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I starting writing poetry again in 2012 after a 50 year hiatus.

Born and raised in West Texas, I lived all over the area as a child until my mother remarried, as my father was in the oil drilling business, which required constant moving. I grew up in San Angelo, home of Fort Concho and the Buffalo Soldiers, but spent quite a few summers working on my grandpa's farm in the Texas Hill Country.

I met my wife Toni while I was stationed at Aviano AFB, Italy. I learned to speak Italian fluently and we still speak it at home interchangeably with English. My three sons, all born in Italy after I got out of the USAF, also speak Italian.

We moved back to the USA in 1972 and settled in Missouri, where I went back to school.

We moved to Atlanta in 1988, when Toni relocated here with AT&T. I got a job with McKesson (then HBOC) working with medical information systems, which started my career in this field. I had a natural talent for application design and parlayed this talent into a great R&D management position with an internet startup.

We are now retired. We spend time traveling the world and visiting our grandchildren in CA and NC. We also spend some time in Italy almost every year visiting and traveling with friends in Europe as we have a small apartment there in Sacile near Aviano, not far from Venice.

My other passions are mushroom hunting (the edible kind), gourmet cooking and bread baking.


 

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Bridge Over Troubled Water Contest
Blog Posted:2/9/2014 8:52:00 AM

 

Bridge Over Troubled Water
Word Acrostic Contest

SponsorRoy Jerden
Contest NameBridge Over Troubled Water - Word Acrostic | Enter Contest
Deadline3/9/2014 12:00:00 AM
Note From SponsorNo updates yet...
Contest DescriptionWhat to Submit?

A word acrostic poem based on the following lines from Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water".

If you need a friend 
I'm sailing right behind 
Like a bridge over troubled water 
I will ease your mind

A word acrostic uses words instead of letters. Each of the words in the lines above is the first word in each line of your poem as a partial template below shows:

If yadda yadda yadda
You yadda yadda yadda
Need yadda yadda yadda
A yadda yadda yadda
Friend yadda yadda yadda

The poem form must be defined as Acrostic. There are 20 words in the acrostic, so your poem will have 20 lines as well, which you can form into stanzas in various ways, if you wish.

N.B. The words in the acrostic are part of the poem as well. You can highlight them some way if you wish. The content of the poem must reflect the same message and tone of the acrostic, and it will be an important part of the judging criteria.

Poetic devices such as rhyme, regular meter, alliteration,metaphors, etc will rank your poem higher. 

On meter: If you decide to use regular meter, I just mean a discernible, consistent pattern of flow. Every line does not have to have the same number of syllables. It can be alternating, long and short, for example. It just needs to be consistent, and not choppy.

If you have any questions, send me a Soup Mail.
If you put your name on the poem, I can contact you about typos, spelling, etc. 


Prizes: I am awarding placements in 5 tiers of quality rather than absolute rankings, so there will be multiple placements. I will try to include as many poems as possible, the main criterion being following the rules.
My judgment is final.

First Prize, Glory 
Second Prize, Glory
Third Prize, Glory
Fourth Prize, Glory
Fifth Prize, Glory


Preparing Your Entry

Submit one copy of your poem online. Format your poem. Please make your entry easy to read — no illustrations or fancy fonts. 

English Language

Poems should be in English. Poems translated from other languages are not eligible, unless you wrote both the original poem and the translation.

A Note to Poetry Contestants

You are welcome to enter this contest, whether or not you won a prize in one of my previous contests.

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  1. Date: 2/10/2014 12:29:00 PM
    Gotta love Simon and Garfunkel...;)

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  1. Date: 2/10/2014 5:55:00 AM
    I made it through the last time; that felt great. Let's see if my mind will work better for this one, Roy.

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  1. Date: 2/9/2014 11:40:00 AM
    Roy, the way you define the contest leaves no room for mistakes. All judges should be this informative. But a lot of poets do not take the time to check out the blogs unfortunately. Even saying it on the contest page does not always help, but I think this is great contest idea, just like your last one was.

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  1. Date: 2/9/2014 10:54:00 AM
    Verrrrry interestttting!!

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My Past Blog Posts

 
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Bridge Over Troubled Water Contest
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Requirements, Requirements, Requirements
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"Yesterday's Acrostic" - Contest Results
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A peek under the kimono
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When Wordplay Approaches Jabberwocky
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Have you ever, truly, finished a poem?
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For Frank - A priceless Amazon customer review
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Too iconoclastic, too lowbrow or just too disturbing?
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Desiderata
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4/1/2014My Thunderous Wonderous Electric Toy TrainRhymechristmas,nostalgia,
3/19/2014One Happy Ending With Green GiantLimerickholiday,humorous,
3/18/2014Ignominious ExitRhymehumorous,
3/16/2014Well-sliced WillieFree versepoetry,
3/12/2014Life is what you make it - Act 5, Scene VIIILimerickdeath,
3/11/2014Premature ExonerationLimerickholiday,humor,
2/28/2014Going GiggingRhymefishing,
2/10/2014A Series of Unfortunate Darwin AwardsLimerickdeath,humorous,silly,
2/7/2014What Can I DoSonnetabsence,death,fear,
2/4/2014A Stone In The Cold 5Sonnetnature,
1/29/2014The Earth AbidesQuatrainnatural disasters,nature,
1/23/2014Siren's DanceSonnetlove,
1/21/2014Happy HourIambic Pentameterdrink,relationship,satire
1/9/2014I Never Said LoveSenryuhumorous,
1/7/2014San Saba SpringtimeSonnetnature,spring,
12/28/2013The WhittlersCowboygrowing up,nostalgia,
12/20/2013Cretaceous FarewellHaikuanimal,
12/19/2013Redneck SantaRhymechristmas,
12/17/2013The Tale of the China PoblanaBalladhistory,
6/13/2013Ode on a Japanese CommodeRhymehumorous,
5/24/2013The Fruits of their LaborsDidacticpolitical,
5/23/2013Damaged GoodsQuatrainabuse,
5/21/2013White Trash NostalgiaQuatraingrowing up,
5/15/2013The Conceit of PoetryCoupletphilosophy,
4/26/2013Ad AstraQuatrainnature,night,stars,
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