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Read the winning poem from our 2024 poetry contest

Read the poem our readers picked as their favorite, plus the three runners up.

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This month, we ran a poetry contest to celebrate National Poetry Month. We challenged our readers to craft a poem using only the words that appeared in one of our newsletters (here are the original contest guidelines if you want to give it a try).

While prose is our newsletter’s bread and butter, it turns out that you all certainly aren’t op-prose-d to verse; we received several creative, intriguing, and beautiful poems that we narrowed down to our top four finalists. You picked your favorites, and a winner has emerged.

Check out the finalist poems below, including the contest winner our readers voted for.

Winner: “Fading Ink” by Miles M.

only a decades-old tattoo

filled in impeccable black and red

on an electric Richmond night

that summer on the Boulevard

can telegraph my early history here

stoke a simple broth

craft an ambivalent brew

turn a new home and family

into a coalescence with now

Finalist: “Between the Seasons” by Maeve O.

Myths compete with the black iris opening
Its fair form evidence of our grand crossing
The early mark of summer
Announced in concert
Not unlike the pull of sunrise calling from the east
Aimed at the narrow end of spring
Enter now
We are transformed

You can forget mountains
We have found oasis in the city.

Finalist: “Fiery Tanka for a World on Fire” by Dan W.

Fools - collectors of
myths and narrow facts - transformed
spring and oasis.

Forecast: 91 percent
chance of a new red sunrise.

Stoke electric fuel!
They’re converting the night.
The owl? History.

Calling every partner-in-
ethics: keep moving mountains.

Finalist: “Write Richmond” by Jonathan S.

Submit fun stuff:
Las Vegas cocktails you can only use once,
Baseball vs. Abraham Lincoln,
Model train layouts,
Tattoo and tea.
We recommend highlighting Richmond
Find the interesting words
Don’t forget to keep track of your happy writing
We can’t wait to mix and match
Any word appearing anywhere please.
Head to the library for a stack of books on a wooden porch swing.
Be a part of history.

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