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About Isaiah Zerbst
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Bloggers Photo       I started writing poetry in February of 2012; getting started by writing poems for a story I was writing, and I have been writing them ever since. I enjoy learning more about the intricacies of poetry, and watching as my poetic skills gradually increase. I have been having a blast trying out some of the different forms here on The Soup and chatting with many people that share a common interest.

        I wrote my first real short story when I was twelve; quickly finding out that I enjoyed writing, although I was not very good at it. I attended a writing class for a year, which drastically improved my writing skills and helped me to more accurately transfer my thoughts to the page. Of course, this helps a lot with poetry too.
        One of my favorite authors is G. A. Henty; if someone said that my work was nearly as good as his, then I would consider myself a successful author, (although it is not there yet). I have also been influenced somewhat by the writings of Gilbert Morris and Howard Pyle.
        My goal in writing is to provide wholesome Christian stories and poems that will be helpful to whoever reads them; stories that promote Christian character, virtue, and reliance upon God. This is the reason that I often include scripture passages and prayers in my work.
        I am very thankful that I have been raised in a Christian home, and that Jesus  is the Lord of my life. This may come as a surprise to some, but I would not be  the author that I am today without Jesus, as He has provided a whole new perspective to my life.
  
        I also enjoy playing and writing music (many times for poems that I or a friend have written); I play mostly piano, acoustic guitar, and fiddle. 

        Thank you for reading! I hope my poems can be a source of blessing and encouragement.
        Isaiah Zerbst

Most Recent Blog Post


New Contest: Pull the Wool Over My Eyes!
Blog Posted:3/24/2013 7:57:00 PM

 

If this contest interests you, please do submit an entry; I would be honoured to have you participate in this contest.

Isaiah.


Here's the scoop. This contest specifically for you if you have  entered poems in contests and are dissatisfied with some of the  results. (That would be about all of us I imagine.)You know the way it  is with judging; there are so many good poems.

So here is what you do. Your job is to try to  trick me into giving you the winning place. You have to write a poem on any  subject, but using a form that you have never previously used in your life. Go  all out! Try to use different words and patterns of speech from your accustomed  style. You want this poem to be so different from anything you have ever written  that I will have no idea that you are the author. Part of my inspiration is that  many people, including myself, have a hard time breaking free of their previous  work. In judging contests blind, it is sometimes possible for me to tell who  wrote which poem based on the style. So lets break free from that for a while  and do something new!

Here is a summary of the rules:

1. Any form, any length, any subject

2. Use a form that you have not previously used

3. Leave no distinguishing marks on your poem, absolutely nothing except the  poem and title. No names, no dates, no contest name until after the contest.

4. Move into uncharted territory. Do exactly the opposite of what you would  normally do to write a poem. Long vs. short, New subject, Change your writing  style, words, etc.


I look forward to reading many new and exciting entries!

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  1. Date: 3/25/2013 8:27:00 PM
    Very interesting, Isaiah!

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  1. Date: 3/25/2013 2:53:00 PM
    Okey dokey pokey!

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    Zerbst Avatar Isaiah Zerbst Date: 3/26/2013 10:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Is this some new kind of poetry form? Keep in mind that if you respond to my blog you are going to have a harder time of achieving the goal!
  1. Date: 3/25/2013 2:30:00 PM
    hmmm, sounds very tricky to do. I have used almost every style and form imaginable, but maybe I can try to pull off something. A very creative idea, Isaiah. btw, I like your cowboy hat picture!

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    Zerbst Avatar Isaiah Zerbst Date: 3/26/2013 10:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am positive there is something else out there. If all else fails, just make up your own! Thanks for the compliments, I am flattered!

My Past Blog Posts

 
The Patriotic Poems Are Here!
Date Posted: 7/13/2014 10:34:00 PM
A Poem in Paradise
Date Posted: 7/13/2014 10:29:00 PM
To My Happy Legionaires
Date Posted: 6/30/2014 10:16:00 PM
Send them Marching!
Date Posted: 5/31/2014 8:51:00 PM
Here Are the Distant Thoughts!
Date Posted: 5/31/2014 8:05:00 PM
Many, Many Dreams
Date Posted: 5/26/2014 12:31:00 AM
You're Invited! Distant Thoughts
Date Posted: 5/26/2014 12:28:00 AM
Beginning "A Dream" Contest
Date Posted: 5/11/2014 12:33:00 AM
A Daydream- Finalists!
Date Posted: 5/10/2014 11:39:00 PM
A Daydream- Update
Date Posted: 4/30/2014 10:30:00 AM
Invitation to "A Daydream"
Date Posted: 4/24/2014 6:01:00 PM
Announcing... Robin Hood!
Date Posted: 3/21/2014 3:06:00 PM
New Competition- Ruth
Date Posted: 2/19/2014 10:50:00 AM
Juliet In Verse - Concluded
Date Posted: 2/17/2014 6:35:00 PM
Juliet
Date Posted: 1/28/2014 2:46:00 PM
"Let It Snow" Contest Has Been Judged!
Date Posted: 1/28/2014 12:23:00 PM
Let It Snow 2
Date Posted: 12/27/2013 1:39:00 PM
Let It Snow 1
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Pharaohs and Pharaohesses
Date Posted: 12/26/2013 12:19:00 PM
Ancient Egypt
Date Posted: 11/12/2013 9:52:00 PM
Apple Pickin' Time Winners!
Date Posted: 11/9/2013 1:29:00 AM
Announcing Apple Picking Time!
Date Posted: 10/2/2013 12:28:00 PM
Point Placements for Charles Haigh Wood Contest
Date Posted: 10/1/2013 4:25:00 PM
New Contest With Prizes
Date Posted: 8/22/2013 4:07:00 PM
Praise For 18 Deserving Poets
Date Posted: 8/21/2013 7:21:00 PM

My Poems

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Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
6/8/2014The Life I LoveMonorhymebeauty,flower,sea,sun,you
6/7/2014The Forest BeckonsRhymecreation,fairy,fantasy,im
5/16/2014Without YouRispettoabsence,assonance,break u
5/1/2014Like Angels' Tears - QuaternQuaternangel,girl,rain,spring,wi
4/29/2014Complications of CharitySonnetaddiction,bible,community
3/27/2014Every Rose Has Its ThornRhymeallegory,garden,introspec
3/26/2014My Old BucketLimerickholiday,humor,humorous,ir
3/25/2014Will You Think of Me Once In a WhileVillanelleabsence,bereavement,daugh
3/25/2014Lake LouiseSonnetassonance,beauty,creation
3/12/2014A Sly TeaserLimerickfunny,humorous,life,peopl
3/6/2014Admiral Lord NelsonCoupletcourage,england,freedom,h
3/6/2014The Indentured Logger- Swap QuatrainQuatrainabuse,anger,bullying,fare
2/20/2014Whispers of LightRhymeangel,child,girl,journey,
2/13/2014Peaches and CreamQuatrainbeauty,first love,flower,
2/5/2014My FrieslandSonnetbeach,devotion,flower,hap
1/29/2014A Stone in the Cold 4Sonnetanimal,irony,pain,strengt
1/29/2014My JulietSonnetanalogy,innocence,romance
1/24/2014EmmaRhymefriend,girl,happy,name,sm
1/22/2014Peter's Prayer-- A ConstanzaRhymeangel,child,fear,storm,up
1/4/2014Folds of WhiteRhyme royalearth,flower,happiness,sp
12/31/2013Diamonds In Your EyesRhymebereavement,child,girl,he
12/3/2013Oak Tree SwingCoupletchildren,happy,summer,swe
12/2/2013A Kiss Under the MistletoeRhymechristmas,december,kiss,l
11/29/2013A Winter NightQuintain (English)children,family,night,win
11/28/2013EmmanuelLyricangel,birth,christmas,dea
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Fav Poems

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Poem TitleFormCategories
You Took My PlaceRhymedevotion,faith,religion,
Help LordRhymefaith,inspirational,relig
Summer Comes With SnowDramatic Verse (Verse Drama)devotion,love,
haiku 6Haikunature,
FriendshipLight Poetryfriendship
Have You Looked up at The Sky TodayCoupletbeautiful,life,uplifting,
A Sonnet For EduardoSonnetlost love,
Just a note-Humbleness is a virtueRhymecaregiving,
The Garden of Adonis LyricsRhymelyric,song,
Rabbits on the ArkRhymeanimal,bible,
Butterfly KissesRhymebutterfly,kiss,
Changing SkyPantoumnature,sky,
Meet Me Half WayLyricabsence,beach,emotions,ro
A Sleepless Night TrioletTrioletsleep,
Not So Long AgoLyricdevotion,faith,love,
WRITTEN IN THE SANDHeroic Coupletsanalogy,introspection,
Dancing With DaddyRhymedad,dance,daughter,dream,
Summer CloudsQuintain (English)sky,
Treasures of My SoulRhymebaby,granddaughter,joy,lo
What Easter Means To MeRhymefaith,forgiveness,holiday
A Fairy's FantasyFree versefairy,fantasy,
Autumn's BreathFree verseautumn,beauty,nature,
The Shy RoseQuatrainbeauty,garden,night,rose,
Tale Of A MermaidFree versefantasy,
The Sounds of WhiteFree versecolor,
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