Congratulations to all the participants and winners of the
Barnes & NoblePoetry Contest!
The first place winner was M.A. Gardiner, age 8, of Marquette.
I once lived in a cabin
Where there were lakes that sparkled like silk.
I also lived in Howell
Where I caught frogs and ideas.
Petoskey was another place I lived
Where I rode my bike in the breezy winds.
I lived in Hourghton
Where the apartments were stacked like blocks.
In St. Ignace the nights were so peaceful I could only hear the crickets chirp.
And now I am living in Marquette
Where the snow drifts down like cotton.
Passing from place to place
Like an owl passing from tree to tree
Losing friends as I go
Yet gaining them too
I move on and on like the day.
It starts with the sunrise
Which gleams like gold
and ends with the peaceful dark night.
Each place in Michigan different
And yet in some ways the same
For God is always watching over me
Wherever I go in Michigan.
Second Place Winner
The second place prize went to T. Huttenlocher, age 12, of Clarkston.
Hello, this is Michigan calling.
Yeah, it's a soliciting call.
But if you give me a moment
You'll see that my state has it all
From the robins in the bushes
To the dunes of Sleeping Bear
This state is rich in treasures
From Copper harbor past Bellaire.
Our state is known for cherries
And apple blossoms, too.
Detroit is full of industries
Making things form me and you.
And we wouldn't have much pride to state
If it weren't for the lakes so great.
We've got Mackinac Island
Oh, delicious fudge galore.
And you have the bridge to think of,
Connects top and bottom shore.
And there's also skiing.
Our state has ideal weather.
Shanty, Boyne and Nubs Nob
Bring you and skis together.
There are lots of things to do right here
On this state shaped like a glove.
Thought I've mentioned few, you see
That Michigan = Love.
And now that I'm done talking,
I think we can agree...
Hello? HELLO? Are you still there?
They all hang up on me!!!
I think I'm going to quit this job
And move to Tennessee.
Third Place Winner
The Third Place Winner is J. J. Williams, age 10, of Clarkston.
Summer in Michigan
Fun that floats.
Don't be last!
East a s'more.
Give me more!
Make a bonfire.
Change a bike tire.
Go on a boat ride.
Watch the Great Lake tide.
Let's go fish.
Find a star and start to wish.
Eat your fill.
Climb a hill.
Go on a hike.
Catch some pike.
No more school.
That's so cool.