Winners of the Blaine library poetry contest, “Why I Love Living in Blaine,” were recognized at the May 11 Blaine City Council meeting. Each first place winner received $25 cash award provided by the Friends of the Blaine Library. From left are Sandra Rasmussen, 1st place (adult); Kayla Potter, 1st place (under 12); Baylee Tripp, honorable mention (teen); Marni Aosved, honorable mention (under 12). Not shown are Olivia Adams, 1st place (teen); Kay Dee Powell, honorable mention (adult).
Belong to this place
By Sandra Rasmussen First place winner, adult category
It is not the dance of wave-refracted sun That I love the most It is not the gray-green rock crab Or the smooth skipping stone
Not even the amber gaslight Pooling on dusky streets Not even the smell of asphalt Soaked in rain Can compare to the gritty beauty Of this small swatch of humanity
I belong to this place I belong to this people I am a blue thread slipped in Entwined, looped Bending this way, doubling back Knit into community
I am improvised into a history Of complication and familiarity Of ruination and restoration Of elusive reputation
A worn placard nearby Binds me tighter to the truth of this place: THERE’S NOT MUCH TO SEE IN A SMALL TOWN BUT WHAT YOU HEAR MAKES UP FOR IT
I smile beatifically up to the sentiment For those I prefer the cool murmur of ocean To tongues of fire Hot on the weave of my name We will be repaired With time and touch Stitch by stitch
Why I Love Blaine
By Kay Dee Powell, honorable mention, adult category
Once a fishing town with canneries and saw mills I love Blaine for its small town atmosphere Churches and schools and sporting events What it was, what it is, and what it will be
Natural beauty unsurpassed See the deep purple San Juan Islands at sunset While snowy peaks of Mt. Baker Are awash in the brilliant sky colors
Ride the Plover to Semiahmoo Boat from our picturesque marina Kayak, wind surf, or skim board Travel by water in Blaine
Blaine boasts the sweetest library around And a wealth of online resources For learning, meetings, book talks, computers Movies, and games – the community hub
Next door to the Senior Center Is the Boys and Girls Club Many opportunities and friendships For the young and young at heart
Golfing? Washington’s finest courses are here Birding? Migratory pathways bring wings over water Biking and hiking trails, running races, and polar bear swims There’s even singing in the rain, in Blaine
We’ve parks for kids, and dogs, and skateboarders Marine and bird life for all to enjoy New sculptures and blossoms annually At the International Peace Arch Park
Blaine is the greatest in the summer Long sunny days, cool temperatures, flowers The Jazz Festival, concerts, movies on the plaza Sailing, counting starfish, clamming or crabbing
An Old Fashioned Fourth of July in Blaine Pancake Breakfast, booths, car show, parade Brilliant fireworks reflecting on the water Family fun, whole town celebration
It’s the epitome of Small Town USA And that’s why I love living in Blaine.
By Olivia Adams First place winner, teen category
Blaine is where I lost my first tooth. Where I ate my first ice cream. And where I rode without my training wheels For the first time. Blaine is a special place, A wonderful place to live. There is the Peace Arch Park, With flowers so bright, There is Big Cost Cutter With piles of delight. Also, all my friends have encouraged me Blaine is my home, And my heart lies in Blaine.
Untitled By Baylee Tripp Honorable Mention, teen category
From the stunning sunset down at the harbor, to the bright green grass with the peace arch sitting on it. With fireworks above us on summery night To playing baseball on the pipeline fields. Parks to play at with friends and family. Whales to jump onto on a nice day. Along with going to a clean school with good people. I like to call this wonderful place my home, Blaine!!!
Why I Love Living in Blaine By Kayla Potter, first prize under 12
What makes Blaine so special are not wealth or size, But the people within it and the true beauty. Blaine can be a beautiful frozen wonderland; Or a place where leaves dance toward the ground in intricate patterns. When in front of the darkness, a white arch basks aglow as a sign of peace. Where inanimate whales swim forever in a sea of concrete; And you can walk and smell fragrances so sweet while listening to the bird’s songs. The sun’s rays of light reflecting off the water in an array of dazzling colors in a serene scene. True, these are dazzling to eyes young and old; But what ties everything together is the rows of houses, each unique. There are cozy shops and a library where you can lose yourself. This amazing little town with even better people will always be with me no matter where I go. That’s why I love it.
Marni Aasved, age 7
Blaine’s Seasons By Marni Aasved, honorable mention, child under 12