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EASTERDAY POETRY AWARD 2011/2012
($500 Scholarship Prize)
The Winner, as selected by our readers, is Anna Voelker the "Best of Issue" winner from the Summer 2012 issue. Anna is from the Hampton High School in Pennsylvania. Congratulations Anna!
Within the Measure
When the Sinner opens his chest to sing out in prayer
And finds that his vocal chords are written in the wrong key and feels they cannot be unlocked,
I tell him that his past could never be more tangled than my veins
And yet somehow these red rivers still manage to reach my heart
So Sinner, OPEN your ribcage like a music box and release your notes like a dying breath
Because you have the right to Live as much as I have the right to Think
And I’ve always thought that the sound of a sorry man
Strumming his vocal chords with the violinist’s bow is
The Holiest Hymn.
So Friend, Brother, do not concern yourself with keys
Because your tone will always harmonize when it is written within the measure of sincerity
Know, that your wrongs could never be more sinful than the red hands of your accusers
With stones ready in their sweaty palms,
While they slit each other’s throats to throw that first stone you skip rocks across seas of grief
Crafting poems with their ripple,
No more sacred song has ever been sung to God than the melodies you mold
By skinning the surface of your sorrows with these prayer stones
So Sinner exhale the Symphony behind your Silence
Sinner, teach me the rhythm of your lungs.
Anna Voelker, PA, Hampton High School
The Winner was selected by our readers during the month of August and September. Selections were be made from among the Quarterly Winners.
Voting closed midnight (ET) Sept 15, 2012
Quarterly "Best of Issue" Winners can be found at