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About harry horsman
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Bloggers PhotoHi it is time i introduced myself, I was born in Skipton Yorkshire, England, and still have a accent belonging to my birth place. in 1966 my wife Elaine and i and our two sons moved to New Zealand, where the boys were raised. then we  moved on to the city of Perth  in Western Australia.
After 45 years away we both decided to have a move back to the yorkshire dales where we were raised. leaving our children and grandchildren in what i consider the best places on the planet. (NZ-OZ)
Our reason for the move back to the uk was to be able to discover our back yard so to speak, and we have a desire to go to europe, especially scandinavia and germany.
 I would like to say how much i'm enjoying my trip here on soup, and really loved the poems posted, my bigest problem being time, i always seem to be catching up, being able only to spend two to three days on here, even then with limited hours, so please forgive me if my comments seem later than most.  I also love football (soccer) Newcastle United in England being my team, then music, all kinds but mainly Rock 'n' Roll, i'm  a avid record collector, especially old vinyl LP's of the Fifties. my favourite poet is W. H Davies, along with a few on soup here, I do not get a lot of time to read these days, but my favourite Author is Dennis Wheatley, also i love  the the Bronte Sisters, being raised only 10 miles from Haworth, one gets a real feel for their literature, when one visits the area.   Harry

5W's CONTEST JUDGED


Blog Posted:8/27/2012 4:25:00 AM
WOW MY FIRST CONTEST AND NOT EASY, THE MORE I READ ALL THE ENTRIES THE BETTER THEY SEEM TO BECOME, CHANGED I DID SO MANY TIMES THE PLACEMENTS I HAD TO STOP MYSELF FROM READING AND MAKE THE DECISION, 4 POEMS WERE DISQUALIFIED FOR NOT FOLLOWING THE RULES 2 OF THOSE WERE TOP 5 POEMS.pLACES 1 TO 4 I THOUGHT WERE OUTSTANDING, THE REST WERE BRILLIANT AND THATS WHERE IT GOT TRICKY FOR ME, BUT I'VE MADE MY CHOICE, AND THAT IS IT. WHETHER I'LL DO ANOTHER REMAINS TO BE SEEN, AS I'M NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THE SINGLE JUDGE SYSTEM. AFTERALL IT IS ONLY THAT ONE'S PERSON OPINION. I'D LIKE SOME FEEDBACK ON THIS. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!
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  1. Date: 8/28/2012 1:11:00 PM
    Congrats to everyone and congrats on your first contest, Harry : )

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  1. Date: 8/28/2012 12:32:00 AM
    so sorry, i missed this contest, harry!... will be there for the next one... congrats to all winners and entrants... :) huggs!

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  1. Date: 8/27/2012 3:22:00 PM
    Harry, your contest idea was very clever. I give you high marks for creativity! You are no longer a virgin. hahaha. Congrats on finishing up your first contest, and thanks for my placement. I read all the comments below mine and they are all good and many of them mirror my own feelings on the contests. Luv, Andrea (Congrats to us all!)

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  1. Date: 8/27/2012 2:41:00 PM
    Thanks Harry Congrad's all I will try to read all of them soon. Light & Love

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  1. Date: 8/27/2012 11:18:00 AM
    As for the judging conundrum, if you enjoyed running this contest, by all means, sponsor another contest. These aren't professional contests(obviously), and many writers gear their entries towards the person running the contest(the style, devices and themes that the sponsor enjoys). The most important thing is not to give in to the whiners, the complaints of the sore losers. If you ignore them, this works best. Attempting to appease sore losers, just makes things more complicated. I learned this the hard way....I have the tendency of learning things the hard way.

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  1. Date: 8/27/2012 11:14:00 AM
    Hullo Harry. You didn't have to place my message....it truly was a message more than anything else. Not really a poem, as it barely used any poetic devices at all. Good on you for getting your 1st contest behind you(took long enough for you to sponsor one, ol' Boy!).

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  1. Date: 8/27/2012 9:57:00 AM
    Harry, thank you for my placement in your contest. I agree that judging these contests is really tough. I don't like hurting people's feelings if I don't place their poem, but it is a contest. There will always be winners and losers.

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  1. Date: 8/27/2012 9:15:00 AM
    Thank you for my place Harry...I wish I could tell you judging gets easier but it doesnt...i guess thats comes from having soooooooooooo much talent on the site xxx

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  1. Date: 8/27/2012 7:26:00 AM
    It is hard when you first begin, but it gets easier over time. I constantly remind myself that I shouldn't feel guilty if someone doesn't place and expresses their unhappiness. We are all human and we're not going to like everything we read. We have our own persoanl tastes and that's all we can judge by. Just have fun with it and realize that your contests inspire people to write :)

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  1. Date: 8/27/2012 6:56:00 AM
    Well I think you know my feedback on this tears and more tears... no only kidding dear boy, if you do one again I will give you a hand if you want but you lead the way, all in all a great contest pity you stuffed at the end ha ha xx

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  1. Date: 8/27/2012 5:32:00 AM
    I had a great time writing for your contest.. I have never judged a contest so I probably am not much help sorry.. have a great day cory

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  1. Date: 8/27/2012 5:15:00 AM
    Thanks Joann, yes i do agree with you, regards it being one's own contest, but sometimes i think the poets forget that it is only that one judges opinion, and take it personally, this is what i read into some of the comments or blogs from disappointed poets. Thanks for your feedback. Harry.

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  1. Date: 8/27/2012 5:00:00 AM
    Thanks for hosting this contest. I was also daunted by the one person judging, so I tend to give out more places than some others judges. Poetry is subjective, from the writer and from the reader point of view. Do what you like, it is your contest.

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  1. Date: 8/27/2012 4:37:00 AM
    Thank you for a contest which made me at least think outside the box. I enjoyed creating with the prescribed opening words. Thank you for my placement. I have not read all yet, but I agree that it must have been a difficult choice to make between some entrants poems.We certainly have some talent here on soup :-) Love, Suzette

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My Past Blog Posts

 
BEST WISHES TO ALL OF YOU
Date Posted: 12/24/2013 9:35:00 AM
MANDY TAMS THE GOLDEN GIRL
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OUR GOLDEN GIRL MANDY TAMS
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POETRY POSTING
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MEMBERS
Date Posted: 2/27/2013 3:13:00 PM
TIME
Date Posted: 2/18/2013 6:10:00 AM
ANOTHER POET GONE??????????
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SOUP SLOWING UP?
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HELP ENGLISH LANGUAGE,SUZETTE C, DEBBIE G, ANDREA D, AND IF YOU'RE LOOKING BRIAN STRAND, OR ANYONE ELSE!
Date Posted: 1/27/2013 5:02:00 AM
TWO ANGELS IN ONE NAME
Date Posted: 1/20/2013 5:43:00 AM
ERROR 500
Date Posted: 12/27/2012 9:49:00 AM
ALL IN A DAYS WORK
Date Posted: 12/24/2012 2:21:00 PM
JUST A THOUGHT ANSWER,
Date Posted: 12/4/2012 9:30:00 AM
JUST A THOUGHT
Date Posted: 12/3/2012 7:17:00 AM
GOODBYE
Date Posted: 11/14/2012 10:54:00 AM
MANDY GOLDEN GIRL TAMS
Date Posted: 11/10/2012 6:43:00 AM
HERE WE GO AGAIN II
Date Posted: 11/5/2012 2:52:00 PM
SHE IS BACK
Date Posted: 11/4/2012 2:56:00 AM
SOME POETS HERE ON SOUP
Date Posted: 11/2/2012 8:03:00 AM
ERROR 500
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HAPPENING AGAIN
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DATING AGENCY
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SOMETHING DIFFERENT AGAIN,
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10/10/2014 November Dreams Sijodream,
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10/3/2014 Eccentricity In Love Sonnetlove,
9/29/2014 Locked Into A Dream Trioletfriendship,
9/29/2014 UseByDate Senryuemotions,
9/27/2014 Guess My Name Free verseconfusion,
9/18/2014 Remembrance in Poetry Free verseremember,
9/7/2014 Poetry Alouette Rhymepoetry,
9/3/2014 Old Tea Bag Rhymehumor,political,
8/27/2014 Scroll Of Life Sonnethope,lost,
8/13/2014 Dearest Dawn Sonnetintrospection,
7/28/2014 Evening Song Verselove,
7/27/2014 The Church is Alien Tankaanger,angst,
7/26/2014 Affray of Democracy Free versephilosophy,world,
7/5/2014 Just Do It Limerickfun,funny,
6/13/2014 Deluge Tankainspiration,
6/10/2014 The Rake of Nature Haikudeep,
6/6/2014 No Black Out 1940 Tankaremember,war,
6/5/2014 The Big Picture Free versewar,
4/23/2014 A Treasure in Stone Tankaintrospection,
4/14/2014 Secrets Quatorzainlove hurts,
4/12/2014 Light Haikuhow i feel,
4/10/2014 Dual Citizen Tankahow i feel,
4/9/2014 Oh If only Tankanostalgia,
4/7/2014 Face Value Tankaemotions,
2/16/2014 From The Brink Sonnetlove,recovery from,
2/15/2014 I Hate My Computer Free verseangst,
2/2/2014 Yesterday Acrosticmemory,
1/29/2014 In This Poem Sonnetlove,
1/28/2014 Beauty and the Beast Tankasociety,
1/8/2014 Kintsugi Haikuart,
1/7/2014 Platonic Relationships Tankafriendship,
1/4/2014 Purse For Her Free versetogether,
1/3/2014 Achilles Heel Tankaemotions,
1/2/2014 A Child's Christmas Free verseremember,
12/29/2013 Laying The Foundations Tankaconflict,
12/29/2013 The Twilight of Memory Tankamemory,
12/24/2013 The Very Thought Of You Tankalove,
12/12/2013 The Fallen Tankaremember,
11/25/2013 Never Forgotten Free versenostalgia,
11/12/2013 The Cut Free verseinspirational,
11/12/2013 Beyond Emotion Sijoconfusion,
11/2/2013 Falling Leaves Tankanature,
11/2/2013 Changing Face Winter Tankanature,winter,
11/2/2013 Changing Face Autumn Tankaautumn,nature,
10/25/2013 What Would I Take Sedokamemory,
10/24/2013 At Deaths Door Free verseangst,love,
10/16/2013 The Straight Road Sijotruth,
10/16/2013 Nature At Work Haikunature,
10/16/2013 In Memories Of You Free versenostalgia,sad,
10/16/2013 Confinement Haikufeelings,nature,
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10/15/2013 A Simple Story Free versenostalgia,
10/14/2013 Silver Wings Quatraincare,
10/12/2013 Out Of Time Nonetage,
10/8/2013 Leaving On A Jet Plane Sonnetmiss you,
9/25/2013 A Girl Called Fate Free verseangst,
9/18/2013 At A Glance Tankalonging,love,
9/18/2013 Grief Of Betrayal Tankaangst,
9/16/2013 Conflict Tankawar,
9/8/2013 Light Of Love Tankalove,
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9/6/2013 A Green Silk Dress She Once Did Espy Nonetsad,
9/5/2013 Long To Be Sonnettree,
8/27/2013 In So Many Ways Sonnetlove,thank you,
8/24/2013 Diminishing Minds Free verseangst,memory,
8/23/2013 Tree Free verselove,nature,
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8/21/2013 End Of Days Senryulife,
8/12/2013 Catch the Wind Tankalove,
8/5/2013 Nothing the Same Anymore Free versenostalgia,
8/3/2013 Some Here Unloved Tankalife,lost,
7/31/2013 Ode to Ellen Tankainspiration,love,
7/10/2013 The Feel of Dawn Tankalove,nature,
7/10/2013 The Face of Dawn Tankalove,nature,
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6/27/2013 Prisoner Of Love Tankalove,
6/22/2013 Skype Tankalove,
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6/22/2013 Amelia Earhart's Leather Jacket Tankamemory,
6/19/2013 At the Pawn Shop Tankalife,
6/19/2013 Summer Sunrise On Mount Manaia Free verseday,nature,
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6/15/2013 Alas Senryulost love,
6/14/2013 Life's Dance Nonetlife,love,
6/14/2013 Someone Really Care Nonetcare,love,
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5/27/2013 Pain and Ecstasy Coupletemotions,
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5/13/2013 Terminal Tankadeath,
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5/9/2013 Need to Ride the Tide Tankacare,love,
4/30/2013 Re- Awakening Sonnetlove,

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PoemTitleFormCategories
how do I say good-bye? I do not know?death,father,loss,sad,hou
The War's Over! Free verseallegory,introspection,li
Senior Moments Rhymefunnycar,
My Poems Are Children To Me Free verseon writing and wordschild
Modern Marketing, A sonnet Sonnetangst,men,
Falling Stars Free versehopestar,star,
THE PUPPET MASTER Dramatic monologueintrospection,
Woman's Work Sonnetallegory,caregiving,dedic
Broken Eyes Rhymelife,sad
Leadership Rhymeon work and workingpeople
Itsy, Bitsy, Teenie, Weenie Brain Lyricfunny,political
Thursday Tea With Lucifer *Part II* (Born again Luciferian) Free verseintrospectionfaith,me,
Sphinx Head on Mars Free versefunny
Honking Recedes Haikuanimals,nature,seasons
Henry the Eighth Narrativehistoryme,age,age,body,me
Skin Deep Rhymeintrospectionmen,
White Lace Sonnetlife,seasons
No Greater Hero Free versededication,father,inspira
Devils Deadly Dime Dramatic monologueabuse,day,epic,irony,judg
Love Scattered Free verselove,sadlove,me,
Summer Restored Haikunature
Time Unwinding Free verseimagination,inspirational
wind mutters softly Haikunature
What Easter Means to Me Rhymefaith,holidayheart,easter
How A Blue Rose Came to Be Rhymedeath,imagination,love,ro
NOT GONE FOREVER Tankanature
Yesterdays People Free verselife,peopleautumn,
A Question of Faith Ethereefaith,
My Pockets Light Poetryfunny,me,me,
Snowdrops Rhymenature,winter,winter,
Greed and Deceit Free verseangst,family,
Dementia Rhymelife,sympathy,life,life,
Samurai Song: Singing Blade Chokadeath,hope,life,
Peer Pressure of the Worst Coupletfear,life,loss,war,
Modern Life Rhymefunny,life,car,me,work,wa
Bethlehem's Star Free versefaith,holiday,
Morning Has Broken - 1 Quatrainday,fantasy,fear,me,
Morning Has Broken - 2 Quatrainfantasy,
Autumn Reverie Rhymenostalgia,autumn,flying,
A New Year Rhymeholiday,peace,peace,
And Now For Something Completely Different Free versemystery,funeral,old,funer
'Uniquely You' Free verseintrospection,life,
Plockton - Wester Ross Rhymeadventure,angst,death,epi
Virgin America Free verseadventure,allegory,animal
To me True Love is Verselove,romance,
Gold Star Narrativechildhood,war,war,star,bl
The Warp and The Weft Coupletinspirational,
A Golden Journey Coupletanniversary,love,
Simple Words for Simple People Free verselove,on writing and words
Barricaded Babies Free versechildhood,family,fear,foo
Unconfined Quintain (English)lost love,
Thirtieth High School Reunion Rhymefunny,school,me,me,
Sentinel of Strength Rhymededication,mother,women,
Wisdom I do not know?life,
In the Sun's Last Glow Quintain (English)lost love,heart,heart,may
'Memories' Free verseconfusion,life,love,
A Great Unease Rondeaulife,me,me,
Dark Angel Sonnetangst,
THE DEVIL IN A BOTTLE Verselife,happy,dad,work,praye
TAPESTRY Acrosticlife,
Eleven Words Free verselifeold,tree,old,tree,
Wishes and Dreams Coupletday,deep,dream,health,lif
Gift Exchange To Brian From Mandy Coupletfriendship,poets,
Woodland Path Coupletfriendship,inspirational,
'Blowing A Kiss To You' Tankafriendship,love,
Harridan in a Housecoat Quaternpeople,children,father,da
Missing Mom Rhymedaughter,loss,love,mother
Morning in the Conway House Coupletlife,me,morning,
The Green Eyed Lad Quatrainfriendship,fun,green,long
Contract Balladadventure,
5 W's Quintain (English)friendship,
An Eagle's Prayer Rhymefaith,inspirational,visio
Prince Harry Rhymepeople,
911 Aftermath Misguided Haters Versefear,on work and working,
Poet Free verseart,tribute,
I Pine Free versenature,
Pain Balladadventure,
Poets Quatrainconfusion,funny,art,art,p
Natural Born Dreamers Dramatic Verse (Verse Drama)death,loss,sad,baby,baby,
taliban Acrosticangst,people,places,war,
Occupy My Home Dramatic Verse (Verse Drama)introspection,
Beyond the sign Narrativeadventure,epic,imaginatio
Once Upon A Car Ride Free verseconfusion,depression,fear
Poetry Tankaon writing and words,
Ruby Lips Light Poetrylove,passion,romance,love
Babylon-Kids Prose Poetryhope,life,love,mystery,wo
Just Too Much Rhymeintrospection,
As Lovers Go Personificationnature,summer,sun,
A Road Still Driven Quatraininspirational,love,
Our Christmas Eve Dinner Coupletdad,humorous,mom,prayer,
The Flame Rhymelife,light,
Save The Last Dance For Me Coupletlove,romantic,dance,night
Down for the Count Rhymehealth,
Do You Remember Sonnetfriendship,
Lest we forget Light Poetrygoodbye,
Jungle War Quatrainhistory,war,home,home,
Taken Rhymefear,grief,
Guns Coupletdeath,life,nice,nice,
Broadway Airs Free verseintrospection,life,city,
No Tickee, No Washee Quatrainjourney,life,old,old,

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