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Honorable Mention Poem from our 2015 Poetry Contest

When I got to her earthen room,
I thought, Oh God, no. Not this one.

Too young, too fragile, for this word-
made-flesh deal you’ve got brewing.

I was still a vapor having my doubts,
when I saw her look up from her book

and stare at a tree outside her window.
Something brought a tear to her eye,

which she wiped dutifully away,
then smiled. Maybe she was thinking

of a shepherd boy she liked or what
was for supper. (Even in my etheric state,

I could smell something tasty 
bubbling in her mother’s kitchen.)

Then, the look on her face told me
we had the right girl for the job.

All I had to do was materialize
and tell her the story.


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On June 15, 2020, Lisa Vihos was named by the mayor of Sheboygan as the city’s first poet laureate. Lisa has received two Pushcart Prize nominations and several awards from the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters.

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