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I'm often - not always - busy and fascinated observing the world surrounding me. Earlier, quite a long time ago, as a little girl, I went with my parents every year on vacation to Austria.. In the train - 'the hill express "I was glued to the window while 'the big beautiful world" tied the score. I needed to see absolutely everything ..
In a different way.. I'm still glued to the window today! While watching, noticing, listening, thinking, dreaming and - or fantasizing I might find the inspiration resulting in Poetical Visuals.

For me, the moment when someone reads my poetry is a beautiful moment, because my words 'land' on the eye and the hinterland of the reader. While reading the reader adopts "a poem", and is having his or her own personal experience. My background or inspiration is playing a subordinate role.
When I write about a blue sky, you'll see your blue - not mine. However, you're watching your blue sky while reading about mine... that's a gift... a writer's gift and a reader's gift. I believe this is something poetry should be about, also! (*)

A little bit about my background: I also r e a l l y enjoy spending quality-time as a wife( since almost 40 years, together with my husband who is urban development draftsman) , mother ( of two sons - both (very soon to be) bachelors @ multi media design), housewife, friend, dog owner & lover, pond&garden-lover, nature-lover, and photographer. Before, I worked a saleswoman, in the music department of a warehouse, selling the, now antique but still beautiful, black vinyl disks. Subsequently, I started as a cashier, @ a gas station, becoming later on manager of three gas stations (and often helping out the car mechanics).

Until last year, I was available as a computer- and software 'helpdesk'-person, for friends and acquaintances (of friends) On request, I also, built (desktop)computers. However, technology is evolving so quickly, staying up to date, absolutely a necessity, simply takes too much time. Furthermore, the writing cannot be a secondary activity also.

Making a choice became a need.
I have chosen to write. I want to improve my writing skills further! It is something I really enjoy.(When I was (much) younger my dream was a little garden house, with a desk and a type-writer, and me inside writing.........) Nowadays - I display on this website what 'flows' out of my fountain pens when I am in my flow............
Well - I guess I've found my home with a (kind of) garden house and garden............. It's here - on the web. You're my highly appreciated visitor and very welcome for a stroll while browsing through the pages. Earlier on I was the writing half of Poetic Pictures duo Ellie Daphne (van Stralen). I published my poems, until, December 2013, using that 'nom de plume'.

I am also putting my poetry on display on my own website - as well as my Poetical Visuals. 

http://www.ellywouterse.com



A positive poem contest - after judging


Blog Posted:6/28/2014 3:30:00 AM

About the judging...

While this contest was open for entries I was browsing the Soup and too often I found out I was reading a poem for my contest. The title of the poem was different from the ones I asked for this contest and therefore no reason to stop me from reading............I want to judge blind  and all those poems I had to exclude from further judging. 

The poems with the right title for the contest I could avoid reading. And so I did!

(Of course after judging no limitation to entitle your poem differently)

Dear, dear 1st prize winning poets on the winners list below.

Thank you for giving it all to me -

  • your positivity
  • in the required form 
  • so  very well written
  • anonymously written.

Congrats with your awesome and positive poem being placed first on my winners list.It was the least i could give you. 

All the poets who wrote a poem awarded with an honorable mention

I enjoyed your positive poetical picture so much that one or two little errors in  your syllables or spelling  just could not disqualify your lovely poem.

And to all the other contestants:

Yesterday I was looking forward for some more awesome entries because because the number of entries was larger again. How disappointing I noticed three more poems not matching (title and/or poetry form) with the contest description. Over 50% of the entries just didn't match the contest description. I enjoyed reading some of your poems but in the context of the contest unfortunately a waste of time. I wish you a lot of readers and great comments. Congrats with the write itself but not with a prize in this contest. 

Almost 50 % of all the entries are awesome entries by poets who went all the way in writing a poem within the context of the contest. THANK YOU SO MUCH all for your positive support, time and dedication. 
Thank you all for brighten my day! 

In a few moments I will know your name!  - NICE TO MEET YOU FINALLY AFTER COPYING AND PASTING THE WINNERS LIST HERE: (I hope to post your awesome poems(being optimistic this weekend) on my website with of course the author's name!)

Contest Winner Medal 1 A Positive Poem Andrea Dietrich
Contest Winner Medal 1 A Positive Poem Casarah Nance
Contest Winner Medal 1 A positive poem Carrie Richards
Contest Winner Medal 1 A POSITIVE POEM nette onclaud
Contest Winner Medal 1 A Positive Poem RHOMA EM
Contest Winner Medal 1 A Positive Poem Frederic Parker
Contest Winner Medal 1 A Positive Poem david mohn
Contest Winner Medal 1 A Positive Poem Jerry Stevenson
Contest Winner Medal 1 A Positive Poem Mystic Rose
Contest Winner Medal 1 A Positive Poem Robert Lindley
Contest Winner Medal 1 LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL Mohan Chutani
Contest Winner Medal 1 A Positive Poem Faye Gibson
Contest Winner Medal 1 A Positive Poem Carolyn Devonshire
Contest Winner Medal 1 A Positive Poem M. L. Kiser
Contest Winner Medal 1 A Positive Poem julie heckman
Contest Winner Medal 1 A Positive Poem Sara Kendrick
Contest Winner Medal 1 A positive poem Dr. Upma A. Sharma
Contest Winner Medal 1 A Positive Poem Dr.Ram Mehta
  Honorable Mention A Positive Poem robert johnson
  Honorable Mention A Positive Poem Betty Bateson
  Honorable Mention A Positive Poem Joyce Johnson
  Honorable Mention A positive poem Seren Roberts
  Honorable Mention Let The Good Times Roll Freddie Vee
  Honorable Mention A POSITIVE POEM Olive Eloisa Guillermo
  Honorable Mention A Positive Poem Adeleke Adeite
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  1. Date: 7/1/2014 4:43:00 PM
    a pleasant and creative challenge, elly... you really got me going here and i must thank you for allowing me to be a part of this circle.. huggs

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  1. Date: 6/29/2014 10:47:00 PM
    Yes, Congrats to everyone. This was an awesome contest.

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  1. Date: 6/28/2014 9:29:00 PM
    Elly , can you clarify exactly what to put in the heading of our sonnets once we write one for your contest? Do we need a specific title such as "Something beautiful"? In your rules I think you said to use "Inspiring"? do you mean to put that word as the title? Hope to hear back from you on that!

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    Wouterse Avatar Elly Wouterse Date: 6/28/2014 10:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Any title related to the content of your entry with a positive message.
  1. Date: 6/28/2014 2:44:00 PM
    Dear Elly, it was a lot of fun writing for your contest. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for my placement. Also thanks for the comment you left on my poem. If I can make someone laugh, it makes me feel good.

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    Wouterse Avatar Elly Wouterse Date: 6/28/2014 4:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    TY for letting me know!
  1. Date: 6/28/2014 9:45:00 AM
    Congratulations to all the winners !!!

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    Wouterse Avatar Elly Wouterse Date: 6/28/2014 4:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Everyone deserved the congrats indeed!
  1. Date: 6/28/2014 9:30:00 AM
    Thanks so much for offering this contest as it gave me cause to delve further in poetry and expand my horizon . I needed that and certainly learn much here from you and other great poets. Always a positive pleasure to do so.

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    Lindley Avatar Robert Lindley Date: 6/29/2014 12:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes the bird has learned to fly . Sitting in that soft nest had gotten a bit stuffy. Thanks ...
    Wouterse Avatar Elly Wouterse Date: 6/28/2014 4:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Glad you are starting to feel comfortable outside of your earlier comfort zone in writing ;-)
  1. Date: 6/28/2014 9:17:00 AM
    Thanks, Elly. I see you have quite a large number of super positive poems and that is AWESOME. Congrats to all.

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    Wouterse Avatar Elly Wouterse Date: 6/28/2014 4:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It's a nice breeze ... a positive breeze! ;-)
  1. Date: 6/28/2014 9:03:00 AM
    A beautiful contest, I much enjoyed writing for you, thank you for a great experience and grats to all the winners!!

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    Wouterse Avatar Elly Wouterse Date: 6/28/2014 4:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    The comment below was meant for Andrea. TY for the positive way you experienced my contest...
    Wouterse Avatar Elly Wouterse Date: 6/28/2014 4:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It's a nice breeze ... a positive breeze! ;-)
  1. Date: 6/28/2014 8:53:00 AM
    Thank you for bringing a positive vibe to the Soup this week, Elly, and for a chance to read upbeat poetry. Thank you very much, and congrats to all your winners !!

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    Wouterse Avatar Elly Wouterse Date: 6/28/2014 4:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Carrie - that positive breeze... I felt it. And it was so NICE - so NICE!!!
  1. Date: 6/28/2014 8:02:00 AM
    Congrats to all the winners.. Linda

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    Wouterse Avatar Elly Wouterse Date: 6/28/2014 4:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    :-) :-) :-)
  1. Date: 6/28/2014 4:51:00 AM
    Thank you very much Elly.. :D win or lose I have enjoyed learning the form DOdoitsu.. :D Thanks so much for the placing.. :D as much as I want to read work keeps me busy this days but i'll try to read though.. :D GOd bless you always.. :D

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    Wouterse Avatar Elly Wouterse Date: 6/28/2014 4:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You're a sport... take care, of yourself too. You're a lucky woman - blessed with a job and able to work!

My Past Blog Posts

 
Encore - anonymous positive new sonnet
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Date Posted: 6/28/2014 3:30:00 AM
My Perfect Painting contest - the judging
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The ode to the Netherlands - after the judging
Date Posted: 5/15/2014 4:51:00 AM
Harpoetry/Harpstory - A whiter shade of blue Now also a piece for harp..
Date Posted: 4/24/2014 4:47:00 PM
About selling books...
Date Posted: 2/16/2014 1:06:00 AM
Becoming who I am...here on the Soup.
Date Posted: 2/15/2014 3:59:00 PM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
12/21/2014 Two faces of winter Light Poetrybest friend,nature,places
12/18/2014 The New Lamp Rhymecare,dedication,inspirati
12/18/2014 ETERNAL WHISPERS Free verseinspirational,science fic
12/15/2014 Walk through life Rhymedream,epic,inspiration,se
12/9/2014 The year that was and is mine after all Rhymedecember,time,today,tribu
12/9/2014 Winter s wonder land Haikumetaphor,
12/5/2014 Mister Fisher's Curiosity Woman Light Poetrywords,
12/3/2014 Three moving stones in the dark Rhymewinter,
12/3/2014 Christmas Concert Rhymechristmas,
11/29/2014 CRYSTAL CLEAR CHRISTMAS ANGELS Free versedecember,
11/29/2014 Flying on my jetplane Verseenvironment,
11/19/2014 Winds and changes Free versebeautiful,confusion,coura
11/16/2014 Dreaming of a beachstroll Free versedream,
11/16/2014 A blissful Sunday Rhymehappiness,
11/10/2014 Missing you Free versemetaphor,
11/9/2014 The Berlin wall today Rhymeblack african american,hi
11/8/2014 No chance not even a second Rhymeheartbroken,
11/8/2014 Hotchpotch Epulaeryuthanksgiving,
10/12/2014 The art of human perspectives Rhymeart,
10/7/2014 The key holder Rhymeidentity,imagination,love
10/7/2014 Out of control Sonnetconfusion,
10/4/2014 Black knights Sonnetcrazy,
10/4/2014 Autumnal seduction Haikuautumn,
10/1/2014 Old and wise blue eyes Sonnetlove,
9/28/2014 Pleasure measure Rhymeanimal,dog,
9/27/2014 Walk of life Dodoitsumetaphor,
9/25/2014 Jobless blues Triolethurt,
9/24/2014 Cobbler s magic Rhymemetaphor,
9/23/2014 The death march of Anahit, Anoush and Aram and Arax Free versedeath,life,
9/23/2014 Solar power Chokamoon,sun,
9/22/2014 Blavand s white tower Versefear,
9/21/2014 Will you marry me again Rhymewedding,
9/21/2014 Impressive silence Haikumiracle,
9/21/2014 The weight of honesty Triolettruth,
9/17/2014 Everlasting fragrance Rhymelove,mother daughter,
9/17/2014 Hidden mountaineer Rhymehappiness,journey,
9/14/2014 Tangible volatilized illusion Trioletabsence,fashion,lost,
9/14/2014 Fata Morgana Rhymefantasy,
9/13/2014 Reflections on enlightenment Ethereelight,
9/13/2014 Limitless intimacy Rhymemiracle,
9/12/2014 Moonset Haikulight,
9/9/2014 for Irfana Ali Bhat amidst of Kashmir floods Haikufriendship,
9/4/2014 The ultimate love test Rhymelost love,love,love hurts
9/3/2014 The chestnut tree Dodoitsuautumn,
9/3/2014 Poetical Visuals Acrosticbio,poetry,writing,
9/3/2014 Out in the country part three The reed Haikunature,
9/2/2014 My first mothersday Sonnetfamily,home,mother,mother
9/1/2014 Out in the country part two The Swan Haikunature,
9/1/2014 Out in the country part one The ducks Haikunature,
8/31/2014 His Medal of Honor dishonored Sonnetabuse,anger,betrayal,cour
8/31/2014 Russian Roulette Chastushkagames,war,
8/31/2014 A pond Alouette Rhymeparadise,
8/31/2014 A so called captain of a Costa Concordia Sonnetmemory,metaphor,ocean,
8/27/2014 Travelers in a waiting room Rhymemetaphor,travel,
8/26/2014 Comments Light Poetrypoetess,poetry,poets,word
8/26/2014 Mighty river land Haikunatural disasters,storm,w
8/24/2014 Through the mist Ottava rimajourney,loneliness,metaph
8/24/2014 Photogenic radiation Versemagic,
8/23/2014 Horse head Senryulove,nature,
8/22/2014 Seasons Haikuseasons,
8/20/2014 Back up for black weather Haikumetaphor,
8/20/2014 Where Frozen Embers Still Burn Rhymebreak up,dream,emotions,f
8/19/2014 Contemporary bewitched Gibson girl Quatrainmystery,
8/15/2014 Moonlight serenade Rhymemoon,
8/15/2014 Walk of life Sonnettravel,
8/10/2014 Is there a harbour Senryustress,
8/9/2014 Is it a small world after all Rhymepoetry,
8/9/2014 Incomputable shades of darkness Senryudark,
8/9/2014 The era of the time Senryumemory,
8/8/2014 Wishing and hoping and praying Senryumetaphor,
8/6/2014 A few shades of darkness Haikubetrayal,conflict,emotion
8/5/2014 Sleepless soul mates Senryusad,
7/31/2014 Night trail Rhymeadventure,beautiful,bird,
7/30/2014 Flightless bird Haikumetaphor,nature,
7/30/2014 Wilde fires everywhere Senryuconflict,earth,violence,w
7/29/2014 The grande Dame and the younger girl Sonnetabsence,age,change,courag
7/29/2014 Maybe another brand new day Rhymeblessing,faith,grief,grow
7/28/2014 Enchanting Sunday morning walk Rhymegiving,good morning,magic
7/27/2014 Three little trees Haikumetaphor,miracle,nature,
7/23/2014 Three tragic convoys of unidentified people Sonnetcare,death,dedication,gri
7/22/2014 Change of plans and planes Haikuangel,death,
7/19/2014 193 Dutch and so many more angels in heaven Dodoitsudeath,heaven,violence,
7/16/2014 When the rain comes down Sonnetblessing,metaphor,natural
7/15/2014 News Wall behind the anchorman Free verseimage,
7/12/2014 My midsummer night Rhymeappreciation,beauty,summe
7/12/2014 My little strawberry field for ever now Free verseappreciation,happiness,ma
7/11/2014 Lady Grace with the beautiful roses Rhymecare,feelings,friend,
7/10/2014 Weatherglass Dodoitsumetaphor,
7/10/2014 Message to be bottled Senryuhilarious,introspection,
7/10/2014 On the pier at Scheveningen Free versehistory,
7/9/2014 Sparrow s heaven Dodoitsuheaven,metaphor,nature,
7/6/2014 Looking from both sides now Sijointrospection,
7/6/2014 Football Acrostic Acrosticsports,
7/5/2014 Just about soccer or more Free verseemotions,
7/5/2014 The clash and the clan Sijofamily,
7/5/2014 Magical non mystical tour Senryumagic,
7/3/2014 One little step Dodoitsufamily,forgiveness,freedo
7/3/2014 John or Jane Do with a long toe Free versefun,humor,humorous,metaph
7/1/2014 My main event of the year Free versedream,
6/30/2014 Flower power Dodoitsumetaphor,

My Photos


Fav Poems

PoemTitleFormCategories
A SIP TO SLIP Blank versedepression,sad,high schoo
Random Steps of Elephants Versechange,death,insect,wisdo
LIfe is What You Make It Haikulife,
Archaic Heraldry Verseallegory,inspiration,poet
Hanakotoba Haikubeauty,flower,love,
A Flame Once Burned Coupletlife,passion,
Blossom Haikubeauty,spring,
Mississippi Moments Narrativenostalgia,places,river,
Low Cost Airline Limerickfun,
Have My World Free verseabuse,angst,conflict,devo
Mt Fuji Haikubeautiful,faith,heaven,im
Window Friends in Rotterdam Free versecity,friend,nostalgia,
NO FATHER'S DAY Senryuanger,angst,child,death,e
Hard Drive Light Poetrycomputer,
Shadows Reversed Free versefeelings,love,romantic,se
From Another Land Blank versehope,immigration,
Glass Bells Free versebeauty,
Riding on the Wind Rhymeangel,death,heaven,
Beginnings and Ends Rhymedark,day,metaphor,time,
Music at Midnight Rhymeloneliness,music,
Midnight Walker Rhymeallusion,beauty,dark,
The Midnight Hour Quatrainemotions,writing,
destiny Haikubusiness,career,culture,d
Destiny Haikunature,
SIJO meets COUNTRY and WESTERN Sijolonely,longing,lost love,
destiny Haikubeauty,time,
Destiny Haikubeauty,butterfly,
DESTINY Haikuart,beauty,butterfly,
Destiny Haikulove,
HOT SUMMER LOVE Sijofeelings,imagery,inspirat
A Summer Remembered - Sijo String Sijofirst love,lost love,love
letting it be Quintain (English)dad,devotion,
No second glance Quintain (Sicilian)bullying,dad,death,father
Somnabulant Sijonature,
Eye of the Beholder Sonnetbeautiful,beauty,child,de

Fav Poets

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Leo Larry Amadore United States Flag United States Read
Anne Lise Andresen Norway Flag Norway Read
Ann Roske United States Flag United States Read
Vicky Tsiluma Kenya Flag Kenya Read
Vassilis Comporozos Greece Flag Greece Read
Irfana Ali Bhat India Flag India Read
Susan Burd United States Flag United States Read
Sandra Adams United States Flag United States Read
Victoria Anderson-Throop United States Flag United States Read
Shadow Hamilton United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Ruben O. Argentina Flag Argentina Read
Jan Allison United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Monterey Sirak United States Flag United States Read
Elly Wouterse Netherlands Flag Netherlands Read