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Enter the 2014 Garden Poetry contest

What inspires you? Write an ode to your

What inspires you? Write an ode to your garden, and your poem might be published in Newsday. (Credit: Handout)

It's time for the 6th annual Garden Poetry Contest. We survived the brutal winter of 2013-14, so this year's topic is, "We've earned it!"

Send in your original poem of 10 lines or less that conveys your heartfelt feelings about the upcoming season: Express your preference for shoveling mulch instead of snow, wax poetic about how keeping your mind on homegrown produce got you through February, or simply rhyme how your heart sang when you saw the first crocus of the season. Use your imagination!

Send your poem along with your name, mailing address, phone number and email address to jessica.damiano@newsday.com (or mail to: Jessica Damiano, Newsday, 235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville, NY 11747). The best submissions will be published in Newsday, and one lucky poet will get a token gift in the mail.

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