Poetry Contest Results

Last month author Sherry Rentschler, sponsored a poetry contest. The theme was “What Inspires You”. Special thanks to Regina Puckett, Jackson Dean Chase, Linda Vigen Phillips, and Ron Shaw.

FIRST PLACE:

 

Inspired Insanity by C. Rowe 

Inspiration does come
And it also does go
What inspires me to write
I really don’t know

 

Sometimes it is
The whisper of a word
Other times it is a thought
That’s really quite absurd

 

I dream of oceans
Being kissed by the moon
I envision creepy spectres
That would make you swoon

 

I paint visions in my mind
Using words as my art
Some are dark and spooky
While others are from my heart

 

Just little random words
I write as they come to me
A joyous culmination

Of inspiration and insanity

SECOND PLACE

Words Expressed by David Jacks 

I don’t always find my words
too easily expressed.
So if I were to speak them,
sometimes they are suppressed.

But if pen touches paper,                                                                                                                                                                 such worlds I can create.                                                                                                                                                                       It then frees me from my own,                                                                                                                                                          as if lifting a weight.

 

Cut the strings that hold me down.
Please tie me up no more.
Let loose feelings once secret
and open wide the door.

I can’t do this on my own.

Writing helps me to find,

all the things that were once sealed
somewhere deep in my mind.

 

For all the thoughts left behind,
I must pour out my soul.
Forever searching for them,
just to make myself whole.

THIRD PLACE

A Few of My Favorite Things by James Mathews Byers 

The subtle sound of soothing calm-
A bumblebee in flight;
Anointed treasure in my palm-
Considerate delight;
Amazement on a newborn’s face-
Transitions, foot to mouth;
Impressions of a living space-
The springtime in the South;
Combustion of a beating heart-
Removed from single life;
Conditioning a humble start-
A husband and a wife;
Perplexing rhythm of a song-
Commanding vocal cord;
The distance, short or ever long-
The pen, a mighty sword;
Forever in a lover’s eyes-
The sigh of falling fast;
Chameleons in their disguise-
The colors floating past;
Commencement of a wild parade-
An alter full of hope;
The jester and his vast charade-
The hangman and his rope;
Surrender to the burning fire-
Intrinsic is the fuse;
And so these many things inspire-
Combined, they are my Muse …
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