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Bridge Over Troubled Water Contest Results

Blog Posted:3/9/2014 5:24:00 PM
Below are the contest results, but first a few comments. There were several poems
that took a completely contrarian approach to the words in the acrostic in terms of
the content of their poems. It's quite interesting, because being a contrarian myself,
I had actually thought of this approach, but didn't expect to see it realized. I had
asked that the poem reflect the content of the acrostic in the rules, but a reflection
is actually a mirror image, not a true image, isn't it? So here are the words and my
tongue-in-cheek interpretation of the mirror image of them.

If you need a friend (It's not me)
I'm sailing right behind (With a knife)
Like a bridge over troubled water (Yeah, like New Jersey)
I will ease your mind (Right into depression)

I think an important function of art is to sometimes jolt people, shock them out of their paradigms and preconceived notions. So I am also recognizing the poems that did this, some better than others. Of course I am also recognizing the ones that took the straightforward approach and hit the bullseye dead center and the ones that hit the target, but slightly off center mostly for technical reasons. But I also lift my hat to the ones who ignored the bullseye and decided to just shoot off the target's legs instead.

Bridge Over Troubled Water - Word Acrostic 
Contest Judged:  3/9/2014 12:00:00 AM
Information About the Contest
Sponsored by: Roy Jerden
Contest Winner Medal1Someone SaidJohn lawless
Contest Winner Medal1Friends - Bridge Over Troubled WatersBarbara Gorelick
Contest Winner Medal1Bridge of Friendship --- AcrosticCarrie Richards
Contest Winner Medal1When Doubt EntersFrederic Parker
Contest Winner Medal1Walk With MeChristopher Thor Britt
Contest Winner Medal1A Letter From GodCatie Lindsey
Contest Winner Medal1WELCOME TO THE BLUENOSECyndi MacMillan
Contest Winner Medal1If I Need a Friend Maybe Run AcrosticSheri Fresonke Harper
Contest Winner Medal1Bridge Over Troubled WatersMichael Wegman
Contest Winner Medal2Just Tugrobert johnson
Contest Winner Medal2Bridge over troubled waterDr. Upma A. Sharma
Contest Winner Medal2Bridge Over Troubled Waterjohn beharry
Contest Winner Medal2Bridge over troubled waterJan Allison
Contest Winner Medal2Life's Journey - Word Acrostic ContestSeren Roberts
Contest Winner Medal2Bridge Over Troubled WaterShadow Hamilton
Contest Winner Medal2A Sure Hand Neath My HeadReason A. Poteet
Contest Winner Medal2Bridge Over Troubled Waters AcrosticDrJim Martin
Contest Winner Medal2A Short Phone Call AwayJoyce Johnson
Contest Winner Medal2For My HusbandRosann Fode
Contest Winner Medal2BRIDGEDave Wood
Contest Winner Medal3Troubled watersBernard Barclay
Contest Winner Medal3A FriendSara Kendrick
Contest Winner Medal3If You ThinkAbdulhafeez Oyewole
Contest Winner Medal3Bridge Over Troubled Watercecil hickman
Contest Winner Medal3Bridge over troubled waterHuberta van Akkeren
Contest Winner Medal3Bridge Over Troubled Water for Acrostic ContestLorie Driscoll
Contest Winner Medal3Like a bridgejohn scott

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  1. Date: 3/10/2014 8:43:00 PM
    THanks for the challenge, the inspiration and the placement. Gotta tell you, I'd have placed me third. Sheri's? Holy cow. First, yeah that one? First rate all the way. I'll have to stop back at her page tomorrow. I'm just wiped... spring break with a kindergartener... not for wussies. AWK! So far: Sat.. Ballet, Karate and movie, Sunday, a family swim at a crowded pool, today, bowling -- yup--- those poor floors! Tomorrow, a concert... by Sunday Mommy will need a holiday or something stronger than coffee. Ha!

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 3/10/2014 9:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I disagree. Not with Sheri's placement, but with yours. I was re-living Captains Courageous, even though it wasn't mentioned. Spencer Tracy and Freddy Bartholomew as the rich spoiled brat that he turned around. That's real friendship, support and a kick in the butt when it's needed.
  1. Date: 3/10/2014 4:54:00 PM
    Kudos to all the winners!!

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  1. Date: 3/10/2014 9:02:00 AM
    Congrats to all!!!

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  1. Date: 3/9/2014 11:39:00 PM
    congrats to your winners!! This one was SO difficult for me. I wrote something and hated it. It took me two hours and I tore it up. Oh my. how did they do it? I admire all your winners.

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  1. Date: 3/9/2014 8:56:00 PM
    Thank you, Roy, for placing my poem among your winners! I am thrilled. I will have more time in the next day or two to read them all and comment, but for now, just let me say, "Congratulations to all your winners!" love and hugs, catie :)

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  1. Date: 3/9/2014 6:41:00 PM
    Thank you so much, is an honor, .......and my hat is off to those who with 'tongue in cheek' were able to be a bit contrary!! Wish I'd thought of it !!! And thanks too, for your explanation in the blog.....congratulations to everyone!

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