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Andrea Heiberg, and read her winning poem, "The Grass is Green."
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April 13, 2013
I tried something new today. Mom and I went to The Painted Pot and sat behind a
pottery wheel to make a bowl. She took to it like a duck takes to water. Me, not so much. I pushed too hard with my fingers
at times, creating a lopsided, spinning lump. Then I didn't push hard enough and couldn't balance out the clay.
I was disappointed with myself because I wasn't
an instant "success." No matter that I liked getting my hands in the clay, the feel of it. The fact that I
couldn't do it perfectly took my focus away from the joy in the doing. Fortunately, a young woman named Abby helped me shape
the clay, talked me through the rough parts, showed me how to make a bowl.
Writing can be like that. Sometimes
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"and whatever sky
I tell you
I saw it . . ."
“The Grass is Green” by Andrea Heiberg, winner of the Burning the Midnight Oil Poetry Contest. ________________________________
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