She was one of two homeschoolers who entered and won this year. The other won second place in the juniors (6-10) category. Since she has no blog of her own (in spite of me begging her to start one) I will post her poem here. The poem will be published in a book with other winners and finalists which will be distributed to all the local libraries.
The Ancient Oak
Ancient oak, tall and strong,
Sheltering life beneath your branches.
Rough bark acts like a robe,
Protecting the wood inside.
Sleepy birds rest on your sturdy arms.
A crown of leaves rests on your brow,
Which you toss away in Autumn,
Only to get a new one in the Spring.
A child leans against your trunk,
In the shade, resting and dreaming.
Generations of people, animals, and plants
Have passed before your eyes,
You have seen it all.
Ancient oak, wise and patient,
You touch the heavens while still on