Young Issaquah poet earns national acclaim

January 15, 2013

By Staff

ContributedIssaquah resident Madeleine Dike’s poem ‘1942’ placed in the top 10 in the Communication Summer 2012 Poetry Contest.

Issaquah resident Madeleine Dike’s poem ‘1942’ placed in the top 10 in the Communication Summer 2012 Poetry Contest. Contributed

Madeleine Dike, 13, was selected out of thousands of entrants for the Creative Communication Summer 2012 Poetry Contest for writing one of the 10 best poems in the United States and Canada among her age group in grades 7 to 9.

Poems were selected for literary merit, creativity and social significance.

Madeleine received special recognition and a cash prize. In addition, her poem “1942” has been published in the poetry anthology, “A Celebration of Poets.”

Madeleine is the daughter of Issaquah residents Bruce and Bonnie Dike. She is the youngest of 11 children and is home-schooled. Her hobbies include painting, drawing, running, hiking and yoga.

Madeleine studies sewing and fashion illustration and design at The School of Art and Innovation in Duvall and attends the Academy of Music Northwest as a harpist. She takes yoga classes at Issaquah’s Terra Yoga.

Madeleine looks forward to writing a book and becoming a fashion designer.


By Madeleine Dike

The poem was inspired by Edward Hopper’s iconic painting ‘Night Hawks.’


Darkness pours from the sky,

Cascading beneath the air,

Spilling onto the pavement.

A sleeping city, vacant streets:

A lit diner stands alone.


A small sight in a vast night,

Its fluorescent lights gently flicker.

Three people sit — two men and a woman —

Drinking coffee, dark and bitter.

Languished silence lingers

With delicate loneliness and subtle grief.


As time moves on, sunrise nears.

Effortless seams knit stars with dawn.

Night hawks traveling, disappear,

Leaving with the darkness,

Retreating, far and gone.

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