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Poetry Contest Winners

Here are the winning entries in Fresh Air's Poetry Contest

The First....the Last Time
by Monica Rosas

Rustling skirt,
steps taken
down
a dusty path
- gone by night's rainfall.


The First Time
by Maggie Quirt

the first time driving alone was
transcendent
sky-grey Ford Fairmont truckering up the road
with a girth like Pavarotti
yearning to blast the radio
(or at least change the station)
but panicked hands fixed to the wheel
(10 and 2)
and the sudden, ravishing, freedom to go
Anywhere


The Sacrifice of Isaac
by Eric Golombek

The first time Isaac realized that
He
In fact, was the ram, he
squeezed his father's hand and said,
"Here I am."
So,
Why does my son, Isaac,
sit
on our chair-and-a-half
playing DSi XL 3D Xbox Facebook,
And
watch me clear his Mister Noodles from the dinner table?


The First Time
by Jeannette Urbas

My first tottering steps
After I fractured my ankle
Brought memories
Of when I was two
And exhilarated
Stood up on my own

Then
A long future of achievement
Beckoned

Now
At eighty
The years have diminished

There are true beginnings
And beginnings
That presage an end.


The First Time
by Richard von Erlac

On the moon
My first visit
Was less crowded
Than today