Jessica Christensen was awarded a check for $100 and honored as the first place winner in the Best Friends of Animals Writing Contest in the State of Utah. Jessica's poem, titled "Horses" was selected from many art and literature entries submitted to the Best Friends of Animals Sanctuary in Kanab, for their annual contest. Jessica is the daughter of Lyle and Chris Christensen of Lawrence. She is a junior at Emery High School, participates in track and field, and is also on the volleyball team.
Moseying from tire to tire,
The sun scorching their soft fur.
Munching on the hay and corn,
The slight smell of manure.
The sky starts to cloud,
Blackness covers the ground,
And it starts to pour
As I watch, they start to get restless
Jumping and bounding
Kicking their unshod hooves into the air
Cooling relief from the heat of the day
They roll in the mud
Putting a thick layer of muck
Across the once silky, soft fur
Now drenched and mud soaked
Standing into a dead run
Twinging and flexing as they move.
Floating over the ground
Like Gentle Giants