Read the winning poem from our 2023 poetry contest

We challenged our readers to turn one of our newsletters into a poem — here’s what you came up with.

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This April, we ran a poetry contest to celebrate National Poetry Month. We challenged you, 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).

Turns out, you’re all poets and we didn’t even know it. We were beyond thrilled to read the original, creative, and awe-inspiring poems Columbia created from our newsletter copy. Check out the poems below, including the contest winner our readers voted for.

“6 April Haiku” by Chelsea B.

Every night a
Curious new submission
Held open the stars.

“Mourning Routine” by Rachel M.

Up at 7:05 a.m. Sunrise.
Reading headlines, tasting egg, surveying household… Hazardous.
Pesky water bill: Can’t forget 2 times.
Where are the keys? The lunch? The children?
Here. Here. Here.
Late. “Get in. Now. Don’t drag.”

Margaritaville playing.
It is 5 p.m. some where.
20 second mental serenity.
Miss you.

Here! Pull up to the elementary school.
Wait... It’s Saturday.

“Welcoming Summer” by Helen K.

Calling all artists, authors, creators
Bringing in farmers, food trucks and bakers --
Live music playing!

Park by the river – anywhere --
Under the sun.
Open the gate! Open to all!

Enter, enjoy.
You’re invited to baseball.
Take on the Tigers! Fireworks pop!
Bring your own Budweiser, Icehouse and Craft
Mix and match as you please.

Evening pairing:
Stay up late, reading a poem
in a Cattail Shelter.
Fireflies appear, Serenity rules.
Happy Columbia!

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