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First Place Poetry Contest

Nocturne’s Delight

Worms crawling together under the earth,

A muddy swamp, full of moss and stones.

Mushrooms sprouting out in fungal birth.

Deep in the marshes, mystery is sown.


The colors of autumn leaves are nature’s art.

Initials of lovers carved into bark;

Arrow bursting through an etched heart.

Sunlight fades, the day starts to grow dark.



Wondering which way to turn?

Searching for wooden signs pointing home.

There’s no way out within this twisted fern!

Further into the whistling woods I roam.

Shadows envelop me in a velvet embrace.


Beneath a sliver of moon and scattered stars,

There are no footsteps for me to retrace.

Hidden thorns threaten me with scars.


Obscured in gloom are the creatures of the night,

Bats, moths, and owls bask in nocturne’s delight.


Read the Second Place Poetry Contest Poem by clicking here

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Noemi Saucedo, Writer / Photographer
Hello! My name is Noemi Saucedo. At The Talon, I am a writer and photographer for MSJC’s Student Newspaper. My major is in communications, and I aim to transfer to a university for media and cultural studies. Much of my work is reflective of and nostalgic for my upbringing in the small-town suburbs of California as a first-generation Mexican-American child. From a young age, I was drawn into the imaginary worlds offered through storybooks and movies. Such interests have followed me into young adulthood, translated as an adoration for literature, poetry, film, music, and art. In my work for the student paper, I search for stories that will resonate with creatives and media lovers in my local community “I invented a life for myself, so at least I’d live somehow.” Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground
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