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Student wins poetry contest

Posted: Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

MARANA — Xander Clinkingbeard, a first grade student at Ironwood Elementary School, wrote a poem that won the Desert Museum Earth Day Poetry Contest.

Clinkingbeard was honored at a reception at the Desert Museum on May 6, where he read his poem entitled “A Hohokam Boy.” Clinkingbeard went to Signal Hill in Saguaro National Park and examined the petroglyph writing of the Hohokam to get inspiration for his writing.

Here is Clinkingbeard’s poem.

“A Hohokam Boy”

A Hohokam boy lived here long ago.

His father hunted with a bow.

His mom wove a basket to hold the grain.

They looked at the sky and prayed for rain.

Did the boy have a dog?

Did he sometimes feel sad?

Did he want to grow up and be like his dad?

Why did they carve a spiral on a rock?

Is that a way they learned to talk?

How did they live in the hot desert sun?

Did he race with his friends and have lots of fun?

For the complete article see the 05-09-2012 issue.

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