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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 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 PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
10/21/2014Too Fast for MeRhymefather,
10/18/2014A Good News DayRhymehappiness,
10/18/2014Fearless or FoolishBiobio,
10/16/2014Haunting Spirit at Monmouth UniversityRhymescary,
10/15/2014Grandfather Speaks with EaglesFree verseart,environment,native am
10/13/2014Making MemoriesI do not know?adventure,memory,
10/11/2014Pie Chart ChaosLimerickfood,humor,
10/11/2014Around the CornerLyricintrospection,life,
10/8/2014A Twisted PloyRispettoage,philosophy,
10/8/2014Quest for GoldFree versecowboy,native american,
10/6/2014Just a BitFree verseromance,
10/6/2014November DreamsSedokalove,seasons,
10/6/2014Cowboy Hoe DownRhymecowboy,dance,humorous,
10/4/2014Terror from New Jersey's DevilRhymefear,history,
10/4/2014Halloween's Mask of Comfort Co-WriteRhymehalloween,
10/4/2014Connecting Genius and MadnessHaikuintrospection,
10/4/2014In Praise of the Holy SpiritTankafaith,
10/2/2014Windows to Willie's SoulSonnetdedication,music,
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,
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,
8/11/2014Touch the MoonQuintain (English)moon,
8/11/2014Capturing InspirationTankawriting,
8/10/2014Witching HourRhymehumor,
8/10/2014Come Back and AttackRhymeangst,humor,
8/3/2014A Mountain's ChallengeFree verseintrospection,life,
7/31/2014InvitationRhymelost love,
7/29/2014Saving GraceCoupletbird,relationship,
7/28/2014Party OnQuatraincelebration,
7/27/2014Mocking the BirdsVerseangst,bird,humor,
7/19/2014You Bring SmilesVersebaby,
7/18/2014Beware the KrakenCoupletanimal,mystery,sea,
7/13/2014Moon ChildrenLyriccancer,
7/12/2014Bless these CreaturesKyrielleanimal,storm,
7/12/2014The Scent of WaterSonnetmiracle,mother,
6/30/2014Which Fish Lures YouSonnetfish,
6/23/2014Ceding to PainQuintain (English)sad,
6/22/2014ColoursQuintain (English)celebration,color,
6/22/2014If for just one magical dayMonorhymeintrospection,society,
6/19/2014A QUICKIEQuintain (English)hope,nature,
6/18/2014What I GaveRhymeuplifting,
6/18/2014I Did It My WayRhymecareer,
6/16/2014Her Hidden GemRhymemother,voice,
6/16/2014A Positive PoemDodoitsuhumor,
6/16/2014Mark Antony and CleopatraRhymewar,
6/16/2014Goethe's PathVerselost love,nature,
6/11/2014Top-Heavy TrudyLimerickhumor,
6/9/2014Music at MidnightRhymeloneliness,music,
6/8/2014Party of the Garden's PrideSonnetcelebration,flower,garden
6/8/2014Two Loves Had IFree verselost love,
6/7/2014Quest for ToleranceRhymediscrimination,
6/7/2014Waiting for poetrysoup-dot-com Limerickangst,humor,
6/4/2014She lived, shared, lovedSijofriendship,
5/30/2014Crater LakeVersehistory,water,
5/29/2014A Mermaid and the New Jersey DevilNarrativehistory,loneliness,myster
5/28/2014Distant ThoughtsFree versefaith,nature,
5/28/2014Memories Ebb and FlowFree versehusband,memory,music,
5/26/2014Angelic CompanionsKimoangel,baby,
5/22/2014Scary MomentsRhymeconfusion,
5/22/2014Tears on the WindRhymeintrospection,uplifting,
5/20/2014Uniting for PeaceKimopeace,
5/20/2014A Letter to Emily DickinsonRhymepoetess,
5/20/2014January BitesHaikuseasons,
5/19/2014Winged WonderTankabutterfly,
5/19/2014Chaos in SoupdomLimerickhumor,
5/18/2014Gone with the WindLimerickhumor,
5/17/2014Harry Connick, JuniorClerihewfun,
5/17/2014Measure with PleasureRhymesister,
5/17/2014Through a Poet's EyesTankaimagination,

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
Cease FireRhymefunny
The Loving TimeI do not know?animals,life,love,motherm
Gift of the SeaRhymenature,sea,sportsfishing,
WHAT!!I do not know?funnyme,home,home,me,
Friend Within Hear MeRhymeangst,confusion,friendshi
ANIMAL COURTI do not know?animals,funnytiger,
Every Time We FallRhymeangst,introspection,lost
Alien InvasionRhymescience fiction
Small Habitats...RepostRhymenatureearth,
A Different GameRhymeintrospection,life,people
Probing the Unconscious SpaceFree verseimagination,introspection
End GameFree verselove
Left Handed LoverFree verselove
My Old Black And WhiteRhymenostalgiaold,friend,old,
I doFree verselove
Rain on the RiverFree verselife,nature,peace
The Man Who Fell*Rhymefaithmay,truth,
Sailing the Seas In A Pecan TreeRhymeadventure,old,
Our TimeFibonaccilost love,love,
GrainsFree versephilosophy
Bernadette and JulietI do not know?political
Three Hundred And Fifty HorsesRhymeanimals,funny,imagination
The AntI do not know?satire
COLD NIGHT RAINTetractysimagination
The Sofa and it's TalesRhymefunny
' The Power of A Poet ... ' 32nd SenryuSenryuinspirational,introspecti
Softly Spoken Magic SpellI do not know?confusion
Melting years like will-o´-the-wispsProse Poetryepic
Peace to UnderstandingFibonacciintrospection
Wrong AnswersRhyme 
ControlLight Poetryfunnyvoice,voice,
SWEET CAROLYN!Free versecaregivingfamily,family,
' Walk With Me ... ' ( 23rd Psalms )Light Poetryallegory,dedication,devot
Just Give Me a Few Minutes Here - Coupletfunny
PictureFree verseinspirational
The Spirit of Christmas, Dover, ArkansasRhymeinspirational,love,uplift
Living The DreamRhymeeducation,food,for childr
Are You Who You Say You Are?Rhymelife,people,places,politi
The Last GoodbyeNarrativefatherdad,time,dad,time,
His BackgroundRhymefamily,life,war
If I could have a word with GodI do not know?faithme,me,
The Lady by the OceanRhymefriendship,inspirational,
View from the Second Comet - Act 2Rhymefantasy,hope,nature,peopl
Ash on the FloorQuatraindeath,depression
THE NAKED MANFree versefantasy
All ChangeLight Poetryfunny,health,life
Enough Already, Ode to a TurkeyOde funny,holidaylove,me,
Goodbye, Good Riddance! (Co-written with James Fraser)Quatrainfunnyme,
Atacama / English VersionFree versehistorywater,history,wate
Doctor Hill's Bill true storyI do not know?cowboy-westernname,old,mo
"Ode To Horror Brush"Light Poetryfunnyme,
The Mirror Of TimeFree versefamily,imagination,nostal
Long-Leaf PinesHaikunature,
"Two Thousand Twelve"Rhymeinspirational,lovelove,
The Lone TreeHaikuinspirational,nature
Shadows on the LandLyricallegory,science,science
THREE IMAGESFree versefantasycry,
OUR MANY BLESSINGSRhymefaith,thank you,uplifting
"Three Days Spiritual"Rhymeinspirational,loveday,bod
A Man LostVersehopelost,lost,smile,
the visitorsNarrativeangstname,me,name,
Carolyn Devonshire's gestFree verseon writing and words
My Chair of SupportRhymeinspirational,life,on wor
A Tribute to The HighlanderFree versededication,on writing and
Dreamtime: My Friend IvanNarrativedeathme,
My Hard Drive Don't Drive AnymoreLight Poetryangst,
' Devonshire and Fraser ... ' 44th SenryuSenryuadventure,dedication,frie
SELF-GRATIFICATION IS THE FRIUT OF ONE'S LOVEQuatrainart,dedication,fantasy,im
Space-Age Hooks and BarbsFree versephilosophy
She Wants to Know What Love IsRhymelove,passionlove,

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