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About Isaiah Zerbst
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Bloggers Photo       I started writing poetry in February of 2012; getting started by writing poems for a story I was writing, and I have been writing them ever since. I enjoy learning more about the intricacies of poetry, and watching as my poetic skills gradually increase. I have been having a blast trying out some of the different forms here on The Soup and chatting with many people that share a common interest.

        I wrote my first real short story when I was twelve; quickly finding out that I enjoyed writing, although I was not very good at it. I attended a writing class for a year, which drastically improved my writing skills and helped me to more accurately transfer my thoughts to the page. Of course, this helps a lot with poetry too.
        One of my favorite authors is G. A. Henty; if someone said that my work was nearly as good as his, then I would consider myself a successful author, (although it is not there yet). I have also been influenced somewhat by the writings of Gilbert Morris and Howard Pyle.
        My goal in writing is to provide wholesome Christian stories and poems that will be helpful to whoever reads them; stories that promote Christian character, virtue, and reliance upon God. This is the reason that I often include scripture passages and prayers in my work.
        I am very thankful that I have been raised in a Christian home, and that Jesus  is the Lord of my life. This may come as a surprise to some, but I would not be  the author that I am today without Jesus, as He has provided a whole new perspective to my life.
  
        I also enjoy playing and writing music (many times for poems that I or a friend have written); I play mostly piano, acoustic guitar, and fiddle. 

        Thank you for reading! I hope my poems can be a source of blessing and encouragement.
        Isaiah Zerbst

Contest Blog: Congrats to all wool-pullers!


Blog Posted:4/19/2013 10:36:00 AM
As many of you know, I started a contest some time ago called "pull the wool over my eyes!". I received many very good entries. While judging the poems, I tried to guess who wrote which ones-- None of my guesses were correct! Awesome job everyone! That was the spirit of this contest.
I do appologize to some of you that entered free verse entries and did not make it to the winners circle. More than half the poems I received were free verse, some of which I am sure were not first time free versers because I cannot believe that many people had never written a poem in that form before. It is possible that I excluded a legit entry with the ones that I am sure did not follow the rules.
Now to the heart of this blog. I of course did not know how well everyone did until I posted the contest winners and figured out who did the best wool-pulling. This would be someone I am familiar with, but would never guess that the poem belonged to them.
The winner of this part of the contest is...
Craig Cornish.
He did a masterful job of disguising his poem. Especially since I can usually tell which entry he wrote; and he also responded to my first blog, making his task even harder.
Second place is...
Richard Lamoureux.
I didn't know he was a murderer! Look out for him!
Good job both of you. Everyone reading this, please take the time to read their poems, "Tomorrows" and "Dragged to Hell".
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  1. Date: 4/22/2013 10:26:00 AM
    Thanks so much everyone for expressing your thoughts on my recent contest. I am so pleased that many of you found it a good experience. I hope you don't mind that I do not have the time to personally reply to all these amazing comments, but that does not make me any less grateful for both your participation in the contest and taking the time to share these encouraging thoughts. God bless! I'll see you around the soup!

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    Zerbst Avatar Isaiah Zerbst Date: 4/24/2013 1:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hey, I just noticed, this is my first hot blog! Thanks guys! You're the best!
  1. Date: 4/21/2013 10:25:00 AM
    Much fun Isaiah per usual--so many great writes! Thank You

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  1. Date: 4/21/2013 5:17:00 AM
    Thank you for such a wonderful contest.

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  1. Date: 4/20/2013 9:22:00 PM
    Well I was successful in finding this and am so happy to read and learn more about you...thank you so much for sponsoring and honoring me with a place...donna

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    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 4/21/2013 9:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I want to congratulate Craig and Richard for taking top honors.....
  1. Date: 4/20/2013 8:17:00 PM
    Thank you Isaiah for my placement in your contest, I hesitated before posting such a silly poem, but I was confident that your good nature would take it well, your a great poet to contend with, and I enjoyed your contest, it gave me a chance to let my hair loose, hugs xxx

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  1. Date: 4/20/2013 7:23:00 PM
    Isaiah, Thank you for your visit and drawing my attention to your blog. Your profile makes very interesting reading, I enjoyed that very much. As mentioned before I thought this was an excellent contest, certainly made me put the thinking cap on. Congratulations to all who took part and to you for setting it. Take care, Richard

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  1. Date: 4/20/2013 6:59:00 PM
    This is an honor Isaiah. This is my first time reading your Blog. I enjoyed your profile. Like you I am a Christ follower and try to infuse my writing in a way that honors my King. You are a thoughtful young man and a very talented Poet. You have received a valuable gift, thanks for sharing it with us. Blessings and thanks for making us flex our poetic muscles.

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  1. Date: 4/19/2013 5:18:00 PM
    I must look for those two you mentioned, and congrats to everyone. I never even tried your contest because I honestly could not think of a form or style to use that I had not done before. So you sure stumped me!

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  1. Date: 4/19/2013 2:10:00 PM
    Big congrats to all the winners! I tried a few times to write in a different style and just couldn't do it, so I admire all who entered this contest.

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  1. Date: 4/19/2013 2:09:00 PM
    And thank you Isaiah, for hosting such a creative contest.....taking us out of our usual element (or ruts, perhaps?) ..lol Thanks again!!

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  1. Date: 4/19/2013 12:35:00 PM
    My hearty congratulations to all winners and to you my dear friend Isaiah for hosting this great contest! I'll go and read your winners. Thank you so much for sharing. Hope I can join next time. Have a great weekend! love and hugs, Leonora

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  1. Date: 4/19/2013 11:23:00 AM
    Isaiah, It was much fun and thanks to you for hosting and all the winners---some new members too!

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My Past Blog Posts

 
Bring on the Ballroom Poems
Date Posted: 11/13/2014 11:11:00 PM
The Titles Are Picked
Date Posted: 11/13/2014 11:06:00 PM
New Contest
Date Posted: 10/21/2014 10:02:00 PM
Cowboys and Cowgirls
Date Posted: 10/21/2014 9:59:00 PM
Cowboys- Aint that Excitin'?
Date Posted: 9/14/2014 9:53:00 PM
The Modern Tennysons
Date Posted: 9/14/2014 9:47:00 PM
The Scrolls are Filled!
Date Posted: 8/16/2014 1:43:00 PM
The Lady of Shalott
Date Posted: 8/16/2014 1:42:00 PM
Fill up a Scroll!
Date Posted: 7/28/2014 6:43:00 PM
Poems from Paradise - Really!
Date Posted: 7/22/2014 11:58:00 PM
The Patriotic Poems Are Here!
Date Posted: 7/13/2014 10:34:00 PM
A Poem in Paradise
Date Posted: 7/13/2014 10:29:00 PM
To My Happy Legionaires
Date Posted: 6/30/2014 10:16:00 PM
Send them Marching!
Date Posted: 5/31/2014 8:51:00 PM
Here Are the Distant Thoughts!
Date Posted: 5/31/2014 8:05:00 PM
Many, Many Dreams
Date Posted: 5/26/2014 12:31:00 AM
You're Invited! Distant Thoughts
Date Posted: 5/26/2014 12:28:00 AM
Beginning "A Dream" Contest
Date Posted: 5/11/2014 12:33:00 AM
A Daydream- Finalists!
Date Posted: 5/10/2014 11:39:00 PM
A Daydream- Update
Date Posted: 4/30/2014 10:30:00 AM
Invitation to "A Daydream"
Date Posted: 4/24/2014 6:01:00 PM
Announcing... Robin Hood!
Date Posted: 3/21/2014 3:06:00 PM
New Competition- Ruth
Date Posted: 2/19/2014 10:50:00 AM
Juliet In Verse - Concluded
Date Posted: 2/17/2014 6:35:00 PM
Juliet
Date Posted: 1/28/2014 2:46:00 PM

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9/8/2014 A Poem of Ruth Iambic Pentameterbible,bio,devotion,faith,
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8/24/2014 The Morning Mist Ottava rimahappiness,life,metaphor,t
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12/3/2013 Oak Tree Swing Coupletchildren,happy,summer,swe
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4/13/2013 Faces of the Ocean Haikunature,ocean,water,
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haiku 6 Haikunature,
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Autumn's Breath Free verseautumn,beauty,nature,
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Haiku 57 about the rose Haikubeautiful,spring,
See This Girl Free versecharacter,
Missed Poem Sonnetcolor,seasons,
Never Really Gone Rhymelove,
In the Reflection of the Shadows Free versedeep,nature,
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Dear Nana Sonnetgrief,hope,
I AM Free versebio,heart,introspection,j

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