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Craig Middle School writers show talent for verse in poetry contest

Contest honors late Craig resident, cash prizes donated by Parrotheads

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

Craig Middle School poets gather at Downtown Books the evening of March 2 to read their works. Back row, from left: Back: Fiona Connor, Ashley LeMoine, Tommy Dickhaut, Eliana Mack. Front: Rylie Anderson, Allison Villard and Nikki Currie. Villard won first place in the Carol Jacobson Memorial Poetry Contest, Dickhaut second and Mack third. MaKala Herndon, who was not present at the reading, took honorable mention, as did Currie, LeMoine, Connor and Anderson. Prize money was provided for winners by Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads.

The Carol Jacobson Memorial Poetry Contest, open to Craig Middle SchoolCraig Middle School students, awarded eight winners Wednesday night as part of a poetry reading at Downtown Books. students, awarded eight winners Wednesday night as part of a poetry reading at Downtown Books.

Craig Middle School students, awarded eight winners Wednesday night as part of a poetry reading at Downtown Books.

First place and $50 went to Allison Villard, second place and $35 to Tommy Dickhaut and third place and $20 to Eliana Mack for their works, while Rylie Anderson, Fiona Connor, Nikki Currie, MaKala Herndon and Ashley LeMoine each took a $5 prize for honorable mention.

The $130 in prize money was donated by the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads.

First Place

"The Ranch" by Allison Villard“The Ranch” by Allison Villard

"The Ranch" by Allison Villard

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I'm always beaming up on my ranch./

I see the mountains and cedars and sheep,/

The wind whips my hair everywhere like a teasing kid./

I spin around and take in the aroma of fresh mountain air and sage,/

Up here it's blossoming, blissful, bright, blooming, and alive./

The doorknob on the cabin gleams like an abandoned glass bottle in the desert,/

I taste the smoke from the campfire in the air./

The dirt blows around like leave in the fall,/

I feel the knobbly bark on the branch as I push it aside./

I hear the bells of the sheep and goad,/

I bolt through the Cedars, my sister at my side, as we glimmer with euphoria.

Second Place

"Perro en la Nieve" by Tommy Dickhaut“Perro en la Nieve” by Tommy Dickhaut

"Perro en la Nieve" by Tommy Dickhaut

A glistening black speckled with snow./

A puffy powder blazes behind him as he runs/

His sinking body forms a trail/

Perro en la Nieve/

The snow falls slow as a feather/

As it lands to form a gentle blanket/

A chilly delight from top to bottom/

A tiny crystal more intriguing than a blossom/

A smile on his face as he leaps through the snow/

What he'll do next we'll never know/

Rushing in after hours of play/

Perro que en la casa/

Third Place

"The Speck Who Changed the World" by Eliana Mack“The Speck Who Changed the World” by Eliana Mack

"The Speck Who Changed the World" by Eliana Mack

Darkness hits like a whip/

Stinging and slicing through your skin/

Taking away all that you've loved and cared for/

Crushing it between its hands, into powder/

However out of that powder, a single speck glows/

It glows the color of all things loving and bright,/

This tiny speck, nearly nothing,/

Has healed the most hurt,/

Sheltered the most homeless,/

And fed the most hungry/

This speck, the tiniest miracle worker/

Is called hope…