Poetic Power

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Featured Student Writer: Madeleine Dike

on December 4, 2012

fallleavesMadeleine Dike is thirteen years old and is home schooled in Washington.  Madeleine’s poem, “1942“, was selected out of thousands of entries for the Summer 2012 poetry contest as one of the ten best poems in the United States and Canada.

Madeleine is not only a writer, but she is also an artist and a harpist.  Additionally, she is working on becoming a fashion designer.  Her poem was inspired by Edward Hopper’s painting, “Night Hawks.”  This is her favorite painting and she wanted to capture the art through poetry.


Darkness pours from the sky,
Cascading beneath the air,
Spilling onto the pavement.
A sleeping city, vacant streets:
A lit diner stands alone.

A small sight in a vast night,
Its fluorescent lights gently flicker.
Three people sit — two men and a woman —
Drinking coffee, dark and bitter.
Languished silence lingers
With delicate loneliness and subtle grief.

As time moves on, sunrise nears.
Effortless seams knit stars with dawn.
Night hawks traveling, disappear,
Leaving with the darkness,
Retreating, far and gone.
                                                   — Madeleine Dike

Madeleine’s plans for the future include writing a book and becoming a fashion designer.

To learn more about our national writing contests, please visit www.PoeticPower.com.

One response to “Featured Student Writer: Madeleine Dike

  1. barbaraelka says:

    Congratulation Madeleine
    What a talented young lady.

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