'Life's Voyages' poetry winners proclaimed in county-wide event PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 05 April 2013 09:04
The Wood County Committee on Aging held its eighth annual poetry banquet last week and drew in 29 entries from all over Wood County.
Additional entries from Lucas, Henry and Sandusky County added a new dimension to the contest this year. These entries led to a separate category for out of county participants.
This year's theme, "Life's Voyages," yielded poems reflecting the individual's personal feelings about life, hope, dreams and love.
A celebration for the entries and recognition of the winners was held March 27 at the county senior center.
The declared winner was Rosemary Yankin from Perrysburg, author of "Hello, I'm Here. You're There."
The second place winner was Carolyn Rebar, Bowling Green, with a poem entitled "Another Birthday." Larry Slaughterbeck of North Baltimore received an honorable mention for his poem, "January Corn Stalks of Wood County."  
"It is totally awesome to receive recognition for this poem," said Yankin, adding that she wrote it in 2012, a year after she lost her spouse. Her husband was the inspiration for heer writing. The poem was her way of being in touch with him as he is not with her anymore.
Yankin's poem is shared below:

"Hello, I'm Here. You're There"
by Rosemary Yanik

Hello, I'm here. You're there.
I'm talking to you even though you seem so far away.
I'm sending my thoughts
And hoping you hear them.

Hello, I'm here. You're there.
I miss our time together,
Our talks, our laughs, our sharing.
I'm holding on, moving forward,
But I miss having you beside me, around me.

Hello, I'm here. You're there.
It's difficult to enjoy
the creative pursuits when you're
not here to discuss the outcomes
and see the results.

Hello, I'm here. You're there.
You were my support and motivation to accomplish.
Now I am by myself,
And the excitement to create must be there with you.
It's harder to find it here with me.

Hello, I'm here. You're there.
My tears touch my heart.

The 2013 WCCOA poetry contest program was sponsored by Otterbein Skilled Nursing and Rehab Neighborhoods. Bowling Green State University assisted with the judging of entries. To read the winning poems visit WCCOA's blog at http:/woodcountycommitteeonaging.blogspot.com

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