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Contest Entry or ME

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Contest Entry or ME

Will you only read my work
If for a contest entry?
Or will you because you love
The poetess that is ME?

Do you only check my rhymes,
When I decide to compete?
Or do you just read my lines
Cause you want a tasty treat?

I read, for I love your words
I simply love who you are!
I read, you see, for to me
You’re a luminescent star!

Of course contests can be fun
It gives us a little edge
But some poets can be shy
They peek from behind the hedge

So try out the “normal” ones
That ones that witness of life
Of those precious daily things
Yet with love and passion rife

I quarry these little rhymes
From my heart at times like stone
I squeeze them out soaked with blood
When it has a flesh like tone

Some of them may seem ho hum
Others pretty much mundane
Contest or not, they are me
Passionate and quite insane! 

Eileen Manassian Ghali


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  1. Date: 6/17/2013 12:35:00 PM
    I often find myself thinking when I read your poems, "I wonder who or what inspired this?' It's part of the fun, I reckon! I'm a fan....Caleb

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/18/2013 2:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Forgot to add this to the list....A FELLOW POET...POETESS...all are sources of inspiration! And...God Himself! :)
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/18/2013 2:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I'm a fan of your work too, Caleb. You know that. A sentence, a word, a memory, a pic, a pain, a hurt, a dream..........the inspiration hits at anytime and sometimes I can't get it down fast enough. Wondering is fun....isn't it! ;) Thanks for the visit, my dear. All the best!
  1. Date: 6/15/2013 5:23:00 PM
    insane, mums the word.... but, I love every one of your poems, mostly I love the rhymes you are squeezing out of you... Eileen, the answer to your poem is a tough one... LOL... just kidding, I want to say i search for your tasty words, but we are girls... ;-) so that would sound wrong coming from me. anyways, your poem is very cute and drift-ty and I mean that in a nice way... I love the way you took me in with the flow of your words and wonder... xox~ Linda,

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/18/2013 12:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for keeping it under wraps, PD! ;) Although I do think everyone knows by now! HA HA! Wow! Glad to know that you read my writes, my dem ar. Tasty words can be said by both gender, I think, so don't worry! ;) I'm so glad that you stopped y and left such a encourging post . Take caek
  1. Date: 6/15/2013 3:14:00 PM
    I read BOTH kinds, contest entries and not contest entries and I love all our options. I'm really glad to know that you are honestly reading our works. I feel like some people are not doing it, and that is disheartening to me. Glad to have someone like you here at soup.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/18/2013 12:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I do too, Andrea....but mostly the poems that come from the heart. I don't mean to say that those for the contest are not inspired, but those that are not bound to contest rules are more free flowing from the heart. Thanks for stopping by. I love it here!
  1. Date: 6/15/2013 2:34:00 PM
    in soup Eileen, one gets to know one through their words, well i try anyway,, but i'm a shy one also, but i know one thing and that is you are not insane, and even if you were, nothing would change, i love what you write!

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/15/2013 2:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    :) Oh Harry...bless you for being such a fine gentleman! Thanks for the visit and kind words.....It means so much to me coming from you, Harry. :) You know you are one of my FAVS...Very few in that folder, but you are certainly there! :)
  1. Date: 6/15/2013 1:53:00 PM
    Eileen, what an interesting idea for a poem. I try to read poems from the new poems list as much as possible. It doesn't matter to me if its for a contest or not. By the way, I like this poem! Love, Kim

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/15/2013 1:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Kim....You are so kind! :) Hugs!
  1. Date: 6/15/2013 1:39:00 PM
    i think all the contests have to be taken with a grain of salt (or a margarita!). i hope people don't read only poems that are written for contests, because that would be a shame. i try not to let it bother me when i don't place well (or at all) in a contest - different strokes for different folks. i enjoy all of your poetry, contest or not!

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/15/2013 1:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Oh dear...so many typos on that one. It's late and I'm tired...forgive me! Hugs!
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/15/2013 1:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Knew I could count on you, my dear. It's just that I've noticed that when something IS for a contest, I do get more views. Curiosity, of course...Natural! I'm selective myself, so....how care I complain. I read my favorite poets, and if a newcomer reads something of mine and posts a comment, I visit and leave one too. No time in the world to read everything so..Yes...I'm developing a think skin where contests are concerned...With my track record...I've GOTTA! ;)
  1. Date: 6/15/2013 10:04:00 AM
    To read or not to read? That is NOT a question! Whether it is... written for a contest or not, is irrelevant to me, for in either case, it is written by you! Therefore to...read is the answer for the quality of the poem is certain!

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/15/2013 1:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Demetrios....what an astounding post. I honestly don't know how you manage to word things so cleverly. Esai katapliktikos apos panta!!!! Efxaristo!!!! Esai angelos! :) Thanks for the visit and lovely post, my dear poet. God bless!
  1. Date: 6/15/2013 7:18:00 AM
    Anyway, as you're rarely mentioned in contests what's the point of this question hahahahahaha and it's half English if you don't mind.

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 6/17/2013 10:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    HAHAHAHA Keeping count as well eh lol
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/15/2013 9:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    OK...RATS! 7 I didn't place in! :( Joined a grand total of 17...pretty bad, eh? Two first places...two second places...one fifth place...one 8th place...and one honorable mention! That is the sum total of my Contest history!!!! Oh well, Richard....you like me, right?
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/15/2013 9:47:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hmmmmmmm.....now how do I react to that comment, Mr Seal???? Hmmmmm....Lord, give me grace. I wish I could say it's because I rarely join contests. Well, that IS true...Only started joining recently. However, there are one or two...Ok maybe 3 or 4 that I DID join and didn't even PLACE! ;) Interestingly enough, my two wins were from MALE poets...Hmmmm...I'm building a theory here! Will see if it is true. So...I have joined a few of late...and being rarely mentioned does have a bit of a sting,...I will bear with you, Mr Seal, even though you're have BRIT!
  1. Date: 6/15/2013 7:12:00 AM
    I never find your work Ho Hum, in fact I can't think Of a poem I haven't enjoyed and I believe I have read almost all of them and some many times. You are wonderful!

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/15/2013 9:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Richard....I will take your word for it. Sometimes I wonder...it seems that only my friends find me work interesting, and I think that is because they have come to know me...as a person, and not because of the "beauty" of what I write. I don't know....my mind wanders. This post from you is worth the effort, for as you are fully aware...you are one of my fav favorites! :) Ok, I just coined a new phrase! :) Thanks for lifting my spirit. When I don't get a visit from you...something is definitely amiss!
  1. Date: 6/15/2013 5:59:00 AM
    I really loved reading this dynamic and rhythmic write here my friend! I love the lines, "Others pretty much mundane...Contest or not, they are me...Passionate and quite insane!" Those lines or so very awesome Eileen! I enjoyed reading this delightful poem this morning! What a powerful piece, such an outstanding poem, Great Work!!

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/15/2013 9:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    GRRRRR...I meant Honest am I..quite honest...how mistakes irk me!
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/15/2013 6:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    WOW, Russell...thanks for the visit and the charming post. I'm touched. Glad you liked those lines....honesty am I ...quite honest! ;) Have a great weekend.
  1. Date: 6/15/2013 5:45:00 AM
    I know you're passionate my little Desert Orchid and I'd guessed the other a while back lol. Just a point on your use of the word 'quite', are you meaning it in the context of totally or completely maybe, or in this instance could it be lovingly. Take care, Richard

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/15/2013 9:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    That must be one of the nicest things anyone has every said to my Mr Seal... Me thinks I might have a bit of a weep!
    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 6/15/2013 7:04:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    How could an intensifier such as yourself ever be ho hum?
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/15/2013 5:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hmmmmmm....you discovered it some time ago???? Well, isn't being a little insane better than being a little ho hum!?
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/15/2013 5:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Why Richard....the use is the one that you so carefully explained to me! I was going to write a line at the end of that one and say...HEY RICHARD! ;) Or type it in bold...but here you are...quick as a button. It is the definition you English Englishmen give to this delightful intensifier....That's the grammatical term for it, my dear!
  1. Date: 6/15/2013 3:57:00 AM
    Really heartfelt and lovely Eileen.Wishing you a great weekend.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/15/2013 6:03:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Mustapha! Enjoyed the visit. Have a great weekend as well.
  1. Date: 6/15/2013 3:15:00 AM
    I read your poetry for the love of poetry and for who you are dear friend ...and I replied your s mail : )

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/15/2013 6:04:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Oh!!! Such a lovely admission from you, gorgeous! Thank you...I've responded to the mail! Hugs! :)