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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

New Contest With Prizes


Blog Posted:8/22/2013 4:07:00 PM

Guidelines

        Base your poem on the picture below. It is titled, "Love Will Triumph," by Charles Haigh Wood. I want you to delve into the painting and milk all you can out of it. It does not matter how long your poem is or what form, so long as it is good poetry. Note the expressions of the various people which hint at the feelings and thoughts of each individual. It appears to me that all the characters know each other and are expecting something of another person. Keep going with that. I want a lot of feeling and emotion in the poems, as well as some mention of the fine surroundings if that is convenient.

        I expect your entry to be entered under the correct form and to have correct spelling, etc. Please ask a knowledgeable soup member if you have questions regarding poetry forms, editing, perfecting, etc. I don't mean this to be nitpicky or discouraging, but many who entered previous contests could turn out much higher quality poetry if they put more effort into it.

Prizes

        Top placing entries will be awarded cash prizes or soup memberships. The number of top entries will be decided based on the quality of the entries. Entries will be judged not only by my personal preference, but by a ten point scale, with points for adhering to the guidelines and rules, and for being creative, realistic, visual, etc.

Rules

1. Base poem on "Love Will Triumph."

2. If you choose not to use the title of the painting as your own title, put "Charles Wood" at the end of title.

3. Write the best poem you can.

4. Ask another soup member if you desire assistance with editing.

5. Keep your poems clean and suitable for all ages.

6. No names on entries.
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  1. Date: 8/22/2013 8:00:00 PM
    Very interesting challenge !!

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    Zerbst Avatar Isaiah Zerbst Date: 8/23/2013 5:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    That's two thirds punctuation.

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My Poems

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Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
6/8/2014The Life I LoveMonorhymebeauty,flower,sea,sun,you
6/7/2014The Forest BeckonsRhymecreation,fairy,fantasy,im
5/16/2014Without YouRispettoabsence,assonance,break u
5/1/2014Like Angels' Tears - QuaternQuaternangel,girl,rain,spring,wi
4/29/2014Complications of CharitySonnetaddiction,bible,community
3/27/2014Every Rose Has Its ThornRhymeallegory,garden,introspec
3/26/2014My Old BucketLimerickholiday,humor,humorous,ir
3/25/2014Will You Think of Me Once In a WhileVillanelleabsence,bereavement,daugh
3/25/2014Lake LouiseSonnetassonance,beauty,creation
3/12/2014A Sly TeaserLimerickfunny,humorous,life,peopl
3/6/2014Admiral Lord NelsonCoupletcourage,england,freedom,h
3/6/2014The Indentured Logger- Swap QuatrainQuatrainabuse,anger,bullying,fare
2/20/2014Whispers of LightRhymeangel,child,girl,journey,
2/13/2014Peaches and CreamQuatrainbeauty,first love,flower,
2/5/2014My FrieslandSonnetbeach,devotion,flower,hap
1/29/2014A Stone in the Cold 4Sonnetanimal,irony,pain,strengt
1/29/2014My JulietSonnetanalogy,innocence,romance
1/24/2014EmmaRhymefriend,girl,happy,name,sm
1/22/2014Peter's Prayer-- A ConstanzaRhymeangel,child,fear,storm,up
1/4/2014Folds of WhiteRhyme royalearth,flower,happiness,sp
12/31/2013Diamonds In Your EyesRhymebereavement,child,girl,he
12/3/2013Oak Tree SwingCoupletchildren,happy,summer,swe
12/2/2013A Kiss Under the MistletoeRhymechristmas,december,kiss,l
11/29/2013A Winter NightQuintain (English)children,family,night,win
11/28/2013EmmanuelLyricangel,birth,christmas,dea
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haiku 6Haikunature,
FriendshipLight Poetryfriendship
Have You Looked up at The Sky TodayCoupletbeautiful,life,uplifting,
A Sonnet For EduardoSonnetlost love,
Just a note-Humbleness is a virtueRhymecaregiving,
The Garden of Adonis LyricsRhymelyric,song,
Rabbits on the ArkRhymeanimal,bible,
Butterfly KissesRhymebutterfly,kiss,
Changing SkyPantoumnature,sky,
Meet Me Half WayLyricabsence,beach,emotions,ro
A Sleepless Night TrioletTrioletsleep,
Not So Long AgoLyricdevotion,faith,love,
WRITTEN IN THE SANDHeroic Coupletsanalogy,introspection,
Dancing With DaddyRhymedad,dance,daughter,dream,
Summer CloudsQuintain (English)sky,
Treasures of My SoulRhymebaby,granddaughter,joy,lo
What Easter Means To MeRhymefaith,forgiveness,holiday
A Fairy's FantasyFree versefairy,fantasy,
Autumn's BreathFree verseautumn,beauty,nature,
The Shy RoseQuatrainbeauty,garden,night,rose,
Tale Of A MermaidFree versefantasy,
The Sounds of WhiteFree versecolor,
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