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O.B. Hardison Poetry Series
• Sonnet Contest
Grades 7-9

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Winning Entries Grades 7-9

2014 Sonnet Contest Winner: Grades 7-9



Clear blue water glistening in the sun,
Salty waves crashing on the sandy shore.
At the horizon sea and sky are one,
But life beneath lies at its beauty's core.

Darting rainbows just below the surface,
Fish swimming about the coral at play.
The reef's colors are intertwined like lace,
It's shadows an escape for would be prey.

As you dive deeper, the blue turns to black.
Sharks cruise the ocean hunting for their meal,
Their razor sharp teeth perfect for attack.
Hunger competing only with their zeal.

But hunters are needed for the sea life,
For harmony exists only with strife.


Jordan Thompson


Grade 9
Washingtonville High School
Washingtonville, NY


2014 Sonnet Contest Runner-Up: Grades 7-9

Gallus Victorious


My hen glows red in her feathery shawl
With long taloned feet below scaly legs.
She primps and she preens while perched on a wall
Then hops off to lay a nest of brown eggs.

She struts and she strolls and utters a "Brwak"

Then catches sight of a scuttling bug.
It quick dives to safety under a rock.
She pulls a worm from the earth with a tug.

A hawk circles above watching my hen
Dreaming of scrumptious chicken for dinner.
One bird remains when I look out again
But it is my hen who is the winner!

Hawk feathers are strewn all over the place.
Victory shines on my hen's beaky face.
Olivia Henshaw-Black


Grade 8
Friends Community School
College Park, Maryland

Shakespeare. Shakespeare's sonnets. London, 1899

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