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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

 

Most Recent Blog Post


Point Placements for Charles Haigh Wood Contest
Blog Posted:10/1/2013 4:25:00 PM

 

        In judging my latest contest I decided to place only one poem in each placing. Part of my reasoning for this is that the poems never appear on the winners' list in the exact order I want them when I do multiple placements. If I had done it in multiple placements, nearly all the entries would have been above a five, so the sixteen winning poems are very good! I am providing the scores from my ten point judging system for all who are curious. Points were awarded for creativity, excellence, following contest rules, and expounding on the theme, etc.

        10 points
1Love Will TriumphKelly Deschler
2Love Will TriumphBecca Lucas
3Love Will TriumphConnie Marcum Wong

        9.5 points
4A HUMBLE MAN - CHARLES WOODHerzel Poshiwa
5Love will TriumphSandra Adams

        9 points
6The Proposal Charles WoodMystic Rose
7Love will triumphjack horne

        8.5 points
8Love Will Triumph --- Charles Haigh WoodCarrie Richards
9Love Will TriumphLeonora Galinta
10The Suitor Charles WoodRichard Lamoureux
11Love Will TriumphDebbie Guzzi
12Love Will TriumphSara Kendrick

        8 points
13Love Will TriumphShadow Hamilton
14Love Will TriumphAndrea Dietrich

        7.5 points
15Love Will TriumphCharlotte Puddifoot

        7 points
Honorable MentionLOVE WILL TRIUMP BY CHARLES HAIGH WOODcaroline taylor


As you can see, the number of poems that recieved 80-95% is unexpectedly large. I was shocked to have three poems placing at 100%! Big congratulations to all! My apologies that some of the placements do not accurately reflect the work put into the poems, nor the excellence of that work. Again I commend you all on your poems!
Isaiah

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  1. Date: 10/3/2013 2:13:00 AM
    Thank you so much for my placement in your awesome & challenging contest my dear friend Isiah. I was also inspired by your contest. Actually, 2 challenges & inspirations for me in one ;))))-the awesome painting & the awesome but difficult form for me (epic) w/c was for the other contest ;))). The painting was really beautiful! I love arts & paintings. Again, thank you, thank u so much & my big hearty congratulations to all my fellow winners & to you as well as great host of this contest. Cheers & big hugs to all! love lots, Leonora

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    Zerbst Avatar Isaiah Zerbst Date: 10/4/2013 8:56:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It makes me so happy when people can be challenged and really enjoy themselves all at once! Thanks for your thoughts.
  1. Date: 10/2/2013 12:07:00 PM
    Congrats to all the winners, and thanks very much Isaiah, for the placement. The story behind the painting was fun to imagine! Thanks very much for the challenge!

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    Zerbst Avatar Isaiah Zerbst Date: 10/2/2013 12:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I keep hearing this word Challenge everywhere! ",) Glad you enjoyed it.
  1. Date: 10/1/2013 11:49:00 PM
    Hi Isaiah, thank you so much, it was such a challenging contest but I loved writing every bit of it, congratulations to all the winners, much love.......

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  1. Date: 10/1/2013 9:19:00 PM
    Hi Isaiah! Thank you very, very much for placing my poem in first! I wasn't expecting it! You put a smile on my face today! :) Congratulations to all of the winners! There are so many talented poets on this list!

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    Zerbst Avatar Isaiah Zerbst Date: 10/2/2013 12:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for entering! And yes, what a display of talent.
  1. Date: 10/1/2013 7:46:00 PM
    I'd like to give a Big Congratulations to all the winner's in Isaiah's contest. Hugs and love, gail

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  1. Date: 10/1/2013 6:57:00 PM
    Thank you for hosting this contest Isaiah. I found it to be quite a challenge, but I do enjoy challenges. Thank you so much for my 2nd place win. And, congratulations to all of the winners. I've read some amazing poems from this.

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    Zerbst Avatar Isaiah Zerbst Date: 10/2/2013 12:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It was a great experience for me too, but a lot of work. Due to the length of the poems I spent long hours reading through them all. But it was worth the gems it produced.
  1. Date: 10/1/2013 4:40:00 PM
    Congrats to everyone on the list. I do remember reading connie's and Becca's and they were so awesome, they certainly deserved top placements.

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My Past Blog Posts

 
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
"Let It Snow" Contest Has Been Judged!
Date Posted: 1/28/2014 12:23:00 PM
Let It Snow 2
Date Posted: 12/27/2013 1:39:00 PM
Let It Snow 1
Date Posted: 12/27/2013 1:29:00 PM
Pharaohs and Pharaohesses
Date Posted: 12/26/2013 12:19:00 PM
Ancient Egypt
Date Posted: 11/12/2013 9:52:00 PM
Apple Pickin' Time Winners!
Date Posted: 11/9/2013 1:29:00 AM
Announcing Apple Picking Time!
Date Posted: 10/2/2013 12:28:00 PM
Point Placements for Charles Haigh Wood Contest
Date Posted: 10/1/2013 4:25:00 PM
New Contest With Prizes
Date Posted: 8/22/2013 4:07:00 PM
Praise For 18 Deserving Poets
Date Posted: 8/21/2013 7:21:00 PM
WANTED: Sponsors For Community Contest Chain
Date Posted: 8/7/2013 11:54:00 AM
The Ideal Contest
Date Posted: 7/18/2013 4:46:00 PM
Briton Riviere Winners!
Date Posted: 7/18/2013 3:48:00 PM
Announcing the Briton Riviere Contest
Date Posted: 6/17/2013 10:25:00 PM
George D. Leslie Contest Finalized!
Date Posted: 6/17/2013 8:53:00 PM
George Dunlop Leslie Contest
Date Posted: 5/16/2013 10:36:00 AM
The Absolutely Worst Poem I Ever Wrote
Date Posted: 4/24/2013 1:46:00 PM
Contest Blog: Congrats to all wool-pullers!
Date Posted: 4/19/2013 10:36:00 AM
New Contest: Pull the Wool Over My Eyes!
Date Posted: 3/24/2013 7:57:00 PM
Newest Contest: Edmund Blair Leighton
Date Posted: 2/19/2013 11:22:00 PM
Irish Poems Blog
Date Posted: 1/18/2013 5:17:00 PM

My Poems

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Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
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 Ode to the NetherlandsSonnetbeach,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
11/27/2013The Perfect Christmas GiftLyricangel,birth,christmas,jes
11/25/2013The Sad PastTankaabsence,assonance,bereave
11/18/2013Christmas MagicRhymeangel,child,christmas,god
11/15/2013Forbidding IslandMonorhymebeach,bird,boat,lonely,se
10/11/2013An Angel In Your EyesRhymedaughter,loss,prayer,sad
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Fav Poems

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You Took My PlaceRhymedevotion,faith,religion,
Help LordRhymefaith,inspirational,relig
Summer Comes With SnowDramatic Verse (Verse Drama)devotion,love,
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 way,where the river meets the seaLyricabsence,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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