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I retired from a nursing career to live a simple life in the country and write. I self
published my first book of poetry, The River of Liquid Dreams. Small presses published two more, In The Presence of Shadows, and Faith Like A Dandelion. I had the honor of having one of my poems recited in a documentary produced by the Canadian Institute on Child Health, The Healing Journey. I give poetry readings and judge performance poetry competitions.

                                   Monterey Sirak        


The Sound of Color Judged

Blog Posted:12/10/2013 8:58:00 AM

I received some absolutely amazing poetry on the sounds of color! All of the entries were stunning and it was hard to narrow it down. Even though it was hard to judge, I received such pleasure from the contest, Thank you to all who entered, (please excuse all the commas, my period doesn't seem to be working), I was hoping to have names for all the poems at the finish to thank everyone personally for their poems, but I guess the way I judged didn't allow it, I will learn as I go on,

I am so glad to be a part of this creative and loving community here at the soup

Hugs and kudos to all


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  1. Date: 12/12/2013 7:04:00 PM
    Thank you so very much for my placement in you contest Monterey... To be honest I was a little worried that you might be offended because I didn't take the serious angle but it just popped into my brain (what little is left) so I entered...Once again, thanks and congrats to all the other winners!

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    Sirak Avatar Monterey Sirak Date: 12/15/2013 7:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Of course I didn't take offense. I love this poem. I laughed out loud.
  1. Date: 12/11/2013 9:39:00 AM
    Thank you very much Monterey! A great contest, and you received some amazing entries! Oh.....I'm hoping to hear you on Drake's next radio blog show.......good luck with being his guest next time!!

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    Sirak Avatar Monterey Sirak Date: 12/12/2013 8:01:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you. I am eager to be on it. I think the show will be such fun. I really enjoyed listening to Richard and Drake last Sunday
  1. Date: 12/10/2013 11:46:00 PM
    Thanks, Monterey. for my placement in your contest,

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    Sirak Avatar Monterey Sirak Date: 12/11/2013 7:04:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are very welcome
  1. Date: 12/10/2013 4:35:00 PM
    It was really fun Monterey...thanks!

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    Sirak Avatar Monterey Sirak Date: 12/11/2013 7:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I will have to look at your page to see which one was yours. I guess I had an oops moment while judging, and at the end I couldn't get all the names. Glad you enjoyed it. It was all for the fun of creating.
  1. Date: 12/10/2013 3:10:00 PM
    you had a great array of poems that really made this contest a success, monterey... i have to hand it to you; challenguinf theme!.. thank you so much and best wishes to all who joined... huggs!

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    Sirak Avatar Monterey Sirak Date: 12/11/2013 7:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, my brain is churning along trying to think up a new contest. The poets here are so creative and talented. You all took my idea and flew away with it, creating magic I never imagined.
  1. Date: 12/10/2013 9:51:00 AM
    dern I hadn't come up with one yet LOL GOOD concept! Congrad's all!

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    Sirak Avatar Monterey Sirak Date: 12/10/2013 10:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh, too bad. Maybe the next one? This was such fun I will have to do it again.
  1. Date: 12/10/2013 9:11:00 AM
    Monterey, as I was seeing some of the entries to your contest being displayed at Soup, I felt jealous of you having such an awesome contest.It must have been pure pleasure to be seeing those kinds of poems in your judging area! thanks for my placement. I got inspired when I was reading some of the poetry being written for this unique contest of yours. Congrats to them all. I am looking forward to reading the winners' list.

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    Sirak Avatar Monterey Sirak Date: 12/10/2013 10:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Reading the entries was pure joy for me. I may have to listen closer to the grandkids, since my grandson's remark inspired the contest. (out of the mouths of babes!)

My Past Blog Posts

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Romantic Gestures
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The Sound of Color Judged
Date Posted: 12/10/2013 8:58:00 AM
Date Posted: 7/27/2013 5:25:00 AM
Date Posted: 6/1/2013 6:45:00 AM
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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
10/12/2014NINETY SOMETHINGFree verseage,life,
9/1/2014FRUGIFEROUSFree verseromance,
8/24/2014A TASTE OF-----Free versefun,
8/4/2014FINALITYFree verseloss,relationship,
7/28/2014DAISY PETALSFree verselove,
7/28/2014Life InterruptedFree verselife,
7/16/2014THE LETTERFree verseabsence,loneliness,
7/10/2014 WORDLESS MEMORIESFree versedevotion,loss,love,
6/6/2014AUTUMN'S APPROACHPantoumloss,
5/18/2014A LETTER TO SYLVIA PLATHFree verseinspiration,poets,
5/10/2014DELIVERANCE REVISITEDFree versewords,
5/5/2014MAKING BEDS IN A BURNING HOUSEFree versebrother,growth,life,
4/26/2014KALEIDOSCOPEFree verselife,loss,lost,
4/26/2014FREE VERSE CIRCUSFree versepoetry,poets,
4/13/2014COW TANKATankaanimal,friendship,
4/13/2014SPRING MORNING IN THE OZARKSFree versenature,spring,
4/11/2014WHERE HAVE ALL THE CHILDREN GONEFree versechildhood,children,life,
4/9/2014HANGING TOUGHFree versechildren,courage,life,
4/1/2014MY ODE TO THE NETHERLANDSDodoitsuimage,places,
3/17/2014ALMOSTFree versebaby,birth,loss,love,
3/16/2014OLD RATTY ROBEFree verseloss,love,mother,
3/16/2014A MATTER OF TASTEFree verseabuse,
3/2/2014SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHTFree versebetrayal,loneliness,
3/2/2014THE WINDOWPANEImagismlove,
2/21/2014TEARSFree verselife,
2/13/2014PROMISESFree verselove,
2/13/2014A LOVE THAT WILL CROSS OVERCoupletlove,
2/10/2014WHERE DO THEY GO WHEN THEY LEAVEFree verseabsence,remember,
2/6/2014TEA PARTYDramatic Verse (Verse Drama)dedication,inspiration,
2/6/2014THE LOST SOCKFree versepoetry,
1/31/2014FADE AWAYFree verse 
1/27/2014NELLFree versegrandmother,life,love,
12/23/2013THE BLOSSOMING OF THORNSFree versebeauty,pain,
12/23/2013MOST DESERVINGFree verseconflict,confusion,hope,l
12/21/2013OLD MAN WINTERPersonificationwinter,
12/17/2013NATURE'S CHILDFree verselife,
12/1/2013IF I WERE TINKERBELLFree versefantasy,
11/30/2013A KING ARTHUR HOMEFree verseculture,
11/26/2013THANKSGIVING EVETankaloss,
11/23/2013POETIC COMPARISONSFree verselife,poetry,society,
11/19/2013One Thousand White ButterfliesFree versebeauty,butterfly,celebrat
11/15/2013BROKEN FLOWERSEthereebeauty,child,love,
11/9/2013DUST BOWL SFFree versechange,life,nature,
11/4/2013SKYFree verselife,native american,
11/2/2013ETERNAL BREATHFree verseloss,love,
10/25/2013GULF SHORE MOONNarrativedesire,love,moon,water,
10/25/2013EVENING SONGImagismanimal,eve,nature,
10/23/2013MISTY MORNINGImagismmorning,nature,
10/19/2013SHIELD MY JOYFree versegod,joy,
10/16/2013BEATLE MANIAFree versecelebrity,
10/15/2013NEW ORLEANS Where Living Is So GoodFree versecommunity,culture,life,
10/14/2013PIXILATEDFree versejourney,self,
10/11/2013TOP OF THE STAIRSFree verseimagination,senses,
10/10/2013EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARYFree versebeauty,happiness,life,
9/22/2013THOUGHTS FROM A TREEFree versefeelings,nature,spoken wo
9/22/2013MELTING RAINBOWSFree verseconflict,culture,society,
9/21/2013EARTH ASTRONAUTS AND PARISIAN CAFESFree verseimage,society,world,
8/27/2013WHOSE GARDENFree versechange,poetry,
8/22/2013LEFT SIDE OF NOWHEREFree versesocial,society,
8/17/2013AT MIDNIGHTFree versepoems,
8/17/2013ADDICTIONFree versefeelings,identity,
7/28/2013POETRY READINGFree verseinspiration,introspection
7/27/2013POACHING FROSTFree versepoetry,words,
6/25/2013A SECRET NEVER TOLDFree versedeath,grief,sister,
6/20/2013PATTY-CAKE ANGELSFree verseangel,celebration,happine
6/15/2013DADDY WANTED TO FLYFree versedad,
6/9/2013WHEN A DREAMER SIGHSFree verselife,poetry,society,
6/5/2013THE WAY OF LIFEFree versechange,
6/2/2013I WANT WHAT I CAN'T HAVEFree verselife,society,
5/26/2013Tomorrow I Will WriteFree verseinspiration,poetry,writin
5/19/2013Melancholy MemoryVersedeath,grief,loss,
5/19/2013HOMEFree versehome,
5/11/2013Twilight HandsFree verseage,life,mom,tribute,
5/5/2013EpitaphFree verseabsence,death,

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Fav Poems

Poem TitleFormCategories
The Peace SignFree versememory,peace,
MomFree verseloss,love,mom,
Child Lips Free versechildhood,faith,
On the outside, looking inFree versefriendship,life,people,sa
My day as a womanRhymeencouraging,feelings,jour
Flickering ShadowsFree verseadventure,
Language BarrierProse Poetryemotions,immigration,insp
ALL ABOUT CURIOSITYLight Poetryidentity,
Like A TreeFree versedevotion,faith,
Teach them youngI do not know?africa,children,culture,e
ALONG YOUTH'S LANERhymechildhood,places,
Temple of LifeSijogod,nature,
FROZEN HEARTBEATFree verselonging,sad,
How to DieFree verseage,death,dream,
Dear Robert FrostFree versepoetry,poets,
Beg to HaveBlitzbetrayal,
Questions to PonderVerseappreciation,beauty,thank
I Am The Mighty MountainPersonificationearth,mountains,
My Poetry GardenNarrativegarden,
Hey Hank, Did You Just -Senryufunny,writing,
I need to feelFree verseangst,emotions,
What Am IQuatrainnature,
The GiftDramatic monologueangel,beauty,
A Rare PlaceBlank versenature,
The GiftVerseencouraging,prayer,spirit
How Poetry BeganQuatrainnature,poetry,
Hidden mountaineerRhymehappiness,journey,
Holy Is The LambFree versedevotion,god,
I Recall The WindFree versemom,moving on,
Soft SeptemberVerseautumn,
God's Kind Of PoetryTerza Rimabeauty,devotion,poetry,
FALL IN LOVEAcrosticautumn,love,nature,

Fav Poets

Richard Lamoureux Canada Flag Canada Read
Mystic Rose Canada Flag Canada Read
Andrea Dietrich United States Flag United States Read
Drake Eszes United States Flag United States Read
Anne Lise Andresen Norway Flag Norway Read
Suzanne Delaney United States Flag United States Read
Donna Jones United States Flag United States Read
Mark Peterson United States Flag United States Read
Carrie Richards United States Flag United States Read
nette onclaud Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Elly Wouterse Netherlands Flag Netherlands Read
Bindu Vijayan India Flag India Read
Ronald Zammit Australia Flag Australia Read
Brooke Dylan United States Flag United States Read
harry horsman United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Robert Lindley United States Flag United States Read
Arlene Smith United States Flag United States Read
Tim Ryerson United States Flag United States Read
daver austin United States Flag United States Read
Keith Robson United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Sara Kendrick United States Flag United States Read