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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 Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
10/1/2014Sinister EncounterRhymeangst,bird,lost love,
10/1/2014Ingredients for MemoriesFree versedeath,father daughter,mem
9/28/2014Misty's Wild RideRhymehorse,
9/28/2014I'm a ThreeThan-Baukhumor,
9/28/2014God's Kind of PoetryFree versegod,nature,poetry,
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,

My Photos

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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

Fav Poets

Nick Ruff United States Flag United States Read
daver austin United States Flag United States Read
Dr.Ram Mehta India Flag India Read
Katherine Stella United States Flag United States Read
Carrie Richards United States Flag United States Read
Andrew Crisci United States Flag United States Read
Debbie Guzzi United States Flag United States Read
colin mitchell williams Spain Flag Spain Read
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
Janette Fisher United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
James Fraser United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Sara Kendrick United States Flag United States Read
Jayne Eggins Australia Flag Australia Read
Stephen Parker United States Flag United States Read
Joyce Johnson United States Flag United States Read
john freeman United States Flag United States Read
Jared Pickett United States Flag United States Read
Doris Culverhouse United States Flag United States Read
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