Congratulations to John Davies-Schley, a Denver 2nd grader, who is the national grand prize winner in the 2005 River of Words Contest for grades K-2. His poem, “From My Boat,” was chosen from tens of thousands of entries. The River of Words Environmental Poetry and Art Contest is affiliated with the Library of Congress Center for the Book and was co-founded by writer Pamela Michael and poet Robert Hass in 1995, during Hass’ two-year term as U.S. Poet Laureate.

From My Boat From my boat, I like the night. I do not think the moon is the moon. I think the moon is a mantaray The stars and fish swim in the black water.