Poetry Kids TileHumanities 8 students Erin LeBlanc and Isabela Cusano have been named finalists in the Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest in the youth division for ages 12-14. Their poems have been chosen from a pool of more than 80 poems. They and other winners in the 24rd annual contest will read their poems as part of an awards ceremony held on April 28 at 7 p.m. in the Capen Room at Stoneleigh-Burnham School.

The Friends of the Greenfield Public Library has sponsored the Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest each year since 1991. The competition is held in honor of Frederick Goddard Tuckerman who lived in Greenfield from 1847 until his death in 1873 and was considered by his contemporaries – Emerson, Thoreau, and Tennyson – to be a gifted poet.

Awards will be given for first, second, and third place in the adult division, and for the four top poems in the youth division for ages 12 to 18 (divided into 12-14 and 15-18 for judging).

Summer Dreams
By Isabela Cusano

I come from muddy boots and drumming rain,
Purring cats and the view from the sweet fern hill.
I hold fresh picked apples from the windy orchard,
And the loneliness, the empathy and friendly chickadees at the feeder.
I believe in asking too many questions,
And loving first, last and always.
I am wind in dry grass, a silhouette on the horizon,
And that stubborn little girl who always dreams.

Soul of a Performer
By Erin LeBlanc

to hold the crowd
at bay, just outside the
edge of glow
but to music,
to build the wall between you and me.
a slow creation,
clear and empty,
to hold space
with the grace of one who knows
that there is no life
besides the second living
in the space between the
dark and the light,
to fill that space,
with every beauty
from a vast forever.
waiting without want,
hands thrown up,
deafening crescendos
never let them see you,
after you walk off stage,
you must be,