I admit it. I hate poetry.
There. I said it. I hate poetry.
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But if there are kids involved, I almost always say yes when I'm asked to judge an event.
So when Kaci Kelly of the Columbus Museum asked if I'd judge the Poetry Slam, I said yes.
And I'm glad I did.
There were 12 high school poets from Northside High, Spemcer High and Columbus High schools, along with Chattahoochee County High School and the Early College Academy at Kendrick High School.
A month ago, these kids and more took a poetry workshop. They looked at a number of paintings in the museum's permanent collection and based their poems on these art works.
Today, they came with two poems each.
They all recited one poem and we judged those. The scores were tabulated and the top six recited their second poems.
The winners: Mary Lyons, a senior at Northside was first; Desmund Yates, a Northside junior was second and Ricca Johnson, a junior at Spencer was third.
Congratulations to the winners and all the kids who participated.
It's the eighth year the museum has held this competition, and I hope it goes on for many years.