A piece of paper
So beautiful yet so alone
Those crisp clean lines
Jump at the thought of words
But yearn to keep the secrets
Of anyone who wishes to share them
Like fresh white snow beckoning to a child
It waits Sometimes for forever in a lost drawer
But it waits
For the words of intense thought
That needs to be written down
It waits –Nicki Mallon, Atholton High School (2010 Honorable Mention Word Up! poet)
Word Up! begins today! If your students have crisp, clean pages that are just waiting, why not encourage them to fill those pages with poetry and submit those poems to the 2011 Word Up! poetry contest. Word Up! is open to all Howard County students in grades 6 through 12. Cash prizes are awarded for first, second, and third place in three age groups. Winners are invited to read their poems at a special event in the spring.
Poems may be submitted electronically at hclibrary.org/wordup. Download the Word Up! Educator Resource Brochure or request a session of Writer’s Camp in your very own classroom. Deadline to submit up to three entries is March 16. Word Up! is sponsored by Friends of Howard County Library.
Katie George – Administration Office