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Young poets' winning words

Announcing the winners of the Monitor's 12th annual Young Poets Contest.

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Every year, when the entries start pouring in to the Monitor's Young Poets Contest, the editors are as excited as the young people who've entered their work. In the hundreds and hundreds of poems we read, we see so much creativity and originality. It's inspiring!

Thanks to everyone who entered, and congratulations to the seven top winners, which were chosen by poet Elizabeth Lund.

Notebook

Two butterfly wings
White
With gentle streaks of blue
Spreading out.
Dark metal body
Glittering
In the morning sun
Let her fly
With the imprint
The memory of words
Written on the thin
Delicate white
With veins of blue
Soaring
Through the infinite space of thought
Riding the breezes
Of imagination,
Drifting
From flower
To bright-colored flower
Of budding words,
Ideas
Speckling the white
Blue-streaked wings
With dust
Of a lead pencil
Marking the paths
Of its travels
Michal Goderez
8th grade
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