April 2011 is Global Astronomy Month and National Poetry month. The Planetarium had an astronomy poetry contest organized by Cristina Della Rosa.
Starry Night by Juneau Chambley, 4th grade, Auke Bay Elementary School
The stars glow as the moon shines.
A small gust of wind hits my face at 1mile per hour, whoosh!
Hold on to the grass so you don't float to the stars! Aliens! Ahhh!
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Holly Rose, 8th grade, Floyd Dryden Middle School
Haiku by Austin Gonzales, Floyd Dryden Middle School, 8th grade
Stars planets and rocks
orbit a central point forming
The Big Bang!
The Big Bang started it all
The Universe keeps on growing
From a time when it once was small
Smaller than an ant, a baseball
Due to the poem I have just told
As I look into the night sky
I happen to see
That many blinking lights
Had shared their lights with me
Thanks go to Leah Heiman, teacher at Floyd Dryden Middle School.
Her class contributed the most poems.
Other Poetry Contest Entries
Untitled by Ashtin Kenney
Stars are beautiful
and also blistering hot
that's why they're awesome.
the beautiful world may end
but bright stars live on.
galaxies are huge
the universe is bigger
Stars by Daniel LeBlanc, 8th grade
Burning Balls of gas
It's called nuclear fusion
Will last a lifetime
Our Earth by Patrick Escorrido, 8th grade, Floyd Dryden Middle School
Earth is green and blue
Humans live on this planet
Earth has oxygen
Solar System Haiku by Cole Smith, Grade 8
Uranus, Neptune, Pluto,
The outer planets.
Untitled by Haley Ballou, 8th grade
Stars by Jestoni Ramirez - 8th Grade
Losing Hydrogen Atoms
Untitled by Paula Latu, 8th grade
I am covered by water and life
Like ants covering an ant hill
Across me there are little spots on my body that lets life survive
I have a friend next to me
I am like a older friend and a bigger friend to look up to.
Thirty of me would fit between us. My friend is as big as the United States.
Wherever I go my little friend is always there he follows me around all the time.
Little ants on me have explored my friend.
I have a neighbor that they call the Red Planet but we are different in ways
The neighbor have does not have life like I do.
My neighbor does not have water.
Before ants on my planet explore my neighbor they will have to be ready for
non stop storms and the desert like planet.
Earth and Space by Kiko Iona, 8th grade
The big bang started it all,
It made all the planets start to fall,
It started as a family of wonderful planets,
But when it occurred it all went wrong,
We live on Earth,
With a lot of dirt,
There are plants and ants that originally form,
But sometimes they come as a worm,
Read and write for me all night,
Which is hard cause I need some light,
I'm about to fall asleep
Winner in Adult Category
Nina Chordas,Associate Professor of English, University of Alaska Southeast
There's my friend Orion in the sky!
I say "my friend," and yet I know him not -
He takes his shape in tracing, "dot to dot":
The "dots" are stars, the "pencil" is my eye.
Orion's always hunting in the night:
Across the black expanses, forth he strides;
He wades the clouds as once he waded tides,
His ardor puts the Pleiades to flight.
I sometimes wonder what he hunts up there -
Is it Diana, she so skilled in hunt?
Or one elusive, absence kindling want,
Forever fleeting to an unknown where?
I can't just see him as a group of stars
By chance arranged, a man to represent:
He nightly stalks the sable firmament,
Till peaceful dawn his questing progress bars
Venus by Abel Orelove
Former Juneau Resident. Currently 5th grade math and science teacher in Illinois
There is a planet named Venus,
On our path to Mercury, it's between us.
Earth's sister planet,
Dense atmospheric clouds and granite,
It's beauty is really quite genius.
Michael provided this photo of his solar system tattoo.
Pluto by Michael Orelove, Gresham, OR
He was a planetarium volunteer for ten years
Pluto's no Planet,
Pluto’s no planet some astronomers say
It’s small and it’s icy and so far away
They demoted Pluto and tried hard to ban it
But for me little Pluto will still be a planet.