Academic

Poem by Lila Cutter Wins First Place, Selected for Publication

Lila Cutter, Maharishi School Junior, has won first place, high school category, in the Iowa Poetry Association contest. Cutter’s submission, "Magic," will be published in Lyrical Iowa 2010, the 65th annual anthology of the Iowa Poetry Association. Lyrical Iowa is an annual anthology of 300 or more of the winning poems from the IPA contest.

The Iowa Poetry Association is a non-profit organization with the objective of promoting interest in, and appreciation for better poetry by Iowans. IPA is an affiliate of the Academy of American Poets and the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Inc.

Magic by Lila Cutter

There are times when the
black cloak of that
one thought
parts,
revealing a child who is just old enough
to know that everything she once believed
is now uncertain.
In the teetering darkness she wonders,
“What about magic? Where has it gone?”
And when faced with that
looming mountain she knows is
hers to climb there is always an
“I can’t do it”
blocking the path.
Yet there are times when her feet
keep moving forward.
You can do it.
And that’s magic little one,
That’s it.

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