It’s Saturday night, and the Montana State Speech and Debate Tournament is finished. Three of my speech girls broke into semi finals. That means they placed among the top 16 in their events in the state of Montana. We had four debaters make the stage by placing in the top 8 in the state. It was a good meet for us, and I am proud to be affiliated with our team. They are an amazing group of young people, who give me hope for the future of our species.
This week’s words come from “One Day You Wake Up,” by Ann Hunkins. You can find the poem in I Go to the Ruined Place, a compilation of poems written “in defense of global human rights.” One of the editors of the compilation is M. L. Smoker, a Montana poet. A member of the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes, Smoker is a poet in her own right. For an excellent read check out Smoker’s first book of poetry, Another Attempt at Rescue. A link to more information about both books is in the sidebar.
Preparing for the speech meet kept me away from many of your poems last week. Hopefully, I’ll make it to many pieces tomorrow. It tickles me to see that both Tilly Bud and Mr. Richard Walker came back to the Whirl in the same week. Welcome Back!
It’s nice to have a few newbies, too. Welcome.