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Discovered my love for poetry, and literature in general, as a senior in high school and it developed into a lifelong passion which has provided much inspiration and enjoyment. I began writing in my mid twenties.

In general, I am just a great lover of life. I am married and we have a blended family of six children (one who is now in Heaven), eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. If you read many of my writings, you will discover the most important relationship in my life is with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

The Scent of Water Contest Judged

Blog Posted:7/23/2014 1:22:00 PM

My first contest is completed and judged. This has been a fun and learning experience which requires a good deal of time. Thank you to everyone who entered. My goal was to award placements to the top third of the entries, considering artistic and technical merit, as well as, the degree to which each entry met the contest theme of "renewal." At the time of writing this blog, I have no idea who did not place. I am glad to see some "newer" members on the soup in my list. I know how encouraging it was to me to place in a contest when I first joined Poetry Soup. 

Wherever you placed or did not place in my contest, keep writing and entering (if you enjoy the competitions). Each judge will exert some personal taste in the judging process. I am aware that some members do not think that the technical aspects of good writing should enter into the judging process, but they are important. Think of your poem as a canvas and you are a painter. If you pay no attention to how the paint is applied, you may not get your artistic concept across to the viewers. Writing a poem is much the same process; your words are the paint and the technical aspects (punctuation, grammar, etc.) are how you apply your paint to the canvas. I will know what you meant to say by the way you "apply your paint to the canvas."

Congratulations to Andrea Dietrich for taking the top place. I am looking forward to sending her the promised prize. I will send you a soup mail, Andrea.

Since the name of the poems was all the same, I am just listing the author's name and the placement.

                                       1                                    Andrea Dietrich

                                       2                                    Craig Cornish

                                       3                                    John Lawless

                                       3                                    Dave Wood

                                       3                                    Keith Merritt

                                       4                                    Dr. Anuradha Moogi

                                       4                                    Alfred Vassallo

                                       5                                    Carolyn Devonshire

                                       5                                    Theresa Stephens

                                       6                                     Dr. Ram Mehta

                                       6                                    Casarah Nance

           Honorable Mention                                    Joseph May

           Honorable Mention                                    Julie Heckman

           Honorable Mention                                    Arlene Smith

           Honorable Mention                                    hija de la luna


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  1. Date: 7/24/2014 3:53:00 PM
    Dear Faye, Congratulations on your first contest! It was wonderful to participate. Congrats to all the winners and thanks for my placement. Love, Carolyn

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  1. Date: 7/24/2014 10:24:00 AM
    Thank you all for your encouraging response to my first contest...the judging part is not easy, and I am sure some people will disagree with my choices and placements. I do not always agree with how other sponsors judge. It is a fact of life that we are all different. Aren't we glad about that? How boring life would be if we all saw everything exactly the same.

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  1. Date: 7/24/2014 9:48:00 AM
    Just went to see Craig's again, and it sure has the WOW factor for me!! Will see all the other winners later, Faye. Wanted to thank you again for a splendid idea on your first contest!

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    Gibson Avatar Faye Gibson Date: 7/24/2014 10:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, it does have the wow factor...I went back and forth between yours, Craig's and another one for first place...chose yours as first because of the strong melodic quality. Thanks for the great, encouraging response.
  1. Date: 7/24/2014 12:48:00 AM
    Faye, you handled your contest like a seasoned veteran.. Thanks so much for all your hard work and thank you for your high placement. Also, congrats to all the others winners!

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    Gibson Avatar Faye Gibson Date: 7/24/2014 10:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Dave. Wow, if every one would sponsor their own contest, they would learn so much--maybe even cut down some of the complaining. I enjoyed it. I have since discovered that two of my favorite poets--maybe more-- were not among my placements. That is why I want to judge blind. There were several more entries in my second round, and I struggled with including them all. But, I chose to keep the list shorter.
    Gibson Avatar Faye Gibson Date: 7/24/2014 10:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for all the support you give, not only to me...I see you doing it with many other poets.
  1. Date: 7/23/2014 8:27:00 PM
    Hearty Congratulations to all the winners on this contest. All were different takes on the theme and a treat to read. Mohan

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  1. Date: 7/23/2014 3:58:00 PM
    Thanks SO much, Faye, this was a grand surprise to see today! Congrats to all your winners. I know just using good mechanics is not the only thing that makes a good poem. There are many other aspects than just the technical stuff, but I just love to see the whole package, and I am honored you felt I accomplished that with your contest.

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  1. Date: 7/23/2014 3:39:00 PM
    Bravo Faye, thank you and congrats to all your winners

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 7/23/2014 4:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Craig, I have to get off now, but I can't wait to go through the winners' list and read your poem even if I already saw it! (can't remember right now) Congrats to you.
  1. Date: 7/23/2014 2:56:00 PM
    Congrad's All! Light & Love

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My Past Blog Posts

I Am Still Alive
Date Posted: 9/18/2014 7:26:00 AM
The Scent of Water Contest Judged
Date Posted: 7/23/2014 1:22:00 PM
IMPORTANT for The Scent of Water Contestants
Date Posted: 7/17/2014 7:00:00 PM
The Scent of Water Contest - Updated
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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
3/25/2015 Tears - Top Ten Tanka Tankalost love,sea,
12/7/2014 Peace Versepeace,
11/29/2014 A Christmas Snow Rhymechristmas,
11/28/2014 Dawn's Pregnant Womb Opens - Monokuday,morning,
11/28/2014 Winter Bride Versesea,snow,winter,
11/25/2014 Be the Plus Sign Didacticencouraging,friendship,
11/25/2014 Innocence Free versechildhood,flower,simple,
11/21/2014 Frozen in Crystalline - 6 Crystallinetree,winter,
11/19/2014 Weary - Chopped III Terzanelleabsence,loneliness,love,w
11/18/2014 Oak Leaf Necklace Crystallineautumn,sky,tree,
11/17/2014 Not Cinderella Coupletdance,love,romantic,
11/16/2014 We Are Had - Fire Them All Limerickamerica,angst,political,
11/16/2014 Beach Wind Rhymebeauty,sea,wind,
11/16/2014 Unrelenting Loneliness Biodeath,grief,loneliness,lo
11/12/2014 Words - The Heart of Imagination Free verseidentity,imagination,word
11/12/2014 Beneath a Streetlamp Coupletabsence,autumn,memory,
11/11/2014 Against a Browning Hill Rhymegrowth,love,
11/9/2014 Christmas Cinqkuchristmas,holiday,
11/8/2014 Gray Stones Tankajesus,
11/7/2014 God's Gift Diamanteday,night,
11/7/2014 Your Silhouette Caresses Versegoodbye,love,
11/2/2014 Metamorphosed - Chopped II Sonnetchange,death,freedom,life
11/2/2014 Young Summers Rhymebeach,fun,youth,
10/27/2014 Give Me Dessert Epulaeryufood,
10/26/2014 Untethered Versefreedom,water,
10/26/2014 Starving Eyes Carpe Diembeauty,time,today,
10/24/2014 Taskmaster Time Versetime,
10/24/2014 Gifts from the Tide Free versenature,ocean,sea,
10/22/2014 Forgotten Memories Quatrainabsence,memory,sad love,
10/11/2014 Autumn Legacy Verseautumn,time,
10/11/2014 Fickle Sun Rispettonature,rain,sun,
10/11/2014 Essence of You Coupletlove,senses,soulmate,toge
10/9/2014 Around the Corner Rhymecourage,fear,trust,
10/9/2014 Chocolate Pie Monorhymehumorous,nature,
10/8/2014 Infinite Bridge Lyricchristian,easter,jesus,lo
10/8/2014 My Song Lyricchristian,god,jesus,
10/8/2014 The Nighttime Only Means there is a Day Lyricchristian,god,life,trust,
10/8/2014 Living Word Quatrainbible,christian,god,life,
10/5/2014 October Bliss Sedokahalloween,october,
10/5/2014 Willow Tryst Acrostichusband,love,marriage,rom
10/3/2014 Grief Enough to go Around Free verseamerica,death,grief,husba
10/3/2014 Fish Fry Haikufish,water,
10/3/2014 Drought Ender Haikunature,rain,
10/3/2014 February Waning Haikuflower,seasons,spring,
10/1/2014 Illumined Tapestry Free versedeath,dream,life,light,lo
9/29/2014 Summer Acrosticseasons,summer,
9/29/2014 Spring Acrosticseasons,spring,
9/29/2014 Winter Acrosticseasons,winter,
9/29/2014 Autumn Acrosticautumn,seasons,
9/28/2014 Dream Weaver Coupletcharacter,dream,freedom,i
9/28/2014 The Quest Rhymeadventure,america,
9/28/2014 Pillars of Praise Tankagod,prayer,
9/28/2014 Holy Is the Lamb Free versechristian,jesus,religious
9/28/2014 I'm a Three Haikunature,night,
9/27/2014 Mute Muse Quatrainmuse,poetry,
9/25/2014 God's Kind of Poetry Free versechristian,creation,god,
9/22/2014 Raven Park Rhymepoetry,tribute,
9/20/2014 From the Top Free versecourage,identity,introspe
9/19/2014 Grateful Verseocean,storm,
9/19/2014 January Night Chokaweather,winter,
9/19/2014 Lake Morning Chokanature,
9/18/2014 Pier Sentinel Haikubird,sea,
9/18/2014 First Love Free versefamily,grandchild,grandmo
9/11/2014 The First Poem Free versecreation,poetry,writing,
9/10/2014 Elegy on an Autumn Day Free verseautumn,death,memory,remem
9/9/2014 Cloud Ballet Ethereedance,nature,water,
9/9/2014 Suspended Free versebooks,rain,
9/9/2014 Wallflower Free versebetrayal,longing,relation
9/6/2014 You Know the Way Rhymedeath,goodbye,
9/6/2014 Don't Look Back Track Quatrainangst,goodbye,leaving,
9/6/2014 Once Upon an Autumn Night Free verseautumn,night,
9/5/2014 My Gift of Tears Rhymelost love,sad love,
9/3/2014 Memories Adrift Free versememory,sea,
9/3/2014 Prayer Free versechristian,god,prayer,
9/1/2014 Sun Scarred Rhymebetrayal,love hurts,
9/1/2014 Mellifluous Autumn Quatrainautumn,color,
8/31/2014 The Girl in the Mirror Free verseintrospection,sad love,se
8/31/2014 Whisper Allouette Verselove,romantic,
8/29/2014 Winter Wind Free versewind,winter,
8/29/2014 Hard Choices Tankachange,pain,
8/28/2014 The Gift Versechild,god,
8/28/2014 Nomad of the Centuries Free versehistory,journey,life,wisd
8/28/2014 October Envy Free verseautumn,beauty,seasons,sum
8/27/2014 Congress Chastushkaamerica,political,
8/27/2014 Lemon Pie Trioletheart,humorous,
8/26/2014 Fall Stroll Haikuautumn,river,
8/24/2014 Hope, Faith, Love Tankafaith,hope,love,
8/21/2014 A Quote Free verselife,
8/20/2014 Mists of Goodbye Free versegoodbye,love,
8/19/2014 A Pocket Full of Comment Change Free versecommunity,writing,
8/19/2014 Grand Finale Lyricbeauty,seasons,
8/19/2014 Greenbrier River Dreams Free versedream,imagery,mountains,p
8/18/2014 The Pope's Faux Pas - Footles Footlefunny,humorous,
8/17/2014 Shalott Revisited Rhymelove,memory,parents,
8/16/2014 Where Frozen Embers Still Burn Rhymebetrayal,love,
8/15/2014 Adieu Abecedarianbeauty,bereavement,death,
8/12/2014 Unchanging Lord Lyricbible,change,christian,go
8/12/2014 Decorated Pastry - Footle Footlefood,fun,
8/12/2014 Wandering Rivulets Rhymeadventure,beauty,travel,w
8/12/2014 Moon Rising Rhymebeauty,moon,

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Fav Poems

Song of a Warrior's Bride Blank versehorror,marriage,relations
Obsidian Free verseabuse,dark,mystery,
Stopping the Dance Free verseabuse,dance,dark,discrimi
View From The Top of the Trail Free versejourney,life,
I AM AN 8 Rispettodance,magic,
Island of Sylt Iambic Pentameterbeach,longing,peace,sea,s

Fav Poets

Tim Ryerson United States Flag United States Read
Carrie Richards United States Flag United States Read
Robert Nehls United States Flag United States Read
Carolyn Devonshire United States Flag United States Read
John lawless United States Flag United States Read
Elisabeth Sheaffer United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
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Andrea Dietrich United States Flag United States Read