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Arbor Day
Poetry Contest

“Other holidays repose upon the past;
Arbor Day proposes for the future.”

–J. Sterling Morton.

2022 Arbor Day Poetry Contest – the 14th annual!

National Arbor Day celebrates its 150th anniversary on Friday, April 29th, 2022

Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April in the United States. It is marked by the planting of trees and emphasizes caring for them as a way to sustainably protect our planet’s natural resources.

Arbor Day Poetry Contest Winners Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District
In commemoration of Arbor Day, the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District holds the Annual Arbor Day Poetry Contest for Senior Citizens. The theme changes yearly.

Eligibility

1. Hamilton County senior citizens may participate.

2. One entry per person.

2022 arbor day poetry contest poster

Poem Criteria

1. Compose a Clogyrnach poem based on the theme “Hope Grows Through Trees.” Clogyrnach is a Welch form containing one or more stanzas. Each stanza contains six lines with the below syllable count (8-8-5-5-3-3) and rhyme scheme (a-a-b-b-b-a). The poem must be original and hand-written or typed. Colorful poems and additional media are encouraged.

Line 1: 8 syllables, a: A child is weeping in the dark
Line 2: 8 syllables, a: His mother’s left him in the park
Line 3: 5 syllables, b: What was she thinking?
Line 4: 5 syllables, b: Had she been drinking?
Line 5: 3 syllables, b: Her wee king
Line 6: syllables, a: Her stretch mark

2. The poem must be original and hand-written or typed. Colorful poems and additional media are encouraged.

Submission Requirements

1. Entry deadline: April 22, 2022
2. Submission options
• Mail to PO BOX 166 Lake Pleasant, NY 12108
• Email to: CaitlinStewart@HamiltonCountySWCD.org
• Drop off at the District office. Our lower entry always remains unlocked.
3. Name, mailing address, and email or phone number must be included on back of poem.
Patricia Paton - First Place Winner
Poems will be judged on originality, creativity, and relevance to theme.

Judging

Prizes

1. Trees for the first, second, and third place winners
2. Certificates for all participants

Good luck, have fun, and Happy Arbor Day!

Tom Rippere third place winner