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Local writer places 2nd in Poetry Contest
Posting Date: 05/01/2014
WCCOA Program Intern, Amorette Renwand, with Larry E. Slaughterbeck, Second Place for

WCCOA Program Intern, Amorette Renwand, with
Larry E. Slaughterbeck, Second Place for "A
Plastic Cream Colored Philco."

The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. held its ninth annual poetry banquet and drew in 22 entries from all over Wood County.

North Baltimore resident Larry Slaughterbeck garnered 2nd Place with a beautiful story about a radio.

The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. held its ninth annual poetry banquet and drew in 22 entries from all over Wood County.

The poems reflected the individual’s personal feelings about life, hope, dreams and love, which celebrated the heart and souls of the participants as they have enjoyed “Life’s Moments.”

A celebration for the entries and recognition of the winners took place on Tuesday, April 29 at 4 p.m. at the Wood County Senior Center. The declared winner was Nancy Jean from Perrysburg, Ohio author of “And We Grow.” The second place winner was Larry E. Slaughterbeck from North Baltimore, Ohio with his poem entitled, “A Plastic Cream Colored Philco.” Colleen Dunn of Bowling Green received an Honorable Mention for her work entitled, “God’s Children.”

When asked about judging the Poetry Contest, Bowling Green State University General Studies Writing Instructor Chad Michael Van Buskirk comments, “Judging the poetry contest was a wonderful opportunity to engage with the fascinating and meaningful experiences and insights of our community's senior members. The pieces submitted remind us that thoughts of memory, desire, loss, and resilience are perennial. Reviewing the submissions is always an enjoyable, enlightening process.”

Winning poem by Nancy Jean:

And We Grow!

I stood over your freshly dug grave

bra-less in the wrong colored shoes.

Tousled out of morning to this day

where silence trumps all that’s been said.

Chasms deepen and ripple with mourning…

how much truly can one soul impart.

Followed and haunted, remembering

all the roads that we’ve run

all the ways of our hearts.

Nothing seems real here

not this morning…

not this dirt now under my soles.

Life runs and conquers

leaving us wondering

so much

so deeply

And We Grow!


Second place poem by Larry E. Slaughterbeck:

A Plastic Cream Colored Philco

In the corner of our dark attic, a plastic ‘cream colored’ Philco radio,

Lay covered in dust and cobwebs… Now silent… In the forties, it was new and shiny…

The moments of the world it gave to us…

The romanticized music of Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller…

Then… On a quiet Sunday afternoon… The seventh of December…

It told us Pearl Harbor was under attack…

And for the next four years at our dinner table,

We tuned in the evening news… to listen to a world at war…

At night the young mother would sit by our bed, reading to her very young sons…

With folded

hands… she prayed for the safe return of her beloved…

And for all the fathers and brothers and sons…

The thinking of others made her more beautiful…

That little Philco filled our home with music… Sometimes she would hold her sons

And dance… Sometimes the music brought tears to her hazel eyes…

And the news on the Philco reminded us… Precious blood was being shed in faraway places…

And those places became all too familiar… Guadalcanal, the Azores, Saipan, Normandy,

Anzio, Bataan, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Corregidor…

In December of forty-four, the little Philco gave us Bing’s “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”…

But, the Gold Star on our neighbor’s front window reminded all in Cygnet,

Their son would never return… his baseball glove hung limply on a hook…

Finally on a hot summer day in nineteen forty-five… That little radio let us know…

The War was over…

Today in the attic… I lifted the little Philco… Blew off the dust and just held it…


Honorable Mention by Colleen Dunn:

God’s Children

Sometimes it’s just a little one, whom God sees fit to take.

Someday we’ll meet them over there, beside the crystal lake.

They spread their childish laughter, throughout the palace halls.

And help to bring the sunshine, to others whom God calls.

They run along the golden streets, they swing on pearly gates.

They shine like lilies bright and fair, while on their God they wait.

Heaven would not seem complete, without some childish glee,

Who’d want to see just old folks, throughout eternity?

So when God calls a small one, he’s lent us for a while.

We feel so sad, but shouldn’t, for they have seen His smile.

The Wood County Committee on Aging would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the entries for their contributions to the contest. The contest committee would like to extend a special thank you to Sunset Retirement Communities and Ashanti Hospice for their sponsorship of this program and to Bowling Green State University of assisting with the judging of the entries. To read the winning poems visit our blog at http:/

About the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc

The Wood County Committee on Aging was founded in September of 1973, and is dedicated to the planning and development of programs and services that will allow older adults of Wood County to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. As Ohio first nationally accredited senior center, the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc is working to encourage older adults to enjoy, enrich and explore this season of life.


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