Poetry contest

Mother-of-Three Wins Elizabethton Poetry Contest | News

ELIZABETHTON— The ElizAlliance recently announced the winner of its April poetry contest, held in honor of National Poetry Month.

The winner is Amanda Baxter, 31, an Elizabethton resident and mother of three girls aged 11, 5 and 4. She is originally from Oklahoma, but has resided in Tennessee for 13 years, where she is raising her daughters, who were all born in Tennessee.

Baxter had some pretty tough competition. Shanasha Acuna, president of ElizAlliance, said there were 21 submissions to the poetrycompetition.

The judges were Jilian Reece of Carter County Drug Prevention, Mary Ann Owen and Harley Williams, both of the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library.

Baxter received the top prize of $50 for winning the competition.

The judges obviouslyresponded to the poem’s message of maternal love and healing.

The poem is autobiographical. Baxter remembers a painful childhood and young adulthood, victim of a family cycle that she was able to break thanks to the love and happiness brought to her by the new life she was entrusted with. raise and nurture.

Baxter said when she explained the poem to her eldest daughter, the girl was very touched.

“You mean I did that?” Baxter said her daughter asked her in surprise.

This isn’t the first time Baxter has won a poetry contest. The first time was when she was only 10 and her class at school had to write a poem. Each student was asked to write down what they hoped the country would be like when it grew up. Baxter said his poem was selected by nothing else than former President Bill Clinton.

Here is Baxter’s winning poem in the ElizAlliance contest:


Born a baby with infinite potential

Variables in life, often exponential

Childhood brought pain, just a prelude

Empathy and love always seemed to slip away

Aged but no wiser, acclimated to wrongdoing

Hopeful for love, pushed into the arms of a narcissist

Malignant depression, taking a soul

Dead but still running, not in control

Reborn to the sound of a baby crying

Forced to life, body and mind conform

Strength returns like parental love

The fate of the baby now taken care of

Leaving what was once considered home

Embrace newness and many things unknown

New strength, new life, new smiles, now safe

There’s only happiness and love left to endureAmanda Baxter