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Nominated as one of the BEST POETS (current or in the past) on World Poetry Day, 21 March 2013 - in Dazed & Confused Magazine.

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Included in: My poem, ON THE OCEAN WAVES
International Who's Who in Poetry 2012
Library of Congress ISBN- 978-1-61936-035-8

My poem, The African Man, featured twice during 2012 in the eMagazine, Afritorial


Blog Posted:12/28/2012 7:58:00 AM

Hallo Soupers!

Hope you are/have been enjoying the festive season with your love ones.

When the kids were growing up, I used to long for a quiet moment away from the noise and the necessary activities when running a household. I am a person who likes structure and it was difficult when I had just cleaned the bedrooms and cupboards and they would tip it all out in search of a favourite T-shirt. This Christmas, they would have been more than welcome to tip my house up-side down if I could have spent just a few minutes with them. Both my husband and my children (by previous marriages) are living too far away for a casual visit.

I have found the poems shared on this site very comforting and sometimes hugely entertaining. Thank you for filling in the quiet moments (while the turkey was cooking, etc) with your inspiring thoughts. My time was limited and I did not comment as often as I would have wished to do so.

One of the contests here calls for an Acrostic poem. When I was at school, we used to write in "code" for fun. Maybe you did this as well? This had me thinking on the next contest, after the ZaniLa contest is finalized: There are a number of poetry forms which lend itself well to coded messages. With Valentine's Day being the next big event on the calender (after New Year), it might be fun to pen secret messages to love ones for the next contest. What do you think of this idea?

Complements of the Season to all


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  1. Date: 12/30/2012 9:49:00 AM
    Enigma has always been a fascinating characteristic of poetry.I especially like it in the shorter forms.Here is an 'lanterne'* example from a few years back called VIDUAGE Tall/ nettles-/the dutch hoe/ rusting in the/ shed.Rgds Brian * a lanterne is a 'half' American cinquain

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 1/1/2013 3:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I love this example. Thank you for sharing it here, Brian. :-)
  1. Date: 12/29/2012 5:28:00 PM
    Sounds like a great contest, Su! I remember another member running a contest (though his name escapes me at the moment) that had us using a type of acrostic element in the MIDDLE of each line so that a phrase was spelled out. I'm game when you post this, though it may take me some time to wrangle it into order. LOL. Happy New Year! We're in the midst of cold snowy weather here. My girl is using her new toboggan and is very happy. She has a cold and getting outside works on congestion. :)

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 1/1/2013 3:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It sounds lovely - snow :-) Yes, there are many forms of acrostic poems. I have used one format in my poem, New Year's Wishes. Love
  1. Date: 12/29/2012 4:29:00 PM
    I hope to give it a try.

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 1/1/2013 3:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Debbie :-)
  1. Date: 12/28/2012 4:15:00 PM
    I'm not good with codes and I hate puzzles, but I will have to see what you come up with, Suzette!

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 12/29/2012 1:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You wrote a lovely tanka where you referred to the naked branches of the old oak tree .... A secret message to your love, reminding him of another time? :-) You will do just fine, Andrea.
  1. Date: 12/28/2012 10:34:00 AM
    an intriguing idea, but I would need more info on the correct way of doing it, but hey, I'm game to try it ( I say this, but I haven't written anything in ages) Have a Happy New Year Su.

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 12/28/2012 11:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It is still in the planning stage, so any suggestions would be welcome. Happy New Year Francine :-)

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9/15/2014I HAD A DREAM ---Terzanelleabuse,
8/11/2014LIFE'S A CLICHECoupletlife,
7/28/2014COLLATERAL DAMAGERhymechild,children,death,
7/27/2014If God is walking by our sideCoupletdaughter,
7/25/2014FREE FROM MOOD Blitzintrospection,
7/24/2014Language, per se - LGTCoupletlanguage,
7/22/2014TimeSuzette Primedeath,life,philosophy,
7/6/2014IN THE FORESTVerseafrica,allegory,baby,natu
7/2/2014WHEN THE FINAL BELL TOLLS - Inspired by the RUBAIYAT, of Omar KhayyamRhymephilosophy,
6/7/2014SIJO meets COUNTRY and WESTERNSijolonely,longing,lost love,
5/25/2014moths flitMonokuanalogy,nature,
5/23/2014Not haikuSenryuanalogy,humor,humorous,
5/18/2014IN SILENCE LAYS THE ANSWERSonnetallegory,philosophy,poets
5/13/2014the cherry blossomHaikuspring,
5/13/2014BRIDGE TOO FARVersemythology,
5/11/2014HAPPY MOTHER'S DAYTankamothers day,
5/5/2014tears of this veldSijohero,longing,memory,natur
5/5/2014TO A NUNNERY, GOFree versemarriage,men,women,
5/5/2014scorpion Haikunature,
4/14/2014DESMOND MPILO TUTU - Itty Bitty poemClerihewhumorous,
3/31/2014SWEET TASTE OF LOVE In memory of Linda-marie Sweet-heartSuzette Primebereavement,death,dedicat
3/27/2014CHAOS - SUZETTE PRIMESuzette Primephilosophy,

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Dying RoseHaikudevotion,
Jokers LamentSenryufunny,life,
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Captive Bird - 12 Bars 12 DreamsRhymeanimals,
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Wearied WanderlustRondeaulove,
The Allure of Your LipsQuaternpassion,romance,visionary
Invitation to the DanceFree verseallegory,
TUNES OF WAVESRhymemusic,nature,ocean,
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Do You RememberFree verselost lovetime,
Nette Onclaud, Princess to be QueenQuatrainhistory,people,places
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