Listener Challenge: Ode to a Teen Idol
He leaves no tracks. Slips past, quick as a cat. That's Bowie
For you: the Pope of Pop, coy as Christ. Like a play
Within a play, he's trademarked twice. The hours
Plink past like water from a window A/C. We sweat it out,
Teach ourselves to wait. Silently, lazily, collapse happens.
But not for Bowie. He cocks his head, grins that wicked grin.
Is there a rock god or some other star you idolized?
Inspired by Smith’s poem about David Bowie, we want your poem about the star who captured your imagination — as a teenager or now.
HOW TO ENTER:
- Post your poem as a Comment below.
- Be sure to enter your e-mail address, in case we need to contact you about your poem.
(Your e-mail address will not be made public.)
- The deadline to be considered for our contest is 11:59 ET May 6, 2012.
But you are welcome to continue submitting your work after that.
We may read your submission on the air, and Tracy K. Smith will announce a winner.
UPDATE: The winner of our contest is Matthew Roth — read "To Justin Timberlake."
Thanks to everyone who submitted a poem!