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The Mostly Ignored Rant of the Contest Judge

I set a contest carefully
called ‘Write about something from under the sea’ -
an octopus or a manta ray!
“A manta ray? What’s that you say?
No, no, I’m absolutely sure
that I’ve written something you’ll like even more...
It’s about my father! Very dark!”
Sure! Throw it on in... IF YOUR FATHER’S A SHARK!

I asked all entrants to keep it short
to showcase their skill at distilling a thought -
a poem that buzzes with brevity!
“What? Brevity? That’s not for me!
You see, you cannot cap my art
for I have so much that I wish to impart...
I’ll write you a fabulous epic instead!”
Sure! Throw it on in... if you don’t want it read!

I asked everybody to left align
(If you format it “your way”, you may as well sign),
and not to write about Trump, or God!
“No Trump, no God? That’s very odd!
See, I have to show how much I love
the Tweeter-in-Chief and the Lord above!
Now I’ll centre it - there! (So it doesn’t look plain)”
Sure! Throw it on in... AND DRIVE ME INSANE!



17 July 2019


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Date: 8/19/2019 10:04:00 AM
Brilliant write with enough humor to balance the hyperbole of your sarcasm. I can read your heart and find this enlightening piece very readable and indeed true. Thanks for sharing, Nina.
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Date: 8/13/2019 11:45:00 AM
Oh, how I love this! Your poetic persona is wild and wonderful, Nina, and your poetic pen is as humorous as it is talented. A big beautiful lol fave for me. Congratulations on your well deserved and wonderful recognition with POTD honors, dear poetess. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 8/13/2019 12:06:00 PM
Thank you Susan - you are so kind as ever !
Date: 8/13/2019 10:45:00 AM
Very cute and clever. I feel your pain.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 8/13/2019 12:06:00 PM
Ha, thank you Dale!
Date: 8/3/2019 1:33:00 AM
Slow to find this poem I am nonetheless in awe of your delivery and the contents of each stanza! A greatly amusing write as coated in wit that is fun, fun, fun to read. Excellent write, Nina! Poetry hugs ... CayCay
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Date: 7/30/2019 8:01:00 PM
It amazes me that instructions are often not followed, though the judge explains it in detail... Love the shark tales..
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 7/31/2019 1:12:00 AM
I know right! Thank you Joseph :-)
Date: 7/21/2019 1:26:00 PM
I laughed all the way through this Nina. Don't you just love how some ignore all of your rules and then wonder why they don't place! I have trouble writing anything humorous and I know that is why I don't place in your contests. I enjoy humor a lot but I just can't write it. This was a perfect rant to let poets know what you expect in your contests. Bravo! Congratulations on a very deserving POTD!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 7/21/2019 2:41:00 PM
Ah Connie, honestly, I don’t know why some people think they have a hope when they follow NOT ONE RULE lol! I try to balance humour and serious poems in my contests but ultimately I am drawn more to the light hearted and oddball ones I guess. That’s where my heart lies really - not to say i haven’t enjoyed many many serious ones on here.
Date: 7/20/2019 3:45:00 AM
You had me laughing out loud Nina, such a fun tongue in cheekish poem! Many congrats Nina:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 7/19/2019 10:42:00 PM
I am laughing, could not be a better experience! Congratulations!
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Date: 7/19/2019 5:05:00 PM
^___^ It's fun to be a judge. Nice POTD)
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Date: 7/19/2019 4:14:00 PM
hahaha. SO good, and I understand so well where this comes from . POTD, huh? BRavo!
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Date: 7/19/2019 4:05:00 PM
This is a really fun read Nina. Congratulations on POTD :) Charlie
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Date: 7/19/2019 3:09:00 PM
Following the Rules!!! Not sure if many do that anymore. This is such a fun rant. Making many valid points. Congratulations Nina, on Poem of the Day. :) Brandy
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Date: 7/19/2019 2:12:00 PM
Now that was fun! You have figured out that if we are not writing about inner demons, evil parents or love lost, or never found, or Trump, then we are never going to be an internet Poet Laureate you see. Enjoyed!
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Date: 7/19/2019 1:25:00 PM
- Congratulations on your p.o.t.d., Nina :) - Fun to read :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 7/19/2019 12:50:00 PM
Hello Nina, I have enjoyed this poem. You have done a great job creating this poem. have a nice day my friend.
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Date: 7/19/2019 12:49:00 PM
LOL! Love your humor and rant! Go Nina! Congratulations on a well deserved POTD!
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Date: 7/19/2019 11:48:00 AM
A teaching moment for sure. Great poem, so unique, Nina. Congratulations on POTD. Best wishes~ Warren.
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Date: 7/19/2019 10:38:00 AM
Well done...creativity at best...Congratulations Nina
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Date: 7/19/2019 9:51:00 AM
Congratulations! I don't envy any judge or creator of contests. I don't enter any - my ego can't take it LOL.
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Date: 7/19/2019 9:36:00 AM
Hi Nina, just have to say once again...this is so darn cute. Congrats on POTD
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Date: 7/19/2019 9:20:00 AM
Congratulations for your POTD. Quite a fun poem but I think there is an element of truth in it. Which is why, like my friend WW I shy away from being a judge.
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Date: 7/19/2019 8:14:00 AM
...and for those reasons, are why I shy away from being a judge...too much poetic drama...in your case poetic comedy-drama...Congrats!! on POTD!! Nina...here comes the judge-here comes the judge...sending a gavel-order in the court...^WW^ :o)
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 7/19/2019 2:48:00 PM
Ah yes, in reality I just laugh - I don’t get as animated as this poetic persona here (but an eye roll doesn’t make such a good poem as a flippin good rant!) Thank you Wingy x
Date: 7/19/2019 6:52:00 AM
I forgot... Congratulations for your smashing POTD! xomo
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 7/19/2019 2:46:00 PM
Thank you Mo, and nice to see the word “smashing” making an appearance from your side of the Atlantic. Should be used more, along with “bloody brilliant” and “jolly awful”!
Date: 7/19/2019 6:21:00 AM
Heh heh heh heh heh (cough, cough) trying to hit the fave button through the laughter...
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Date: 7/19/2019 6:20:00 AM
Very apt. What a fine poem.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 7/19/2019 2:44:00 PM
Thank you Kai!
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