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Deborah Guzzi is a healing facilitator specializing in Japanese Shiatsu and Reiki. She writes for Massage and Aromatherapy publications. She travels the world to expand her knowledge of healing and seeking writing inspiration. She has walked the Great Wall of China and visited Nepal (during the civil war), Japan, Egypt (two weeks before “The Arab Spring”), Peru, and France (during December’s terrorist attacks).

Her poetry appears in Magazines: here/there: poetry in the UK, Existere - Journal of Arts and Literature in Canada, Tincture in Australia, Cha: Asian Literary Review, Hong Hong, China, Latchkey Tales in New Zealand, Vine Leaves Literary Journal in Greece, mgv2>publishing in France, and Travel by the Book, Ribbons: Tanka Society of America Journal, Emerge Literary Journal, and others in the USA. 


More Inspiration from My Fav's

Blog Posted:6/28/2013 11:06:00 AM

Referential CONTEST

It shouldn't be hard at all to be inspired by the work below

pick something, anything in the verses below and write your own master piece just simply put the line the word or the feeling which inspired you along with the poet's name & the poems name on the bottom of your verse. I will post more of my fav's soon & you may SUGGEST your own poet & poem to use just ask me here or in soup mail.

A Dream in the Mist
by Carry Richards

The mountain peaks in colored sugar coat
Of pinks and blues and lilac violet hues
The sky, just before sunrise, all windless and clear
The day is misty, bitter cold, and crystal sheen
But I am warmed by one small ray of golden morning light

From high upon a perch of snow top crest
A lone stag with graceful legs that fly
Carving out a quiet trail, like fleeting wind
The sound so soft, the hush of whispered steps

He halts, and looks at me with logic's eyes
And seems to smile in recognition,
His golden crown of antlers, gleam in morning sun
Just when I thought my crystal world would splinter
He tilts his head, and bids me to come
And like an eagle's wing, remote and sure
He darts away, just like a bird
Without a sound

Beauty of the of pure grace
I run after him, panting and breathless,
Through the glimmering, in search of answers
But, I cannot keep up, as he disappears without a trace
And still not wringing the answers from the slightest sound
Yet, I am left alone, and feel at peace

Cyanide by Cyndi MacMillian

I drank cyanide from your lying lips,

Just for one touch, I’ve embraced rusted nails,

Pain remains, but all reason slowly slips.

The world has disappeared, a full eclipse,

Hanging trees reach out with their branches frail,

I drank cyanide from your lying lips.

Each curl you kissed is gone, quick, little snips,

Flames ate our letters in a blackened pail,

Pain remains, but all reason slowly slips.

Mail piles on the wet floor while the tap drips,

Walls pull me to corners that clutch and wail,

I drank cyanide from your lying lips.

Numbly like a ghost, our photos I rip,

But your eyes cremate and your smile impales,

Pain remains, but all reason slowly slips.

Love is weak, it beseeches, crawls then nips,

Yet your train left on sturdy, silent rails,

I drank cyanide from your lying lips,

Pain remains, but all reason slowly slips.

Double Phantasy by Charlotte Puddifoot

Mama, did you know the precious amethyst shadow hours
I spent beside you, cuddled cosy-close, nestled in blankets of light,
shawled in your red-gold hair? I kissed each tear you cried;
each one a starlight pearl forged from the depths
of your fragile soul. I rocked seashell-shut to each lullaby note
and silently watched as you rocked my cold, empty cradle.
Sometimes you sensed me coiled at your breast -
a small balled knot of grief. You felt my tiny fingers plucking at you
as tingling shivers. And sometimes I bounced sunshine-free
on your knee, a giggling orb of light.

Little one, once again I felt you here,
entombed in the womb of this eternal everywhere room,
your spirit sifting through my fingers like hourglass sand.
Pain has blanked my mind wraith-white, but I felt
your lips nip the warm rosebuds of my nipples
as I pressed a lullaby to the delicate shell of your ear
and brief blessed seconds spun out like years.
My sentient heart will always hold you, my grip will never slip
as my earthbound hands, human-warm, reach through time
and heather-shadowed ether to love and care for you.

MY Emotional Geography by Kash Poet

Why should I let you know

my emotional geography?

Where does that valley of pain lie surrounded by

the foggy mountains of unwinged desires?

From where those tearful rivers start their journey

meeting at the ocean of sorrow?  

How in a gloomy evening the veil of twilight

weeps over its own reflection below?  

And some melancholy engulfs me whispering

in my ear a sorrowful melody?

Tell me,why should I?

Is anyone having trouble understanding what to do?

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  1. Date: 6/29/2013 9:21:00 PM
    I visited your four poems, Alfred. Let me rephrase my early statement, I want to express it more clearly: YES, those four writers are four of our best writers. You may say that it's just my opinion, but ... believe me, I know what Im talking about. You should visit their poems ... I always learn something from them. ; ) Peace and love and respect.

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  1. Date: 6/29/2013 2:37:00 PM
    Alfred ... Alfred ... Alfred ... Im sorry but I don't have time for "this" ... keep trying, maybe next time ... Have a lovely evening. Ruben.

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 6/29/2013 2:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Indeed, a lovely evening. : )
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 6/29/2013 2:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    However, now Im curious ... I'll visit your poems at night.
  1. Date: 6/29/2013 1:45:00 PM
    Best is such a subjective judgement which is probably the most wonderful thing about art--there's some for everyone. Freddie, Ruben is one of the good guys here and all he was saying was that these poets are excellent and he is correct in my opinion. Are they the top notch best--good god man--like I said it's subjective but you talk about f---kn criticism when you actually insulted Ruben and the poets above---what comes around (you know the end)! And Debbie clearly said if anyone has a better idea do it---there ain't many contest hosts that would go that far. DONE

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/29/2013 2:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Freddie, he did not proclaim them the top four, he said they were four of our best. You just included Andrea and Carrie and said outstanding, I agree. My man Freddie thou protest too much about the semantics of hyperbole and wouldn't you agree that, going back to the beginning, our time can be more fruitfully invested?
  1. Date: 6/29/2013 1:12:00 PM
    I have also mentioned YOU may PICK your own poet, one who has been your muse, just let me know BY putting it on the bottom of your entry, HOWEVER... the poets I am putting up due very interesting work and I'm sure some thing that work could inspire you.

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  1. Date: 6/29/2013 1:10:00 PM
    Alfred, my fav's are not based on these are the people who are NICEST to me, they are based on these POEMS and thus the poet AFFECTED me, touched me in some way. I've been here for 10 years writing, commenting & running contests, this contest was to GIVE BACK to the poets who have been my inspiration on many occasion, they have been my muses. They have cause me to MUSE to thing hmmmm.

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  1. Date: 6/29/2013 7:05:00 AM
    I know you will do something good Ruben..knew example Kash's verse / the seed was hidden deep inside the parting bits of husk and though the time of it revelation was not of its choosing the hull parted anyway/ Reference Poet Kash's - My Emotional Geography - topic hiding

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  1. Date: 6/29/2013 7:02:00 AM
    There really couldn't be anything easier Andie!? say poem 1 take ANY noun out of it and write a poem about it ex: line 1 my great gram's hair had a widows peak/ I can still see the silver strands of it knotted in a the bottom of MY poem I put Reference Carry Richards - A Dream in the Mist line 1 word [peak]

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  1. Date: 6/29/2013 6:59:00 AM
    Hi Joseph .. now try this keep your sonnet, take the contents and re-write it as Free Verse, you'd be surprised how easy it is to simply rewrite things in different forms! AND FUN!

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  1. Date: 6/29/2013 6:34:00 AM
    I wrote a sonnet before I realized you wanted only free verse....inspired by the poem on your contest page....I guess I will use it for another contest...thanks for the inspiration

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  1. Date: 6/28/2013 6:33:00 PM
    I love all of these poets and their works, Deb. Great selection, as Ruben says. This kind of contest is not always easy for some people. but I am sure it will catch on, especially if you keep giving outstanding examples such as these!

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  1. Date: 6/28/2013 6:10:00 PM
    Wow! You have chosen four of the top "Souper-monsters"!! : D They're four of our best writers. Im working (trying!!) on a poem (inspired by your "fluids of life") ... I hope to finish it soon ...let's see what happens ...

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    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 6/29/2013 1:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Rueben has been here for years too and I am sure he has read 100's of poets here.

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11/17/2015 Golden Disks and Whale Clicks Free versespace,
11/9/2015 Spare Change Coupletseasons,
10/29/2015 Cymbals of Winter Free verseurban,wind,winter,
10/28/2015 fingertips Haikusilence,
10/28/2015 a branch scrapes Haikufear,
10/28/2015 Death Undignified, Fort Laramie 1860 Sestinamemory,
10/27/2015 A Kneaded Life Haibunage,dream,love,
10/23/2015 The Sowing Free verseirony,violence,women,
10/21/2015 When Madness Rides on Moonlight Sestinaanxiety,art,depression,su
10/19/2015 St Brigids Well Sonnetchildren,spiritual,women,
10/13/2015 Lurkers at the Threshold Lovecraft Credited Verseanalogy,
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9/20/2015 verbous and obscure Blitzallusion,
9/11/2015 Put the Past Aside - The Dark Side of the Moon Versedepression,
9/4/2015 Deaamos Passage Prose Poetryage,death,god,
8/23/2015 The Melting Pot Prosechildhood,
8/8/2015 howl beyond reason Blitzanalogy,crazy,word play,
8/7/2015 under and over Blitzfear,
8/5/2015 Vive la Liberte Free verseviolence,visionary,war,
8/3/2015 Underground Art Montmartre Free verseart,
7/23/2015 Maudlin Mary Ekphrasisallusion,symbolism,woman,
7/20/2015 Fire-Crackers Acrosticdeath,war,
7/20/2015 Mary's Shrift Free versedevotion,discrimination,
7/20/2015 Stoned Free verseanger,
7/20/2015 Top Dressing Free versespring,
7/13/2015 Just Desserts and Appetizers Haibunboat,fun,summer,
7/7/2015 Brooding Rooted Free versebeauty,blessing,
6/26/2015 Summer Stews Sijofun,
6/19/2015 False Love Quintain (English)lost love,
6/14/2015 Risen from the Foam Ottava rimaallegory,beauty,love,
6/4/2015 Cling Sijoadventure,
5/14/2015 The Mirage Free versebeauty,family,
4/29/2015 A Day in the Life of a Bag of Potatoes Free versechange,
4/28/2015 Spider Robinson's Plug In Sijoaddiction,
4/27/2015 The Sandy Shoal Free versedeath,
4/26/2015 A Stream of Laughter Free versechildren,nature,
4/25/2015 Boxed In Free verseabsence,beauty,love,
4/21/2015 Pick Your Poison Acrosticabuse,death,
4/20/2015 The Tall Ships Burn Villanelleart,
4/19/2015 I, ICON Acrosticself,
4/17/2015 The Song of Deborah Bioallegory,
4/15/2015 Barred Camp Sonnetfunny,
4/15/2015 Cross Pollination Versefaith,nature,
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4/13/2015 The Wayward Child Pantoumfairy,
4/12/2015 Straw Men Free verseallusion,planet,
4/5/2015 Elemental Answers to Being Verselife,
4/3/2015 Mother's Days Acrosticmother,
4/3/2015 A Crown of Thorns Crown of Sonnetsbeauty,betrayal,identity,
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3/31/2015 AFI TAG ART Tankaart,
3/28/2015 Van Gogh sans une Oreille Free verseart,
3/27/2015 School's Out Haibunkiss,snow,
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3/20/2015 The Sin and God Within Verseallusion,faith,forgivenes
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God Free verselife,mystery,
Hard Times Cowboycowboy-western,family,fun
For Things Once Counted Rhymeintrospection,loss,uplift
Petal Verselove,
Defender of the Wastes Free verseart,life,parody,world,
Birth Imagismchildhood,life
this is why i woo words Verseart,inspirational,philoso
Forbear Free versesad,
Belongings Rhymeloss,love,me,mother,
Gold Fever Free versefaithfaith,political,
Splattered I do not know?life
Echo Quatrainlost lovewords,love,
Bells (after Poe) Lyricpassion
Respectfully, Emily Dickinson Lyricintrospection
Give the End Back to the Beginning Free versededication,faithme,
The Bruised and Rotting Pear Coupletfaith,hope
fly Free verseanimals
ABC's for a Young Captain ABClife
Not Entirely About Living In New York Free verselifeworld,light,light,
Woodcutter I do not know?warold,old,
Dreams Free versefaith,forgiveness
A Feed of Chips Narrativefunny
Weep O Willows Versedeath
Harlem Blues Free verseblack-african amerchildre
Summers Everlasting Free versenostalgia
EASTER IVY Narrativefriendshipeaster,,cousin,
The Sowing Free versedevotion,
End of days Rhymeinspirational,lifeme,war,
Past-Life Nightmare Narrativemystery,autumn,
I dream of you (to JEW) Free verseimagination,lovenight,swe
jellyfish back strophe Imagismallegory,nature,on writin
Disposable Wisdom Rhymeage,cat,life,wisdom,world
Loneliness Rhymeintrospection,life
Remission (In Memory of William Watt). Elegybrother,death,nostalgiawo
The Day That Died Forever Free verseadventure,angst,art,confu
Heritage Quatrainadventure,cowboy-western,
Summer Matinee Narrativebrother,me,
The Moon and I I do not know?hope,life,love,nature,pea
Seeking, Searching Free verseimaginationlove,
BEFORE SPRING CAME Narrativeadventure,animals,childho
Pledge Sonnetdevotion
Wild Cherries Free versechildhood,devotion,nature
Words from the Oracle Layallegory,philosophy
Science Free verse 
Mona Lisa resembles Chokaart
AND WITH MERRIEST SPIRIT Quintain (English)faith,father,holiday,insp
Cotton-Pickin' Paradise Versechildhood,life,nostalgia,
Where The Sycamore Grew Free verseautumn,family,house,life,
Larks Free versedeath,devotion,imaginatio
Big Bang Limerickfunny,science,
winter (do not forget among the loss of flowers) me Free verse 
Let I do not know?loveme,me,
He Was Smoking Hot I do not know?funny
Alabaster Night Free versenature,sea,planet,
Haunted Orb Haikufantasy,nature
This Night Sonnet 
Tombstones & Teacups Rhymeallegory,childhood,death,
Today Not Tomorrow Free versededication,depression,gir
Years Of The Rose Free verselost love,loveday,
The Joy that Sweetly Stays Free versehappinessjoy,
Cinder Girl Rhyme 
Biography (Thesis Statement) Versehistory,life,philosophyli
Figure Fusion Verseart,sports
Dancing Bird - with video link Free verseanimals,introspection,nat
Poem for a sensuous poet Free versefantasy,on writing and wo
The Road Walked Down Through the Years Rhymelife,on writing and words
The Iceman Cometh! Rhymenostalgia
He says/ She says Narrativelife
I've seen so many Sonnetintrospectionnight,night,
Searching for Michelangelo Free verseart,hope,life,people,imag
When Madness Rides on Moonlight Sestinalovegod,light,god,life,li
Falling Stars Free versehopestar,star,
Before the City Wakes Sonnet 
realisation of self (War Child) Free verseme,me,
Reporting Live On The Soup (Colorado) Rhymefunnyme,me,
Violin Personificationdeath,love,rose,
Late at night Lyricimaginationme,fear,me,
Reverencing Nature Balladfaith,naturenature,heart,
Dreams Coupletimagination
Simple Pleasures Rhymehappinesssummer,summer,
I Exist Pantoumintrospectionlife,me,
Leaving Madrid Blank versenostalgia,travel
Magnolia Song Free verselove,romance,
yellow bus roars through Haikuallegory,nature,places
Ethel's Remedies Rhymefunny,people
A Dream In The Mist Narrativefantasy,imagination,natur
volga 1 - 3 Prose Poetryfantasy
Mama's Cleaning Quatrainintrospection,life,mother
WAKING HEART'S VEINS Free verseangst,hope,
Revelation Free verseimagination,lifesong,epic
Sports Limerick Limerickfunny
Don't Come Free versedeath,lost love,me,
The Snowflake Italian Sonnetromance,
Love Beyond the Pale Quatrainabuse,devotion,lost love,
Jack Lyricintrospectionlife,
Night Visions Free verselost love,passion,
The Ghost That Travels Far Personificationnature
Kite Flying - Test Free verseallegory,art,imagination,
Dining with Crow Rhymeanimals
Beauty, yes Sijohope,imagination,philosop

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