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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 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 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,

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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,

Fav Poets

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Nick Ruff United States Flag United States Read
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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
David Byrne Ireland Flag Ireland Read
Maurice Rigoler United States Flag United States Read
Connie Marcum Wong United States Flag United States Read
Robert L. Hinshaw United States Flag United States Read
Paula Swanson United States Flag United States Read
RALPH TAYLOR United States Flag United States Read
Charles Henderson United States Flag United States Read
Kris Walters United States Flag United States Read
Mitch White United States Flag United States Read
Chris D. Aechtner Canada Flag Canada Read
Chad Wood United States Flag United States Read
Deb Wilson United States Flag United States Read
Joe Flach United States Flag United States Read
Timothy Brumley United States Flag United States Read
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
Walayee Poet Lay Whitlock-Ishway United States Flag United States Read
James Tate United States Flag United States Read
Robert Pettit United States Flag United States Read
Gwendolen Rix United States Flag United States Read
Russell Sivey United States Flag United States Read
jack horne United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
JSLambert Mister ROBOTO United States Flag United States Read
Shani Fassbender United States Flag United States Read
Black Eyed Susan United States Flag United States Read
Anne Rutherford Canada Flag Canada Read
Carol Eastman United States Flag United States Read
Rhonda Johnson-Saunders United States Flag United States Read
Joann Grisetti United States Flag United States Read
Elaine George Canada Flag Canada Read
Gerard Keogh Jr. United States Flag United States Read
Adeleke Adeite Nigeria Flag Nigeria Read
Vince Suzadail Jr. United States Flag United States Read
Phyllis Babcock Canada Flag Canada Read
Joseph Spence Sr United States Flag United States Read
Brian Strand United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
john loving iii United States Flag United States Read
Gert W. Knop Germany Flag Germany Read
Ronald Bingham United States Flag United States Read
Annalise a.k.a. Audrey Haick United States Flag United States Read
Tim Smith United States Flag United States Read
Keith O.J. Hunt Canada Flag Canada Read
Lyric Man United States Flag United States Read
Dr. Upma A. Sharma India Flag India Read
Peter Duggan Australia Flag Australia Read
Robert Lindley United States Flag United States Read
Peter Dome United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Frederic Parker United States Flag United States Read
Casarah Nance United States Flag United States Read
Jan Allison United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
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cherl dunn United States Flag United States Read
RAJAT KANTI CHAKRABARTY India Flag India Read
BL Devnath India Flag India Read
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len carber United States Flag United States Read
Mark Peterson United States Flag United States Read
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