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I started writing in prep school, and was one of the only students to ever win the Payson-Bird Prize, (for Excellence in English Composition), as a freshman. The professor who gave me the award was an alumni of both Cambride and Oxford, and while I never took his encouragement seriously, he nonetheless saw something special in me at that young age. I wish I had listened to him more intently, but I had too many other interests, (music and girls the most pressing), and I didn't start writing again "seriously" until the Fall of 2016, and joined The Soup in December of that year.

Since then I have enjoyed this community and grown a great deal as a writer, and more importantly, made a number of wonderful friends, for who I am truly thankful. I have been to many other similar sites, but found this one to be the best for me. I try very hard to create original metaphor and fresh, unusual imagery, but do so in ways that make SENSE. I find poems that are stuffed full of "big" or fancy words for the sake of sounding articulate or "deep", to be of little import and interest, but unusual words used in creative and unique ways can be a bonus to good writing, (most intelligent people know the difference).

In contrast, using simple words in unusual ways can be equally as beautiful and unique, and there is an art to that style of application as well, and for those reasons words themselves are fascinating to me. I believe I have been given a gift that enables me to put those words together in ways that elicit emotion, but that the creative intuition and acumen that transforms those elements into beauty and poetic excellence, is something that comes from withOUT - that we are all just tools for a higher power, and that staying in tune with that energy is critical to creativity.

I hope you'll take a moment to read some of my poems, and please leave a comment, if you would be so kind. Blessings!


MINUANETTA CONTEST


Blog Posted:3/11/2018 7:50:00 PM

I have extended the closing date for the Minuanetta Contest as there were only twenty-six entries, (out of forty), and a couple of people expressed desire to still enter. If you have any questions about the form, please don't hesitate to contact me, as I am easy to talk to and love interaction. It is a challenging form, but not a difficult one, and should be relatively easy to understand. If it fills before the end of the month I will post the results immediately. Thank you so much for entering - blessings all! :-)

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Date: 3/14/2018 5:06:00 PM
Thank you for the update Greg. I am glad I got my entry in as I am having terrible problems reading and commenting on posts on my Kindle. I can see on my old desktop but it runs so slow it takes up way too much of my time. I have been waiting a week for PS team to fix it. My entry took me the entire day to compose and I hope I did it correctly. : )
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My Past Blog Posts

 
'MY MUSE, MORTAL' JUDGED
Date Posted: 8/21/2018 1:18:00 AM
QARINAGE - Results Posted
Date Posted: 6/10/2018 9:27:00 PM
MINUANETTA - Results Posted
Date Posted: 4/29/2018 11:46:00 AM
Not So, the Gifted Few
Date Posted: 4/7/2018 2:20:00 AM
RUSSELL SIVEY Update
Date Posted: 3/26/2018 6:24:00 AM
MINUANETTA CONTEST
Date Posted: 3/11/2018 7:50:00 PM
Water & Sky Results Posted
Date Posted: 1/24/2018 5:10:00 AM
Happy New Year & Thanks, Fellow Soupers!
Date Posted: 1/1/2018 1:12:00 AM
HAPPY ST PATRICK'S DAY!
Date Posted: 3/17/2017 7:16:00 AM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
9/19/2018 Mended With Gold Free verseanalogy,appreciation,beau
9/18/2018 Hope S Gaughan Epitaphdeath,eulogy,humorous,
9/18/2018 RIP M T Pocquettes Epitaphdeath,eulogy,humorous,
9/18/2018 Here Lies Festus Sleape Epitaphdeath,eulogy,humorous,
9/18/2018 D S Gruntled RIP Epitaphdeath,eulogy,humorous,
9/18/2018 RIP Nephyr E Nuff Epitaphdeath,eulogy,humorous,
9/18/2018 Here Lies Laise E Brother Epitaphdeath,eulogy,humorous,
9/18/2018 Tom E Aiken Epitaphdeath,eulogy,humorous,lig
9/17/2018 If But One Free versedesire,kiss,metaphor,pass
9/16/2018 Missing Muzzles Light Versefun,light,word play,words
9/16/2018 Silhouettes In Moonlight Dramatic Monologueadventure,fantasy,fear,
9/15/2018 RTB Rhymeappreciation,dad,father,l
9/14/2018 Ache Of Autumn Haikuautumn,beauty,metaphor,na
9/13/2018 Falling Like Leaves, Again Acrosticautumn,memory,romance,sou
9/12/2018 Freedom, Feigned Alliterationfreedom,introspection,tru
9/11/2018 A Salt's Serenade Terza Rimaage,happiness,nature,ocea
9/9/2018 Mountain Mistress Free verseadventure,age,fantasy,far
9/9/2018 Heaven, The Shortest Journey Free verseappreciation,faith,god,ha
9/8/2018 Apogee Free versebody,love,metaphor,passio
9/7/2018 Proverbial Monoku Monokumetaphor,spoken word,wisd
9/7/2018 haiku 4PG Haikuautumn,color,metaphor,nat
9/7/2018 Realm of Wonder Free verseanalogy,dream,inspiration
9/5/2018 Wiping Swiping Limerickanimal,bird,humorous,ligh
9/3/2018 Going My Way Free verseanalogy,appreciation,jour
9/3/2018 Ladybug Personificationanalogy,insect,metaphor,
9/2/2018 Loser, Let Go Free verseanalogy,fate,father,life,
9/1/2018 The Horcrux Cave Sonnetfantasy,film,magic,myster
8/29/2018 Red Ink Rhymehurt,metaphor,words,writi
8/26/2018 Ooh That Hurt Rhymelove hurts,pain,passion,s
8/26/2018 Two Fine Fools Rhymebreak up,love hurts,wisdo
8/25/2018 My Country 'Tis of Thee Free verseamerica,appreciation,patr
8/25/2018 Dead Man Dancing Rictameteranalogy,dance,horror,how
8/25/2018 Reasoning Seasoning Coupletappreciation,summer,time,
8/24/2018 My Melodious Muse Concreteanalogy,inspiration,love,
8/24/2018 A Reverse Lullaby To the Stars Rhymefantasy,Lullaby,moon,star
8/24/2018 Sour Grapes Sonnetanalogy,anger,heartbreak,
8/23/2018 The GOAT Limerickcelebrity,football,humoro
8/22/2018 To Lose Your Muse Free verseanger,feelings,poetry,wis
8/21/2018 Take Me To Your Leader Rhymefantasy,humorous,science
8/21/2018 Kintsugi Free verseappreciation,heartbreak,i
8/20/2018 A Quest, Maniacal Free verseanalogy,dark,introspectio
8/17/2018 Eye Love, You Free verseappreciation,beauty,muse,
8/14/2018 Amazon Haikuappreciation,beauty,natur
8/13/2018 Canis Lupus Free verseanimal,loss,nature,
8/13/2018 A Moon's Madness Free versedark,fantasy,moon,passion
8/13/2018 Life's Sweetest Fruit, Hangs Withered on the Vine Free verselife,loneliness,love,meta
8/11/2018 My Five Senses Free verseanalogy,appreciation,beau
8/10/2018 NEVER Just A Cat Free verseanimal,appreciation,cat,l
8/10/2018 Sweet Summer Breeze Lyriclove,passion,summer,
8/10/2018 Intent Free verseanalogy,appreciation,life
8/9/2018 Kimo Therapy Kimobrother,love,
8/8/2018 Juliet, Jilted Limerickhumorous,light,satire,
8/7/2018 What Love Is Acrosticappreciation,love,wisdom,
8/6/2018 A Walk In Solitude Rispettoage,analogy,heartbreak,lo
8/4/2018 Breath To Breath Sonnetanalogy,lost love,metapho
8/4/2018 Sola Veritate Free versespiritual,truth,wisdom,
8/3/2018 What He Gets For Empty Nets Limerickadventure,funny,humorous,
8/1/2018 Black Swan Free verseanalogy,dance,dark,love,m
7/31/2018 Brother, Mine Rhymeappreciation,brother,fami
7/30/2018 Such Does Exist Dramatic Monologueanalogy,appreciation,beau
7/29/2018 Racey Spacey Clerihewcelebrity,corruption,powe
7/26/2018 Untouchable II Rhymeanalogy,poverty,prejudice
7/25/2018 Fallen Down Rhymebeauty,desire,love,lust,p
7/25/2018 Ocean Elegy Haikubereavement,bird,nature,s
7/25/2018 Sleepwalking Sonnetdream,fantasy,memory,reme
7/24/2018 This Moment Free verseappreciation,life,time,wi
7/24/2018 Delicate Dusk Sonnetappreciation,beauty,color
7/22/2018 Ghost Free verseintrospection,loneliness,
7/22/2018 Untouchable Free verseappreciation,beauty,human
7/19/2018 You - Still Free versememory,passion,soulmate,t
7/17/2018 Queequeg - White Water Free verseadventure,fishing,history
7/16/2018 Waking's Weep Free verseappreciation,beauty,longi
7/15/2018 From First Ball to World Cup Free versechildhood,football,soccer
7/15/2018 A Bleeding Hush Tankabetrayal,longing,love,met
7/14/2018 Juneteenth Acrosticappreciation,freedom,huma
7/14/2018 Juneteenth - not for contest Coupletappreciation,community,hu
7/14/2018 A Breath, Bewitched Free verseanalogy,appreciation,love
7/13/2018 A Dance, Delightful Free verseappreciation,joy,nature,o
7/11/2018 Vagabond Free verseanalogy,beauty,passion,se
7/10/2018 In Absentia Stellas Free verseappreciation,beauty,fanta
7/9/2018 Sleep's Mercy Free versedream,fear,sleep,
7/7/2018 Little Things Free verseappreciation,beauty,desir
7/6/2018 Sad, Sweet Slumber Free versedream,lost love,memory,ro
7/4/2018 Missing Muse Rhymeanalogy,muse,poetry,writi
7/1/2018 A Pound's A Pound - Migraine Rhymehealth,pain,stress,
6/30/2018 Uniquely Soundless Free verseintrospection,
6/30/2018 Brain Un-Freeze - 13 Free verseanalogy,beauty,body,metap
6/29/2018 The Equalizer, Love Rhymechange,humanity,love,peac
6/28/2018 Edge of a Whisper Sonnetbreak up,goodbye,heartbre
6/27/2018 I Am But A Mortal Craving Your Existence Rhymeangel,fantasy,introspecti
6/24/2018 Friendship's Bloom Rhymeappreciation,friend,frien
6/24/2018 Wonderfully Wet Rhymebeach,passion,rain,romanc
6/24/2018 Harp's Reverie - Angel in the Rain Quatrainangel,metaphor,music,rain
6/22/2018 Seventh Heaven Blank verseromance,soulmate,true lov
6/22/2018 Ventriloquist Rhymeanalogy,heartbreak,love h
6/19/2018 Sunup Seraph Rhymeappreciation,beauty,love,
6/16/2018 Mister Z Free verseanalogy,life,loss,love hu
6/15/2018 A Burning Bleed Free versedesire,love,love hurts,pa
6/15/2018 Abandon Free verselove,metaphor,moon,passio
6/15/2018 Kiss of Summer Free verseocean,romance,soulmate,su

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Fav Poems

PoemTitleFormCategories
A Midsummer Night's Beach Free versebeauty,color,creation,sea
Valentine May My Love Say Dizaindesire,devotion,love,roma
Highveld Storm Rhymebreak up,longing,
The World Around US Rhymeearth,environment,war,
The Ride Iambic Pentameterimagination,memory,sad,
Never Shame a Woman Quatrainpassion,women,
Life or Death Tweet Prosebirth,death,
Cry For Wind Quatrainanalogy,animal,beautiful,
Love of Nature Coupletnature,
AURORA AT DAWN Rhymebeauty,inspirational,morn
My Big Fat Gypsy Poem Rhymehumor,marriage,wedding,
A Prince for Roseanne Rhymefantasy,
Picture Perfect Rhymeamerica,corruption,deep,p
It don't really matter Rhymefun,humor,love,
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS - EMOTIVE WRITE Rhymeabuse,bullying,house,lone
Broken Soldiers Rhymeage,humanity,soldier,
I DANCE Prose Poetryabuse,dance,music,pain,
Love will come to you Lyricintrospection,longing,lov
Violin Free verselonely,muse,romance,roman
Gutter Pavement Runway Flight Free verseaddiction,appreciation,da
The Potter and the clay Narrativechange,character,conflict
Worlds Of Ice Free versedream,love,memory,sleep,w
May Showers Contest Haikunature,rain,
Time Lost In The Current Verseemotions,fear,ocean,
Yet not broken by the blues Free verseanti bullying,holocaust,m
Lost Childhood -Part 4- Rhymeabuse,child,child abuse,c
Freedom Is Written In Stars And Moon Free verseabuse,change,dark,freedom
Diamonds From The Sky Blank versebeautiful,beauty,desire,e
Starshine and silhouettes Rhymebeauty,dance,desire,image
Hollow man Rhymehappiness,introspection,i
From glory to dust-2 Acrosticangst,confusion,corruptio
Rainless Clouds Pantoumblue,sad,
Landscape - Beach Scene Quatrainart,
What Poetry Is Free verseimagery,poetry,words,
A Candid Rainscape Free verseflower,imagery,nature,rai
White Rainbows Imagismcolor,garden,imagery,
Amethyst Fate Ottava rimaflower,imagery,metaphor,
Love Lies Bleeding Rispettoflower,metaphor,
TOUCH -Sharon's Acrostic contest Acrosticspiritual,
my solitary wandering Free versememory,solitude,
MAWU AMONGST STARS Sonnetbeauty,magic,memory,
Real Men Wear Pink Rhymecharacter,funny,humor,per
POETS Rhymeappreciation,encouraging,
Sea of Love Rhymelove,love hurts,sea,
Collateral damage Dramatic monologuecharacter,courage,freedom
The Pearl Free versebeauty,blue,love,moon,nig
Morning Cues Versebeautiful,
Words-The Heart of Imagination Free verseuniverse,words,
He Has My Heart Verseart,longing,lust,passion,
July Free versesummer,
Transition to Death - Part I Free verseabsence,anger,dark,death,
as cold sudden rain Haikulove,nature,
In Silence Personificationautumn,death,
O, the murmuring waves -- Versespiritual,
A Kiss Remembered Rhymelove,
For the Fisher King on His Golden Jubilee Sonnetbirthday,friend,
NEVER TO BE MINE Free versegrief,i miss you,memorial
Snow Falling Personificationbeauty,winter,
Realization Sonnetlife,
You Echo, Silent Still Free verselost love,
DESPICABLE Free verseabuse,evil,girl,
The Stars and Beyond Sestinaspace,stars,
For the Love of Poetry Blank versepoetry,poets,words,
Rape Free verseabuse,
ulan at sinag ng araw: pagmumuni ng isang tulirong isip Free verseangst,feelings,introspect
Chasing the man in the moon Free verseabsence,childhood,father
Miss Allegheny Mountain Monorhymeimagery,mountains,nature,
Mister Joe Jangles Free versepoetry,poets,
I am Every Woman Biobeauty,deep,emotions,enco
GOODBYE, MY LOVE Versedeath,goodbye,
LAKE'S MUSIC Free versepeace,river,song,
Moonlight tango Dramatic monologuedance,desire,men,moon,rom
Shadow Free verselost love,
If I Let My Mind Meander Free verselost love,metaphor,
What Might Have Been Verselost love,
Late Summer Nights Dream at the Cat in the Hat Coupletimagination,nonsense,
46 Free versebereavement,brother,love,
INDIAN PIPE Blank versedeath,nature,
Collecting teardrops Free versefriendship,lost,
Under the Stars Verseautumn,poetry,romance,sta
Be Yourself Free verseconfusion,courage,emotion
HIS EVENING'S MYSTERY Lyriclove,mystery,
As I Journey East Free versebeauty,journey,
a night of passion Couplethappiness,lust,passion,ro
As the Year Matures Monorhymejune,
When I No Longer Love You Romanticismlove,romance,
Fated Hell Monorhymedeath,destiny,evil,
Love's Eternal Death Sonnetemotions,lost love,
One Last Time Free verselost love,
Prisoner Of Words Free versemetaphor,poetry,words,
Laws Of Attraction Free verseabuse,addiction,forgivene
When Her Roses Bloom Romanticismlost love,rose,
Crystal Blue Waters Rhymenature,
Poetry Rhymeart,meaningful,poetry,poe
Nestled Under Your Wings Free verseimagery,inspirational,upl
A Chorus Sang Its Last Concerto Elegybeach,emotions,
Dance of the Firebird Free versebeautiful,dance,sensual,
AUTUMN ROYAL Rhyme royalautumn,sad,
Snow Birds Softly Sing Versebeautiful,bird,dance,dece
Midnight Romance Sonnetdesire,dream,imagery,long

Fav Poets

PoetCountry 
Phil Capitano Canada Flag Canada Read
Kunda Chamatete Zambia Flag Zambia Read
Jannie Breedt South Africa Flag South Africa Read
Carolyn Fish United States Flag United States Read
Robert Lindley United States Flag United States Read
Monica Vance United States Flag United States Read
John Hamilton Canada Flag Canada Read
Terry O'Leary France Flag France Read
Maureen McGreavy Canada Flag Canada Read
Edward McCall United States Flag United States Read
Jo Daniel India Flag India Read
Sunlite Wanter United States Flag United States Read
Darren White Netherlands Flag Netherlands Read
Kim Rodrigues United States Flag United States Read
White Wolf Australia Flag Australia Read
Dale Gregory Cozart United States Flag United States Read
Freddie Robinson Jr. United States Flag United States Read
Andrea Dietrich United States Flag United States Read
John Anderson Australia Flag Australia Read
Suzanne Delaney United States Flag United States Read
Carole Duet United States Flag United States Read
Harshath Vidheya India Flag India Read
Jay Vee United States Flag United States Read
D William L Germany Flag Germany Read
Vijay Pandit United States Flag United States Read
Russell Sivey United States Flag United States Read
Line Gauthier Canada Flag Canada Read
Connie Marcum Wong United States Flag United States Read
John Michaels United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Julie Leigh Rodeheaver United States Flag United States Read
Michael Vacek United States Flag United States Read
Thvia Shetley United States Flag United States Read
M Braimah Saaka United States Flag United States Read
Benyamin Bensalah Algeria Flag Algeria Read
Sherifat Aduku Nigeria Flag Nigeria Read
Anita Harris United States Flag United States Read
Judith S United States Flag United States Read
JEAN MURRAY Ireland Flag Ireland Read
Kim Bond United States Flag United States Read
Sara Ella United States Flag United States Read
Lemuel Giviens United States Flag United States Read
Sian St. John United States Flag United States Read
Lin Lane United States Flag United States Read
Alexis Y. United States Flag United States Read
JAN ALLISON Isle Of Man Flag Isle Of Man Read
Brandy Nicole United States Flag United States Read
Susan Gentry United States Flag United States Read
Teppo Gren Finland Flag Finland Read
Laura Leiser United States Flag United States Read
Nina Parmenter United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read