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Thursday, June 12, 2003 02:20 pm

Bards of the Sangamo 6-12-03

By Lee Gurga

This week we have a special treat for our readers: haiku by Cindy Strong's students at Lutheran High School.

Passionate warmth,
The sweet kiss of sunshine,
Summer heat heals winter blues

- Hannah Rucker


A hit, dust flying
A player races the ball
Which one is faster?

- Ricky Harkins


In the deep green lake
The dragonfly pirouettes
next to my canoe

- Kaitlin Justin


Hot rainstorm at night
lightning streaks through the sky
Drenches everything

- Roni Steele


The butterfly whistles
in the wind
fluttering in this summer noon

-Kara Wenthe


Fair cheeks kissed by the sun
splashing in a pool of fun
summer has begun

-Chelsea Guffy


Sparkling sunset
Like a sequin in the sky
Summer sings its lullaby

-Rebba Omer


Local poets were writing about contemporary events in the Sangamo Journal as early as the 1830s. People's Poetry wants you to share your thoughts on what's happening in Springfield today--in poetic form. Poems on any subject will be considered, but ones that deal with issues of local interest are encouraged. Send yours to poetry editor Lee Gurga, P.O. Box 662, Lincoln, IL 62656, or to gurga@ccaonline.com with "Bards of the Sangamo" in the subject line. (Please limit your submissions to poems of 14 lines or less.)

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