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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.


Congratulations "Forest Lights" Winners


Blog Posted:5/19/2012 10:55:00 AM
Dear Poets,

This had to be the hardest contest to judge -- every entry was wonderful and only a few were not in tanka form.  In judging, I recruited the assistance of the Canadian photographer who took the photo - Alexa Brus.  We spent hours discussing all of the poems and she agreed they all read like winners so some tough choices had to be made.  Grammar and spelling were considered in the rankings, but Alexa and I were in total agreement on the first-place winners. 

FYI- although my dictionary has "prism" as two syllables, the Soup syllable counter had it as one syllable so we accepted either count as correct.

John Freeman's poem too a unique perspective, comparing the fractured lights of the forest to the way an autistic boy might see them:


Billy's Autism by John Freeman  
Autistic blank gaze 
Graces the spaces of mind
Rainbow's grace bestows
Dark forest gives way to trees
A smile colors blank spaces

 Sara Kendrick was the only poet to correctly identify the lights

as the effects of Aurora Borealis and created quite a beautiful image:


Refraction by Sara Kendrick

Refracting morn's light
Aurora Borealis

Beauty touched spirit
Sunrays pierce trees through forest

Moment captured forever

Congratulations to all who entered the contest,
especially those whose poems were selected as winners!


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  1. Date: 10/29/2012 3:32:00 PM
    Thanks for stopping by my blog written for Jack..Sara

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  1. Date: 8/22/2012 10:01:00 AM
    Dear Lord, bless and care for Carolyn. For she has been a blessed friend. We've had a few years between us. But a precious friendship we've had. I would ask Lord that you send an angel to take care of her and her needs. Send a comforting spirit to set her mind at ease. Be with her and give her the joy you've given me.And faith and strength when iys time to believe.

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  1. Date: 8/20/2012 3:00:00 PM
    hello my friend. how are you. you have been in my prayers i hope your getting better. pray for me i need you to. just sending my love.john h loving iii

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  1. Date: 8/3/2012 2:51:00 PM
    Just checking in on you Carolyn.

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  1. Date: 7/11/2012 6:46:00 PM
    one more thing. that secret that i kept from you. it's true. you and a few people know it's true. i just want to admit so i did'nt have a secret from you.

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  1. Date: 6/26/2012 7:03:00 PM
    congrads to all. i finally cought up with you here. after a few days i got your message. i don't really know what to say, except when i lose you i lose an earthly friend. but when i come to that great gettin up morning i hope to meet my heavenly friend. i'll be writing daily to let you know i'm here to stay. and i hope that when our time comes it is a peaceful one.and that i am proud to have know you carolyn devonshire. al it takes is passing and all of a sudden you'll be like emily dickenson, famous world wide. we've all lost one soup friend before. you'll just go on a list that we have. hey who get's the copy rights to your stuff? make sure that they don't just get erased. and the wrong relative gets them. i love you carolyn

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  1. Date: 6/19/2012 10:46:00 PM
    Thank you for the kind blog comment Carolyn, I could not email you so I'll blog you back; you are a wonderful friend and fellow poet, yours Joe..)

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  1. Date: 5/20/2012 2:36:00 PM
    Thank you for the placement, Carolyn, and for sharing the lovely picture as an inspiration. Hugs, Cyndi

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  1. Date: 5/20/2012 8:37:00 AM
    Yes, carolyn, you got a LOT of great poems off that picture. Congrats to EVERYONE. Luv, Andrea

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  1. Date: 5/19/2012 9:34:00 PM
    Congratulations again to all the great poets of these beautiful gems. Thanks also dear one for finding a place for mine. Thanks Carolyn, Agape, Moses

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  1. Date: 5/19/2012 7:15:00 PM
    Im going to check the winners later; Sara and John's poems are absolutely wonderful. Congratulations to all the winners! Ruben.

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  1. Date: 5/19/2012 4:40:00 PM
    Thanks for sponsoring this inspiring contest, Carolyn, and for my placement. Congrats to all the winners! Alexa's picture inspired some beautiful poetry. Blrsdings and Love, Rhonda

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  1. Date: 5/19/2012 1:28:00 PM
    I'm really glad so many of you were inspired by that photo. David, you owe me one. LOL (I don't hold contests very often.)

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  1. Date: 5/19/2012 12:22:00 PM
    congratulations to all winners, sorry Carolyn I just ran out of time for this one, catch you next time..David

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  1. Date: 5/19/2012 12:19:00 PM
    Thank you for hosting the contest. The photo was awesome. I have never seen the aurora in daylight.

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  1. Date: 5/19/2012 11:48:00 AM
    congrats to all the winners and thank you so much Carolyn and Alexa for my placement, I have not been writing much lately but the picture was so inspiring. Now I must get my next contest started.

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  1. Date: 5/19/2012 11:35:00 AM
    Congratulations to all the winners.Have a wonderful Saturday evening:-)

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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 Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
12/2/2014 A Child Again Monokuchristmas,
12/2/2014 Christmas Angel Tankaangel,friendship,thanks,
12/2/2014 A Christmas Snow Rhymechristmas,wedding,
11/21/2014 Betrayed Rhymejealousy,recovery from,
11/16/2014 Belle of the Ball Rhymedance,joy,romance,
11/13/2014 Eulogy for a Quarterback's Reputation Limerickfootball,humor,sports,
11/10/2014 Employment for an Elf Sonnetchristmas,jobs,work,
11/8/2014 Rain on the Scarecrow Quintain (English)farm,music,
11/6/2014 Invisible Co-write with Paul Callus Free verseveterans day,
11/5/2014 Kissed by Katy Sonnetcat,pets,
11/5/2014 My Friend in Need Free versefriendship,hope,
10/26/2014 An Italian Thanksgiving Epulaeryufood,
10/26/2014 She Lived in the Moment Rhymefamily,
10/21/2014 Too Fast for Me Rhymefather,
10/18/2014 A Good News Day Rhymehappiness,
10/18/2014 Fearless or Foolish Biobio,
10/16/2014 Haunting Spirit at Monmouth University Rhymescary,
10/15/2014 Grandfather Speaks with Eagles Free verseart,environment,native am
10/13/2014 Making Memories I do not know?adventure,memory,
10/11/2014 Pie Chart Chaos Limerickfood,humor,
10/11/2014 Around the Corner Lyricintrospection,life,
10/8/2014 A Twisted Ploy Rispettoage,philosophy,
10/8/2014 Quest for Gold Free versecowboy,native american,
10/6/2014 Just a Bit Free verseromance,
10/6/2014 November Dreams Sedokalove,seasons,
10/6/2014 Cowboy Hoe Down Rhymecowboy,dance,humorous,
10/4/2014 Terror from New Jersey's Devil Rhymefear,history,
10/4/2014 Halloween's Mask of Comfort Co-Write Rhymehalloween,
10/4/2014 Connecting Genius and Madness Haikuintrospection,
10/4/2014 In Praise of the Holy Spirit Tankafaith,
10/2/2014 Windows to Willie's Soul Sonnetdedication,music,
10/1/2014 Sinister Encounter Rhymeangst,bird,lost love,
10/1/2014 Ingredients for Memories Free versedeath,father daughter,mem
9/28/2014 Misty's Wild Ride Rhymehorse,
9/28/2014 I'm a Three Than-Baukhumor,
9/28/2014 God's Kind of Poetry Free versegod,nature,poetry,
9/23/2014 Holy Is the Lamb Free versefaith,
9/4/2014 Stairway to the Stars Free versefarewell,kiss,
9/4/2014 Merry-Go-Round Alouette Verseintrospection,time,
9/3/2014 A Prayer for Humanity Free verseprayer,
9/3/2014 Well, I Declare Limerickhumor,
9/1/2014 A Sonnet for Jack Sonnetfriendship,
9/1/2014 From Awe to Indignation Quintain (English)autumn,
8/31/2014 His Hand Versefaith,spiritual,
8/31/2014 Carpe Diem Free verseautumn,summer,
8/29/2014 On Halloween Night Rhymefear,halloween,
8/28/2014 Titanic Zeugma Trioletsea,
8/25/2014 Blessed Trio Tankafaith,hope,love,
8/25/2014 He's Still Not Listening Chastushkahistory,military,native a
8/25/2014 Jimbo 'n' Jameis Rhymefootball,
8/22/2014 Turn, Turn, Turn Sonnetseasons,
8/22/2014 Inhaling Nature Abecedarianjoy,nature,
8/21/2014 Addiction - A Nightly Ritual Rhymeangst,dream,
8/21/2014 My Quote Free verseintrospection,joy,
8/20/2014 Birthright Denied Free versehistory,native american,p
8/18/2014 Where Frozen Embers Still Burn Quatrainlost love,
8/18/2014 Ginger November Versestudent,sympathy,
8/18/2014 Football Footles Footlefootball,
8/18/2014 Open Your Heart Lyriclove,
8/18/2014 When Words Cut Like Blades Free versebullying,
8/11/2014 Enlightening Waters Haikunature,water,
8/11/2014 Touch the Moon Quintain (English)moon,
8/11/2014 Capturing Inspiration Tankawriting,
8/10/2014 Witching Hour Rhymehumor,
8/10/2014 Come Back and Attack Rhymeangst,humor,
8/3/2014 A Mountain's Challenge Free verseintrospection,life,
7/31/2014 Invitation Rhymelost love,
7/29/2014 Saving Grace Coupletbird,relationship,
7/28/2014 Party On Quatraincelebration,
7/27/2014 Mocking the Birds Verseangst,bird,humor,
7/20/2014 Mulligan Quatrainanimal,golf,
7/19/2014 You Bring Smiles Versebaby,
7/18/2014 Beware the Kraken Coupletanimal,mystery,sea,
7/13/2014 Moon Children Lyriccancer,
7/12/2014 Bless these Creatures Kyrielleanimal,storm,
7/12/2014 The Scent of Water Sonnetmiracle,mother,
7/12/2014 Arlington Rhymemilitary,patriotic,
6/30/2014 Which Fish Lures You Sonnetfish,
6/28/2014 Storms Rhymehero,storm,
6/23/2014 Ceding to Pain Quintain (English)sad,
6/22/2014 Colours Quintain (English)celebration,color,
6/22/2014 If for just one magical day Monorhymeintrospection,society,
6/19/2014 A QUICKIE Quintain (English)hope,nature,
6/18/2014 What I Gave Rhymeuplifting,
6/18/2014 I Did It My Way Rhymecareer,
6/16/2014 Her Hidden Gem Rhymemother,voice,
6/16/2014 A Positive Poem Dodoitsuhumor,
6/16/2014 Mark Antony and Cleopatra Rhymewar,
6/16/2014 Goethe's Path Verselost love,nature,
6/15/2014 Fall Tankaautumn,
6/11/2014 Top-Heavy Trudy Limerickhumor,
6/9/2014 Music at Midnight Rhymeloneliness,music,
6/8/2014 Party of the Garden's Pride Sonnetcelebration,flower,garden
6/8/2014 Two Loves Had I Free verselost love,
6/7/2014 Quest for Tolerance Rhymediscrimination,
6/7/2014 Waiting for poetrysoup-dot-com Limerickangst,humor,
6/4/2014 She lived, shared, loved Sijofriendship,
5/30/2014 Crater Lake Versehistory,water,
5/29/2014 A Mermaid and the New Jersey Devil Narrativehistory,loneliness,myster
5/28/2014 Distant Thoughts Free versefaith,nature,

My Photos


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Fav Poems

PoemTitleFormCategories
Yosemite in Winter Tankanature,places
Tell me Lyricloveme,me,
The Poem That Never Was Free verseon writing and words
Learning to Ride..footle-mania Light Poetryfunny,life
She waits. Free verseanimals,death,friendship,
The Price of Freedom Free versedeathwomen,women,
Cautious Walker Free verseadventure,allegory
SEEING THINGS Light Poetryfunnygrandmother,
Letting Go Rhymelost lovelove,
Captain Breckenridge Free verseimagination
Shapeshifter Acrosticintrospection
My Dog, Benbow Verseanimalsdog,dog,time,
Petty Light Poetryfunnyme,me,
Imagination I do not know?adventure,fantasy,friends
Epitaph For A Common Man Epitaphdedication,life
When I grow up Free versechildhood
Maiden Voyage Rhymehistory,life,loss,sea
Maiden Voyage " The Rescue " Rhymehistory,life,loss,sea
To Read I do not know?lovelove,i love you,
The Worry Dolls Quatrainfaith,happiness,hope,insp
My Poems Free versehope,on writing and words
Future Dreams Rhymeimagination,science ficti
Keepin Up Rhymefunnynight,me,night,time,
tame hurricane I do not know?imagination
Cease Fire Rhymefunny
The Loving Time I do not know?animals,life,love,motherm
Gift of the Sea Rhymenature,sea,sportsfishing,
WHAT!! I do not know?funnyme,home,home,me,
Friend Within Hear Me Rhymeangst,confusion,friendshi
ANIMAL COURT I do not know?animals,funnytiger,
Every Time We Fall Rhymeangst,introspection,lost
Alien Invasion Rhymescience fiction
Small Habitats...Repost Rhymenatureearth,
A Different Game Rhymeintrospection,life,people
Probing the Unconscious Space Free verseimagination,introspection
End Game Free verselove
Left Handed Lover Free verselove
My Old Black And White Rhymenostalgiaold,friend,old,
I do Free verselove
Rain on the River Free verselife,nature,peace
The Man Who Fell* Rhymefaithmay,truth,
Sailing the Seas In A Pecan Tree Rhymeadventure,old,
Our Time Fibonaccilost love,love,
Moonbow Haikunature,space
Grains Free versephilosophy
Bernadette and Juliet I do not know?political
Memories Senryuimagination
Three Hundred And Fifty Horses Rhymeanimals,funny,imagination
The Ant I do not know?satire
COLD NIGHT RAIN Tetractysimagination
The Sofa and it's Tales Rhymefunny
' The Power of A Poet ... ' 32nd Senryu Senryuinspirational,introspecti
Softly Spoken Magic Spell I do not know?confusion
Melting years like will-o´-the-wisps Prose Poetryepic
Peace to Understanding Fibonacciintrospection
Wrong Answers Rhyme 
Control Light Poetryfunnyvoice,voice,
SWEET CAROLYN! Free versecaregivingfamily,family,
' Walk With Me ... ' ( 23rd Psalms ) Light Poetryallegory,dedication,devot
Just Give Me a Few Minutes Here - Coupletfunny
Picture Free verseinspirational
The Spirit of Christmas, Dover, Arkansas Rhymeinspirational,love,uplift
Living The Dream Rhymeeducation,food,for childr
Are You Who You Say You Are? Rhymelife,people,places,politi
The Last Goodbye Narrativefatherdad,time,dad,time,
His Background Rhymefamily,life,war
If I could have a word with God I do not know?faithme,me,
The Lady by the Ocean Rhymefriendship,inspirational,
View from the Second Comet - Act 2 Rhymefantasy,hope,nature,peopl
Ash on the Floor Quatraindeath,depression
THE NAKED MAN Free versefantasy
Celebration Narrativeinspirational,music,
All Change Light Poetryfunny,health,life
Enough Already, Ode to a Turkey Ode funny,holidaylove,me,
Goodbye, Good Riddance! (Co-written with James Fraser) Quatrainfunnyme,
Atacama / English Version Free versehistorywater,history,wate
Doctor Hill's Bill true story I do not know?cowboy-westernname,old,mo
"Ode To Horror Brush" Light Poetryfunnyme,
The Mirror Of Time Free versefamily,imagination,nostal
Long-Leaf Pines Haikunature,
Devonshire Imagismname,name,
"Two Thousand Twelve" Rhymeinspirational,lovelove,
The Lone Tree Haikuinspirational,nature
Shadows on the Land Lyricallegory,science,science
THREE IMAGES Free versefantasycry,
OUR MANY BLESSINGS Rhymefaith,thank you,uplifting
"Three Days Spiritual" Rhymeinspirational,loveday,bod
A Man Lost Versehopelost,lost,smile,
Fear Rhymeangst,life,nature,peoplef
the visitors Narrativeangstname,me,name,
Carolyn Devonshire's gest Free verseon writing and words
My Chair of Support Rhymeinspirational,life,on wor
A Tribute to The Highlander Free versededication,on writing and
Dreamtime: My Friend Ivan Narrativedeathme,
My Hard Drive Don't Drive Anymore Light Poetryangst,
' Devonshire and Fraser ... ' 44th Senryu Senryuadventure,dedication,frie
SELF-GRATIFICATION IS THE FRIUT OF ONE'S LOVE Quatrainart,dedication,fantasy,im
Space-Age Hooks and Barbs Free versephilosophy
She Wants to Know What Love Is Rhymelove,passionlove,
For Tomorrow and Beyond Rhymefamily,lifetoday,

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cecil hickman United States Flag United States Read
David Smalling Jamaica Flag Jamaica Read
John Patrick Robbins AKA Gonzo United States Flag United States Read
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Joyce Johnson United States Flag United States Read
john freeman United States Flag United States Read
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John W Fenn United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
CS Ward United States Flag United States Read
Robert A. Dufresne United States Flag United States Read
Francine Roberts Canada Flag Canada Read
Ravindra K Kapoor India Flag India Read
David Byrne Ireland Flag Ireland Read
Maurice Rigoler United States Flag United States Read
Connie Marcum Wong United States Flag United States Read
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Paula Swanson United States Flag United States Read
RALPH TAYLOR United States Flag United States Read
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Mitch White United States Flag United States Read
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Joe Flach United States Flag United States Read
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Wilma Neels South Africa Flag South Africa Read
Sharon Tideswell United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Joe Maverick United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Wayne Sapp United States Flag United States Read
Thvia Stein United States Flag United States Read
Diane Locksley United States Flag United States Read
Hitendra Mehta India Flag India Read
Elton Camp United States Flag United States Read
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James Tate United States Flag United States Read
Robert Pettit United States Flag United States Read
Gwendolen Rix United States Flag United States Read
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john loving iii United States Flag United States Read
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Keith O.J. Hunt Canada Flag Canada Read
Lyric Man United States Flag United States Read
Dr. Upma A. Sharma India Flag India Read
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Robert Lindley United States Flag United States Read
Peter Dome United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Frederic Parker United States Flag United States Read
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