We are known for our football, bratwurst, and beer,
Iridescent blue lakes with fresh waters, crystal clear,
Summer's sun blazes hot enough to make skin burn,
Cheese producing dairy farms are around every turn,
Our bright autumn leaves change their colors with ease,
Near spring, the scent of lilac floats upon the breeze,
Snowy winters, with temperatures below zero degrees,
In our green forests, raccoons and deer have a home,
Near the roadside, wildflowers grow wherever you roam.
Harley-Davidson was born, where the eagles fly free,
Wisconsin is as close to heaven, as home can be.
Kim Merryman's contest - "Tell Me About Where You're From"
Copyright © Kelly Deschler
T hose beautiful little girls you tried to kill
A s they waited in their school van at the end of the day
L ive another day to remind you, once again, you've failed!
I n terrible suffering, yet they shine for the whole world to see
B e it known, innocent blood cries for better tomorrows
A nd like the dust beneath the feet of these little ones
N ever will you rise to the heights for which you murder to attain!
Copyright © Annalise a.k.a. Audrey Haick
Great people are raised here;
Raul is the poet of his town,
And he's an uncle of mine.
Courageous with his pen;
Everyone knows his name.
Motionless by the tree,
On top of his famous hill.
Nothing stops the writing of,
The poet of Gracemont.
Dedicated to my uncle Raul Moreno
for his undying love of Gracemont.
Copyright © Daniel Neal
Lingering waves surge into the shore.
Ominous glory, it rages for a score.
Vivacious peaks beautify its core.
Each one different, then the one before,
Once you have seen the power it holds.
From then on, the greatness unfolds.
Terrifyingly beauty raptures your mind.
Hearing its sounds enthralls us to find.
Earnest thoughts we once left behind.
Oceans beauty is spellbinding at dusk.
Creating fresh aroma, sometimes musk,
Every day delivering, treasures of mollusk.
After a day at the ocean, you may enjoy cusk.
Not one person denies the beauty so brusk.
Copyright © cecil hickman
it got me thinking about life got me thinking about us and the plans for the future
you with me and i with you.
Copyright © MICHAEL MALONE
Kissed by the sun, sweet alfalfa in waving oceans that
Animals adore when dried into golden hay.
Noon breaks enjoying lunch under an ancient oak with
Songs from the wayward wind for company.
A tire swing hanging in wait for school to be out
Shares mem’ries of new born calves romping in the meadows.
Each wonderful season in Kansas holds an enchanted delight,
But heavenly scented lilacs in spring time let my soul take flight.
Copyright © Connie Marcum Wong
P - Philippines' archipelago: Pearl of the Orient Seas
H - Hospitable "Pinoys" will welcome you with smiling teeth!
I - Inhabited tranquil big or small mountainous to rocky islands
L - Luculent World class beaches: black, brown, pink to white sands
I - Inviting anyone for a wave ride: weight boarding or surfing
P - Party called fiestas on streets are colorful, spectacular and artful
P - Palette of it's cradle provides scenic man - made crafts for tourists
I - Its culture creates a rich gallery of four civilizations
N - Nature's diverse species of fauna, corals! sweetest tropical fruits!
E - Eating - a favorite "must do" for its native to modern delicacies
S - Sense of humor: a contagious alluring trait of Pinoys!
My home country: "a paradise of beauty and fun.."
Let's joyfully explore each islands one by one!
April 07, 2014
Note: Pinoy - local common name for Filipinos
CONTEST: Tell Me About Where You're From
SPONSOR: Kim Merryman
Copyright © Olive Eloisa Guillermo
Adoration of sunlit bold high plains
Frozen herds torn from creation’s page
Rocking tribal fears—who’s got the reins?
Innocents are hurt while tempers rage
Call for voices high and voices strong
Africans say hide when things go wrong
Copyright © Victoria Anderson-Throop
Mission, Texas ( where I am From )
M...My home town is Mission, My state is Texas.
I...It is by the Southern part of Texas, by the Mexican border.
S...Some good Tex Mex. food can be found there.
S...Some winter Texans have adopted this place.
I...It is known for it's hot climate.
O...Over the years it has grown, but not much.
N...New comers are always welcome.
T...Texas is known for it's Cowboys. Rodeos and Southern hospitality.
E...Everything in Texas is big, even our Texas jokes.
X...Xoom into Texas and you shall see- just how we can be.
A...Always a big smile to welcome you, just come on over and see what's new.
S...Seeing is believing, so they say, so how about it - are you game?
Written by Lucilla M. Carrillo
For contest - Where I am From
Copyright © Lucilla Carrillo
Flamingos pink and perky love wading in the glades,
Lazing on white sand beaches you'll see tourists on display.
Oranges grow in groves off'ring juicy sweet splendor,
Rainy days combust into lightning flash and thunder.
Interesting marine life, such as Manatees, dwell here,
Days of blazing sunshine draw many Snowbirds near.
Alligators do abound - just want to make that clear!
To sum it up, Florida can be a tropical paradise.
A great place to live if you don't like snow and ice.
(For those of you unfamiliar with the term "Snowbirds": It's the nickname for the Northerners
who come spend their winters in Florida's warmer climate)
Copyright © Kim Merryman
W e went up to Exmouth, it took us five days
I nto hot furnace winds, the days were ablaze
N o relief was in sight for north we were bound
T here it is so rare that cool weather be found
E veryone goes there, cause fish can be caught
R eports of good fishing make these places sought.
26 August 2013 @ 1203hrs.
Copyright © Peter Duggan
N ow I’m not one to complain.
O ther people think I’m insane,
W hen I tell them where I’m from.
H earing their laughter thumps like a drum.
E ach and every man jack or two,
R eally hates thinking my origins are true.
E arly on, I’ve rejected this questions’ repetitive drone,
M ore than once I’ve pinpointed my geographical zone.
A nswering the question, hope you’ll understand,
“N owhere man, from nowhere land!”
For the “where in the world are you?” contest,
With “a little help from my friends.”
Copyright © John Trusty
< Pallets profusely pulsating
Over organic originals
Emotions enormously emerge
Through trident times
Relic rejoice recant
Yes yearn yourself
Solid structure's sanction
Open optional opinions
Understudy understand unity's
Poetry's passionate's pulse
Because beauty bestows
Over oversights objection
Widespread whispers wanted
Leaving lasting longevity
Poetic Picture Of Poetry Soup
Copyright © Katherine Stella
< Better grab out the coco-butter
Even those designer shades
All hearts will begin to flutter
Cause were off to the glades
Hear me right for I did not stutter
Best hurry up before the sun fades
Look for keys later father did utter
All aboard now we got it made
Nothing like ocean's viewing I rather smother
Knowing once again to return upon it's raid
Each and every year oh my brother
Think I will even bring the poor old maid
Because she's like no other
In her class she passes the grade
Now get your head out of the gutters
Grow up cause noone is getting laid
Oh my goodness good crothers
Written by Katherine Stella
Entry For Linda Marie's
Beach Blanket Bingo
Copyright © Katherine Stella
Spend your hard-earned cash on fuel for takeoff.
Pray that the government does not find out until gone.
Allow your free time for checking weather, not golf.
Case the local food store for dry goods you can con.
Evaluate your water supply needs, no water in cosmos.
Secure a safe place for waste, body waste floats to easy.
Have welding knowledge, so your stored rocket is close.
Internet may bring suspicion making government queasy.
Plan to go up straight in the air, horizontal rockets scare.
Copyright © cecil hickman
< Aerial excursion ride
Using buoyant enforcment to go way up high
To capture natures dance with an naked eye
Understanding winters brushstroke is so close by
Making it difficult to chose one that makes me sigh
Naughty or nice I'll just give thanks to Heavens Big Guy
Katherine Stella 9/2/2012
Entry For Francine Roberts
Autumn Acrostic Contest
Copyright © Katherine Stella
Riveting words written, imprint vivid visions in our minds.
Often leaving a brand upon our soul. Majestic places, heartfelt
Memories, and feelings oh so tender, are created, forever treasured in
A special, sacred place all our own, where we can always embrace,
Nearby, or faraway, outloud or in secret, shared or kept to ourselves.
Cherrished deeply, just a word, a verse, or a phrase written of
Epic grandure. Each word, kept silent or spoken, is a riveting romance secured.
Copyright © Melanie Hillmer
A ngel Battles so I receive
J oyous reception
O pen handed welcome
U are important
R are and wonderful treatment
N ervousness evaporated
E veryone come here to get repaired
Y es! You
Copyright © Sara Kendrick
M ishigama my love,
I nto your water wonderland of brook trout and deer I
C an hear the cherubic song of chirping robin and rustling pine.
H eavenly harbors and pristine beaches shape a welcoming hand
I nfused with indigo lakes and teeming streams while three
G reat lakes enshroud to form a kirlian aura of rippling verve.
A live for but a flicker of time, my Michigan home away from Home
N urtures and readies me for the final cruise to the Wonderland of Love.
Note: The word ‘Michigan’ is a Frenchification of the Ojibwe word ‘Mishigama’ which
means ‘large water’.
Copyright © James Rasmusson
Crowning my state is a jewel in the bay
A prized Golden Gate, is my bridge to the sky
Life on the edge of a vast ocean wave
I'll love California, until the day that I die
For, this has been home since the day I was born
On her glorious coastline, my soul is restored
Redwoods so tall, where the eagles can soar
Not to mention Sequoia's and Yosemite's lore
I have it all, just a step out my door
A land rich with gold, Mickey Mouse, and the shore!
I love you California, land of plenty, land of many
Land of vast cities, tall mountains, small valleys
Over the years, I have seen other lands
Varied they are, but I do understand
Even though wonders are seen everywhere,
You have them all and cannot be compared
Only your sun makes me feel wild and free
Until your next earthquake, shakes things up, even me !!
4/7/14 For Contest Sponsored by Kim Merryman
Copyright © Carrie Richards
Poetry and people, a happy mixture of all sorts
Overcoming language and grammar so
Entertaining all with their riveting writes
Teaching and learning with each poem as we go
Richness in friendship, camaraderie in bloom
Yields our efforts for commenting read
Soupers endeavour to grace their page
Outstanding poems, sometimes plant a seed
Uncanny material in portfolio's glow
Poetry Soup is the place, to watch us poets grow
Copyright © James Fraser
W...WAITING FOR THE OPPORTUNE TIME
....TO TAKE AN OPPONENT DOWN.A WITCH
....DISGUISED AS PRETTY FOR THE ENTRAP-
I...INGRAINED IN IGNORANCE INHALING
....INQUITY AND BREATHING OUT INSANITY
....ACTING LIKE SCHIZO..IN NEED OF TREATMENT.
C...CONTAGIOUS CANCER SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP.
....YOUR WORDS ARE FILLED WITH DISEASED. THE
....ONLY COMPANY YOU KEEP IS DYSFUNCTIONAL MINDS
....HATEFUL AND MEAN JUST LIKE YOU...............
K..KILLER OF THE TRUTH, THE LIGHT CAUSES YOUR
...INTERNAL ORGANS TO BLEED. INSIDE OUT......
E..ENUNCIATION ENTHRRALLS THE CROWDS AT LARGE.
..YOUR ENGAGMENTS ARE ERRONEOUS. YOU CAN ONLY
...SPEAK TO THE EMOTIONS OF EROSION.......
D...DELIBERATELY SETTING THE DATE OF DEATH
Copyright © Crystal Seals
Prepare your mind for this wondrous place.
Once an ILLUSION, now so much for real,
Exemplary CREATIVITY shows the pace.
Taking chosen words, that more than feel.
Rhymed or unrhymed, states a poetic case.
Yes, INFUSION of styles, seals the deal.
Power of the written word supports fortress.
Amends broken hearts of all EVENTUALLY,
Love flows from lines with little stress.
All the thoughts and feelings rise potentially.
Creating INEVITABLE beauty to possess,
Each new venue of poetic art lives inherently.
Sponsor Linda-Marie The Sweetheart of P.S.
Contest Name "POETRY PALACE"
Copyright © cecil hickman
All her pill boxes
understood to be collectibles
neatly arranged on her coffee table
treasured baubles, bits of metal
Varying uniquely in size, in color
each in a replica of someone's dream
rare in their form,
nearly minted in quality
entrancing small fingers and innocent eyes
telling their stories with secret compartments
tendered with nimblest artisan hands
existing, cocooned, in the quiet of her living room, an urban museum...
Copyright © Tatyana Carney
M aybe you've heard our history
I nterestingly we've had a few
C riminals and catastrophies
H istorical presidents too
I much prefer the scenery
G od gave character to our land
A shape of our state can be shown
N ow just by looking at your hand
In Michigan, there is an abundance of lifestyle
Each is their own mile after mile
So put on the cruise control and smile
Take in the changing scenery for a while.
For contest: Tell Me where your from Acrostic style
Sponsor Kim Merryman
Copyright © Casarah Nance
She has taken her place on the Southern tip of Africa
Out of slavery and wars
United in the fight, against apartheid
The lady still thrived
Heading for an ordained disaster, if she listened to the skeptics
Again she rose and amazed the world
Flauntingly hosted the soccer world cup,
Revered for her tenacity with her rainbow nation in tow
In fighting spirit,
Continually using sport as a uniting force
And not disillusioned about the continual battle against poverty and strife
Copyright © Wilma Neels
T he Almighty stood still
H eedful eyes watching the defeated lie with no will
E xcelling no more was the defeated, to stand up and fight!
C ourses of light emerged
H ailing the Almighty’s Win
I nstruments played during a march towards the woods
M elodies of happiness hailed the twin
E ager to shake the hands of their country’s brave soldier
R aising their head up high
A cknowledging their marvelous Win
‘ twas a magnificent day
S alute thy Courage and Light
D enying the fact of wining was the wood’s deep thought
E nding in a glorious Win was their resurrection of hope
A s they cheered do lively
D ancing and yelling: “The Chimera’s dead”
Copyright © Sara Zahed
Bountiful castles with walls of sand
Each grain an intricate part
Albatross squawk in high demand
Con morsels from those with soft hearts
Hot bodies bask in the blazing sun
Bikinis boast dangerous curves
Lifeguards patrol tanned to well done
As surfers show off their steel nerves
Nautical transports battle the swells
Kites soar aloft dot the sky
Enveloped in rays and happy kid yells
Transfers to a new level high
Blankets of color protect fragile skin
Immense weight of stress melts away
Nod off gently and try to imagine
Going to work every day
On a beach where work is like play
Beach Blanket Bingo contest
Copyright © Randy Steele
G raceful ladies
E difiers of mankind daily
O ptimistic about life
R egards important duty of wife
G ifted in many areas
I dealist in life's endeavors
A visionary of the future
P leasant smile
E ye catching all the while
A dmirable in doing good
C aptivating spirit understood
H armonious outlook on life
E ngaging personalities
S mart, supportive, steadfast Georgia Peaches
Copyright © Sara Kendrick
Mellifluous is its name,
August and worthy of its fame,
Romantic and idyllic all the same,
Refulgent and bright in the myopic’s eye,
Abstruse to the ignorant mind,
Keen to the witty’s wit.
Ebullient in the face of melancholy
Classic during the day, but
Habitable and hospitable in a humble way.
Copyright © atef atyaoui