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POETRY CONTEST ENTRIES - AND THE RESULTS ARE...

Postby mslover » Sun Sep 07, 2008 11:53 pm

Okay everyone - here they are. Please vote by Sunday, September 14. DON'T POST YOUR VOTE HERE - it might influence another vote. Just shoot me a PM with your choice. Thanks!!!

A Glimpse of Fantasy

It was the first time I saw him.
He was tall, but not lanky;
slim, but somehow muscled;
kind in the tone he spoke;
gentle in the way he moved;
and courteous as he tipped his ball cap.
He opened the door for me.
I walked through,
into the grocery store.
It was the only time I saw him.



*************************


The first time I heard the voices

I was walking down cobble stone
When a male, in the depths of despair voice
Told me that his wife had left him.

I stopped of course,
No one was walking with me,
No one around for a couple of blocks.

I asked him what I could for him,
Like some stupid Wal-mart greeter,
A smile and sweat covering my face.

He replied, “Oh…I’m just talking to myself”
I nodded.
“I know how you feel,” I said.



*************************

Downpour

The first time I smelled the rain,
It brushed you with
A nomad’s spice,
While drops of
Eternity clung to your skin
And whispered stories
Of exotic experience.



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First Szechuan meal (dine in)

Once upon a time, in a New Jersey known to few
My young wife recommended that we try someplace new.
“Let us go out to eat at the “China Bull and Bear”
You once said you always wanted to sample Szechuan fare!”

I could not wait to get there, burst in the dining room
Mind reeling at the thought of delights yet to consume.
Like Holmes looking for clues I read the menu with zeal
Wanting so much for this to be The Most Perfect meal.

Get in the spirit and order a Tsingtao beer tonight.
For this epicurean journey we’ll set the mood just right.
“Waiter if you please I will have the spicy Szechuan pork
Please bring chopsticks I can use, as I do not need a fork!”

Wonton soup and spring rolls have with gusto been dispatched
Here comes the main course, my expectations will be hatched.
My wife smiles as she tries her mundane Chinese entree
And wants to know if my main course is as hot as they say.

I tell her I cannot attest, although it is a delight
Maybe we shall know for sure after just one more big bite.
She smiled at me and told me that my face looked quite red.
Also that tiny beads of sweat had popped up on my head!

At this point I could not breathe, I could not speak or hear,
My tongue on fire cannot be quenched by water, tea nor beer.
Tears not of joy fill my eyes and away runs my nose
My once straight hair now curly as my discomfort shows.

I come back to consciousness my head starting to clear
I gather my wits about me while my eyes cease to tear.
I ask my wife as best I can my voice now a mere rasp,
Can we come back here next week? My question a meek gasp!


*************************

MOVING INTO THE CITY

I missed the meteor shower
this summer
for the first time
in 20 years.

I didn't have any
baby barn swallows
messing up my garage.

I wasn't awakened by
a choir of spring peepers
in the early spring

or the yips of new coyotes
in late spring.

My yard is tiny,
not big enough
for a pond
with water lilies

or cattails.

But I know the children
across the street
and I've exchanged
cookies
with my neighbor.

The post office
is only two blocks
from my house.
So is the grocery store.

My cat likes it here.

I still miss the eagle's call.


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Good luck everyone!
Last edited by mslover on Sun Sep 14, 2008 10:41 pm, edited 2 times in total.

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Postby mslover » Tue Sep 09, 2008 11:00 pm

Voting ends this friday...i would like to post results on sunday!

Please vote via PM to me. Thanks everyone!

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Postby mslover » Fri Sep 12, 2008 1:16 pm

Okay folks... last chance to vote... i would like to have AT LEAST twice as many voters as we have poems... :D that includes votes from non-poets and non-entrants as well. it won't hurt... i promise!

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Postby mae » Sat Sep 13, 2008 1:34 am

mslover, when you announce the winner, are you going to tell us the author of each poem? I find myself guessing who wrote what. I'd like to know if I'm right!

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Postby mslover » Sat Sep 13, 2008 9:50 pm

Yes, the author will be posted. :) I'll post the results tomorrow (and authors of each poem.)

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Postby *Elle* » Sun Sep 14, 2008 9:04 am

Wow! I just realized that there was a contest! Dang! I should have entered! Sorry for not being on much lately. School is rough!
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Postby JillStar » Sun Sep 14, 2008 10:26 am

Did everyone vote???
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Postby Mlou » Sun Sep 14, 2008 3:15 pm

I did. Didn't enter but at least I voted. :oops:
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Postby mslover » Sun Sep 14, 2008 10:46 pm

First place goes to MAE - for "Moving Into the City"

A Glimpse of Fantasy - Saphyre
The First Time I Heard the Voices - OlsenPotter
Downpour - LizGrayson
First Szechuan Meal - PaulG
Moving into the City - Mae

Thanks everyone for your entries and for sharing your poetry with us! They were all wonderful and I personally enjoyed reading each of them. The variety of poetry we had was fairly extensive as to writing styles and topics. I hope it helped you as well to get your muse moving! (wish i could find mine).

New Tuesday Poetry challenge coming up this week. hope to see you there!

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Postby Olsenpotter » Mon Sep 15, 2008 8:44 am

Good job everybody. I had a really hard time deciding on who to vote for. Congrads to Mae for winning.
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Postby mae » Mon Sep 15, 2008 9:36 am

Thank you, everybody that voted for my poem. To be honest, that was a real surprise after I saw all the entries.

And I'm no good at guessing. I didn't get a single one right!

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Postby Mlou » Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:35 am

Go, Mae! :-D
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Postby PaulG » Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:46 am

Congratulations Mae! :clap:
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Postby TheMudge » Mon Sep 15, 2008 11:03 am

Congrats!
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Postby pengwenn » Mon Sep 15, 2008 11:59 am

Awe, I was going to vote but I had company in town all of last week and didn't get the chance. Congrats to all for writing and submitting, that can be a big step. And congrats to mae for winning.
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Postby LizGrayson » Mon Sep 15, 2008 1:08 pm

Well when I read the list of authors, it made sense to me why I didn't win :-D Way too much talent to compete with :-D Congrats Mae.
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Postby *Elle* » Thu Sep 25, 2008 5:31 pm

Go everyone that everyone that entered!
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Postby mae » Fri Sep 26, 2008 6:08 pm

Thanks, you guys.

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Postby mslover » Sat Sep 27, 2008 12:29 pm

mae... i hope you got your "award"??? never heard for sure.

"Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories - we've already missed the spring"

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