Poetry Contest: Natural Phenomenon

After reading about the eruption of Vesuvius and the surprising birth of helium gas inside the Earth, Tater was awestruck by the fascinating forces and mysteries of nature. What a great topic for a poetry contest!

For this month’s contest, Tater would like you to write a poem about something in nature that is awesomely beautiful, powerful, or mysterious. Will you write about monumental geological formations such as mountains; the amazing power of wind or water or ice; or cool ecosystems such as the rain forest? Will your great natural phenomenon have to do with living things in nature, such as animals and insects, or amazing flowers and plants?

Whether you reach up into the starry heavens with your verse, or down deep into the molten heart of Earth, everybuggy will be quaking with excitement when your best poem of 24 lines or less erupts out of the Cricket Country mailbox. (Naturally.)

    1. Your contest entry must be your very own original work. Ideas and words should not be copied.
    2. If you're 14 years old or younger, your entry must be signed by your parent or guardian, saying it is your own original work, that no help was given, and granting Cricket permission to publish prizewinning entries in the July/August 2011 issue or on our Web site. If you're older than 14, you must sign your own work, verifying that it is original.
    3. Be sure to include your name, age, and full address on your entry.
    4. Only one entry per person, please.
    5. If you want your work returned, enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope for each entry.
    6. Incomplete entries cannot be considered. Your entry will be incomplete if you forget to include your age or a signature verifying that your work is original.
    7. Your entry must be received by March 25, 2011.
    8. Send entries to:
      Cricket League
      P.O. Box 300
      Peru, IL 61354