Monthly Bulletin of the Outdoor" Nature Club of Houston, Texas.
Vol. 3, No. 1.
There Is no rhyme that is half so sweet
As the song of the wind in the rippling wheat;
There is no meter that's half so fine
As the lilt of the brook under rock and vine;
And the loveliest lyric I ever heard
Was the wildwood strain of a. forest bird.
-- Madison Cawein.
A Gall to Poets and' Poetry Lovers.
As a means of gathering together some of the beautiful and
impressive thoughts inspired by nearness to the earth and .its
fruits, and for the purpose of stimulating interest in the study
of nature, the conservation of our valuable native flora and fauna,
and the preservation of important scenic areas:
The Outdoor Nature Club of Houston, Texas, offers prizes
of $15.00 and §10.00, respectively, for the best and second best
nature poems submitted under the rules given below. The theme of
the poem may be sunset among the hills, the mockingbird's moonlight serenade, wild flowers of woodland and prairie, the mystery
and charm of spring, Nature's motherly provision for her wild
children, the sublime solitude of the forest, or any subject that
would place it under the classification of nature poetry.
All poems must have been hitherto unpublished.
No poem shall exceed twenty-four lines in length.
The author must be a resident of Texas or one of the adjoining states: Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.
Members of the Outdoor Nature Club are not eligible to
compete in this contest.
All poems received shall remain the property of the club,
to be used as the club shall later decide-, but authors will be
given credit for all poems published.
' The contest will close on May 1st, and prize winners will
be announced on or before June 1st, 1926.
All manuscripts should be addressed to- Mrs. A. J. James,
3003 Travis Street, Houston, Texas. Names of judges for the contest will be announced at a later date.
This is the first contest of this kind to be sponsored by
the Outdoor Nature Club, and because of various factors that had
to be taken into consideration, it was decided to limit the territory from which verses would be received to Texas and the.bordering states. If results justify, a similar contest, on a larger
'scale, in which nature lovers of the whole nation will be invited
to participate, will probably be a part -of the next year's program.
At the gates of the forest, the surprised man of the world
is forced to leave his city estimates of great and small, wise ana
foolish. .... Cities give not the human senses room enough.