Read the winning poem from our 2023 poetry contest

We challenged our readers to turn one of our newsletters into a poem — here’s what you came up with.

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This April, we ran a poetry contest to celebrate National Poetry Month. We challenged you, our readers, to craft a poem using only the words that appeared in one of our newsletters (here are the original contest guidelines if you want to give it a try).

Turns out, you’re all poets and we didn’t even know it. We were beyond thrilled to read the original, creative, and awe-inspiring poems Sacramentans created from our newsletter copy. Check out the poems below, including the contest winner our readers voted for.

Winner: “Maybe This Time” by Christine V.


Luna’s café

we talk about the sunset

with gusto

the punch

pink drink

you turn this night

into a poem

in your words

driving range

a chance to find

our direction

Finalist: “SacToday/SacTomorrow” by Drew S.

Sacramento is our favorite community
Celebrating living big in the City of Trees
Snag some enchilada grub and one-drink
See the Sacramento partly cloudy sunset is perfect pink

A city of beauty and creativity
Originality with a gusto, it’s artistic
Everybody Wants to Rule the West
But we are the Kings of the Pacific

Finalist: “Where East Meets West” by Bill G.

Despite being from a different world,
she spends thousands
making Sacramento her vacation location,
not yet setting down roots.

Land Park? A pretty cool place to live.
East Sac? Also quality housing.
Natomas? A sure escape from living with
fears of New Yorker style driving!

But this city has its challenges. Residents in need,
struggling, hungry for someone to listen.
Thanks, Sac resident, temporarily here or permanent.
Please do not fluctuate. Open yourself to love!

Finalist: “Sacramento” by Gretchen J.

You are a match
A perfect chance
Sounds of the City
Today’s is pretty

It’s not completion
Now an exhibition
The space, a shape
Only Sacramento takes

They’re on vacation
Not with limitation
Featured and crowned
Here it is found

The locations for a game
Cool with some rain
A place to compete
Can’t be beat

Wrap it up to escape
Pick the real estate
Ever-changing more to find
Put all fears behind

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