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Public Works Announces Earth Day “Recyku” Winners


The 1st “recyku” poetry contest brought out some of the city’s most creative writers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Winners of the first “Recyku” social media poetry contest were announced Saturday, April 23 at the Nashville Earth Day Festival at Centennial Park.

Metro Public Works invited the public to submit a 17-syllable, recycling themed haiku poem to Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #recykuNashville.

The social media contest pulled in over 40 entries. With a response such as this, the contest had to be split into 2 categories allowing for 3 student winners and 3 adult winners.

When asked about the contest, recycling coordinator Jeffrey Ezell said, “We really had so many fantastic entries. Some silly, some heartfelt, but all were thoughtful.”

The winners took to the Earth Day stage and showed the city their Poetic Talent.

“I am ecstatic winners from both the student and adult categories could attend the festival to recite winning entries to fellow festivalgoers. I think everyone loved it. I can’t wait to read all the wonderful entries next April – only 11 months left to brainstorm!” said Ezell.

Student winning entries

Aiyanna Barnes
Trees save our planet
Trees help people breath and live
Recycle paper

Ava Sjursen
Falling down dark depths
Tossed around inside machines
I am new once more

Solomon Chan
Fresh things created.
Recycling helps the world.
Changing trash to new.

Adult winning entries

Clay Ezell
What we make...reuse,
Or the planet gets the blues,
If we snooze we lose

Carrington Fox
In the backyard coop
chickens devour kitchen scraps
Trash bin goes hungry

Bill Ward
While in the office
are you kidding me Janet!?
please use the blue bin