Just two more days till the Herald Democrat’s celebration of poetry kicks off with poems written by our readers. So far, we have received poems from people from all over Grayson County and from every age group. Some of have been happy and some sad. Some of have been long and some have been short. While they may not all make it to this space on the front page, all of the poems submitted will be put on our website. At the end of April, we will be running a competition on the paper’s Facebook page to let readers select their favorite poems.

Just two more days till the Herald Democrat’s celebration of poetry kicks off with poems written by our readers. So far, we have received poems from people from all over Grayson County and from every age group. Some of have been happy and some sad. Some of have been long and some have been short. While they may not all make it to this space on the front page, all of the poems submitted will be put on our website. At the end of April, we will be running a competition on the paper’s Facebook page to let readers select their favorite poems.


Those who have poems sitting around that they would still like to submit are in luck. The Herald Democrat will continue to accept poems through the month of April. They may be submitted electronically at news@heralddemocrat.com or by mail at 603 South Sam Rayburn Fwy in Sherman Texas 75090. We understand that parents might want to submit poems their children wrote, and as longs as the children are happy with that, we are too. Please make sure to include the age of the child when the poem was written and their name.


Likewise we will take poems written by mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and aunts and uncles. We would like to limit the poems that run during this celebration of poetry to those poems whose writers are still alive to see them published. The point of this celebration is to let people who might not otherwise get to see their work in print get that opportunity. It is also to allow our readers to hear from some of their very talented brethren.


Remember not to judge your poems too harshly when trying to decide what to submit. Poems don’t all have to rhyme and they don’t all have to be deep. Some are just musings on a particular topic. Others are pictures painted with words. Whatever you decide to write about, enjoy it. And enjoy the excitement of seeing if the poem you submitted will make it to the front page. That is a feeling we get everyday — only with news stories rather than poetry.


Remember poems around 3oo to 350 words have a much better change of making the Good Morning column than those 500 words or longer.



Happy birthday Sunday to Mandell Collins Sr. of Denison; Andrew Hightower, Debie Martin and Barbara Jenkins, all of Sherman; Charles Adams of Tom Bean; Betty Layman of Whitewright; Cena Dujuan Green of Cedar Hill, twins Aneya and Za’Neya Allen of Paris