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Fifth Place Poem “After Texas”

Spring 2024 Multi-Media Contest

After Texas

With veins that spill the rouge of a cardinal’s feathers,

We reflect the common magpie,

In an attempt to collect all of Earth’s treasures

To prevent them from corroding.

We illegally cut the BlueBonnet blooming at the edge of the cul de sac 

Because she’s named after the cap your grandmother adorned

To hide from the sun,

We gather each shell beneath our fingertips and attach our ears fast 

To hear the murmur of the ocean,

We tighten the lid on mason jars holding fireflies so as 

To capture the stars flying under the oak tree,

We disassemble the very structure of the mountains

To reveal a diamond as our commitment till death.

With all of our hoarded flowers, conches, bugs, and rocks,

We give memory to each

So that they might be enjoyed by another

After we’re gone. 

In which, we form a dust that returns

To the soil from whence we took.

Thus, the cycle repeats,

And another magpie is born.

To grant memories to the 

Otherwise lackluster trivialities of the world.

We simultaneously take and give the meaning 

We seek to see within this short life. 

 

2024 Poetry Contest 6th place winner click here

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