Where are you from? We want your hometown to be your muse as your write your entry for K12's 2018 Poetry Contest! Whether it's the sight of city lights that ignites your soul, the smell of honeysuckle in the summertime, the feeling of ocean waves crashing against your skin, the sound of the old clock tower on Main Street, or the taste of ice cream from the county fair, give us a sense of place, writing what you think about when you hear the word "hometown."
Simply compose a haiku, cinquain, limerick, ballad, sonnet, free verse—or any other poetic form that suits your fancy—about your hometown, and enter for a chance to win!
Start composing your poetic masterpiece today! Prizes will be given to the top three winners in each grade.

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    I love my hometown, Toledo.

    Where I was born, I was born happy

    Crying tears of joy and they were gonna name me...

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    The scent of lavender fills the air,

    Mingling with pine trees.

    Salmon swim upstream each year,

    On a...

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    Brandon Florida

    Down in the hottest, and prettiest state,

    I was born, in lil ol’ Brandon Florida,

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    Cadott is the place I was born,

    the place my heart yearns to call home

    once more.

     

    But years of...

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    Spring is here!!

    Spring has sprung

    Words are sung

    Bumblebees buzz

    On the dandelion fuzz

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    My Astonishing Christmas Eve...

    A time ago when I was little, I remember a surreal dream.

    One that kept you...

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    California is the best place to live. It has so much to give. It's alot of fun! Heard thats that its a lot of people?  Theres...

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    Coolville is my town,

    A town so small,

    Everybody knows everybody,

    but many think it is dull.

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    Rhymes What should I write about? There so little time I can't write. If I had enough time maybe I can get some lines. Maybe I...

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    Winfield is a small town It is small but won't let you down It has stores to shop To get lots of soda pop We are proud of our...

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    My town is small not even an mall. Only one gas station no red lights no parks or even stores. Have to leave town to get...

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                                             Gumbo
       The songs of the crickets rang in my ears, as...

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    Wichita

    The friendliest town you'll meet.

    We'll never be beat.

    In Oklahoma it doesn't feel the same. ...

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    Louisiana can be hot.

    On somedays Loranger is not.

    If you look around you'll see

    all that Loranger can be...

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    What is Michigan? Wouldn't you love to know?

    The big place everyone loves, the one with the snowy glow.

    It gets...

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    Franklin maybe small to some, but to me it has much meaning. When I left and moved from there, it kept my inner being. Missing...

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                      Cajun Evening

         The smell of gumbo drifts through the air,
       as a...

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    When people come here

    They are amazed

    They feel like staying

    For the rest of their days.

    They say...

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    Everyone’s Own Sacred Place

     

    We are people who feel

    Who have sacred places

    Childhood...

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    Take that moment to look outside to the amazing view,

    Have your eyes full of hills and rivers,

    The green,

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    Fairmont

    Fairmont may be little but it stands up tall

    Its pretty some times amzing to me

    i am pround of...

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    You always answer when I call
    And help me up if I should fall,
    But you never complain at all,
    My...

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    In my hometown i was happy and proud,

    But, i had 5 siblings and 3 were very loud,

    So i said you need to be quiet...

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    The White Rose

    The white rose

    Flutters in the wind.

    Confronted by monstrous rain,

    Ready...

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    Please take a seat,

    As you read.

    The wonderful hometown,

    You can’t imagine seeing.

     

    A town...