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Lonely Streets by Johnson-Saunders, Rhonda
The Face of Christ by Poteet, Reason A.
Caroline and Dreams by Johnson-Saunders, Rhonda
Back Home by Johnson-Saunders, Rhonda
Renew Your Mind -Sonnetina Rispetto by Petersen Potter, Dorian
LOVE LIKE NO OTHER - Sonnetina Rispetto by Petersen Potter, Dorian
Tropical Blooms by Johnson-Saunders, Rhonda
Walking by the lake by Duggan, Peter
Night of the Evil Cast by Sivey, Russell
Our Beloved Teacher by Galinta, Leonora

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I AM AN 8



A gypsy dance enthralls the stars into a twirl of rustling hems as women tap bare feet, guitars lift twiddling notes of lore’s anthems along a woodland’s lively fest, where beaded hair glides in thrilled zest to charm night’s hours...to romp away till wagon drifts when morning strays. My destiny number is 7, though I chose my path number 8--- jan 8 rispetto form in 8 lines ------------ Andrea Dietrich's Tell Me Your Number Contest

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Lucilla Smiled

Although her smile I could not see, Lucilla smiled through poetry. This lovely lady I met here who graced us with her sunny ways until her very final days became for me somebody dear. Although her smile I could not see, Lucilla smiled through poetry. Her words of wisdom now can flow in heaven, where all angels go. This lovely lady I met here became for me somebody dear. Although her smile I could not see, Lucilla smiled through poetry! RIP Lucilla Carrillo - Written in her memory Oct 2014 For the Sonnetina Rispetto Contest of Dr. Ram Mehta

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Forever Loved

You could never be mad at me
Wise old man whom my heart could see
You were there when I needed you
Just a young child so full of life
Causing many an adult strife
If I lied you could see right through 
You could never be mad at me
Wise old man whom my heart could see 

Because of you I changed my ways
Have respect till my dying days
You were there when I needed you
If I lied you could see right through
You could never be mad at me
Wise old man whom my heart could see

Written by Brenda Meier-Hans 
10.05.2014
Dr. Mehta Contest: Sonnetina Rispetto
3rd

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A Sweet Song

 In skies of blue or stormy seas
I am awed by nature's beauty
 In fragrant rose where beauty grows
 I praise the Lord who made all these 
 Daffodils that sway in the breeze
 While willows  grow where rivers flow
  In skies of blue or stormy seas
 I am awed by nature's beauty

 When I hear the nightingale sing
 So much joy  to my heart it brings
 In fragrant rose where beauty grows
 While willows  grow where rivers flow
 In skies of blue or stormy seas
 I am awed by nature's beauty


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Tiger in the Sea

I thought I had hooked the world’s largest grouper
After struggling for hours, I was still reeling
Refused help from a friend; I was a trooper
Somehow I found its resistance appealing
Hot sun on the Gulf had me in a stupor
And in my hands I started to lose feeling

It finally came into view just before dark
Was shocked to find a fifteen-foot tiger shark

He’d just been toying with me all afternoon
And he was more than half the size of my boat
I felt like a comic in a weird lampoon  
My heart seemed to be rising up in my throat
Captain Ahab might have viewed this as a boon
But far too much weight did this tiger shark tote

He bolted, took off, stripped the line from my reel
And I had to cast elsewhere for my next meal



* For Thvia's "The One That Got Away" contest (True Story!)

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Our Beloved Teacher

Our Beloved Teacher ( Sonnetina Rispetto) Torch of knowledge from you we take You hold our hands for our dreams sake Values and love we emulate Like dad and mom, you truly care We grow in your nurturing grace Your guidance gives us strength and faith Torch of knowledge from you we take You hold our hands for our dreams sake You look after us the whole day As we read, learn, dance, sing and play Values and love we emulate You guidance gives us strength and faith Torch of knowledge from you we take You hold our hands for our dreams sake
Copyright 2014 Leonora Galinta All Rights Reserved October. 28, 2014 4.35pm Second Place Contest: Sonnetina Rispetto Judged: 11/6/2014 Sponsor: Poet Dr. Ram Mehta

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Poe and I

Poe's darkness calls to such as I, an ember,
a velvet covered wing chair's grasp on dark nights.
I seek the maudlin moan of his December
to nurse an aging form and love's lost delights.
As Poe has said, "distinctly I remember..."
his sweetest kiss and the wound he left in flight.
So, by the hearth sit such as I in shadow,  
Raven in hand by the firelight's ruddy glow.




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A Twisted Ploy

Somehow it seems life loses joy A game, perhaps a twisted ploy An end to those most tender years The zest is gone, but life goes on Till her last welcome breath is drawn False hopes reality now clears Somehow it seems life loses joy A game, perhaps a twisted ploy No one her age can still recall The charms of youth that did enthrall An end to those most tender years False hopes reality now clears Somehow it seems life loses joy A game, perhaps a twisted ploy
*Written October 8, 2014 Form: Sonnetina Rispetto

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Tropical Blooms


A slice of sun rises over Oahu like a pineapple ripened to yellow-gold; an island paradise under drapes of blue shining in morning mist on hibiscus, bold. Behold the beauty of Hawaiian legend - in tropical breezes, blooms sway, tilt and bend, and hammocks of petals drenched in bright arrays are made into splendor of welcoming leis. for Anthony Slausen's Encounters with Flowers Contest, 11/24/14

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Crystalline Wings

The trodden pathway of brown pebble stones and grass Leads to a hidden meadow below a mountain pass Where soft gentle winds flow endless from blue skies Whispering secrets to agile dragonflies That frolic in sunshine amongst daffodils Wings with touches of gold dip low just for thrills As bumble bees hum; and a bird playfully sings … Watching sun rays reflect on crystalline wings ~*~

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Divine Flowers

Divine Flowers 

In a flower’s velvet petals
There dwells a divine scent and hue
Soon a tiny creature settles
That will help pollinate a few.

We are blossoms of our dear God
Born each in colors of our kin.
It matters not our birth of sod
Neither the colors of our skin.



For Andrea Dietrich's "Tell Me Your Number Contest" I am 8  
8 line form  Heroic Rispetto (Month and Day) Path May 3rd. 5+3=8

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Wild Passion

She’s wild, a passionate heart of love inspired Playing a violin, masterful and free So fast and fierce, her every lust is desired Violin sparks aflame burning intensely She screams with pleasure of the fire’s indulgence Peak of passion has reached beyond innocence Her mouth open with flames entering inside She loves her tremendous trek, her awesome ride Russell Sivey Happy Valentines Day

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One Day To Last Forever

Oh Lord I did not know the man
My Father a flash in the pan
Never in my life was it fate,
We both apart lived as strangers
My life empty stale no dangers
Yet without malice without hate,
Oh Lord I did not know the man
My Father a flash in the pan.

Let me clasp that day of respect
Tried to care explain his aspect,
Never in my life was it fate
Yet without malice without hate,
Oh Lord I did not know the man
My Father a flash in the pan.

© Harry J Horsman 2014

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Unique Lady

She is gracious,skillful and filled with true love,
Dense weight on her shoulder to help those in need,
 Utopian woman  selected  from above,
Malice absent, but poetry her  daily feed,
Doesn`t compromise as regards perfection,
She`s voted as the VOICE without election,
Pride and oppression she detests to the core,
Her traits and values many damsels adore.


*Dedicated to Debbie Guzzi,Linda(PD) and Andrea, NOT forgetting Nette,Carol,Catie,Carrie,Gwen,Leonora,Suz,Anne-lise,Mandy,Sara,Constance,Skat,Gail etc.

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BOLD GYPSY HUMBLED



On full moon night, wild tresses float like flowers
as stars ignite her arms to dance, then to pull
her gypsy robe, arise  tambourine hours ;
the wake of  feet romancing tunes from sky’s drool.

Bold magic only her distinct kismet whips
Yet she, humbled by thief lover’s captured kiss,
unveils the inner tramp panting without reign.
By dawn, a Jezebel turns into maid chained!



©rispetto using two rhyming quatrains abab ccdd
with 11-syllable lines


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For Lisa Cooper’s Gyspy, Tramps and Thieves
14 may 12





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Lonely Streets


City streets spew fire on sunburnt July day.
Dabbing sweat from brow, I meld into paved sea. 
Mick cries out "Angie" from quaint corner café;
slowing steps, I search his stripped-bare poignancy.

Strangers strut in sync with street’s allegro beat.
Pigeons peck concrete, hungry coos offbeat.
Sullen faces fall, diverting weary eyes.
Souls emit loneliness lost in sad goodbyes.

Exhaust squeezes my chest with each poisoned breath;
choking on my tears, I smell acrid deceit.  
Amid spinning wheels, a stranger till my death.
On wide city streets, crowds rush by in defeat.  

A restless, hazy sun sinks to moonless night.
Senses become keen with city’s fading light.
Midnight hour comes to call, taunting my dark heart.
Angel wings span streets as nameless child departs.
      



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Caroline and Dreams


She wakes to scrub the walk with brine as endless tales pile in her thoughts. This, shy young maid named Caroline, she fears labors will be her lot. Reprieve, a pen is her best friend; wearisome work, few hours to lend for frivolous pursuits and cares. Alone, flowing words wash her bare. Late night, find her by candlelight. She writes until her fingers bleed. A writer born, her words alight with blazing pen, an innate need. She scrubs clothes in the stream each morn, admiring roses, pricked by thorns. The struggles she cannot foresee, will one day make for great stories.

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Purple Horizon Proud

The sun rose bright red not a dark cloud in sight
           Few whispy cotton clouds spread around blue sky
Redtail Hawk in sky left nest for morning flight
          On those cold air currents he did swiftly fly

Door was opened by east north easterly wind
           Letting out illness, death, want_then in comes health
The sun set covered in dense clouds_cold its shroud
           Will it rise in morn purple horizon proud

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The Realm of the Lyrical Poetess

How I admire the lyrical poetess!
She, who watches nature's beauty all around,
yearns to feel the wind of summer's soft caress
as she listens for the magic in its sound.

When she sits to write in peaceful, quiet hours,
from her realm of thought spring forth. . .  pretty flowers
She plucks up each bright blossom, then sets them free
as blooms of the lyrics in her poetry.

(This is dedicated to my lyrical poetess friends at soup, of
whom there are more than a few!)

For "A Soup Member Worthy of a Tribute" Poetry contest
of Richard Lamoureux

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The Oracle's Descent

Footsteps absorbed as maids descend
into the Delphi's cave they went.
Pellucidar is what they sought;
no thoughts of Dante's lurid hell;
questing an inner earth to dwell.
Down where the core a sun begot;
footsteps absorbed as maids descend
into the Delphi's cave they went.

Green life fluoresced where light was cast.
The lakes and waterfalls were vast.
Pendicular is what they sought,
down where the core a sun begot.
Footsteps absorbed as maids descend
into the Delphi's cave they went.

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Dancing in the Garden

      
Dancing in the Garden

I see them there , cast against the garden wall
Shadows dancing in the blush of afternoon
The lively winds tumble branch and grasses all 
In their passing these quick images are strewn
The sun soon dropping into its red hued nest
Dance now with abandon for soon they will rest
Sun, wind and wall, partners in this pretty show
Little gifts of nature to set hearts aglow

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Inside Out

When life seems hard and you are down
Sad lips are in an awful frown
Turn your focus inside outward
See what others are all about
Then you'll find without a doubt
Reasons to look with thanks skyward

When life seems hard and you are down
Sad lips are in an awful frown
Look around your large or small town
Look at the ghetto all run-down
Turn your focus inside outward
With reasons to look with thanks skyward
When life seems hard and your are down
Sad lips are in a dowward frown   

Sponsor: Dr. Ram Mehta
Contest: Sonnetina Rispetto
Written: October 28, 2014
Respect for others


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It's Halloween

It's Halloween and witches fly
With ghosts and goblins coming by.
The polite child thanks for his treat.
Guided by jack o lantern glow
He knows where great treats will flow
At lighted houses down the street.
It's Halloween and witches fly
With ghosts and goblins coming by.

I laugh at the happy voices
As they make their candy choices.
The polite child thanks for his treat,
His parents watching from the street.
It's Halloween and witches fly
With ghosts and goblins coming by.

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Her Powers

Into the darkness she envelopes the night Seeking something special that eludes her eyes Just as she thought it was lost and out of sight Her hand catches on fire, there is no disguise She starts to burn, her body covered in flames She starts to remember bullies and their names They will suffer under her powers tonight Her pain will become their pain, she’ll make it right Russell Sivey

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Pink-Gold



Saved from my own cloaks of darkness; torn from grips of deceit. I lift my prayers to sun-blushed skies. The truth, I share, in shades of pink. In worship, undaunted, rouge-stained dreams turn to gold. The lies no longer bleed but melt into memories of a rosy-cheeked girl and fresh potpourri. Scattering petals of fragile carnations, I’ll live in peace hushed by pink-gold salvation. Saved by pink petals as delicate as lace. Never again, shall I fear my enemy. Cheeks blush with the love of a beautiful face, praise and devotion become the remedy. The mended heart beats in pink-hued harmony of shimmering hopes and blossoming glory. Tomorrow held in trusting adoration. In peace, I’m renewed by pink-gold salvation.