Poetry Winners

Robert Earl Price Selects Poetry Winners for Art of Stewardship 2016

Robert Earl Price judged the poetry submissions for Art in Stewardship 2016.  Wendy Clarke won first place for “Beachcombing,” Mary Wood won second place for “Thaw,” and Germaine Lanaux won third place with her poem “Resurgam.”

1st Place  Wendy Clarke   “Beachcombing”

Beachcombing

The United Nations Environmental Programme estimated in 2006 that every square mile of ocean contains 46,000 pieces of floating plastic [causing] the deaths of more than a million seabirds every year, as well as more than 100,000 marine mammals.       —UNESCO

On the fine white beach
wandering, wading,
we find priceless treasure—
nerites, frog shells, blue sea glass

wandering, wading,
washing in with the tide,
nerites, frog shells, blue sea glass
pulled by the moon

washing in with the tide,
razors, balloons, water bottles
pulled by the moon,
baggies, microbeads, toothbrushes

razors, balloons, water bottles
carried by the waves,
baggies, microbeads, water bottles
drifting, floating

carried by the waves,
sea turtle, albatross
drifting, floating
bellies bloated

sea turtle, albatross.
We find priceless treasure—
bellies bloated
on the fine white beach.

 

2nd Place  Mary Wood   “Thaw”

 

THAW

Snow began six days ago
crowning sidewalks, corn fields, twigs,
the tops of picket fences
with ermine.
Awestruck everything stopped.

Icicles hung like
witch’s earrings
from the porch roof,
then yesterday they began to weep
witch’s frozen tears.

Today sunshine.
Bowed branches
reach skyward.
A stream rushes from
beneath sidewalk snowmounds.

Dirt
hides beneath the blanket
of blinding white.
Dirt where daffodil bulbs
lie waiting.