1st Place (English Poetry)
A Shepherd’s Sonnet
By Jong Oledan
The day You gave me that breathtaking smile
Was the day I began to care living.
For, though I did not mind walking a mile,
From where I came, there was so much lacking.
It happened first on a balding pasture
Where thinning sheep chilled to death while asleep.
Lo! From the half-torn heaven came a choir
Of angels gifting glad tidings to keep.
The guiding Star conquered the cunning Night;
The darkness ended with Your mother’s bid.
Mildly gazing, you took away my fright,
Which, in my eager waiting, shrewdly hid.
I had never thought that moment could be
God’s very self becoming gift to me.