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About Carolyn Devonshire
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Bloggers PhotoBorn in New Jersey, I now live in Florida.  I was a journalist for many years and joined Poetry Soup to share poems and make new friends.  

My poetry is very direct and to the point, even if I am sometimes a bit long winded.  I am struggling now to master the shorter verse forms.  Most of my poems tell stories, all are inspired by deep feelings on a very wide range of topics. 

I have written four novels, so writing a narrative verse is a nice change for me.  I love hearing from other writers and always try to respond when someone makes a comment.  I enjoy reading others' works as much as I enjoy writing my own.

Fishing, furry creatures and football are among my greatest loves.  I have no tolerance for bigotry and hatred.  "Judge not lest ye be judged" is my favorite quote.

I have few fears, but sharks and alligators are among them.  I also fear for the future of our world.

Vacation Humor Contest Results

Blog Posted:7/26/2014 11:23:00 AM

Thanks go to all those who participated in the Vacation Humor contest.  There were some excellent entries.  Although I gave leeway for poems that were a bit longer than 15 lines, I couldn’t place those that were very long even though some were quite funny.

Those who ranked highest stayed true to their chosen form (syllable counts and rhyme) and gave me some great laughs.  There are two first-place winners.  Please join me in congratulating C.L. Thornton and Roy Jerden, two poets whose humorous poems are a delight to read. 

Flackmoth's Modest Solution by C.L. Thornton

Flackmoth’s just come up with a solution
he's sure will spawn a revolution
in both the airline and travel industry
and boost air travel exponentially
while at the same time eliminate
those tedious check-in lines we all hate,
and thereby reduce passenger stress,
impatience, and bladder build-up distress.
Flackmoth’s solution is so simple at its core,
he wonders that no one thought of it before.
And if adopted, he predicts with certainty,
travelers will breeze by long lines of security.
His solution, then? Nude flights, and baggage
checked elsewhere as a first advantage.
Ah, but Flackmoth’s solution has a flaw:
Some politician is sure to propose a law –
ostensibly to ensure in-flight security –
likely, a pre-boarding colonoscopy.


Blood on the Saddle by Roy Jerden

We are taking a long horseback ride
On the great continental divide
    They are singing "Mule Train"
    Just like old Frankie Laine
While my poor butt is wailing "Rawhide"
The guide's muscles are trapezoidal 
With ripples and bulges steroidal 
    All the bulges I find 
    Are inside my behind 
And for sure are all hemorrhoidal
I guess I'm a poor city slicker
Of riding I couldn't be sicker
    I would rather be home
    Where no buffalo roam
With sitz bath and plenty of liquor
A bad vacation it was, and my bad luck,

Consoled myself, thinking he must be gay !


C.L. and Roy, send me your addresses so I can mail your prizes. 

Thanks again to all the participants.

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  1. Date: 7/26/2014 10:35:00 PM
    I did not write for this contest but see so many great entries and wins.. Congrats to all the winners!

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  1. Date: 7/26/2014 7:52:00 PM
    So many mishaps and misdemeanours. Congratulations to all and an interesting contest which was an enjoyment to get involved with.

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  1. Date: 7/26/2014 4:49:00 PM
    Carolyn, thanks for sponsoring this fun contest and congrats to Roy and C.L. for taking home the gold! All the winners had funny, clever writes and I'm so grateful to place among them. Carolyn, thanks especially for all of your efforts. You always amaze me girl!

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  1. Date: 7/26/2014 2:48:00 PM
    Thank you, dear Carolyn, for the placement in your fun contest, and a special thank you for giving us some great laughs. Hooray for all the poets who entered, and I'm glad to see their great sense of humor is alive and well !!

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  1. Date: 7/26/2014 1:13:00 PM
    Well done to all who entered, and in particular to Roy & C.L. congrats, and to Carolyn for honouring my poem. Happy Weekend all :)

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  1. Date: 7/26/2014 12:37:00 PM
    was a wonderful contest great fun Carolyn thanks for the placements for my own poem and our jadazzle one too. Hugs Jan xxx

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  1. Date: 7/26/2014 12:29:00 PM
    I read a lot of funny ones in your contest, Carolyn, Congrats to them all. This contest just stumped me to think of anything original!!

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  1. Date: 7/26/2014 12:11:00 PM
    Congratulations to all the winners, especially Roy and C.L. Thornton. Their poems are very funny. Thank you for including my poem among your winners.

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    Devonshire Avatar Carolyn Devonshire Date: 7/26/2014 12:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You deserved your win. Thank you!

My Past Blog Posts

Congratulations, Jack Horne!
Date Posted: 8/26/2014 7:03:00 PM
Vacation Humor Contest Results
Date Posted: 7/26/2014 11:23:00 AM
Sky Diving...sort of
Date Posted: 7/21/2014 9:38:00 AM
Vacation Humor Contest
Date Posted: 7/11/2014 1:47:00 PM
Contest Winners and a Short Farewell
Date Posted: 6/29/2014 12:22:00 PM
Past Lives Contest
Date Posted: 6/20/2014 3:50:00 PM
Birthday and Aging Humor Contest Results
Date Posted: 5/26/2014 5:18:00 PM
Congratulations "Forest Lights" Winners
Date Posted: 5/19/2012 10:55:00 AM
Forest Lights Tanka Contest
Date Posted: 5/12/2012 1:14:00 PM
Leaving for Key West Sunday
Date Posted: 4/13/2012 3:42:00 PM
Congratulations, Winners!
Date Posted: 3/26/2012 12:54:00 PM
Perceptions of Heaven Contest -- Just 4 Lines
Date Posted: 3/23/2012 4:23:00 PM
Climate Change and new computer
Date Posted: 2/8/2012 10:38:00 AM
Fantasy in Lights
Date Posted: 12/4/2011 2:23:00 PM
New Contest-A Christmas Miracle
Date Posted: 11/29/2011 2:12:00 PM
Alone for the Holidays
Date Posted: 11/16/2011 1:21:00 PM
Congratulations, Techno-Limerick Winners!
Date Posted: 11/10/2011 8:46:00 AM
Contest filled - check entries
Date Posted: 11/8/2011 4:12:00 PM
Contest Update
Date Posted: 11/5/2011 11:08:00 AM
Techno-Limericks Contest to be Co-Judged
Date Posted: 10/28/2011 4:11:00 PM
Mini Soup Conventions and Zip-Lining
Date Posted: 10/26/2011 4:42:00 PM
Fall in New England
Date Posted: 10/11/2011 6:53:00 PM
Joyce's Brother Has Passed
Date Posted: 10/9/2011 12:49:00 PM
Congratulations and Apologies
Date Posted: 9/14/2011 2:43:00 PM
Congratulations, Winners!
Date Posted: 8/10/2011 4:11:00 PM

My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
9/23/2014Holy Is the LambFree versefaith,
9/4/2014Stairway to the StarsFree versefarewell,kiss,
9/4/2014Merry-Go-Round AlouetteVerseintrospection,time,
9/3/2014A Prayer for HumanityFree verseprayer,
9/3/2014Well, I DeclareLimerickhumor,
9/1/2014A Sonnet for JackSonnetfriendship,
9/1/2014From Awe to IndignationQuintain (English)autumn,
8/31/2014His HandVersefaith,spiritual,
8/31/2014Carpe DiemFree verseautumn,summer,
8/29/2014On Halloween NightRhymefear,halloween,
8/28/2014Titanic ZeugmaTrioletsea,
8/25/2014Blessed TrioTankafaith,hope,love,
8/25/2014He's Still Not ListeningChastushkahistory,military,native a
8/25/2014Jimbo 'n' JameisRhymefootball,
8/22/2014Turn, Turn, TurnSonnetseasons,
8/22/2014Inhaling NatureAbecedarianjoy,nature,
8/21/2014Addiction - A Nightly RitualRhymeangst,dream,
8/21/2014My QuoteFree verseintrospection,joy,
8/20/2014Birthright DeniedFree versehistory,native american,p
8/18/2014Where Frozen Embers Still BurnQuatrainlost love,
8/18/2014Ginger NovemberVersestudent,sympathy,
8/18/2014Football FootlesFootlefootball,
8/18/2014Open Your HeartLyriclove,
8/18/2014When Words Cut Like BladesFree versebullying,
8/11/2014Enlightening WatersHaikunature,water,

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Fav Poems

Poem TitleFormCategories
Yosemite in Winter Tankanature,places
Tell meLyricloveme,me,
The Poem That Never WasFree verseon writing and words
Learning to Ride..footle-maniaLight Poetryfunny,life
She waits.Free verseanimals,death,friendship,
The Price of FreedomFree versedeathwomen,women,
Cautious WalkerFree verseadventure,allegory
SEEING THINGSLight Poetryfunnygrandmother,
Like Death Warmed OverLight Poetryhusband
Letting GoRhymelost lovelove,
Captain BreckenridgeFree verseimagination
My Dog, BenbowVerseanimalsdog,dog,time,
PettyLight Poetryfunnyme,me,
ImaginationI do not know?adventure,fantasy,friends
Epitaph For A Common ManEpitaphdedication,life
When I grow upFree versechildhood
Maiden VoyageRhymehistory,life,loss,sea
Maiden Voyage " The Rescue "Rhymehistory,life,loss,sea
To ReadI do not know?lovelove,i love you,
The Worry DollsQuatrainfaith,happiness,hope,insp
My PoemsFree versehope,on writing and words
Future DreamsRhymeimagination,science ficti
Keepin UpRhymefunnynight,me,night,time,
tame hurricaneI do not know?imagination

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David Smalling Jamaica Flag Jamaica Read
John Patrick Robbins AKA Gonzo United States Flag United States Read
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