Poetry Contest Entries 2013

Laura Figurine
Laura Figurine

You can still enter if you want to, but so far I only got two submissions. I think we’ll have to rethink how we enter them next time to make them easier to find, but I appreciate the people who did participate by submitting and voting (and again it will open until the end of the month if you want to jump on board). They are highlighted so they go across the page to help you find them. Here are the entries:

Jan Fuller San Nicolas

Running on the prairie with the wind in my hair,
All of my life, I’ve imagined being there;
With Laura and Mary, babies Carrie and Grace,
I feel I have been in each special place.

Pa’s music and Ma’s wisdom, echoing in my mind
Have guided my journey in modern times.
So through the Long Winter, Plum Creek and De Smet,
My Happy Golden Years are ahead of me yet.

And to my own Rocky Ridge when it’s time to retire,
I’ll cherish Laura’s life and all that transpired.

Kitty Hillman Latané

Once I read The Little House
To meet a girl
Who long ago then,
Walked behind the wagon singing,
Embraced by love and hope,
While, having TV and a car
In what then was now,
I hardly dreamed of more.

In the now that is now
Children twitter, tweet and text
Messages of hope and love
Sending my own abundant childhood
To Once upon a time long ago.


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Sarah Uthoff - Trundlebed Tales

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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