CDS Congratulates Eva Schneider ’25:
2019 Sandburg Poetry Contest Winner
We are pleased to announce that Eva Schneider ’25 took first place in the annual Carl Sandburg Student Poetry Contest, sponsored by the National Parks Association and the Carl Sandburg home in Flat Rock, North Carolina. Her work was one of 148 submitted from middle school students nationally. The other entries honored in the middle school category are from Jersey City, New Jersey (honorable mention); Charleston, South Carolina (third place); Fairfield, Connecticut (second place); and Atlanta, Georgia (people's choice).
Eva was invited to attend and read her winning poem at a reception held in Hendersonville earlier this month in the Blue Ridge Community College auditorium.
The original poems are on display at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site until the end of April for National Poetry Month.
The theme for 2019 was "Joy," inspiring students to write a poem about where they find joy. The theme was based on a poem by Carl Sandburg with the same name. The theme of “Joy” reflects Sandburg’s observation of joy in humanity. From celebrations to daily routines, joy can be found everywhere. Students were invited to think about what “joy” means to them. Have they experienced joy in a grand celebration, a simple moment, or found joy amidst a difficult circumstance? The winning poems allow us a glimpse into where these students find their joy.
Joy of an Owlet
By Eva Schneider
small white owlet
lifting her delicate, feather-laced wings
to try again, to reach the sky
many times before
the owlet has stumbled
failing day after day
the ground looks far
and the sky
but a seed of hope rests in the tiny
heart of an owlet
a push of her legs
off she begins
this could be the day she reaches the sky
a biting wind
and the owlet has lost balance
the familiar tumbling spin begins
but the gust of air catches her
in the delicate creases of her wintery-white wings
it lifts her high,
and she soars
her wings pump to an invisible rhythm
a song from heaven only she can hear
great joy fills her heart
is to fail a million times over
The Sandburg poetry contest is announced in December of each year with entries due late February. The contest encourages young students to write poetry based on a theme which changes each year. Educators may submit original poems written by their students. Submissions may be written in any style, and are judged within grade categories, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. source Congratulations to Eva on this remarkable accomplishment.
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