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About Elly D. A. Wouterse
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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.

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 D. A. 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 D. A. 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 D. A. 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 D. A. 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 D. A. 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 D. A. 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 D. A. 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 D. A. 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 D. A. 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 D. A. 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

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My Perfect Painting contest - the judging
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The ode to the Netherlands - after the judging
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Harpoetry/Harpstory - A whiter shade of blue Now also a piece for harp..
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About selling books...
Date Posted: 2/16/2014 1:06:00 AM
Becoming who I on the Soup.
Date Posted: 2/15/2014 3:59:00 PM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
6/14/2015 Blinded by the sight Free versewisdom,
6/9/2015 Only a fews days more Rhymetime,
6/8/2015 Bye Bye to double digits Haikubaby,time,
5/28/2015 Trapped in the twilight zone Sonnetbest friend,friendship,li
5/12/2015 Lifeline's deadline Haikubaptism,cancer,health,lif
5/7/2015 Skyfall Rhymeloneliness,pain,silence,
2/19/2015 Tidings Rhymeconfusion,
2/11/2015 Pandora's Box Light Poetryinspiration,writing,
2/10/2015 Times are changing Rhymeword play,
9/9/2014 for Irfana Ali Bhat amidst of Kashmir floods Haikufriendship,
8/26/2014 Comments Light Poetrypoetess,poetry,poets,word
7/19/2014 193 Dutch and so many more angels in heaven Dodoitsudeath,heaven,violence,
7/10/2014 Message to be bottled Senryuhilarious,introspection,
7/5/2014 Magical non mystical tour Senryumagic,
7/3/2014 John or Jane Do with a long toe Free versefun,humor,humorous,metaph
6/29/2014 The day that song died Free verseloss,
6/18/2014 Past present and future Rhymeencouraging,epic,future,
6/15/2014 Lightshow Dodoitsumetaphor,
6/12/2014 Traveling by feet for the last time Rhymedream,fear,journey,voyage
6/12/2014 Contemporary kisses and hugs Rhymeblessing,feelings,identit
6/10/2014 The Midnight Hour Rhymedark,light,
6/9/2014 Cloudchaser in C MAJOR Free versemetaphor,
6/8/2014 The little mermaid in my pond Free versedream,
5/27/2014 Blocked Rhymeabsence,
5/24/2014 Blooming burst Kimometaphor,nature,
5/17/2014 The face of indifference Senryuintrospection,metaphor,
5/11/2014 Wordsmiths at work Light Poetryfun,
5/11/2014 Listened to the roses again Dodoitsumetaphor,
5/7/2014 Declaration of non existence Rhymehurt,
5/3/2014 Ocarina of times Sijometaphor,
4/29/2014 To a guy called ROBERT or Rhymeidentity,
4/29/2014 Any poem Rhymefun,
4/27/2014 Irritating encore Trioletmusic,success,
4/17/2014 Cowboys Rhymecowboy,
4/17/2014 Good day Dodoitsusun,
4/15/2014 Red Moon breaking news live report from the Netherlands Rhymemoon,nature,
4/14/2014 Holiday on ice Rhymeinspiration,inspirational
4/6/2014 The 21st century hunting for Count Dracula Rhymefantasy,
4/4/2014 The voice of the Soup Captcha guy Rhymefun,metaphor,
4/2/2014 Flying fish Ethereenature,
3/26/2014 The story behind the legendary Hans Brinker Epicwater,
3/21/2014 Clouds from both sides now Dodoitsuloss,missing,money,
3/20/2014 Spring stampede too slash two Dodoitsufun,seasons,spring,
3/20/2014 Spring stampede Free versespring,
3/19/2014 Sun dancers Dodoitsumetaphor,
3/12/2014 The holly leaf Dodoitsumetaphor,nature,seasons,
3/12/2014 Signed by spring Haikumetaphor,nature,
3/12/2014 Moorland or more land Dodoitsumetaphor,
3/4/2014 Lonesome island goer Free versehome,journey,joy,
2/24/2014 Phrases about a brief phase of real move managment Rhymehome,metaphor,moving on,
2/20/2014 Furies of heat and water Dodoitsuearth,environment,faith,m
2/20/2014 A flowery scene Free verselove,
2/13/2014 Dogdance Dog in the mirror Light Poetryanimal,dog,
2/13/2014 Garden secrets Free versemetaphor,
2/12/2014 Gem finders Rhymeencouraging,poems,poetess
2/8/2014 Whispers of light Rhymelight,
2/8/2014 A rhyme for Linda Marie Rhymepoetess,
2/5/2014 Last round and goodnight Rhymenight,sleep,
1/29/2014 What's wrong here on the Soup - dear James Light Poetryfun,
1/28/2014 Visible invisibility Free versefamily,friendship,metapho
1/28/2014 Always at home Rhymehome,
1/28/2014 Diamonds for ever Dodoitsuwinter,
1/26/2014 Icy Buddha Haikumetaphor,winter,
1/23/2014 Silhouettes on a greyish day Haikumetaphor,weather,
1/22/2014 For a poet asleep Dodoitsufriendship,
1/19/2014 Is it off Haikuinspiration,satire,
1/6/2014 Another Christmas carol Rhymecaregiving,faith,
1/6/2014 Changing bouquet Haikuchange,friendship,
1/2/2014 Metamorphoses Rhymeabsence,break up,conflict
12/22/2013 Indian Summer Haikufaith,
12/11/2013 Walking my dog differently PART TWO Rhymefirst love,fun,trust,
11/5/2013 Summery winter day Dodoitsuthank you,
11/1/2013 Bald forest Dodoitsumetaphor,storm,
10/31/2013 Dike dance in trance Dodoitsumetaphor,storm,
9/30/2013 A Season's Dance Rhymeseasons,
9/30/2013 The place NOT to be Rhymemoving on,
9/29/2013 Touched Haikusummer,
9/28/2013 White light Rhymeabuse,childhood,fear,lone
9/28/2013 The third envelop Sonnetmetaphor,
9/25/2013 Aging Nonetage,
9/23/2013 A different track Rhymeinspiration,introspection
9/23/2013 Pearls for free Haikurain,sun,
9/22/2013 Bridging water Rhymemetaphor,
9/18/2013 Sounds of silence edited Rhymemetaphor,
9/18/2013 Painting by numbers Free versemetaphor,
9/18/2013 Clouds in C major Free verseart,nature,
9/15/2013 Tomorrow Free versefaith,fear,future,introsp
9/9/2013 Dimensions of distances Versehome,
8/25/2013 Ode to Denmark Free versehome,love,magic,
7/30/2013 Greeting-card - to fellow SOUPERS Light Poetryabsence,
7/28/2013 Stepping out Sonnetabuse,dream,hope,leaving,
7/28/2013 The sky is the limit Versehome,lost,
7/14/2013 Walking on sunshine Rhymelight,
7/14/2013 MY treasury Rhymecare,
7/14/2013 The worst morning after Rhymeloss,
7/11/2013 Millions of Miles Away Rhymeloss,
7/7/2013 MY red-light zone Rhymeintrospection,
7/5/2013 Purple summer dream Haikusummer,
7/4/2013 Little lad and big dog Rhymechildren,courage,dog,
7/4/2013 Red sun Dodoitsusun,

My Photos

Fav Poems

A SIP TO SLIP Blank versedepression,sad,high schoo
Random Steps of Elephants Versechange,death,insect,wisdo
LIfe is What You Make It Haikulife,
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,
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,
Somnabulant Sijonature,
Destiny Haikunature,
destiny Haikubeauty,time,
Destiny Haikubeauty,butterfly,
destiny Haikubusiness,career,culture,d
SIJO meets COUNTRY and WESTERN Sijolonely,longing,lost love,
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
Eye of the Beholder Sonnetbeautiful,beauty,child,de

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