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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!


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 Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
3/23/2018 Little Wet Wings Rubaiyatanimal,beauty,bird,friend
3/23/2018 A Ribbon of Pink Pantoumcancer,health,life,love,w
3/22/2018 See How They Run Rhymeanimal,fun,humorous,nurse
3/20/2018 The Monkey's Back Rhymeanalogy,culture,drug,intr
3/20/2018 A Quiet Shore Free verseanalogy,forgiveness,frien
3/19/2018 The Packing Of A Suitcase Coupletheartbreak,hurt,lost love
3/17/2018 An Emerald, Most Rare Free versebeauty,color,memory,ocean
3/15/2018 Veil of Evil - Jimmy Savile Free verseabuse,anger,child abuse,e
3/14/2018 All That Is Between Free verseanalogy,appreciation,life
3/14/2018 Hearken the Footfalls Free versefate,fear,introspection,m
3/13/2018 Mother Quatrainfamily,humorous,mother,so
3/13/2018 A Fall of Angels Free verseanalogy,angel,beauty,deep
3/12/2018 Spirit Horse of the Highlands Rhymeanimal,horse,mystery,natu
3/11/2018 haiku - peepers Haikuanimal,appreciation,music
3/11/2018 Sun and My Sunshine Sonnetappreciation,beauty,metap
3/10/2018 My Rosy Cheek Rhymeheartbreak,love hurts,met
3/9/2018 Upon Your Arrival Free versebeauty,fantasy,language,s
3/9/2018 Random Acts of Karma Free versegrandchild,hope,humanity,
3/8/2018 Love, Torn Free versebetrayal,metaphor,pride,
3/7/2018 That Friday Feeling Rhymefaith,introspection,irony
3/6/2018 Sleeps the Sun Haikuday,metaphor,nature,sea,w
3/5/2018 Moments of Gold Free versehistory,introspection,mem
3/5/2018 Morbid Muddle Free versedeath,introspection,self,
3/5/2018 Dressed In Rain Rhymebeauty,metaphor,rain,roma
3/3/2018 Numbers Plumbers Light Poetryanalogy,appreciation,humo
3/2/2018 An Air of Spring Free verseappreciation,blessing,joy
3/2/2018 The Dance, Hypnotic Free versebody,kiss,sensual,smile,
3/2/2018 To The Quick Coupletbetrayal,irony,metaphor,p
2/28/2018 Moonbeams Haikuappreciation,beauty,metap
2/27/2018 Elegy For Io Rhymememorial,metaphor,planet,
2/24/2018 In Realms of You Free versedream,memory,soulmate,tru
2/24/2018 Gold of a Rare Shine Coupletappreciation,sports,winte
2/23/2018 A Monday's Rain Coupletappreciation,beauty,metap
2/22/2018 Pink Chanel Free versecourage,death,history,los
2/21/2018 Haenyeo - Real-Life Mermaids of Jeju Coupletappreciation,courage,ocea
2/20/2018 O Rare, The Sky Free verseappreciation,beauty,color
2/19/2018 Hands Of A Master Coupletanalogy,art,faith,wisdom,
2/19/2018 Merci, Mr Michener Free verseappreciation,books,romanc
2/18/2018 Note To Self Quatrainfriendship,introspection,
2/17/2018 You, Eve and I Acrosticeve,metaphor,romance,sky,
2/16/2018 Eternalia Blank versefantasy,lost love,moon,my
2/16/2018 Small New World Coupletappreciation,life,success
2/15/2018 An Otherwise Perfect Day Rhymeadventure,animal,ocean,sp
2/14/2018 Take Heart, Poets Coupletappreciation,cheer up,enc
2/13/2018 Letting Go Iambic Pentameterlove,passion,trust,
2/13/2018 Second Sight Senryubeauty,desire,soulmate,tr
2/13/2018 One and Only Hue Iambic Pentameterappreciation,beauty,color
2/12/2018 Quirks For Me Quatrainhumanity,imagination,intr
2/11/2018 Last Sun, K2 Free verseadventure,appreciation,de
2/10/2018 Masterpiece Free verseart,life,metaphor,time,
2/9/2018 Done Rhymedark,heartbreak,love hurt
2/9/2018 Reservations For One Light Poetryappreciation,life,travel,
2/8/2018 Silence Free versesilence,
2/8/2018 No Heroes Here - WWI Free verseappreciation,introspectio
2/7/2018 Spun Like Sugar Free verseanalogy,metaphor,romance,
2/3/2018 Moving Write Along Rhymemetaphor,poems,poetry,wor
2/3/2018 Oh Dear, What Can the Matter Be Rhymeanimal,children,humorous,
2/3/2018 In Winter's Midst Rhymeappreciation,life,sky,win
2/2/2018 Sweet Dreams Sonnetdream,metaphor,night,swee
2/1/2018 Just Another Valentine Rhymeromantic,soulmate,true lo
1/31/2018 Change Of Heart Senryuabsence,romance,solitude,
1/31/2018 Sweetest Song Senryulonging,lost love,music,s
1/31/2018 To Sail the Sky Coupletadventure,imagination,met
1/31/2018 Loch Ness - The Last Solstice Free verseappreciation,fantasy,myth
1/30/2018 What Stirs the Darkness Free verseanalogy,innocence,introsp
1/30/2018 Painful Wisdom Rhymefeelings,hurt,wisdom,word
1/30/2018 Weather Forecast Free verseanalogy,life,metaphor,new
1/25/2018 Tender Lies, Turned Rhymebetrayal,emotions,love hu
1/25/2018 Slice of Paradise, Cooled Tyburnmoon,nature,paradise,roma
1/24/2018 Spring-tide - Memories On the Breeze Free verseappreciation,life,lost lo
1/24/2018 Two 9-11 Senryuamerica,memorial,remember
1/23/2018 Sad Clown - Robin Williams Senryubereavement,memorial,sorr
1/23/2018 Adversity 9-11 Senryuamerica,bereavement,coura
1/21/2018 Duchess and the Dunce Sonnetbreak up,lost love,love h
1/21/2018 Sanctuary Sonnetanalogy,friendship,muse,p
1/20/2018 First Date, Love, Time Sonnetfirst love,passion,romanc
1/19/2018 The Flower and the Hummingbird Coupletbird,flower,friendship,me
1/17/2018 Last Lie, Cold Sonnetanalogy,goodbye,lost love
1/17/2018 Afoul of a Fowl Rhymeanimal,child,humor,light,
1/17/2018 What Is White Free versecolor,perspective,prejudi
1/17/2018 A Weeping Willow Mourns Rhymechildhood,grief,sad,tree,
1/16/2018 Appetizer Senryulove,lust,metaphor,passio
1/16/2018 Numbered Senryuappreciation,life,wisdom,
1/16/2018 Shady Stuff Senryulove,passion,romance,sens
1/16/2018 The Crazy Cat Lady Coupletanimal,appreciation,love,
1/15/2018 My Blue Cheese Is Brussels Sprouts Rhymeappreciation,food,humorou
1/13/2018 Fool's Gold Senryulife,love hurts,
1/13/2018 Touch Talk Senryupassion,senses,sensual,se
1/12/2018 Prisoner Senryukiss,love,passion,soulmat
1/12/2018 Moonlight Lanyard Free versemoon,passion,soulmate,tru
1/8/2018 A Diabolical Grace Free verseabuse,addiction,introspec
1/8/2018 A Snowy Evening Walk Rhymeadventure,conflict,courag
1/7/2018 To Speak Of Women Free verseappreciation,love,relatio
1/6/2018 Tossed On the Tides Rhymeappreciation,introspectio
1/5/2018 Kick the Can Free verseabuse,metaphor,
1/1/2018 Spring Blush Monokucolor,flower,nature,
1/1/2018 Birth Of Me Free verseaddiction,appreciation,li
12/30/2017 Lark's Lament Tankabeach,bird,grief,moon,nat
12/30/2017 Morning Ritual Free verseanxiety,dream,health,morn
12/30/2017 Fred Limerickhumor,humorous,snow,winte

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Fav Poems

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,
Loves Sonnetlove,
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,
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,
sea breeze Free verseadventure,
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,
Transition to Death - Part I Free verseabsence,anger,dark,death,
July Free versesummer,
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,

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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
Terry Reeves United States Flag United States Read
Harshath Vidheya India Flag India Read
Joe Vigil 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