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“My Grandfather’s Garden” — Caldwell Holden ’17

It is in the field of golden clusters, rippling in the wind,
that I see one smart purple weed smirking at me,
like the blood on Queen Anne’s lace,
but bleeding out and over the whole world’s grace.


At the end of the goldenrod sit the walnut trees,
drooping with their load of rough fruit,
which also rolls by their knees,
among the always three leafed clover.


A ladder used to stretch into the canopy,
far above my short young head,
held by my grandfather’s old hands,
as he shook the world above.


I’ve been running lost,
through thick bunches of cattails,
their ornery brown tops scraping my skin,
through bunches of black eyed Susan,
whose prickly dark gaze would chastise me for my ambition.


And now that I’m back to the flowers I know,
their image has been distorted,
and the weeds are beginning to overgrow my memories.


The sun’s now gone, the golden fields turned black,
so I go back to running unfamiliar paths,
where thorns and barren branches cut me raw.


Egerian Staff and Contributors Take Scholastic Awards!

Abbie Minard ’16 at the Scholastic National Awards ceremony in NYC.

Our staff is awesome!

In early 2015, five Egerian staff members and contributors received recognition in the prestigious Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, including two national awards and a whopping 29 regional awards!

Editor-in-Chief Abbie Minard recently returned from a trip to New York City for the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall, where she received a gold medal for short story and a silver medal for poetry.

In the regional awards, the Egerian dominated, earning successes in both art and writing categories.

Abbie Minard ’16, Editor-in-Chief
American Voices Award Nomination (Critical Essay)
• 5 Gold Keys (2 Poetry, 1 Short Story, 1 Dramatic Script, 1 Critical Essay)
• 8 Silver Keys (5 Poetry, 3 Critical Essay)
• 3 Honorable Mentions (3 Poetry)

Caldwell Holden ’17, Editor and Contributor
• 1 Gold Key (Flash Fiction)
• 7 Honorable Mentions (2 Personal Essay/Memoir, 1 Short Story, 1 Flash Fiction, 1 Drawing and Illustration, 1 Photography)

Emily Weiss ’18, Editor
• 1 Gold Key (Short Story)

Elena Xiong ’16, Editor
• 1 Silver Key (Poetry)
• 1 Honorable Mention (Poetry)

Alisa Pugacheva ’16, Contributor
• 2 Honorable Mentions (Painting, Photography)