle World is a land with super sticky syrup sidewalks
Wonderful waffle cars drive on the bumpy bacon roads
Bustling to the bacon bayou
Bouncing over the bumpy banana hills
Pleasantly pouncing on the pancake plateaus
Smelling simply like syrup
Children joyfully jumping on the jelly filled doughnuts
Everyone gets up early to see the sunny-side up sunrise
You can’t forget the totally terrific toaster strudel huts
It would be even better
If it wasn’t my imagination!
The Four Leaf Clover by Corrie A. Bolton (3rd Place)
I found a four leaf clover in my yard today
And when I found my clover I just had to shout hooray
I made a wish that I could fly
And soar through the light blue sky
I tried to fly from a tree
But instead I landed on my knee
I was sad
I was mad
My four leaf clover had failed me
I had fallen on my knee!
My mommy took my clover oh so dear
And pressed it in a book so I could keep it near
And after I washed and bandaged my knee
I went to sleep and there I flew free.
Winners: 13-18 Years Old
Synesthesia by Dallin Rickabaugh (1st Place)
Imagine a world
where music is seen.
Replace the crow of the alarm clock
with the blood red beat of a drum
coursing through your veins.
You get dressed for the day,
and waves of violet jazz surround you,
lifting your spirits
and twirling you about.
The olive green rock’n roll
that shaped your mom and dad
in those gold and silver days
drives you down the highway
towards your bland, white cubicle.
to the black and blue
bass and drum
that fuel those droning hours.
Come home and relax
To the white snowfall
Of light piano,
And the bright sunshine of acoustic guitar.
to the soft
Wake up again
The next morning,
Hearing the loud sun
Through your window pane.
This world turns
With a smooth,
So silent and silver
But only the celestials
Can hear it.
But we see
In the love of our family,
In the smiles of our friends,
In the beating of our hearts.
I Imagine A World… by Garett Ballard (2nd Place)
I imagine a world with freedom and flare
A place to be you, if you dare
I imagine a world with music and art
A place with creativity, right from the start
I imagine a world with thousands of smiles
A place like no other for miles and miles,
I imagine a world with beauty and care,
A place where everyone is eager to share.
I imagine a world where you never run late,
A place where you remember every date
I imagine a world with plenty of fun
A place where everyone is united as one.
I imagine a world with no cold or disease
A place with words like thank you and please
I imagine a world where all are polite
A place with peace, not a single fight
I imagine a world that will never be tame
A place where you be yourself, no need to have fame
I imaging a world with people to lead
A place with everything, all that you need
I imagine a world with color and shine
Clearly a world that was meant to be mine.
Someday by Anna Casady (3rd Place)
I imagine a world where someday I’ll be,
a world that is new and waiting for me.
A world with no hardships, no sickness no deaths,
a mansion of glory for souls to find rest.
Someday I’ll see the people I loved,
who have passed onto glory and the riches above.
Someday, I’ll see Christ, who died just for me,
and purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree.
When my time comes to see my Lord’s face,
I’ll kneel down and thank him for His wonderful grace.
Life will be sweet and my joys complete,
when someday my Saviors face I will see.
You can live in this world where I’ll be,
if you let go of pride and choose to believe.