There is a 120 character limit to your "poem"
The poem must be PG-rated—remember, kids will be reading these, too
You may submit in any language you choose
The format may be any style that fits inside this box
We are selecting 12 poems from the Fargo Public Schools, 12 poems from Prairiewood Circle residents, and 12 poems from the general public, as submitted on this site.
Submitted poems may be used by The Arts Partnership in a variety of capacities and may appear in on-line or print versions of this project, even if they don’t make it to the stamping round.
You may submit in one or both categories There is a pace to brisk walking that necessitates a quick reading piece. Think about people exercising, roller blading, biking, and running on a path for the walking portion.
Question: What do you notice with any of your senses when you are out moving in nature? Think about what you see, hear, smell, taste, and touch.
There is a pace to waiting that invites a certain contemplation and perhaps allows for more time to read and ponder words. Think about waiting at a stoplight, at the space behind a train guard bar, or at a bus stop for the waiting portion.
Questions: Where does your mind go to when you are waiting for whatever is stopping you to change so you can move forward? How is that like life? How does it feel to have to wait? What do you discover when you are forced to stop and be still?
Submissions will be accepted through this site until Monday, September 10. You will be notified if your W4 submission has been accepted by Monday, September 17. You may continue to submit your writing to the site, but it won't be considered until next year's process begins again in the spring.
There will be a public celebration in early October, once all the sidewalks have been stamped. Be on the lookout on this site for more information regarding that celebration.
a composition in verse, especially one that is characterized by a highly developed artistic form and by the use of heightened language and rhythm to express an intensely imaginative interpretation of the subject.
composition that, though not in verse, is characterized by great beauty of language or expression: a prose poem from the Scriptures; a symphonic poem.
W4 is modeled after a project that was created in St. Paul, MN, but we have added our own twists to make it specific to our community. For more information, go to http://publicartstpaul.org/everydaysidewalk/poems.html