Sept/Oct 2015 • Vol. XXXVII No. 5 Patricia Grodd Poetry PrizeSeptember 1, 2015 |

Tlingit Farewell: Glacier Bay, 1966

First-Prize Winner 2015 Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers Iceberg floats, bobbing like our own oversized crystalline buoy. Red knots pump their wings, searching for a place to call home before this wall of white descends upon us once again. I stand by the waters and shiver in my deerskin coat under the harsh tongue of the north lands, staring at the blurred horizon, whispering gunalchéesh to the father for these sea-glass skies. I hear nothing but the pale strokes of the waves along shadow-stained shore. The woods are silent, an unwelcome epiphany. Rocks curled under my bare toes feelsoft after treading over dirt brushed ice for so long. The silt in the water begins to tremble, like wolf pelt rippling under a tired cobalt sky. Now, behind me, I hear the glacier roar and gnash, this beast who has wrenched us from our lands like the caribou leaf we pluck from the fickle earth, never satisfied. Kill-dee kill-dee kill-dee kill-deeee. Killdeer mewls his own name as if he

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Caitlin Chan is a sophomore at Bergen County Academies. Her passion for poetry began in third grade. Since then, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards have awarded her two Golden Keys and seven Silver Keys for her writing. Additionally, the New York Times has featured her work in the Travel section of their website. She was also the recipient of an honorable mention from the Dupont Challenge. In addition to writing poetry, Caitlin enjoys playing volleyball for her school’s varsity team and participating in Model United Nations.

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