There is always a reason to smile. Whether it’s an inside joke with a friend, a TV show, the face your brother makes when he yawns, or the sound your cat makes when it stretches, we want the reason you smile to be your guide for entries in our 2015 Smiles and Laughter Poetry Contest in honor of National Poetry Month.

Compose a haiku, cinquain, limerick, ballad, sonnet, free verse, or any writing style that suits your fancy. Whether you write about what makes you smile, smirk, laugh, or giggle, we want to hear from you!

Start composing your masterpiece today. Prizes will be given in each grade level.

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    Victoria wanted to put in a song that I sing to her every night since the day she was born....... Hush now my baby be still...

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    The breeze so soft but yet so strong it blows along the worlds trees The breeze blowing in my face like millions of my mother’s...

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    My brother loves me We are best friends We play blocks, that's why I love him I help my brother, because he is small He...

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    I am Shae E. submitting for my daughter Karma E. Dog smiles are like ours...

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    I am fast and strong I wonder about helping the world I hear the punch of a frontuck I see everything from stars to colors...

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    My grandpas name is Steve he is strong. He has Peritoneal Mesothelioma cancer in the abdomen. I love my grandpa he is 50 years...

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    Horses are amazing creatures. They are majestic and magical. They could kill you at any second but they choose not to. They carry...

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    I am Jane's Mama and I am submitting for her: A Snake is as smooth as a scallop shell, as beautiful as the Ocean on a...

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    There is this guy I thought I knew I really felt a dream come true, With soft brown hair, And sparkling eyes, A caring stare...

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    Silly Big Playing thinking laying Happy mad serious cuckoo Friend

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    M - Magnificent in Every Way Y - Young and Spirited H - Has Everything That I Want O - Oh How I Love Her So Much R - Runs...

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    Humorous comments, jokes, and faces, Inexplicable moments, full of joy… These are the things that make me laugh, From ear to...

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    Jokes make you smile You can hear people laughing within a mile It makes you giggle Without a tickle Folks say them in...

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    How do I get through the day? Some may not know, but I will say, If you start the day with gratitude, It will increase your...

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    My school allows met to work at my own pace, and Class Connects allow me to go back and watch the recording if the teacher went...

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    Here is my poem from my Daughter, Today I'm happy, But not Rin, I ask why, Someone dyed my fur, I say who did? It...

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    Peace, you stop the hands of violence and your words just Your melody resounds through the wars dust You are our first...

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    We had some cans of olives. I don't know where they went- I know I didn't use them! But some how they've been...

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    The one I see, makes my smile be. The one I need, plants a laughter seed. The one I love, is who I write of...

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    My Mommy has a belly- A baby's hiding there! She uses it for a table- It's handy anywhere!

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    It was a sunny day Filled with heat At recess I played basketball And we got beat We were ready to leave Backpacks on...

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    This is Pete the cat. His tummy is very flat. He likes to eat a lot. So he plans to get fat.

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    Every Year of preparing, every moment we spent that morning of march runs through our heads, we hang up the dresses and tie them...

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    A cat for you. A cat for me. They are so fluffy as can be. They cuddle me when I feel blue.If you play with them they play with...

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    I walk down the stairs and see my dad looking for his blue and green tie.I walk far enough to the kitchen to smell blueberry pie....