Mother’s Day Poem Card Contest Finalist

For our Spring Holiday Poem Card Contest and in honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, we asked our 170 Badgerdog writers to wax poetic about the women they call Mom. We received more than 120 poems celebrating the strength, wisdom, and beauty of mothers who sing songs and wash flip flops, mothers with skin so soft and eyes that shine in the sun, mothers who work too hard, and one mother, who, if she were an animal would be a cat. We’ve selected the three poems that moved us most with their artistry, insight, and vision, and we’ll be publishing these on the Badgerblog this week. On Wednesday, we’ll announce the winning poem, which will also be distributed in restaurants across the city, so if you’re taking mom to brunch on Sunday, you may find a beautiful piece of poetry—an ode to mothers—tucked inside your check.

Today we present one of our finalists, a poem from Adonis at Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary School. With great honesty and humor, it celebrates the unconditional love mothers wield, and stern protection that flares up when we ask for too much. Congratulations, Adonis!

Motorcycle Mom

My mom always sticks with me.
I can always say I had the best birthday.
With her smooth hands, she pats me
___on the back when I can’t sleep.
I can remember her saying, “You, my son,
___you can be anything you want to be.”
I asked her, “Can I be a singer?” Yes!
“Can I own a motorcycle?”
She looked at me. “Are you serious?
___Come on. You want a motorcycle?
___Over my dead body.”

Adonis, third grade, Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary School

Mother’s Day Poem Card Contest Finalist

For our Spring Holiday Poem Card Contest and in honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, we asked our 170 Badgerdog writers to wax poetic about the women they call Mom. We received more than 120 poems celebrating the strength, wisdom, and beauty of mothers who sing songs and wash flip flops, mothers with skin so soft and eyes that shine in the sun, mothers who work too hard, and one mother, who, if she were an animal would be a cat. We’ve selected the three poems that moved us most with their artistry, insight, and vision, and we’ll be publishing these on the Badgerblog over the next few days. On Wednesday, we’ll announce the winning poem, which will also be distributed in restaurants across the city, so if you’re taking mom to brunch on Sunday, you may find a beautiful piece of poetry—an ode to mothers—tucked inside your check.

Today we present one of our finalists, a poem from Luna at Del Valle Middle School. We were stunned by its depiction of a mother who seems to both obey the rules but defy expectations; she seems to even teeter on invincibility. Congratulations, Luna!

Converse Mum

She’s like a fly,
Always running up and down Dearbonne Drive,
Eating the leftover raw meat.
You better love her.
She loves wearing Converse.
She’s cool, like hot rocks.
She always stops at stop signs.
She’s pretty as a lovely river falling over smooth pebbles.
The way she talks makes me think she was born in the Country of Sarcasm.
Do you love her yet?
She loves the ripe, watery taste of watermelon.
She is a redwood tree.

Luna, seventh grade, Del Valle Middle School

El Día de Halloween/The Day of Halloween

HalloweenC09Es el final del verano
Y la cosecha termina.
Es el alma y el espíritu
Que alucinan.

Lo negro de los muertos—
Sin duda a suceder.
Las tumbas se han de
Romper, es lo seguro.
Lo cierto del negro obscuro.

Lo negro de noche oscura,
Naranja de amanecer—
Sus poderes harán tristezas.
Ya la casa estará segura.

VeronicaEnglish translation:

It is the end of summer
And the harvest is over.
It is the soul and the spirit
That dream.

The black of the dead­—
It will surely happen.
The tombs must
Break, it is certain.

The certainty of dark black.
The black of dark night,
The orange dawn—
Their powers will make sorrows.
The house will already be safe.

Veronica, fourth grade, Barrington Elementary School

Original artwork by Sarah Meraz © 2009. Thanks Sarah!

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Every fall and spring, Badgerdog solicits and publishes occasional poems from its students. This poem by Veronica was the winner of our Halloween poem contest. Congratulations, Veronica!

Untitled

“Soon, my darling,” the pumpkin whispered
as a candle flickered within it, “Soon.”

Fall leaves whirled with the flow of music
like fish in a pond or birds in a flock.

The October vines
keep me trapped like spider webs.

How the color orange covers
the pumpkin is how the feeling covered
my body
like scarecrows covered by black-winged birds.

Tell me, how will I look at you
when morning comes?

Collaborative poem from Del Valle Opportunity Center

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Every fall and spring, Badgerdog solicits and publishes occasional poems from its students. This poem by the students at Del Valle Opportunity Center was one of our Halloween favorites. Congratulations!

Stay tuned for the winning poem on Friday.

Halloween

TVs are eating children!
Cars are transforming.
Robots are coming out of kitties’ heads.
Giant ants are eating chocolate!
Babies are trick-or-treating.
We ran into a haunted house
full of skeletons, ghosts, and bats.
They turned us into ghosts!
We scared the trick-or-treating babies
and stole their candy.
Man, Halloween is crazy!

Chuy, fourth grade, Hillcrest Elementary School

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Every fall and spring, Badgerdog solicits and publishes occasional poems from its students. This poem by Chuy was one of our Halloween favorites. Congratulations, Chuy!

Stay tuned for more Halloween Contest Honorable Mentions throughout the week and the winning poem on Friday.

Untitled Valentine's Day Poem 2

can you
please dance
with me don’t
be afraid
please just
give me
one more
chance

Ryan

Every spring and fall, Badgerdog solicits and publishes occasional poems from its students. This poem by Ryan was one of our Valentine’s Day favorites. Congratulations, Ryan!

Stay tuned for more Valentine’s Day Contest Honorable Mentions throughout the week and the winning poem on Saturday.

Original artwork by former Badgerdog student Izzy Lawlor.

Untitled Valentine's Day Poem 1

My love to you is like
a pot of stew, when I
see you I bubble to the brim
then . . . “PoP, PoP, PoP” hearts
fly in the air! Then I cry
“don’t eat me because I
love you!” I weep to my feet
and you sweep at my feet
while I weep!

Kat

Every spring and fall, Badgerdog solicits and publishes occasional poems from its students. This poem by Kat was one of our Valentine’s Day favorites. Congratulations, Kat!

Stay tuned for more Valentine’s Day Contest Honorable Mentions throughout the week and the winning poem on Saturday.

Beary Merry Wuv

Dear Bearretta,

I love the way you hug me,
I like the way you look.
It’s funny when you bake a cake,
like a little cook.
I like it when you’re laughing,
a high-pitched giggle.
But I like it most when you are
just plain old rittle.

Love Bearemy

Kevin

Every spring and fall, Badgerdog solicits and publishes occasional poems from its students. This poem by Kevin was one of our Valentine’s Day favorites. Congratulations, Kevin!

Stay tuned for more Valentine’s Day Contest Honorable Mentions throughout the week and the winning poem on Saturday.

Tasty Love

I’ve seen you watching me.
Yes, I’m the T.V.
I see you when people open the refrigerator door.
I wish I could see you more.
When I see you I feel at ease.
I love you, you big chunk of cheese.

Mac

Every spring and fall, Badgerdog solicits and publishes occasional poems from its students. This poem by Mac was one of our Valentine’s Day favorites. Mac wrote the poem in response to a prompt asking him to imagine a love letter between two inanimate objects. Congratulations, Mac!

Stay tuned for more Valentine’s Day Contest Honorable Mentions throughout the week and the winning poem on Saturday.

I Wrote Your Name: Pencil to Paper

Dear Paper,

I wrote your name in the sky
the wind blew it away
I wrote your name in the sand
the water washed it away
I wrote it on my eraser
it got erased!
I wrote your name on me
it got sharpened away
I wrote your name in me
now it is more than a name

Lillian

Every spring and fall, Badgerdog solicits and publishes occasional poems from its students. This poem by Lillian was one of our Valentine’s Day favorites. Lillian wrote the poem in response to a prompt asking her to imagine a love letter between two inanimate objects. Congratulations, Lillian!

Stay tuned for more Valentine’s Day Contest Honorable Mentions throughout the week and the winning poem on Saturday.