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 Hello Soupers , Poets , poetess , soon to be Soupers;

I want to tell you a little about myself. I was born in the mid-west , raised in parts of the South ..actually did see "Elvis Presley " behind his cast Iron fence when I was about 5 years old. We lived In a area called "Whitehaven  " My older sister used to ride me on her Bike , handlebars before school , and there he was , riding his motorcycle ~ 

Of course , I did not know at the time what all the excitement was about ..

Well , There is much to say about the past , I have been really an artist since a child. 
Aren't we all ? some will beg to differ .  Even though my wonderful parents choose to move us around maybe 10 times in school , I still remember excelling in writing stories in English Lit , and Psychology. I will not say , dare I, my form is politically correct !  

Actually I could Edit for a very long time, and one thing that is nice about this site , which I recommend to everyone I know, is you can write a poem during the day on a break , come to it later , and Edit . Many times it has been said , Less is more.

I have written about 100 poems !  I have taken 1st place a few times , and this is an amazing accomplishment , for my friends here are so talented . I feel moved when I read the poetry  they write . I am inspired by the Contest everyone host , it will bring creativity out in you , when you least expect it to.

I consider all here my friends , a Family that encourages one another , no dark gossip , in other sites I have seen the tearing down of a person on line and they do not even know , or can defend themselves . That is not for me at all , I wish too build people up , not tear them apart.

On that note ..it is a wonderful place to belong !

I just finished my 1st book " Legalized Kidnapping " a true short story, that required Faith to get through . The 2nd part of the book "Poetry " Inspired by ..yes , Pain , Life , happiness,  in between tears . I acknowledge this site in my book many times .I am not sure If it will sell many or few, I know there is a strong message I am delivering through my own pain experienced. If one person reads the book and finds something that gives them a little hope , that is enough for me !
  
This book will be for sale as it goes into print today  , I am guessing 4 weeks . Authorhouse is the Publisher , and were they great !
I will be writing a second book , this one Fictional .. and more poetry in between .

I owe everything to my Mother Jean and Father Richard ~ and my beautiful 3 Children and Husband . 

I owe a bit to " John Steinbach " having seen his Ghost and renting a home from him ! That is a true story , written in Poetry fashion .

I believe we must suffer on Earth so when we get to Heaven , we then understand all the trials and tribulations no one is exempt from .. all people are born equal . No one person is better then another in the fact we all make mistakes , owning them , and trying to do something different is what creates Character ~ 

There is a writer in everyone's soul , if you are new to this site Keep on writing , for I have discovered so much Raw talent here .

Updating my 1st Published Book ! "Legalized Kidnapping " by Shanity Rain , available through Barnes and nobles, Author house, Amazon . 

 
   

a soups winning poem


Blog Posted:11/24/2013 3:46:00 PM
 If I knew what I know now.. have you ever heard that ?
I have entered 107 contest , I have placed 37 times , I believe . Not once would I ask anyone to remove me from the list if I did not place higher ?
I sponsored my 1st contest , I did not see names at the bottom , just numbers. I do believe a few names were there , yet not the one I am being accused of ..My opinion on that poem , It is a excellent poem , I thought I received it with a winners grace .. I did not know Honorable mentions are an insult ?  
The poem that some are very upset by, To me when judging this contest ,as my Husband Mark Kelley whom is just a member is about to explain from his membership . I have been up reading for 2 weeks in a row..
This poem again,  is not a losing poem ? It was quite long , and just did not get my attention as much as the other ones in place .

AS a member , I am baffled that this causes such ill feelings towards me .
I entered A Poem several times  "9-11 "  I thought because of the way it read many different ways , and the twin towers  , it was simply a piece of Art , and history , as what took place September 11th 2011 ,  in the USA here recorded . I thought it should have been showcased , at least on that day .It was not , it never won . I realized there are poets from all over the World , and just because we feel we were attacked does not minimize the other Countries that have had many attacks like this. 
In the end , It just did not Win , at all . But it did to me. I was very proud of My 9-11 poem , for it is mine , I wrote it , it has my signature on it .

Native American People was a wonderful contest ,. I enjoyed every poem I read, honestly I struggled moving poems from 1st place to 4th place and so on , at the end of it all, I would have given the 1st ten poems ,1st place and the next 5,   2nd .. I was very taken by the poems in that order and had no idea whom was SKY or Aboriginal Flight , I am really hurt that I am asked to remove my poems in the order given and that gossip is now being spread about me .   I may copy and paste exactly what appeared on my page when it was delivered and you will see NO name . just a number , I did not want to know names . Maybe if I knew names it would have influenced my decision , because I like all the poets here . I need to just say good bye for now.  I tried to change to NA and it will not , I gave everyone wins , because they were honestly  that good !  I just saw that my Friend and Teacher Richard was not chosen , and I adore his poems . Please note , I did not have names when they were moved and some had to be winners . I find this a little Crazy ! It is a contest ~ In fairness , it is just my opinion. That is all . Love not war , always :)
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  1. Date: 12/21/2013 8:44:00 AM
    Hi Shanity, I admire your position in the ad for your contest "After the storm" by explicitly warning entrants not to put their names since you like to judge not on friendship for you would be way too biased. I wrote Poetry Soup on the matter of requesting names. Here is their position: "We agree with you. Asking for names bring into question the validity of contests. However, the sponsor of the contest makes the rules, not PoetrySoup. Frankly, we would not enter those contests." Have a wonderful day!

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  1. Date: 11/27/2013 3:09:00 PM
    Thank you for your nice comments, Shanity! I was not upset with my placement at all! Of course, we all want to win, but we can't be first every time! I am always thankful for any placement that I might receive. I think we take these contests too seriously sometimes, when it is just supposed to be for fun! :)

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  1. Date: 11/26/2013 11:07:00 AM
    Shanity, it's your contest. If someone doesn't like the way you sorted your winning list she/he should move on, and thank you for the thought. I don't know why poets are coming here acting as if their s--t don't st!nk. Everyone here has been hurt, offended by their placing in the contest. That's why I randomly enter any contest. My work's NOT perfect nor suitable to not be judged by others. I will join if the sponsor invites me directly. A few times I found myself not enjoying the poems entered in my contest. When that happens I will not give a first place, just to suit the entries. I will give many HM's on poems just to be NICE. I noticed you decided to offer every poem you rejected a spot on your list. That was wrong, and now seems like favoritism. You do not need to satisfy the poets, because it benefits you. How can you say DG had one of the best, and gave her a 15. I am confused. Love your work by the way..........SKAT

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    Goff Avatar James Marshall Goff Date: 11/26/2013 10:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Wow, where's the love?
  1. Date: 11/26/2013 3:37:00 AM
    Hi Shanity - Thank you for my placement in your contest...I second Jimbo's comment...ANY time I place in a contest, whether it be first or honorable mention, I consider it an honor. When I DON'T place, I understand that just because my poem appeals to ME doesn't mean it will appeal to the judge of the contest...Thanks again - Tim

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    Deschler Avatar Kelly Deschler Date: 11/27/2013 3:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I could not agree more, Tim!
  1. Date: 11/25/2013 7:33:00 PM
    Dear PST, Would it be possible to block the sponsor from seeing a poem entered into their contest anywhere on the site except in their entry box, and for the names of the writers to only appear after the contest result is posted. This is in no way a slight against the sponsors as I’m sure they judge honourably and fairly already, but it would give them some protection against being accused of any bias. I’m no expert so I’ll leave that for your wizardy brains to mull on. Take care, Richard

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    Rain Avatar Shanity Rain Date: 11/25/2013 11:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank-you ! Excellent idea .. If you read the poems , some may have decided differently . I just read something about an HM is an insult when one used to judge ..on the different blog. I say to those angry , sponsor a contest , and let us see whom is chosen ?
  1. Date: 11/25/2013 11:37:00 AM
    multiple placements, because very often I find two or more poems that are equally good, both deserving of a 1st place or whatever...and finally, any judging based on friendship etc. has to stop, because it makes a mockery of the judging process; placements should be awarded based on the work itself and not the person...

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    Rain Avatar Shanity Rain Date: 11/25/2013 3:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank-you . I appreciate that comment , for this was not personal , in my eyes ..these poems were so amazing , and I took judging them all very serious. I just do not what to say , I tried to NA a poem and it will not . so I gave everyone wins ! LOVE :)
    A   Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 11/25/2013 1:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Sometimes when I'm reading poems, I find it easy to place a few 11-15 place, when poems are short, and have little imagery... Not Exciting at all....
    A   Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 11/25/2013 1:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    When I give out an HM' #1. I'm clearly saying maybe next time. #2. Your poem is good but, too simple. #3. Your poem was awesome, but you did not follow the rules. #4. Lost the flow while reading the poem.
    A   Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 11/25/2013 1:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I try not to give many HM's.. but sometimes many poems don't follow rules. My sister & I have had trouble in a few contests where every entry where plain and simple. We have given no first place at times.
    A   Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 11/25/2013 1:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Charlotte, thank you for the unforgettable first place in your first contest... :-)......
    PoetrySoup Avatar Team PoetrySoup Date: 11/25/2013 1:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Any judging based on friendships is just wrong and useless. It certainly needs to stop. We need a way to judge the QUALITY of contests...
  1. Date: 11/25/2013 11:34:00 AM
    personally, I think the contests should be run in the same professional way that contests are run by poetry societies i.e. that the judge's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into...of course people are not always going to agree with the placements, but that's because personal taste in poetry differs so widely...one of the most fundamental aspects of being a writer is learning to take rejection on the chin...I don't like the idea of HMs or anything below a 10th place, because anything below a 10th doesn't register on our personal score boards, so really there's not much point in awarding anything below a 10...I do, however, like having the option of awarding

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    Adams Avatar Sandra Adams Date: 11/25/2013 11:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    well said Charlotte and I agree with you, we all have different tastes, we all write differently, how boring would poetry be if we all wrote the same? since anything below 10 doesn't score on our boards, isn't NA kind of the same thing?
  1. Date: 11/25/2013 9:39:00 AM
    I was only referring to what the soup said and not passing any judgement. I like your reasoning Becca--it is very good logic.

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 11/25/2013 9:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I see what you mean Becca but one reason it's good (it's happened to me) is that if the judge makes an error they can fix it, otherwise it is forever---the more I think of it, doncha wish we could do that in real life LOL
  1. Date: 11/25/2013 12:08:00 AM
    Hello, Shanity and Mark, nice to meet you and welcome to the Soup. I didn't participate in this one but I may (eventually) do it in your future contests... (but, please: I don't like 1st places). : D

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  1. Date: 11/24/2013 11:29:00 PM
    Ahhhh! Thank you .. thank you so much! I was missing "this" : D

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  1. Date: 11/24/2013 8:51:00 PM
    It is up to the POET, not the contest sponsor (In this case Shanity), to remove a poem from a contest. Sponsors cannot remove it. It is not their responsibility to do so. It is the poet's responsibility. If the poet makes a mistake...oh, well. Onto the next contest. Also, remember, do not use a member's name in poems, blogs, or comments - unless it is positive!!!

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    A   Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 11/25/2013 12:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks soup... Teardrop, Teardrop... LINDA
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 11/25/2013 7:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Actually, once a contest is closed, locked and judged it cannot be removed by the poet unless they totally delete the poem. Many don't know this but a sponsor can go back at any time and change a poems ranking--click on save changes or update and that will work otherwise the poet themselves can do nothing except delete their poem.
  1. Date: 11/24/2013 7:45:00 PM
    Thank you for the lovely HM.... S. Rain, I have enjoyed all the new visits, and fun comments. I had no idea many poets admire me and my poetry. I love the supporting community, the love each one left behind. Especially Ruben. ;-) Who took the time to visit my poem, and your blogs. I do hope he keeps his word and enters one of your future contest.... Thank you for everything... Love Linda"

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    A  Avatar SKAT A Date: 11/26/2013 11:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Shame on you sis. I bet you wild this one purposely. Knowing you. hey Ruben on the bottom
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 11/24/2013 11:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I visited your winning poem and left a message ... : D ... don't get mad at me!
  1. Date: 11/24/2013 5:17:00 PM
    Hello to all of you very special and talented people. I have watched my wife of 19 years struggle and drain her spirit to judge her first contest only to hear that some contestants want their poems removed because they didn't place hi enough ? Really ? Its called a Contest because the entries are contestants not because they are allowed to "contest" the results. If you are not a professional meaning you can lose as good as you can win than you have no business competing in any thing.

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    A   Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 11/24/2013 5:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My soup mails were urgent. Yes pushy, I was trying to reach you when I'd seen your first blog. Before you closed the contest. You did not respond. Sorry, you feel you have to attack, my reason for not wanting my poem in your contest..
    kelley Avatar mark kelley Date: 11/24/2013 5:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    the comment below is Shanity , for some reason The site is confused after he logged on and off.. Yes ..Mark knows where you are coming from , he is very intelligent and you keep reminding everyone how wonderful , 1st place your poem is , and boy. They better think so ..or else. This is SHANITY , Mark I am sure will speak for himself , he made the 1st comment and he knows I was reading poetry for many weeks . No names as accused .
    A   Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 11/24/2013 5:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    WOW! This person Mark, does not know where I am coming from. I asked for one little simple favor and decided my poem did not deserve the mentioning. That contest was not right for some reason. GEES... What the fudge, is going on. It is my freaking POEM>...<
    kelley Avatar mark kelley Date: 11/24/2013 5:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    you e-mailed me while I was Thanking the winners , several angry times, actually I think it s pretty shallow to do this when winners are just getting noticed.
    A   Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 11/24/2013 5:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Exactly Frank it is nothing... It is my poem, and it is not worth the mention. I can't believe she took it this far. I feel real bad that I can't trust no one on the soup.
    kelley Avatar mark kelley Date: 11/24/2013 5:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ok , here I am !
    kelley Avatar mark kelley Date: 11/24/2013 5:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ohh lord, I have to log out , Mark logged in , and it will create more to say !! He wrote the 1st response, then I am commenting from his profile. Shanity Rain .
    kelley Avatar mark kelley Date: 11/24/2013 5:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank-you Mark . I don't feel like writing much anymore~
  1. Date: 11/24/2013 4:03:00 PM
    It is your contest and your decision on how you want to finalize the wins. Only you decide what you like. I should have never asked you to remove my poem from the winning list. I was trying to remove it last night after your odd soup mail. Once your contest was closed it was not an option. That is why I sent soup mail asking for the FAVOR. Thank you for the honesty, and keeping my poem on your list... I love all the attention it got.... Hugs.... Always LINDA

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    A   Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 11/24/2013 4:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are not asked to remove the poems from the order you placed them... In my soup mail, i asked you to give me an NA... That means no placement. I don't think my poem deserved a placing in your contest.
    A   Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 11/24/2013 4:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Last week, a poet placed my poem in her contest. After she posted the winning poems. My poem mysteriously disappeared from her winning list. I thought it was funny. I was okay with it. It is her contest.
    A   Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 11/24/2013 4:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I wish the soup would allow a clicking buttons that allows us to remove poems from the contest. LINDA

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a soups winning poem
Date Posted: 11/24/2013 3:46:00 PM
Native American Contest ~
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my new book ~
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A Script I wrote for GRIMM~ 1st rough draft , needs edited! Always edit..
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7/4/2014The BeastFree verseabsence,dark,hate,visiona
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5/28/2014the Devils ThroneLyricblue,music,song,
1/10/2014defying oddsFree verseinspirational,
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10/31/2013if i had one last minute DadEnclosed Rhymeabsence,autumn,dad,death,
10/30/2013Renaissance ReedOde art,celebrity,death,dedic
10/28/2013witches revengeFree versefire,halloween,horror,jud
10/27/2013PepeElegychildhood,cry,death of a
10/25/2013Blame it on the Moon Free versecelebrity,dad,identity,lo
10/25/2013Tiny DancerDiamantebeautiful,dance,granddaug
10/25/2013fork in roadGhazalimagination,ireland,magic
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10/24/2013 Sweet CarmelCoupletcandy,change,desire,food,
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TRAIL OF TEARSLight Poetryabuse,sad,sorrow,travel,
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My Micke boys Free verseangel,baby,baseball,beaut
EyesAcrosticsexy,
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word too god from a soldierCrystallinewar,
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