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The Wood County Committee on Aging’s Eighth Annual Poetry contest drew in 29 entries from all over the county.

Additional entries from Lucas, Henry and Sandusky counties added a new dimension to the contest this year, according to Danielle Brogley, WCCOA director of programs.

“These entries enabled the contest to include a separate category for out-of-county participants,” Brogley said.

The poems submitted reflected the individuals’ personal feelings about life, hope, dreams and love, which celebrated the heart and souls of the participants as they have enjoyed “Life’s Voyages.”

A celebration for the entries and recognition of the winners was held March 27 at the Wood County Senior Center. Rosemary Yankin, of Perrysburg, was announced as the winner for her poem, “Hello, I’m Here. You’re There.”

The second-place winner was Carolyn Rebar, of Bowling Green, for her poem entitled, “Another Birthday.” Larry Slaughterbeck, of North Baltimore, received an honorable mention for his work entitled, “January Corn Stalks of Wood County.” 

“I am honored and appreciative to be selected as the winner,” Yanklin said. “It is totally awesome to receive recognition for this poem.” Yanklin’s poem was written in 2012, a year after she had lost her spouse. Her husband was the inspiration for the poem.

Hello, I’m Here. You’re There
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 WCCOA extended a sincere thank you to all of the entrants for their contributions to the contest. “The contest committee would like to extend a special thank you to Otterbein Skilled Nursing and Rehab Neighborhoods for their sponsorship of this program and to Bowling Green State University for assisting with the judging of the entries,” Brogley said.

To read all the winning poems, visit http:/woodcountycommitteeonaging.blogspot.com

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