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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.

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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!)

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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
10/18/2015 CAMOUFLAGE Imagismdestiny,
5/31/2015 PLAYING HOPSCOTCH WITH POETS Free versepoetry,poets,
5/20/2015 PROGRESS Free versefaith,
5/20/2015 THE BRIDGE Free versebest friend,childhood,lif
4/21/2015 SPRING CLEANING Free verselife,writing,
3/21/2015 WRITE BRAIN Free versewriting,
1/15/2015 CRISP WHITE PAPER Free versewriting,
1/6/2015 SANTORINI LOVE STORY Free verselife,love,
11/25/2014 WHAT WAS IS Rhymefun,
11/24/2014 UNDONE Free verselife,nature,
11/10/2014 GOODBYE Free verseloss,
10/12/2014 NINETY SOMETHING Free verseage,life,world war ii,
10/4/2014 OZARKS Acrosticnature,
9/1/2014 FRUGIFEROUS Free verseromance,
8/24/2014 A TASTE OF----- Free versefun,
8/4/2014 FINALITY Free verseloss,relationship,
7/28/2014 DAISY PETALS Free verselove,
7/28/2014 Life Interrupted Free verselife,
7/16/2014 THE LETTER Free verseabsence,loneliness,
7/10/2014 WORDLESS MEMORIES Free versedevotion,loss,love,
6/6/2014 AUTUMN'S APPROACH Pantoumloss,
5/18/2014 A LETTER TO SYLVIA PLATH Free verseinspiration,poets,
5/10/2014 DELIVERANCE REVISITED Free versewords,
5/5/2014 MAKING BEDS IN A BURNING HOUSE Free versebrother,growth,life,
4/26/2014 FREE VERSE CIRCUS Free versepoetry,poets,
4/13/2014 COW TANKA Tankaanimal,friendship,
4/13/2014 SPRING MORNING IN THE OZARKS Free versenature,spring,
4/11/2014 WHERE HAVE ALL THE CHILDREN GONE Free versechildhood,children,life,
4/9/2014 HANGING TOUGH Free versechildren,courage,life,
4/1/2014 MY ODE TO THE NETHERLANDS Dodoitsuimage,places,
3/17/2014 ALMOST Free versebaby,birth,loss,love,
3/16/2014 A MATTER OF TASTE Free verseabuse,
3/11/2014 NEGATION Imagismdevotion,life,
3/2/2014 SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT Free versebetrayal,loneliness,
3/2/2014 THE WINDOWPANE Imagismlove,
2/21/2014 TEARS Free verselife,
2/13/2014 PROMISES Free verselove,
2/13/2014 A LOVE THAT WILL CROSS OVER Coupletlove,
2/10/2014 WHERE DO THEY GO WHEN THEY LEAVE Free verseabsence,remember,
2/6/2014 TEA PARTY Dramatic Versededication,inspiration,
2/6/2014 THE LOST SOCK Free versepoetry,
1/31/2014 FADE AWAY Free verse 
1/27/2014 NELL Free versegrandmother,life,love,
12/23/2013 THE BLOSSOMING OF THORNS Free versebeauty,pain,
12/23/2013 MOST DESERVING Free verseconflict,confusion,hope,l
12/21/2013 OLD MAN WINTER Personificationwinter,
12/17/2013 NATURE'S CHILD Free verselife,
12/1/2013 IF I WERE TINKERBELL Free versefantasy,
11/26/2013 THANKSGIVING EVE Tankaloss,
11/23/2013 POETIC COMPARISONS Free verselife,poetry,society,
11/19/2013 One Thousand White Butterflies Free versebeauty,butterfly,celebrat
11/15/2013 BROKEN FLOWERS Ethereebeauty,child,love,
11/9/2013 DUST BOWL SF Free versechange,life,nature,
11/4/2013 SKY Free verselife,native american,
11/2/2013 ETERNAL BREATH Free verseloss,love,
10/23/2013 MISTY MORNING Imagismmorning,nature,
10/19/2013 SHIELD MY JOY Free versegod,joy,
10/16/2013 BEATLE MANIA Free versecelebrity,
10/15/2013 NEW ORLEANS Where Living Is So Good Free versecommunity,culture,life,
10/14/2013 PIXILATED Free versejourney,self,
10/12/2013 HOPE Imagismhope,image,
10/11/2013 TOP OF THE STAIRS Free verseimagination,senses,
9/22/2013 THOUGHTS FROM A TREE Free versefeelings,nature,spoken wo
9/22/2013 MELTING RAINBOWS Free verseconflict,culture,society,
9/21/2013 EARTH ASTRONAUTS AND PARISIAN CAFES Free verseimage,society,world,
8/22/2013 LEFT SIDE OF NOWHERE Free versesocial,society,
8/17/2013 AT MIDNIGHT Free versepoems,
8/17/2013 ADDICTION Free versefeelings,identity,
7/28/2013 POETRY READING Free verseinspiration,introspection
7/27/2013 POACHING FROST Free versepoetry,words,
6/25/2013 A SECRET NEVER TOLD Free versedeath,grief,sister,
6/20/2013 PATTY-CAKE ANGELS Free verseangel,celebration,happine
6/15/2013 TRANSITION Versechange,relationship,
6/9/2013 WHEN A DREAMER SIGHS Free verselife,poetry,society,
6/5/2013 THE WAY OF LIFE Free versechange,
6/2/2013 I WANT WHAT I CAN'T HAVE Free verselife,society,
6/1/2013 MANUSCRIPT Imagismnature,
5/26/2013 Tomorrow I Will Write Free verseinspiration,poetry,writin
5/19/2013 HOME Free versehome,

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Fav Poems

The Peace Sign Free versememory,peace,
On the outside, looking in Free versefriendship,life,people,sa
My day as a woman Rhymeencouraging,feelings,jour
FINESSE Sonnetcharacter,
Flickering Shadows Free verseadventure,
Language Barrier Prose Poetryemotions,immigration,insp
ALL ABOUT CURIOSITY Light Poetryidentity,
Teach them young I do not know?africa,children,culture,e
ALONG YOUTH'S LANE Rhymechildhood,places,
Temple of Life Sijogod,nature,
FROZEN HEARTBEAT Free verselonging,sad,
How to Die Free verseage,death,dream,
Dear Robert Frost Free versepoetry,poets,
BLESSINGS Coupletappreciation,
Beg to Have Blitzbetrayal,
Questions to Ponder Verseappreciation,beauty,thank
I Am The Mighty Mountain Personificationearth,mountains,
My Poetry Garden Narrativegarden,
Hey Hank, Did You Just - Senryufunny,writing,
I need to feel Free verseangst,emotions,
A Rare Place Blank versenature,
The Gift Verseencouraging,prayer,spirit
How Poetry Began Quatrainnature,poetry,
Holy Is The Lamb Free versedevotion,god,
God's Kind Of Poetry Terza Rimabeauty,devotion,poetry,
FALL IN LOVE Acrosticautumn,love,nature,
- Angels and Snow - Versemoon,snow,winter,
The art of understanding Free verseprayer,
I am or maybe I am not Free versehow i feel,introspection,
YESTERDAY'S JOYS Rhymechildhood,image,magic,
The Hush of Christmas Past Sonnetchild,christmas,
Beneath the shattered Versebirth,courage,
A Single Soul Cries Out Rhymeblessing,conflict,courage
Love Gift I do not know?dream,love,
Wind Personificationnature,wind,
One Christmas Morn Versechristmas,
Embrace The Day Rhymelife,
On New Year's Eve Versenew year,
tree Free versechild,god,tree,
Hidden Beauty Rondeauhero,
Burden of Guilt Free verseemotions,poetry,sorrow,
The Fool Versecrazy,journey,
Transformation Rhymebeauty,
Under the Willow Trees Free versechildhood,death of a frie
The Peephole that is the Moon Rhymefaith,god,heaven,hope,
Pain of Night, Joy of Morning Free versechange,father daughter,in
Shades of Grey Proseintrospection,mystery,
Tanka Tankachildhood,
All I Have in Life Free verseabsence,best friend,betra
POETRY FOR POETS: i own this- edition Free versecreation,metaphor,poems,p
My lacking Quatrainemotions,river,
Workshop Poem - Winds Forgive Free versechange,faith,forgiveness,
Six Stories Free verseblessing,life,
Broken People Free versepeople,
THE JEWELER'S LATHE Free versebeauty,
The Gift of Poetry Free verseart,poetry,uplifting,
Time Alone Coupletfaith,introspection,spiri
Emptiness Free versegrandmother,love,memory,
NATURE TALK Free versenature,
Stand Still Verselife,
FINDING MYSELF AGAIN Dramatic Versecourage,love hurts,self,
INK - Ninette Ninetteanalogy,life,
YOU ARE GOD and I HAVE TO BELIEVE Free versechristian,conflict,confus
GROCERY LIST Free versefaith,
ONCE AGAIN Epigramhope,loneliness,love,
Girl in the Autumn Woods Haikuautumn,
MISSING PERSON Free verseirony,
BRITTLE FLEECE Verseclothes,longing,winter,
Memories Leave Silently Free verseage,loneliness,
When the Wanderer Returns Free verseabsence,adventure,childho

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Andrea Dietrich United States Flag United States Read
Drake Eszes United States Flag United States Read
Sunshine Smile 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
nette onclaud Philippines Flag Philippines Read
An Anchored Poet Netherlands Flag Netherlands Read
Ronald Zammit Australia Flag Australia 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
Sara Kendrick United States Flag United States Read
Connie Marcum Wong United States Flag United States Read
Martin Lochner South Africa Flag South Africa Read
David Meade United States Flag United States Read
Rhonda Johnson-Saunders United States Flag United States Read
Nandita Das India Flag India Read
Darlene Gifford United States Flag United States Read
Demetrios Trifiatis Greece Flag Greece Read
John lawless United States Flag United States Read
Mama Bear Canada Flag Canada Read