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CONTEST CREDO:My purpose is to provide a showcase for the many excellent poets who share their giftings here.I select  those that I would include in a 'printed collection'(a judgement that uses my Amazon experience of reviewing hundreds of poetry books thereon).BIO:I am English and began writing poetry at the turn of this century.My early interest was in short forms,.I created and promoted quite a few here on PS (perhaps my best known is the Footle).With encouragement from a member here I moved onto to longer forms,publishing my poetry in print,blog ,and twitter .I came to conclude that all poetry is structured prose and remains a work in progress until recited aloud, (the apex of our art form) when a unique experience 'an as is moment' occurs between voice and ear, much the same as the experience that happens when viewing a work of art? (se my art portfolio links below to experience this phenomenom)

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POETRY SPECIAL a simple rhyme

Blog Posted:4/16/2018 1:05:00 AM
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Date: 4/16/2018 5:38:00 PM
She was extraordinary when it came to imagery especially ... I have always been a fan of hers for that reason, and when I need some soothing/healing verse, she's a favorite shore to pull my bow upon ... THIS one is a great example. Yes, she certainly uses "simple" words and phrasing here, but to create such gorgeous images with such limited expression is anything but. Wonderful - thank you for sharing!
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Date: 4/17/2018 3:11:00 AM
Thanks Greg,yes this short poem has so many poetic facets
Date: 4/16/2018 7:17:00 AM
Nothing wrong with simple poetry or simple rhyming. Frank Stanton was true master of it. And he sent important and clear messages with his. Not just images. I too am a fan of Millay, yet this example presents beautiful images primarily and not any important messages, IMHO. Myself, I prefer both in poetry, an observation and personal choice on my part, not a criticism of either Millay or this poem or your blog....
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Date: 4/16/2018 7:21:00 AM
Thank Robert,will check out Stanton's verse
Date: 4/16/2018 6:24:00 AM
Am close to my 'lectric fireplace, Brian, quite comforting, really, as the rhythmic woodland images you share above! 'member I mentioned snow the other day? just quit now! 2' over few days...blowing, drifting, icy & cold...couldn't drive (plows couldn't see road edge) so I shook out my walk-a-bout gear, winter edition (sorel boots, long johnnies & wool cap) buckthorne carved walking staff to probe snowdrifts (often iced under, careful!) & randied for 3 miles! Refreshing! (I was only one out tho in city of 50,000pp, weird!)
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Date: 4/16/2018 7:19:00 AM
Wow Jim,that's some story,hope it juices your creative muse.

My Past Blog Posts

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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
12/10/2018 REALITY Verseworld,
12/10/2018 HAPPENING 121 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
12/9/2018 PRIDE Versepride,
12/9/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 116 Imagismimagery,inspirational,
12/8/2018 HAPPENING 120 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
12/8/2018 AN INVISIBLE FORCE Verseword play,words,
12/7/2018 A DIVINE FACULTY Verseimagination,
12/7/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 108 Imagismimagery,inspirational,
12/6/2018 TOGETHERNESS Versehappiness,uplifting,
12/6/2018 HAPPENING 119 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
12/5/2018 POETRY AS ART Versepoetry,words,
12/5/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 107 Imagismimagery,inspirational,
12/4/2018 LANGUAGE AS GESTURES Verseimagery,language,
12/4/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 106 Imagismimagery,inspirational,
12/3/2018 ABSTRACT IDEAS Verseallegory,allusion,analogy
12/3/2018 HAPPENING 118 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
12/2/2018 AN AUTUMN POEM Verseautumn,health,spiritual,
12/2/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 105 Imagismimagery,inspirational,
12/1/2018 SENSATIONS Versecolor,fantasy,
12/1/2018 HAPPENING 117 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
11/30/2018 A POET'S PLACE Verseintrospection,poetry,
11/30/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 104 Imagisminspirational,
11/29/2018 HAPPENING 116 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
11/29/2018 STACCATO Versei love you,
11/28/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 103 Imagismimagery,
11/28/2018 VOICES Verselonging,love,
11/27/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 102 Imagismimagery,inspirational,
11/27/2018 MADE READY Versecharacter,
11/26/2018 HAPPENING 115 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
11/26/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 115 Imagisminspirational,words,
11/26/2018 POTENTIAL Versehope,people,
11/25/2018 HAPPENING 114 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
11/25/2018 FIRES OF INSPIRATION 101 Imagisminspirational,passion,
11/25/2018 NO JOKE Versefun,inspiration,
11/24/2018 HAPPENING 113 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
11/24/2018 WORDS Versewords,
11/24/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 100 Imagismimagery,inspirational,
11/23/2018 A POESIE Verseinspirational,poetry,
11/23/2018 HAPPENING 112 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
11/22/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 99 Imagisminspiration,
11/22/2018 ALEATORY THOUGHTS Verseintrospection,irony,word
11/21/2018 HAPPENING 111 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
11/21/2018 THE CITY Versecity,
11/20/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 98 Imagismimagery,introspection,
11/20/2018 AROMAS Verseimagery,nature,
11/19/2018 HAPPENING 110 ear candy Verseimagery,love,
11/19/2018 POETICALLY SPEAKING Versepoetry,words,
11/18/2018 HAPPENING 109 ear candy Verseimagery,music,
11/18/2018 EXISTENTIAL THOUGHTS Verselife,
11/18/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 97 Imagismimagery,
11/17/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 96 Imagismimagery,
11/17/2018 A REVERIE OF THOUGHT Verseuplifting,words,
11/16/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 50 Ekphrasisart,people,
11/16/2018 FRUITION Versebeauty,desire,
11/16/2018 HAPPENING 108 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
11/15/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 95 Imagismimagery,light,
11/14/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 94 Imagismimagery,
11/14/2018 TALENT Versesports,
11/14/2018 PERSPIRATION Versework,
11/13/2018 HAPPENING 107 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
11/13/2018 THE WAY Versebible,christian,wisdom,wo
11/11/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 93 Verseimagery,life,
11/11/2018 ARTISTIC FOIBLES Verselife,
11/10/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 92 Imagismimagery,words,
11/9/2018 TRUST Versefaith,trust,
11/8/2018 HAPPENING 106 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
11/7/2018 CARPE DIEM Verseday,introspection,
11/6/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 91 Imagisminspiration,
11/6/2018 VISIONS OF CONTENTMENT Versepeace,silence,simple,
11/5/2018 MESMORISED Versecommunity,life,
11/4/2018 HAPPENING 105 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
11/3/2018 FP WHITMAN A Versewords,
11/3/2018 FP WHITMAN B Versewords,
11/3/2018 FP WHITMAN C Versewords,
11/3/2018 FP WHITMAN D Versewords,
11/3/2018 FP WHITMAN E Versewords,
11/3/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 90 Imagismimagery,music,
11/2/2018 FP WHITMAN 1 Versetribute,
11/2/2018 FP WHITMAN 2 Versetribute,
11/2/2018 FP WHITMAN 3 Versetribute,
11/2/2018 FP WHITMAN 4 Versetribute,
11/2/2018 FP WHITMAN 5 Versetribute,
11/1/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 89 Imagismimagery,
10/31/2018 A DESCRIPTIVE EPIC Verseimagery,
10/30/2018 CHARMED Versefantasy,
10/29/2018 HAPPENING 104 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
10/28/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 88 Imagisminspirational,word play,
10/27/2018 A WORK IN PROGRESS Verseart,life,
10/26/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 87 Imagismimagery,inspirational,
10/25/2018 FORTIFIED VISTAS Verseart,nature,
10/25/2018 HAPPENING 103 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
10/24/2018 EVENING Verseeve,
10/24/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 86 Imagismimagery,inspirational,
10/23/2018 WORDPLAY Verseword play,words,
10/22/2018 HAPPENING 102 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
10/20/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 85 Imagismimagery,
10/20/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 84 Imagismimagery,joy,
10/20/2018 LONG LONG AGO Verseteenage,youth,
10/18/2018 POETRY Versepoetry,word play,
10/18/2018 HAPPENING 101 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,

My Photos

Fav Poems

The Nose Concreteart,life,on writing and w
Sailing Leaf Haikunature
The Rain Haikunature
Reflections Free verseon writing and wordswords
Hippocratic Oath Rhymelost love,son,sympathywor
Ever After Cinquainlove
Mortal Season Free versesea,seasonssummer,day,sum
A Whisper on the Wind Personificationnature,
There Will Be Mountains Coupletfaith,lifemountains,
Tender Moments Quatrainlovesweet,sweet,,sweet lo
Blush of the Roses Couplethope,nature
Haiku/Limerick number twenty Haikunature
Time Machine Coupletnostalgiamom,me,night,can
I AM THE ONE Free verseinspirationalme,
Finally Quatrainlove,passion
The Gift Coupletintrospection,nature
footle .. Footle !! Light Versefunny
Believe! Coupletdevotion,faith,inspiratio
Lavender Soap Narrativefamily,happinesseaster,
The Love Letter Quatrainlovelove,passion,
cream seeps from the sun Haikuseasons
Yesterday's Rain~ Coupletforgiveness,hope,inspirat
Winter Pond Free versenatureautumn,
Restoration Free versenatureme,me,
requiem to my hero Elegyloss
Bed of Roses Rictameterlove
Spring Tango Haikunature,seasons
Farewell, alas Free versedeath,i love you,
An Idyll of the Past Versehistoryme,child,me,
Unconditioonal Love - the short version Rhymeloveme,me,
The Old Homestead Lyricfamily,history,introspect
The Red Rabbit I do not know?life,
Perspective Coupletintrospection,natureheart
God's Orchard Senryuimagination
Ode to a rose on a sunset Quatraincaregiving,dedication,dev
The Beauty of Peace Chokanature,seablue,
When Violins Weep Verselost love,love
Where are you so soon, my love Quatrainlove,i love you,
Basho Senryudedication
Maxine Free verselove
Weather Observations Free versenature
Lovers Utopia Quatrainfantasy,happiness,imagina
Melancholy Mists Free versephilosophy,sad
Nightfall Free verseimagination,naturebird,bi
Cricket Free versepoliticalred,
The Reader Free verselove,on writing and words
The Conciliator's Cry Free versecaregiving,devotion,inspi
My heart Quatrainfriendship,hope,loveheart
Haste! Personificationallegory,confusion,life,l
Whispers Free verseintrospection,life,passio
Masterpiece Senryupeace
The Ambiance Free verseeducation,happiness,passi
Movements of Beginnings Free versehistory,philosophy,politi
Poetic Waters Haikunature,sea
A Bit of Joy Senryuhappiness,life,nature
Before & After the Lull Verseseasea,sea,
Diamond in the Bud Lanternenature
NIGHT IS NOT LIKE DAY Terza Rimamusic,mystery,nature,sea,
Ghetto Summer (redo) Fibonacciplaces
Night's sentry Free versecaregiving,imagination,my
Rain Free verseintrospection,peopleday,d
Dreamtime: flowers never bloom Quintain (Sicilian)imagination
Grandfather's Arbour (revised) Sonnet 
Awaiting Dawn Chokanaturenight,night,
Cubic Romance Senryuart,imagination,love
Symbiosis Rhymeadventure,nature,peace
Falling in Love Haikulove,nature
Autumn's Breeze Coupletnature,peace,sea,seasons,
Destination Tetractyslife
The Power Tail-rhymeallegory,love
The Walk We Take Crystallinehappiness,hope,inspiratio
Winters buds Free versepassion
Solace of Nature Haikunature,peace
The Old Painter Couplettime,
A Change of Season - A Haiku Haikunature
Morning Baptism Haikunature
Reflection Monokuintrospection,naturemay,
Evening Grace Free versepeaceme,
Haiku - Mirror Reflection Haikunature,
Quiet Comfort Parts 1, 2 and 3 Crystallineintrospection,life
Flying My Kite of Prose Free verseon writing and words
Winter Footprints Quatrainseasons
Sienna Eyes Narrativeanimals
Eye of the storm Free versefaith
Uncaring Wind Free versenature
Brighter Senryufaith,inspirational
Causalities of War Elegydeath,war,
Snails Pace Shapelife,nature
Sweetly Fragrant Sonnetdevotion,faith,father,ins
It is Written in a Star Concretehistory,love,peace,
To VC Free versehope,love,mysteryheart,he
Transition Kimonature
Christmas Eve of Old Couplethappiness,holidaymusic,mu
Baby Girl (For Asante Indira) Free versedaughter,education,intros
Ode to Winter Odefaith,happiness,hope,natu
Wisdom (An Emily dedicated to Brian Strand) Epigramdedicationmay,
Buried Rhymeangst,death,imagination
Glare Ice Haikunature
The Sun Rises--The Moon Sets Acrosticlife,naturemoon,
She Danced Quatrainimagination,inspirational

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