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Greetings, felicitations, love and hugs to one and all. I landed on planet Earth in 1959 with a chilling scream at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other. Left junior school in 1970 with a certificate authorizing me to slay Dragons (written in crayon). Grammar school until 1976, all mortarboards, gowns and forbidden towers, way before Hogwarts,.Went into the printing industry for nine years, then I.T, when computers had flashy lights and punch tape. Currently a carer for a family member, my hobbies include drinking real ale, aviation, free-fall Morris dancing, unarmed basket weaving, tap dancing for social ridicule, some drawing and painting, learning to play the Pandemonium quietly and, more recently, a lot more poetry. My first effort was in 1966 and if I remember correctly, went 'Autumn's here again, the leaves are going brown, the days are getting shorter, the sun is going down'. One day I'll make progress. I've had a lot published in our local newspaper, and several read out on National Radio, which is very kind of them. Anyway, thanks to all for the welcome and, as Luke Skywalker said whilst visiting a seaside resort on the East coast of England, "Mablethorpe be with you". Viv

Love letter contest- finalized

Blog Posted:11/13/2017 12:11:00 AM



Hi, fellow Croutons,

Thanks to all who entered my contest, a most enjoyable read.

Sadly, a few never made it through since they didn't read the brief fully, and one lost out due to a typo at a critical point. Always read the rules, query them if need be, and check your spelling.

Anyway, congrats to the finalists-


First place holders-

Love letter, Afzal Nusker-

Beautifully written, hugely colourful and descriptive, gentle and thoughtful.


Love letter, Brian Davey-

I liked the form, jinking like the flight of a butterfly, lilting and gentle piece.

Love letter , nette Onclaud- (apologies for that blue bit on the next line, I can't delete it though I've tried. Viv )

This is lovely, as elegant as the subject matter, sensuous and smooth.

Love letter, Gray Wolf silently waits for the Raven,Eve Roper-

It was difficult to place just one first, second,third and so on due to the

high quality of entries, but this was a standout in my eyes- a bleak piece,

full of longing, tinged with hope. I found it very moving. Well done, Eve x

Love letter, Mike Gentile-

This took me by the throat at the start, carnal and visceral, gotta be lions

or Tigers, but no. Lovely ending . Stylish.

Second place holders-

Love letter, Anisha Dutta

This is utterly charming. A lovely subject, beautifully written. Your garden

must be amazing to inspire you so, Anisha. Loved it.


Love letter, Jean Murray-

I sometimes try and guess who wrote what when I've finalized a contest,

but I hadn't pegged on this coming from that lovely lass on the emerald isle.

But is has jean's humour written through it like the letters on a stick of

Blackpool rock. Love the last lines, too. Talk about sacrificing for love.....Great fun.


Love letter, Maureen McGreavey-

Short on lineage, big on impact. I do love a good Haiku. Nicely done, Maureen.


Love letter, Suzanne Delaney-

Another short one, but made me chuckle- Ogden Nash would have been proud of the ending. A Suzy D special.


Love letter, Jan Allison

I had an inkling that this would be a 'Jan special', since few people outside of the UK would be familiar with the Goodies' song 'Funky Gibbon'. If you're not, look it up on Youtube, learn it and teach your kids. Great fun, made me smile, and there had to be a bottom in it, didn't there, Jan? Good chuckle.


Love letter, Andrea Dietrich-

What a great choice, some thought went into that pairing, Andrea. Loved it, well done.


Third place holders-

Love letter (April and Oliver), Sandra Haight-

This took me back; Twycross Zoo when my daughter was five.

A fine love letter, but I'm not sure she'd be in the mood for rumpy pumpy so soon, Sandra!

Great fun.


Love letter, George Seal-

Getting a laugh out of me by the second line is no mean feat, George. This is great.


Love letter, Subimal Sinha-Roy-

Now this is sad. Unrequited love through lack of communication. A metaphor for our

ills in the world. Well writ, Subimal.


Love letter, James Inman-

Another unrequited piece, gentle and hopeful.


Love letter, Susan Ellis-

Yes, big ol' Lions need love too, and here's a piece to chew on. Or should that be gnaw?

Enjoyed reading it, Susan.


Fourth place holders-

Love letter, Julie Leigh Rodeheaver

I'm a cat fan, so you had me on line one. I said I like to guess who wrote what

(and usually get it wrong) but 'Bandit' gave the game away.


Love letter, Cheryl Hoffman-

A fun, interesting choice of subject matter, made me smile.


Love letter, Broken Wings-

A lovely piece, gentle and sensual, good choice for a stylish write, Constance x

Love letter, Curtis Moorman-

Yessssss, a good choice of ssssssubject, and a fun piece.


Fifth place-

Love letter, James Edward Lee Snr. -

A complete departure from the rest but a good one; a two hander, a duet,

enjoyed reading.

Sixth place-

Love letter, Line Gauthier-

Doves and love, how could you possibly go wrong? Lovely little piece.

Seventh place-


Love letter, Laura Loo-

The only entry to go transgalactic, which released a lot of the shackles of using eartbound

subjects and allowed imagination to run riot. Just goes to show love travels anywhere.

Well done, Laura x


Thanks again ,everyone!

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Date: 11/16/2017 3:20:00 AM
Big, thanks for my wonderful placement and congratulations to all your winners! It was an awesome contest.
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Viv Wigley
Date: 11/16/2017 10:28:00 AM
Thanks, Constance, it was gratifying to have such a lovely group of finalists . Viv x
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Broken Wings
Date: 11/16/2017 3:22:00 AM
And your blog is great too !
Date: 11/15/2017 7:17:00 PM
Great blog. Comments from the judge are a special courtesy but then you are a special man. Best, SuZ
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Date: 11/14/2017 11:32:00 PM
oh how sweet that you wrote messages about all our poems!! Thanks so much. Yes, I really thought long and hard on a pair to use!!!
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Date: 11/13/2017 2:40:00 PM
Viv, I love the way you composed this blog.. it is just wonderful.. Thank you so very much for my placement. Congratulations to all the winners. HugsEve ~`*
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Date: 11/13/2017 9:14:00 AM
oh dear my cover was blown for writing about the funky gibbon and a red bottom lol lol :-) I'm so glad you enjoyed the humour Mr Viv and thanks for my placement in the contest:-)My congrats to the winners:-) hugs jan xx
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Night Burns Quatrainfear,moon,night,
Everything's Okay Quatrainemotions,feelings,hope,hu
THE SONG OF WISDOM Terzanellecharacter,growing up,wisd
Love Passing By Rhymelove,love,pride,
Too Many Yesterdays Free verselonely,time,
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Bright Last Quarter Quatraindark,moon,morning,
I See You Coupletconfusion,corruption,emot
Horsing Around Rhymehumor,
Sol Squints Quatrainbeauty,imagery,imaginatio
Gait Keeper Free versedog,love,relationship,
Breakfast of Good-bye Free verseemotions,lust,
REMNANTS OF TIME Rubaiyatabsence,hope,
Love Affair Quintain (English)butterfly,
Probabilities Haikucreation,earth,life,math,
Mary's Shrift Free versedevotion,discrimination,
My grandmother's diary Prose Poetryage,family,grandmother,id
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Shadow to Shadow Revised Monorhymeabuse,anger,assonance,bet
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Scripted Tears Blank verseemotions,feelings,hurt,lo
The Color of Silence Free verseimagination,morning,sound
QUIETUDE AND BOOM Free versedevotion,mother daughter,
Lost Echoes - for contest Free verseenvironment,pollution,riv
A Timeless Love Rhymelove,tree,youth,
Broken People Free versepeople,
Chasing Pandora Epichope,
Strange Redemption Sonnettree,
Quietly In The Night Free verseanxiety,dark,death,fear,n
Raindrops On My Window Rhymegrief,
I Soar Free versenature,
The Conscience Sonnetconflict,
Ask Not Why You Reap Such Ills Sonnetallegory,conflict,cry,dar
Inside My Head Sonnetintrospection,
Crack like fissures I do not know?angst,beauty,dedication,
Echoing Thoughts Free verselife,muse,
I Want To Believe Quatrainfaith,feelings,god,religi
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Without Lament Sonnetintrospection,
The Wintered Soul Among Wisteria Sonnetgrief,
Everything Froze Rhymestorm,winter,
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