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About Annalise Brigham
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     Let me begin by saying that I enjoy being a part of PoetrySoup.  I have been around for last five or six years, writing, reading, meeting and interacting with talented poets from around the world. There is much I have learned! .

        I wrote my first poem between the ages of five - six, after a field trip to a beach on the Atlantic coast on a most gorgeous sunny day. My Papa was so proud of me, he hung it in the living room! lol  Somewhere along the way, my poem was lost as are mamy others written in between relocating from one country to another. It was my 8th grade teacher who first advised me to keep writing.  Always a dreamer, my Papa complained that I was absent-minded and I didn't mind because it was true as there was so much to see and do everywhere else than where I was at any moment. Ah, but life has a way of making you conform to its tons of mundane tasks; however that dreamer still lives, today! 

        Along with poetry, I have accomplished one of my dreams with regards to writing.  I published a book, "Fiona's Journey" in 2004-my first attempt. It's nothing to brag about, yet it was an enjoyable experience and I'm glad I was given that chance to share my feelings and beliefs with others.  It was written for children but anyone would enjoy.  Since then I've embarked on a novel which is taking forever. However, I will persevere as the story means very much to me.

        I live on the beautiful state of Maryland on the east coast with my family.  I have an extraordinary child who I'm extremely grateful for.  We share a life that's enriching with music, people, our love for each other and nature. We both love the ocean and visit at every opportunity that comes up.

        I'm easy going and friendly; loving people just comes naturally. And I still have faith that one day, man will come to see that we have no choice but to respect and love each other or none of us will survive..not even the strongest in any sense. In my free time, I enjoy entertaining, basketball (watching- lol I'm only 5' 3"), cooking, movies, sewing and travelling.

Results of "What My Eyes See" Contest

Blog Posted:2/26/2011 8:30:00 PM

        I wish to thank all the poets who submitted entries for my "What My Eyes See, Haiku Contest.  I appreciate your kind support and though the judging was tough, I do think I was pretty fair.  I first looked for content clarity, and then rules...mainly the syllable count, in which most everyone excelled and also for caps and unecessary punctuations.


        Once again, thanks for submitting your various takes on what you saw in the photo. Some poets went deeper than others, nevertheless, like you, I gave judging my best.


Thanks again, all!



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  1. Date: 2/28/2011 5:55:00 AM
    Thank you, Annalise, for inspiring me to write. Also, I appreciate that my Haiku found a place among the winners:)

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  1. Date: 2/27/2011 7:09:00 PM
    Hi Annalise -- Thank you ever so much for awarding my poem a place among the winners in your contest. Your contest proved to be greatly inspiring and the haiku I've read thus far are incredible. Congratulations to all the winners and all who were inspired to write. Best wishes. Deb

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  1. Date: 2/27/2011 3:39:00 PM
    I missed this one too, Sorry! Looks like it filled pretty fast though. I'll go read the entries.Agape, Moses

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  1. Date: 2/27/2011 3:09:00 PM
    Gee, hon, I missed this one entirely. Congratulations to all the winners! Love, Carolyn

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  1. Date: 2/27/2011 8:37:00 AM
    Thank you for my placement~I'm thrilled!!!!!~Hurray~I should be back to the soup this week~Busy,Busy~I need to judge my contest and write some (NEW) good stuff~thanks again~Rick

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  1. Date: 2/27/2011 7:43:00 AM
    I am late in catching the winners of your contest, and I'm so surprised, and honored, Annalise! Thank you so much for enjoying a different interpretation of the guiding light. That was such an inspiring picture you presented us!! Thank you so very much! love, Carrie

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  1. Date: 2/27/2011 7:18:00 AM
    Thanks for my placement, and super congrats to all your winners :) I definitely missed writing haiku from picture prompts, so thanks for the inspiration for that-- :)

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  1. Date: 2/27/2011 7:17:00 AM
    Super wonderful contest Annalise and congrats to u and all the amazing winners too.. appreciate my 6th place for "Intimate Indigo".. a wonderful creative experience to write for this contest luv..

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  1. Date: 2/27/2011 6:51:00 AM
    Thank you for a wonderful contest and for my 5th place, with my poem, a molten embrace, I am feeling the glory~~

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  1. Date: 2/27/2011 6:34:00 AM
    Congrats to all the winners in wondrful contest... I enjoyed writing for it...always Michael

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  1. Date: 2/27/2011 3:23:00 AM
    Thanks a lot Anna. It was an honour to be among such great poetic works.

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  1. Date: 2/27/2011 12:51:00 AM
    Hi Annalise,thanks for placing my entry in the 7 th position.I enjoyed the contest very much.Thanks for sponsoring such a contest.

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  1. Date: 2/26/2011 10:14:00 PM
    HI, Annalise, and thanks for the number 6. I want to see your winners right now. I think I can never catch up with all the contest winner circles that came out this week, but I'm trying! Luv, Andrea

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  1. Date: 2/26/2011 9:19:00 PM
    what a great haiku trip, annalise... and what greater pleasure for those who all praticipated in this endeavor... thank you for acknowledging my work with best cheers to all winners! :) huggs!

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My Past Blog Posts

Results of "What My Eyes See" Contest
Date Posted: 2/26/2011 8:30:00 PM
Update on "What My Eyes See" Haiku Contest
Date Posted: 2/24/2011 9:26:00 AM
Date Posted: 12/7/2010 11:13:00 AM
A Grateful Thanks To Billythekidster
Date Posted: 12/4/2010 11:45:00 AM
Sentimental Love Letters Contest, Judged!!
Date Posted: 11/6/2010 3:11:00 PM
Love Letters Intoxicating!
Date Posted: 11/4/2010 2:50:00 PM
Date Posted: 9/11/2010 5:36:00 PM
Outcome of My Contest- "If I Had Just One Day Left To Live"
Date Posted: 8/13/2010 9:35:00 AM
A Request
Date Posted: 7/20/2010 12:17:00 PM
"If I Had One Day Left To Live" Contest Opens
Date Posted: 7/1/2010 3:25:00 PM
Date Posted: 6/19/2010 9:41:00 PM
Date Posted: 6/19/2010 11:42:00 AM
Date Posted: 6/12/2010 1:02:00 PM

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4/25/2014A Salute to SpringQuintain (English)seasons,
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7/31/2013Arrested MomentRhymeimagination,
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7/17/2013False Pride Terza Rimadeath,pride,sorrow,violen
7/14/2013Harvest Moon LoomingVersemoon,nature,
7/7/2013Naughty Boy by Briton RiviereFree verseart,child,dog,friend,
7/4/2013Master ArtistMonorhymeart,faith,nature,sky,
6/30/2013Pieces of EcstasyNonetlove,passion,
6/30/2013Bringing TreasuresFree verseemotions,love,
6/24/2013Red SunDodoitsunature,sun,
6/21/2013Somewhere Far Above the CloudsFree verseimagination,
6/20/2013The Essence of BeingFree versephilosophy,
6/12/2013Summer's BreathRhymehappiness,introspection,j
6/10/2013Summer CoupletCoupletfun,nature,seasons,
6/8/2013The Leather JacketNarrativeimagination,
6/8/2013Tomorrow's A Breath AwayVersecourage,faith,philosophy,
5/30/2013Soul Stirring HugsAcrosticcare,devotion,friendship,
5/29/2013Fragrant FlowerTerzanellechild,children,death,loss
5/18/2013Prelude to summer-Whipsy WindsHaikudance,ocean,summer,wind,
5/16/2013Raising the DeadFree versehow i feel,
5/11/2013A Mother's CovenantFree versechildren,creation,god,mot
5/10/2013A MysteryFree versefunny,mystery,self,
4/19/2013Less We ForgetMonokuchildren,conflict,evil,
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4/3/2013Soft SighHaikunature,
3/29/2013RansomedFree versefaith,jesus,
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3/1/2013Easter PicnicCoupleteaster,family,for childre
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2/23/2013Cool SpringFibonaccilife,seasons,
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2/18/2013A Journey of SoulsFree versefaith,fear,forgiveness,fr
2/16/2013Sweet RainNonethappy,nature,rain,
2/13/2013SestinaSestinachildhood,family,for chil
2/13/2013A Shaft of LightCoupletcourage,imagination,life,
2/12/2013Burning EmbersCoupletlove,passion,romance,
2/12/2013Never Ending CircleProsenature,seasons,rain,earth
2/12/2013Love AbatesFree versefaith,
2/9/2013Nature in the mixHaikunature,
2/8/2013Peaceful MorningHaikuhappiness,nature,peace,
2/5/2013MalalaFree versechild,dedication,happy,ho
2/2/2013Winter's BlanketKimonature,seasons,
2/1/2013Beautiful ButtonsRhymechild,daughter,dedication
1/31/2013Mine Heart In Thine HandCoupletlove,passion,romantic,hea
1/30/2013Fireflies Light the PathTankachildhood,happy,nature,
1/30/2013Martin Luther King Quatraindedication,faith,history,
1/30/2013Endless AdmirationHaikumoon,nature,ocean,romance
1/26/2013First WaltzHaikunature,red,
1/25/2013Tokens that LastTankaboyfriend,happiness,love,
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Fav Poems

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My First Child Free versechildhood,daughter,for ch
The Morning Star!I do not know?faithlife,
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The Sowing Free versedevotion,
"I Am"I do not know?faith,hope,life,love
No Greater LoveQuatrainfaith,happiness,hope,insp
You Are My AllRhymeanniversary,dedication,de
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If OnlyFree versenostalgia,giggle,
Just Like NovemberFree verseconfusion,loss,lost love,
Camp Anawana (An Ode to 20-somethings’ Nostalgia)Prose Poetryfunny,nostalgiame,sleep,
TRIBUTE TO DOREENElegyfriendship
For MommaFree versemothergod,me,child,god,lo
The Price of LoveFree verseconfusion,family,love,mot
Color BlindRhymeblack african american,gi
AskingI do not know?faith,inspirational,intro
Racism Is Your ProblemFree verseconfusion,girlfriend-boyf
Peace InvadesLyricuplifting
Beauty In A WomanRhymeart,people,upliftingwoman
As My Pen DancedFree verselost love,love
Until ThenCoupletfaith,on writing and word
You are Blessed Free versefaith,inspirational,love
Different Hearts, Beat on Different StringsRhymeloss,lost love,nature,peo
God Loves No Matter How FarHaikuinspirational,love,nature
Poetry Is My VoiceFree verseinspirational
your loveFree verselovelove,
The Bench In Central ParkFree verseangst,friendship,life,los
Children In The SnowRhymechildhood,holiday,son,son
Music For You P.S. (adult content)Free versemusicme,song,music,me,mus
A Spiritual WarFree versehope,inspirational,warme,
Sunshine (I Wish)Free versegirlfriend-boyfriend,happ
mean people s.u.c.k.Free verselifechange,love,morning,
The Chatty ChairFree versefunny,imaginationme,me,
A ButterflyFree versenaturelife,beautiful,me,l
My Unhappy LazyboyFree versefunny,imaginationme,me,ti
Free As A ButterflyRhymeinspirationalfish,life,
My ghostNarrativelovegiving,
No One Knows...Rhymechildhood,confusion,depre
the truthVerseintrospection
Poetic WordsRhymehappiness,passionwords,he
Your Eternal FlameRhymeloss,love,mother,nostalgi
Musings of a Sentimental Rhymeangstday,life,
Michelangelo’s Pietà Ekphrasis (Ecphrasis)art,history
Ode to WinterOde faith,happiness,hope,natu
Our Eternal Melody (Adult Content)Free versepassion
Winter's KissSonnethappiness,holiday,introsp
TempleFree versefaith,introspectiongod,go
No Other Man....(Adult Content)Rhymegirlfriend-boyfriend,love
When Your Road is UnevenI do not know?inspirational
A Highland StreamOttava rimanature
beautiful collisionI do not know?lovetime,
forever and alwaysI do not know?lovelove,
Red StilettosMonokufantasy,imagination,passi
The Chip On My ShoulderDramatic Verse (Verse Drama)faithme,
Crack Of The MoonRhymefunny,
Once MoreBalladfantasy
The Minister's Lonesome DaughterRhymepeople
Nor' easterFree verseintrospection,nature
Walk With MeFree versefaith,inspirationalson,me
Rain from a Heavy SkyLyricnature,sea,seasons
See me ThineRhymeloveme,me,
The Fate of Ardent PrayersFree versedevotion
Shajarat al-Hayah " Prosopis cineraria "Haikuinspirational,life,nature
Blue Tears On ParchmentProse Poetrydevotionwords,
Touched by an angelI do not know?lifevoice,sun,voice,
The Color of PoetryFree versefantasy,inspirational,on
Audrey (End-Line Word Poem)Free versegirlfriend-boyfriend,love
Jimmy and AudreyDiamantefriendship,girlfriend-boy
Bethrotal HymnVersehappiness,loveheart,sweet
The KaliedoscopeRhymehope,introspection,peacel
Until the Water Runs DryRhymelost love,loveheart,heart
"God's Ace" (Up The Sleeve)Quatraininspirational,love
Time for a walkFree verseanimals,timelight,light,s
Forever And A DreamNarrativeloveheart,heart,
Poet's (Poetry In Motion)Rhymeon writing and words
Private Roscoe D. Schlink's Ocean CruiseRhymefunny
A soliloquyFree verse 
What thing is love?Light Poetrylove
Jackson "worst poem ever"Rhymelife,wife,sun,
Timothy TreadwellRhymedeath,death,
A moment of happinessFree versehappiness,philosophy,upli
Fragrant LoveLyricdevotion,happiness,life,l
Death Of The SaintsNarrativedeath,faith,family,husban
MY ONLY LOVEEpigramlove
Autumns Door ~ I do not know?life,love,time
L*O*V*E*I do not know?love
My African SisterNarrativefamilyfamily,class,class,
Insomnia (To Tom)Free verseintrospection
If You Love MeCoupletloveme,me,
Pride of the MotherlandNarrativeadventure,history,hope,li
ResurrectionFree versenatureearth,
Into the WeedsFree versechildhood,introspection,n
God's little poetFree verseon writing and words,son
"A White Knight!"I do not know?faith,life,love,time
House of MarbleI do not know?introspection,life,
A letter to my dayRhymededication,for children,i

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