Poetry contest

We have a winner: Favorite Things Poetry Contest

Swamp Reflections
Richard van Duyvendyk

Dear readers

Christmas marked exactly one year since I started writing articles and stories for the Millstone. I am grateful to all of you who gave me your time to read my column. I especially thank our editor, Brent Eades, who gives me the space to write to you has found all the photos that accompany my writings. Thank you all.

Thank you to all of you who sent in submissions for our Favorite Things Poetry Contest. Your images have filled the pages with love, hope and beautiful things. We have great poets in our community, and I thank them all for writing their poems. I apologize for the delay in announcing the contest winner. I had to wait for Maria Von Trapp to finish her Christmas activities and sift through the entries with me. She tactfully informed me that “Herring in Bottles” had not been selected.

The winner of this year’s Favorite Things contest is Sarah Prospero.

favorite things

Cooking for Christmas and roasting marshmallows,
Discouraged toddlers exploring the shallows,
Leaves fresh out of the line and swinging on swings,
These are some of my favorite things.

Smelly babies and hot steaming coffee
Blue jays and robins and butterscotch,
New grass and pines and beautiful tree rings

These are some of my favorite things.

Dancing barefoot with my daughter,
Dive right under the waves in the water,
Anne of Green Gables and what Santa Claus brings

These are some of my favorite things.

When the clouds roll in, when I’m alone, when I feel angry,
I just remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad.
Thick silver bracelets and wishes on the stars of the night,
Sing the Beatles with friends and their guitars
Loving my son’s voice every time he sings,

These are some of my favorite things.

Sarah Prospero