2013 Coastal Art & Poetry Contest Winners
Chloe S. Park
1st grade, Encino
Shells sing when you are not listening,
Their songs fly above the waves,
Twisting notes into music.
1st grade, Yorba Linda
Sunset at Coast
3rd Grade, Sunnyvale
The ocean's glittering turquoise surface
Has no waves
The beach sand
Under my toes
Soft as powdered sugar
And as white
In my dreams that's how it would be
Waves crash against the cliff
Making one piece of rock
Fall off at a time
A deep crevice in the rock
That would be there for ages
Being a habitat for some animal
Until the ocean decides
That it needs to be deeper
And the sea needs to rise
Lapping even stronger on the ancient cliff
This place is magical
3rd grade, Mendocino
The Great Egret
6th grade, Mountain View
A lone star,
A spark of color
In the enveloping blueness of the sea.
Trying to eye it,
Balancing on a rock,
Leaning outso far...
Swimming with a sea star.
5th grade, San Geronimo
Listening to the Sea
7th grade, Petaluma
Once upon a sunlit ocean,
Otters and kelp swayed in motion,
Over herring, rockfish, and much more,
All along California's shore.
But otters were stalked where they dwelt.
Hunted for their lustrous pelt.
Then told to move to San Nicolas.
Giving otters directions is ridiculous.
But now otters have protection.
Even after Point Conception,
No longer is there a "no otter zone,"
Keeping them from their historic home.
When otters were gone, sea urchins would thrive,
Which kept the kelp from staying alive.
Urchins eat the kelp ocean lawn,
When roots are eaten, the kelp is gone.
Herring and rockfish lost habitat,
They lost their nurseries just like that.
With otters' return, sea urchins will fade,
Letting spawning fish be unafraid.
Otters can now roam an 840 mile coast.
Otter skins no longer can hunters boast.
Otter relocation will no longer stand.
No longer from waters are otters banned.
8th grade, Ventura
Giant Pacific Octopus
12th grade, Los Angeles
I watched you as you slept
Murmurs beneath the surface
A pane of glass
The sand here is silk
Blonde by a summer sun
You are a bounty of life and elegance
Even the moon wants you
I watched you as you woke
Lunar fingers and
Cool lips kiss at sapphire skin,
And suddenly you are alive
Animate and breathing
In a chorus of lovely sea foam
I watched you as you sang
A handsome crescendo
You raise your voice so
Even the heavens can listen
Milky waves brush clean the shore and
Midnight pearls glitter on the coast
You dazzled me
Cherylynn K. Lima
11th grade, Brentwood