Ekphrasis Contest Winner

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Heather G. Taylor

Heather G. Taylor
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Jan 13, 2023

Johnson County Library is pleased to announce that Heather G. Taylor has won our writing contest on the theme of Ekphrasis with her piece "The Pieces."

Heather G. Taylor is a life-long fan of poetry. Her greatest poetry-related achievements include meeting former US Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser, and winning $5 in a dental-themed poetry contest. But she doesn't like to brag. She lives in Olathe, Kansas, with her husband, Rion, and their Golden Retriever, Jasper.

The Pieces
Inspired by Patti Streeper’s Ruth Wilson Gilmore

We are each our own puzzle.
Framed by our circumstances,
And missing so many pieces.
We are works in progress.

We strive to be complete.
To look like a picture on a box.
You know, the glossy kind that sells.
An image that everyone likes.

But completing our puzzle is not easy.
It takes small choices and great patience.
So many pieces do not seem to fit.
Sometimes we need help along the way.

With dedication and determination,
We place one piece at a time,
And finally reveal an image.
But is this just someone else’s vision?

Unsettled by the picture,
We can decide to start over again.
Tearing our puzzle to pieces,
We can find joy in the destruction...and the rebuilding.


Reviewed by Helen H.
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