Focusing on the theme “Louisiana’s Coast: Our Unique Culture,” more than 250 students from across the state competed in the second annual Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and 4-H Youth Wetlands Program poetry contest during Wetlands Week on April 20-24.

Winners have been named in each of the three age groups: upper elementary, middle school and high school. First place winners in each division received a $200 cash award with their teacher receiving a $50 award.

Second place contestants received $100, and third-place students were awarded $50.

Placing in their respective age groups were West Feliciana Middle’s Tyler Bullock, St. Francisville, third place, and West Feliciana High’s Paycen Brouillette, St. Francisville, third place.

Winning poems can be found at coastal.la.gov/ poetrycontest/ and will be featured in CPRA and 4-H Youth Wetlands Program publications.

“HOME”

By Tyler Bullock

Louisiana Cypress trees,

Looming higher than you and I;

Spanish Moss hanging down,

swaying side to side,

it’s their own way of greeting.

Brown Pelicans,

leading with their bills;

Bass swimming about,

speeding through the murky water,

giving the pelicans their fills.

All the little honeybees,

stars of many songs,

slurping up the nectar,

collecting sums of pollen,

and sharing with the flowers.

“All good things must come to an end”

they say,

sadly that is true,

with our sacred coast,

erosion takes our beautiful land.

From the Cypress trees,

the Spanish moss,

even from the Pelicans,

and from the harmless little honeybees.

Who would do such a thing?

“GOOD MORNING, LOUISIANA”

By Paycen Brouillette

A new sun rises in the morning sky

The sleepy swamp awakes; the pelicans fly

In the murky water, catfish swim

An egret perches on a cypress limb

Noon day comes, and beneath the hot sun

The cottonmouth swims, the wild rabbits run.

The sun begins to set as the day moves along

The bullfrogs will soon croak their evening song

And the warm day gives way to the coolness of night.

The alligator hunts with all of its might,

The owls hoot and the raccoons play.

I wouldn’t have Louisiana any other way.

More winning poems can be found at coastal.la.gov/ poetrycontest/ and will be featured in CPRA and 4-H Youth Wetlands Program publications.