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Read the winning poem from our 2024 poetry contest

We’ve narrowed down our poetry contest to these finalists: read and vote for your favorite poem.

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This month, we ran a poetry contest to celebrate National Poetry Month. We challenged our readers to craft a poem using only the words that appeared in one of our newsletters (here are the original contest guidelines if you want to give it a try).

While prose is our newsletter’s bread and butter, it turns out that you all certainly aren’t op-prose-d to verse; we received several creative, intriguing, and beautiful poems that we narrowed down to our top four finalists.

Check out the poems below, including the contest winner our readers voted for.

Winner: “Eclipse” by Misty B.

A curated celestial event Total solar eclipse

Sunrise and sunset

Nature highlighting Her artistic, solar gallery

Featuring paintings Splash of outrageous creativity

Guided meditation For the moon

An adventurous victory

A once-in-a-lifetime Revival journey

An amplified experience

To discover the heart Of the galaxy

Seared in space

Inspired by the testament Of the great outdoors.

Finalist: “Indy Groove: A Funky Ode to Naptown” by Gerburg G.

Indianapolis, a city hot with adventurous spirit, Spring announces development, hello progress.
Podcasts: a red splash open to hip-hop choices, Girls moving the biggest stories – you may want to get there early.
Traffic eclipse, making way to satisfy pop-ups, Revival paintings featuring ambivalent moments.
For you to celebrate every good news.
See beyond, field every part of the city.
Don’t miss this unique experience.
On a solar-themed roll, vote for crazy-good pieces, land second helpings.

Finalist: “Pending Construction” by Nicole S.

Last lifetime, you used to be a puppy, pretty sure.
What are you now?
You are the moon, the galaxy, the light.
One so golden, a sunrise.

Finalist: “Every Morning (For John)” by Elizabeth P.

I wake up and he is not there
Fleeting happiness I do not dare
Childhood memories in the past
Sadly sadly could not last
Hopeful help I search around
Never to find a light abound
A child who astounds in all the new
Finally gives me strength to renew

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