Cupertino Poetry Contest Winner's Poem; Child-Age Category

Advait Patil is the first place winner in the Cupertino Poetry Contest for contestants ages ages 6-12. This winning poem—written below—will be on display Feb. 1 to April 1 at the Cupertino Library.

By Advait Patil

Lessons from Nature


I was told

Just be like the river, always flow.

Accept everything that’s thrown,

Find a way to go on.

Be so kind and pure,

Like a droplet of water.



Be soft like mud,

Yet hard as a boulder

Erode away

Then reform

Change and create new things

Be like the earth.



Act as the morning breeze,

Light and swift.

Act like the evening wind,

Soft and cool.

Stay calm, don’t be a gale.

Be like the wind.


Read more about the Cupertino Poetry Contest in these related articles:

City's Poetry Contest Winners Announced

First Poetry Contest Offered By City's Poet Laureate

Correction: Advait Patil's last name was misspelled in the original publication of this article. It is spelled correctly here now. We apologize for any confusion.

Chris Roels January 23, 2013 at 07:41 PM
This is a wonderful series of poems, Advait! There is a real serenity and strength to your verse; I really enjoyed the experience of reading your work.
Robin January 23, 2013 at 10:13 PM
This is so beautiful! Thank you, Patch, for sharing it with us and huge thanks to Advait for writing something so visual and peaceful.
Jennifer Brown January 24, 2013 at 12:08 AM
What a delight to get a preview of the poems that will be read by all the winners tomorrow night at the awards ceremony. Hopefully many poetry lovers will be in attendence, Thursday, January 24 at 7:00 in the Cupertino Community Center. See you there!
Alysa Sakkas January 25, 2013 at 02:33 AM
Wow. Beautiful and insightful!


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