Thank you to everyone who sent us a love poem as part of our First Ever Love Poems Sound Good Contest. We hope to make it an annual tradition, so be sure to keep us in your minds and hearts. Today, on a special Valentine's Day edition of Sounds Good, Tracy Ross and Bec Feldhaus read the ten finalists with much adulation and affection. The top ten poets received a box of chocolates from The Chocolate Factory in downtown Paducah! ...And here they are in their printed glory:
"Ode to WKMS (with apologies to Pablo Neruda)"
By Constance Alexander-Murray, KY
bearer of news
you give me
serve up the
of BBC to
lull me back
You make me
a better person.
you, I can be
hip as Terry
droll as that
Talk of the
I never get
I do without
is going on
but when I
start to confess
Truly a friend
for all seasons
you make me
I linger in the
car to hear
the end of
a story. I hang
on your every
When I need
you are there
solid as a
you and I.
again I know
By Brandon Crews- Boaz, KY
If the day turns dark
The news from Lake Wobegon
Makes bright the world again
"Be Mine: A Shakespearean Sonnet"
By Elizabeth Hammonds- Murray, KY
When morning comes and I set out for work,
My heart echoes a thousand joyous cries.
For morning has a truly special perk
Besides the one wherein my coffee lies.
It’s then when NPR doth meet my ear
And me the musings of its own do greet.
And on that station, I’ve nothing to fear
For where else can I hear the Foxes Fleet?
On Morning ‘Dition I learn many things
Of places and of faces near and far,
And later in the evening I grow wings
(Or so it feels with jazz on in my car).
For public radio my heart does pine.
So, WKMS, will you be mine?
"My Radio Love (Love Poem)"
By Dottie Kendall- Springville, TN
My 5 O’clock alarm is Steve and Renee
With” Morning Edition” to start my day.
Throughout the week, they keep me abreast
Of the news and weather. They’re just
On weekends, I couldn’t function without WKMS.
Scott Simon relieves my housework stress.
“Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” is so hilariously done
“Music from the Front Porch” and” Juke Joint Shuffle”, fun, fun, fun!
“Prairie Home Companion” airs as I’m making dinner
And on Sunday mornings,” The Splendid Table” is the winner!
Who needs the hype? Turn off the TV,
My radio love is ninety-one point three.
"a pirates favorite radio station"
Brandon K Lawrence- Murray KY
In the morning over coffee waking fresh from a dream
I take eggs over easy and news from Mrs. Rehm
with my zombie-like state I procure myself brains
from All Things Considered and the Fresh Air gang
I'm a very busy person so I admire Tracy Ross
who keeps me from searching through pretentious blogs
at the end of the day I can rest peacefully knowing
that WKMS has kept my ignorance from showing
Kathy Mowery- Murray KY
Loud enough to hear the news
Over shower noise
"Ode to an NPR Community"
By Debbie Owens- Murray, KY
Whose tunes those are I think I know
I’ve heard them on the radio.
But NPR has all the rest:
Great programs are as good as gold!
Quality-rich and nothing less—
Talented teams give all their best,
Providing something we can use
To help us ace our civics tests.
We’re kept informed of daily news
And armed with all the proper tools
To keep cars on the road for miles
Or chase away those winter blues.
At times their stories make us smile,
Laugh, or think deeply for a while;
Hosts even analyze our dreams,
Track stocks, and sports, and fashion styles.
Broadcast throughout communities:
A radio listener’s “Love Supreme.”
A radio listener’s “Love Supreme.”
"Ode To A Wavelength"
by John Pasco, Jr.- Murray, KY
Oh wonderous dial, Ninety One Point Three,
Flavors for life you bring to me:
The joys of jazz, the Art of Zen,
Lake Wobegone, which might have been,
Eclectic mix - my heart soars free.
Flavors for life - Ninety One Point Three.
By Julie Howard Price- Paducah, KY
I hear the sound. It beckons me.
I find myself drawn in,
not yet knowing that which I’m hearing.
I get closer as the sound
begins to take shape.
Words begin to caress my ears.
I am filled with wonder and
The world opens up to me.
My mind is awake and
my senses alert as I take in
all that is offered to my listening
The time is now. The words I hear
stir me to action, to be a part of
the world as it unfolds.
I want to know, to love, to serve.
I am thankful. Thankful
for these words that inform
and enrich. And thankful
for the giver of such words:
"Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me, that I must decide"
By Toni Riley- Hopkinsville, KY
Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me, that I must decide
upon one WKMS program to pin my pride.
I must clear my head to help with my consternation,
because I want my decision to be the Talk of The Nation.
With my Prairie Home Companion, let me get a breath of Fresh Air,
there are so many programs of which to compare
But here I still sit at The Splendid Table,
thinking I know I can, I know I am able,
to choose one , the one I can rely,
even if I have to move Earth and Sky.
But with All Things Considered,
I am Beyond the Edge, I must submit, must give in,
I can’t make a selection, can’t even begin.
Because all WKMS programs give me a Classic 24 hour high like a kite,
since every program is such a part of --- This American Life.