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The Mystery of the NA

I was once really new to our Poetry Soup,
and I knew I should try to join in with the group;
post my poems on site to be read by a few,
and then give it a whirl, join a contest or two.

Soon a couple of them were a win, a good score;
was on top of the world, so I entered one more.
But to my big surprise when that contest was done,
my sad eyes saw in fact that my write had not won.

I clicked on 'Contest Entries' and saw it was there.
But, behold, a strange sign near that one, I declare!
An N/A…what was that?  Very weird, was this right?
Could not find what it meant anywhere on the site.

So I looked up N/A on the Internet, but
what I found was not good, left me still in a rut.
This N/A symbolized a long list, now for me,
my head spun to fit in which of these it could be??

   N/A…Not Applicable………Did I not follow rules?
   N/A…Not Available………Did my entry get lost?
   N/A…No Answer………Did they try to call me?
   N/A…Not Authorized………Did I need an okay?
   N/A…No Action………Did I fail to take steps?
   N/A…Negative Approach………Did I say something wrong?
   N/A…Not Analyzed………Should my write be explained?
   N/A…No Acknowledgement………Did I fail to respond?
   N/A…No Account………Did PS lose my file?

I Soup-Mailed contest judge and her answer therein,
“Well you see, the N/A means your piece did not win”!
Now I still do not know what N/A represents
When my poems don't win in Soup contest events!


Sandra M. Haight

~1st Place~
Contest: Quirky Things That Confuse and Confound Me
Sponsor: Caren Krutsinger
Judged: 07/14/2018

~1st Place~
Contest: New or Old 4
Sponsor: Eve Roper
Judged: 08/05/2016

~1st Place~
Contest: The Contest
Sponsor:  Jerry T. Curtis
Judged: 01/10/2015

Anapestic Tetrameter (5 verses of 12-syllables lines)
Anapestic Dimeter (N/A Section - Questions Only) 

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Date: 7/17/2018 4:13:00 PM
Congrats, I felt your pain not understanding and now ...What do these initials N/A represent on P.S., and when and where used.
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Sandra Haight
Date: 7/17/2018 4:49:00 PM
Hi Barbara, thanks for your visit and the congrats. If you enter a contest and it does not place, you receive an N/A next to your poem on your member's contest page, meaning it was rejected. I don't think anyone here really knows what N/A really means as to what the letters stand for, hence my poem!
Date: 7/14/2018 1:02:00 PM
:) Congratulations on your awesome win and well crafted write . The N/A still confusing. Hugs Eve
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Sandra Haight
Date: 7/17/2018 7:59:00 PM
For sure it is confusing, Eve! Thanks for your congrats and appreciated support! Hugs, Sandra
Date: 7/14/2018 8:15:00 AM
Lol. I remember this from before because it helped me undersrand. I still think there has to be something better than N/A. Congratulations on another #1 win. Clever funny, informative.
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Sandra Haight
Date: 7/17/2018 7:58:00 PM
Thanks for remembering this poem, Susan, and for your lovely comments! Hugs, Sandra
Date: 7/14/2018 6:51:00 AM
No n/a here Sandra, congratulations. Tom
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Sandra Haight
Date: 7/17/2018 7:57:00 PM
Thank you, Tom, for your visit, congrats, and supportive comment! Sandra
Date: 8/6/2016 5:32:00 AM
Representing the choir - funny! Congrats on your win!
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Date: 8/5/2016 4:14:00 PM
You didn't get an N/A this time Sandra:-) congrats on your win:-):-) hugs Jan xx
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Sandra Haight
Date: 8/5/2016 9:31:00 PM
:-) No, Jan, not this time, but I do have quite a few!! Thanks for your nice visit and congrats. Hugs, Sandra
Date: 8/5/2016 12:37:00 PM
Congrats on your superb win my friend. Hugs, Cloudy poet
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Sandra Haight
Date: 8/5/2016 9:30:00 PM
Thank you so much, BL, for your visit and congratulations. Sandra
Date: 8/5/2016 11:59:00 AM
Sandra, congratulations on your win Hugs Eve
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Sandra Haight
Date: 8/5/2016 9:26:00 PM
Thank you, Eve, for another contest to bring out some older poems and for my nice placement. Hugs, Sandra
Date: 4/5/2015 11:08:00 PM
Once again, thank you for the reply on my poem...PD
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Date: 1/14/2015 2:13:00 PM
Sandra, loved your smart, clever, even informative write. I've also emailed and received a similar answer. Later it might be funny but not in the moment!!
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Date: 1/12/2015 2:09:00 PM
Very well done! I like all the possibilites that NA could have meant, I never thought about it that way. Nice write and win!
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Date: 1/11/2015 10:28:00 PM
SANDRA:) :) :) I smile at every entry in this contest.. Congratulations, on your #1 placement. Always & Forever *LINDA*
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Date: 1/11/2015 4:27:00 PM
You are very funny Sandra,I can not just imagine your list of N/A,congrats on your very worthy win my friend...huggs
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Sandra Haight
Date: 1/11/2015 6:44:00 PM
Thank you, Kayod5 for your nice comment and congrats. I did have a lot of fun with this one! Hugs, Sandra
Date: 1/10/2015 10:48:00 PM
oh...thanks so much for explaining what that N/A could mean. I've been stumped by this and yes...I've gotten a few. :( I don't join many contests, Sandra. Being super sensitive, I just don't need the extra pain. I join ones I feel I can do well in and I'm happy to say I've done quite well with some top notch sponsors. Some sponsors I just don't write for. Why bother when they don't like my style. Thanks for your visit. This is a superb write. CONGRATS! :)
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Sandra Haight
Date: 1/11/2015 6:47:00 PM
Hi Eileen, thanks for stopping by with your nice comment and congrats! I had some fun with the poem. I think your contest decision might be a good one. I'm learning too. Thanks again, Sandra
Date: 1/10/2015 10:36:00 PM
Returning to congratulate you - Cheers Ron
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Sandra Haight
Date: 1/11/2015 6:48:00 PM
Thank you so much, Ronald. I really appreciate it. Sandra
Date: 1/10/2015 8:58:00 PM
It means Not Acceptable I have surmised. No one tells you these things when you join. You are just jolted into that reality the first time it happens to you. An excellent expression of how we all feel when this happens to us. I am happy to see this in the number one spot Sandra. Congratulations!#7
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 1/11/2015 7:45:00 PM
Yes, I don't accept it, means I just didn't like it. Haha. Thanks, Connie
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Sandra Haight
Date: 1/11/2015 6:54:00 PM
Hi Connie, but...what does "not acceptable" mean??? If all the rules are followed, it should be acceptable...perhaps, DL would be a better label...Don't Like! Ha, Ha...still having fun with this. Anyway, thank you so much for your positive comment, congratulations and support. Hugs, Sandra
Date: 1/10/2015 5:26:00 PM
glad to see that your poem got the accolades it deserves this time around, sandra!
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Sandra Haight
Date: 1/11/2015 6:55:00 PM
Hi Ilene, thank you so much for stopping by with your positive comment and congrats. I really appreciate it. Sandra
Date: 1/10/2015 1:53:00 PM
Loved your creative write it sure made me smile - many congrats:-) Hugs jan xx
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Date: 1/10/2015 12:05:00 PM
Maybe Not Acceptable...lol..Having fun with all the HM's and NA's..Your poem is creative and funny..Congrats. BG
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Sandra Haight
Date: 1/11/2015 6:56:00 PM
Thank you, Barbara...I had fun trying to make it funny. Thank you for stopping by with your nice comment and congrats. Sandra
Date: 1/10/2015 10:20:00 AM
Very Clever, congrats :)
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Sandra Haight
Date: 1/11/2015 6:57:00 PM
Thank you so much, Ed. So nice of you to stop by with your comment and congrats. Sandra
Date: 1/10/2015 10:18:00 AM
This is cleverly presented, I enjoyed your winning entry!
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Sandra Haight
Date: 1/11/2015 7:04:00 PM
Thank you so much, Richard. I had a lot of fun writing this one! Sandra
Date: 1/10/2015 9:27:00 AM
A great write, congrats on the win, Sandra
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Sandra Haight
Date: 1/11/2015 7:05:00 PM
Thank you, Dr. Ram, for stopping by with your nice comment and congrats. I really appreciate it. Sandra
Date: 12/27/2014 1:37:00 PM
This was a great idea; to write about the experience of not winning. I absolutely love it.
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Date: 12/24/2014 7:29:00 PM
Interesting, I have lots of NA's... Sandra,, Stopping by to say Hello, and Wish you a very Merry, Merry Christmas!!! May it bring you joy, happiness and everything else you deserve. Merry Christmas and a Happy New year! Forever ~LINDA~
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Sandra Haight
Date: 12/24/2014 7:49:00 PM
Hello Linda! so nice of you to stop by, and I'm so happy to see you again on PS. (I thought I'd have a little fun poking fun at the NAs!) I wish you a very Blessed Christmas and a joyous, healthy and happy New Year! Hugs, Sandra
Date: 12/24/2014 11:35:00 AM
A cute write, Sandra! What's worse than the N/A is the HM to me. I'd rather not place at all. The HM is completely pointless. Oh well, one gal's opinion! We all get our share of N/A's...Merry Christmas to you and blessings in the new year...hugs, Rhonda
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Date: 12/24/2014 5:25:00 PM
Hi Rhonda, yes, I know what you mean about the HM. But, then again, one could see it as a plus if there were some who didn't make the list at all. Thanks for stopping by, and hope you have a Blessed Christmas and the best New Year ever. Hugs, Sandra
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