A Prize Winning Poem

My older daughter, Laura, won a Poetry prize last year and because of contest rules was not able to release it publicly until this year. It was released this year in the publication:  2014 Encore;  2014 Prize Poems of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Inc. She was awarded Second Place in Contest 17, the Indiana State Federation of Poetry Clubs Award.

It is proudly presented below.

 La Bonne Vie

The upstairs neighbors are bowling again

in their living room;

shaking up my ceiling lights

on Sunday afternoon.

They pole vault in the bedroom,

play polo in the bath,

and sometimes in the kitchen – run

a hundred yard dash.

Next door is karaoke, at a quarter after nine,

it echos in the air vent of the bedroom next to mine.

And down the hall a two-year-old

with big mischievous eyes

knocks on my door and tries to hide

from mother’s scolding cries.

Laura Tallen

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Congratulations, Laura. Hope you can send more writings to Off the Beaten Path.