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About Elly 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 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

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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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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 PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
10/12/2014The art of human perspectivesRhymeart,
10/7/2014The key holderRhymeidentity,imagination,love
10/7/2014Out of controlIambic Pentameterconfusion,
10/4/2014Black knightsSonnetcrazy,
10/4/2014Autumnal seductionHaikuautumn,
10/1/2014Old and wise blue eyesSonnetlove,
9/28/2014Pleasure measureRhymeanimal,dog,
9/27/2014Walk of lifeDodoitsumetaphor,
9/25/2014Jobless bluesTriolethurt,
9/24/2014Cobbler s magicRhymemetaphor,
9/23/2014The death march of Anahit, Anoush and Aram and AraxFree versedeath,life,
9/23/2014Solar powerChokamoon,sun,
9/22/2014Blavand s white towerVersefear,
9/21/2014Will you marry me againRhymewedding,
9/21/2014Impressive silenceHaikumiracle,
9/21/2014The weight of honestyTriolettruth,
9/17/2014Everlasting fragranceRhymelove,mother daughter,
9/17/2014Hidden mountaineerRhymehappiness,journey,
9/14/2014Tangible volatilized illusionTrioletabsence,fashion,lost,
9/14/2014Fata MorganaRhymefantasy,
9/13/2014Reflections on enlightenmentEthereelight,
9/13/2014Limitless intimacyRhymemiracle,
9/9/2014for Irfana Ali Bhat amidst of Kashmir floodsHaikufriendship,
9/4/2014The ultimate love testRhymelost love,love,love hurts
9/3/2014The chestnut treeDodoitsuautumn,
9/3/2014Poetical VisualsAcrosticbio,poetry,writing,
9/3/2014Out in the country part three The reedHaikunature,
9/2/2014My first mothersdaySonnetfamily,home,mother,mother
9/1/2014Out in the country part two The SwanHaikunature,
9/1/2014Out in the country part one The ducksHaikunature,
8/31/2014His Medal of Honor dishonoredSonnetabuse,anger,betrayal,cour
8/31/2014Russian RouletteChastushkagames,war,
8/31/2014A pond AlouetteRhymeparadise,
8/31/2014A so called captain of a Costa Concordia Sonnetmemory,metaphor,ocean,
8/27/2014Travelers in a waiting roomRhymemetaphor,travel,
8/26/2014CommentsLight Poetrypoetess,poetry,poets,word
8/26/2014Mighty river landHaikunatural disasters,storm,w
8/24/2014Through the mistOttava rimajourney,loneliness,metaph
8/24/2014Photogenic radiationVersemagic,
8/23/2014Horse headSenryulove,nature,
8/20/2014Back up for black weatherHaikumetaphor,
8/20/2014Where Frozen Embers Still BurnRhymebreak up,dream,emotions,f
8/19/2014Contemporary bewitched Gibson girlQuatrainmystery,
8/15/2014Moonlight serenadeRhymemoon,
8/15/2014Walk of lifeSonnettravel,
8/10/2014Is there a harbourSenryustress,
8/9/2014Is it a small world after allRhymepoetry,
8/9/2014Incomputable shades of darknessSenryudark,
8/9/2014The era of the timeSenryumemory,
8/8/2014Wishing and hoping and prayingSenryumetaphor,
8/6/2014A few shades of darknessHaikubetrayal,conflict,emotion
8/5/2014Sleepless soul matesSenryusad,
7/31/2014Night trailRhymeadventure,beautiful,bird,
7/30/2014Flightless birdHaikumetaphor,nature,
7/30/2014Wilde fires everywhereSenryuconflict,earth,violence,w
7/29/2014The grande Dame and the younger girlSonnetabsence,age,change,courag
7/29/2014Maybe another brand new dayRhymeblessing,faith,grief,grow
7/28/2014Enchanting Sunday morning walkRhymegiving,good morning,magic
7/27/2014Three little treesHaikumetaphor,miracle,nature,
7/23/2014Three tragic convoys of unidentified peopleSonnetcare,death,dedication,gri
7/22/2014Change of plans and planesHaikuangel,death,
7/19/2014193 Dutch and so many more angels in heaven Dodoitsudeath,heaven,violence,
7/16/2014When the rain comes downSonnetblessing,metaphor,natural
7/15/2014News Wall behind the anchormanFree verseimage,
7/12/2014My midsummer nightRhymeappreciation,beauty,summe
7/12/2014My little strawberry field for ever nowFree verseappreciation,happiness,ma
7/11/2014Lady Grace with the beautiful rosesRhymecare,feelings,friend,
7/10/2014Message to be bottledSenryuhilarious,introspection,
7/10/2014On the pier at ScheveningenFree versehistory,
7/9/2014Sparrow s heavenDodoitsuheaven,metaphor,nature,
7/6/2014Looking from both sides nowSijointrospection,
7/6/2014Football AcrosticAcrosticsports,
7/5/2014Just about soccer or moreFree verseemotions,
7/5/2014The clash and the clanSijofamily,
7/5/2014Magical non mystical tourSenryumagic,
7/3/2014One little stepDodoitsufamily,forgiveness,freedo
7/3/2014John or Jane Do with a long toeFree versefun,humor,humorous,metaph
7/1/2014My main event of the yearFree versedream,
6/30/2014Flower powerDodoitsumetaphor,
6/29/2014The day that song diedFree verseloss,
6/27/2014All in oneQuatrainfamily,health,life,loss,
6/27/2014My starsVersemetaphor,
6/22/2014Fighting windmillsRhymevisionary,war,wind,
6/19/2014Seas of sorrowSenryumetaphor,
6/18/2014Past present and futureRhymeencouraging,epic,future,
6/18/2014The poetry girlRhymemetaphor,
6/16/2014Crowd in the cloudLyricsong,
6/14/2014Light my fireRhymelove,
6/12/2014Traveling by feet for the last timeRhymedream,fear,journey,voyage
6/12/2014Contemporary kisses and hugsRhymeblessing,feelings,identit
6/10/2014The Midnight HourRhymedark,light,
6/9/2014Cloudchaser in C MAJORFree versemetaphor,
6/8/2014The little mermaid in my pondFree versedream,

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Fav Poems

Poem TitleFormCategories
A SIP TO SLIPBlank versedepression,sad,high schoo
Random Steps of ElephantsVersechange,death,insect,wisdo
LIfe is What You Make ItHaikulife,
Archaic HeraldryVerseallegory,inspiration,poet
A Flame Once BurnedCoupletlife,passion,
Mississippi MomentsNarrativenostalgia,places,river,
Low Cost AirlineLimerickfun,
Have My WorldFree verseabuse,angst,conflict,devo
Mt FujiHaikubeautiful,faith,heaven,im
Window Friends in RotterdamFree versecity,friend,nostalgia,
NO FATHER'S DAYSenryuanger,angst,child,death,e
Hard DriveLight Poetrycomputer,
Shadows ReversedFree verselove,romantic,seasons,
From Another LandBlank versehope,immigration,
Glass BellsFree versebeauty,
Riding on the WindRhymeangel,death,heaven,
Beginnings and EndsRhymedark,day,metaphor,time,
SIJO meets COUNTRY and WESTERNSijolonely,longing,lost love,
HOT SUMMER LOVESijofeelings,imagery,inspirat
A Summer Remembered - Sijo StringSijofirst love,lost love,love
Music at MidnightRhymeloneliness,music,
The Midnight HourQuatrainemotions,writing,
Midnight WalkerRhymeallusion,beauty,dark,
letting it beQuintain (English)dad,devotion,
Fight BackQuintain (English)courage,emotions,feelings
No second glanceQuintain (Sicilian)bullying,dad,death,father
Eye of the BeholderSonnetbeautiful,beauty,child,de

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