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Read the winning poem from our 2024 poetry contest

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

A top-down view of a laptop sitting on a table with an open notebook and pen sitting on top of it. Next to the laptop is a latte in a mug atop a white saucer. The latte has a foam heart on top.

Drumroll, please.

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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.

Thank you all for voting in our contest this year. Check out the poems below, including the contest winner our readers voted for.

Winner: “Overcome” by Robin C.

Please partake in bliss

Life is an experience

Pain is not unique

Finalist: “Friendship” by Katherine D.

The rules are simple: Don’t forget.
Salt and pain and magic you can
Pull from the river of life
Ambivalent and narrow in the specialty of their dance
Take the stormwater home and Name it
is it any easier if you Submit yourself?
Just wait and see
This aging riverside of Earth is calling to you
Inviting you
Let’s be vibrant
This night will build and form and
Know you… friends: Keep crossing the waters

Finalist: “You’re Not A Poet And Totally Know It” by Judith W.

Pro tip!

Simple red fungi will appear anywhere on Sunday, April 14.

Narrow down the quality during the last week of April or while on Spring Break

As you treat yourself to a Whataburger and perform in French from the outer banks of the Koger Center or on a rooftop terrace

Go beyond the shoulder pain as you ditch and throw this fun newsletter and root for the Gamecocks crossing the track for home

Finalist: “Today” by Tiajuana S.

Ambivalent Wednesday

Enjoy Good news

Experience Pain

Life Soulful bliss

Heartfelt Art and dance

Creativity Food and music

Musical Read books

Powerful Stunning Nature

Unforgettable Outdoor elegance

Happy Vibrant

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