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Christmas in July

Blog Posted:7/3/2018 8:47:00 AM

First - a thousand apologies for taking 9 months to judge the "From Your Lips to Santa's Ear's" poetry contest.  I spent a good portion of the night thinking up excuses for why it took me so long to get this done but the truth is I simply forgot (I do, however, have an excuse for why I forgot, and that's b/c my girlfriend and I welcomed a new child into the world a couple months back and my mind has been otherwise occupied for awhile as a result).


Second - congratulations to the winners and to all who participated.  When all was said and done I had moved 23 poems onto the winner's round and selecting the top 3 was an extremely pressing task.  I'll comment on the individual winners as time permits throughout the day but will say the winning entry provided a crisp level of clarity while adhering to the form despite my poorly worded guidelines.  Excellent job, Gregory!  The 2nd place poem written by Laura earns my special "2- Trembling Thumbs Up" award in addition to the prize as it resulted in me having to take a cold shower each time I read it.  Thank God it's summer and cold showers aren't all that horrible right now.


Thanks to all who participated, it really was a fun group to read at this time of year.  I'll contact winners here shortly to get prize information to them.

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Date: 7/3/2018 7:06:00 PM
Thank you so much, Phillip, this was such a wonderful surprise, (at a difficult time), and put a smile on my face ... I had forgotten all about that poem, lol, the placement made my day! And sincere congrats on the new baby, there is nothing more wonderful, (and I have written about it) ... my life changed on the day of my first child's birth, in a way I wasn't ready for, but that blew me away, and my heart split in two. Poeple who don't believe in "love at first sight" have never held their baby in their arms. All the best to you and your lovely family for a joyous future! And congrats to all the winners and entries - such great folks here! :-)
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Date: 7/3/2018 1:24:00 PM
Many congrats to you both Phillip what wonderful news and thanks for my placement in the contest, my congrats to the winners:-) hugs jan xx
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Date: 7/3/2018 1:07:00 PM
Congrats on the new baby, Phillip.
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Date: 7/3/2018 10:26:00 AM
Congratulations! Of course you were sharing moments with your little bundle of joy. Precious memories are being made. Christmas in July!! I can't believe it is that time of year already. To all the winners in your contest. Congratulations to all of you. This is my first time commenting on a blog. :) Brandy
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My Past Blog Posts

Christmas in July
Date Posted: 7/3/2018 8:47:00 AM
Someone Please Break My Heart (or something similar)
Date Posted: 8/16/2017 1:08:00 PM
True Love Waits Poetry Contest
Date Posted: 1/15/2017 3:32:00 AM
Poetry for the Wee Ones
Date Posted: 10/23/2016 11:43:00 AM
FYI - New Premier Contest "True Love Waits"
Date Posted: 9/17/2016 6:16:00 PM
I Thought Divorce #2 Was Tough Until.....
Date Posted: 9/17/2016 5:29:00 PM
Rock 'n Rhyme Update #2
Date Posted: 9/17/2016 2:44:00 PM
Rock 'n Roll Rhyme Contest Update
Date Posted: 9/15/2016 11:42:00 PM
Rock 'n Roll Rhyme Contest
Date Posted: 8/15/2016 11:02:00 PM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
12/27/2018 Naomi's Mom and Dad Sonnetdaughter,love,poetry,
12/23/2018 The Deal with Trucks Sonnetamerica,funny love,humoro
12/22/2018 Sacred Burial Ground Italian Sonnetabuse,america,native amer
12/21/2018 Tahiti Defined By Tahiti Free verseidentity,poetry,self,slav
12/20/2018 Poor Man Beggar Man Free verselost love,memory,
12/17/2018 The Forest Chasing Gump Sonnetchange,character,history,
12/17/2018 The Rabbit Hole Sonnethow i feel,lost love,miss
12/15/2018 Forward Pass Sonnetfear,solitude,time,
12/13/2018 Conspiracy Dearie Free versepoets,
12/12/2018 Tequila Math Sonnetsilly,
12/11/2018 Fetch in the Muck Rhymedrug,emotions,introspecti
12/10/2018 A Peaceful Day to Fish Rhymelust,
12/2/2018 My Father's Voice Sonnetangst,children,confusion,
11/30/2018 Naomi at the Christmas Tree Sonnetchristmas,daughter,father
11/29/2018 The Colour of My Heart Sonnetdivorce,
11/28/2018 Reflective Spring Sonnetdaughter,divorce,
11/25/2018 To the Self Doubting Poet Sonnetconfidence,mother,poems,p
11/24/2018 Christmas Mourning Rhyme Royalanger,christian,christmas
11/23/2018 Civil Unrest Rhymemother,son,
11/23/2018 My Fellow Americans Free verseamerica,conflict,divorce,
11/22/2018 The Raindrop Coupletgod,
11/21/2018 Sipping Cider with My Sweetheart Free versedaughter,fate,god,
11/19/2018 Nothing but Goat Cheese Rhymeappreciation,funny,poets,
11/16/2018 Deep Thoughts from Santa's Perspective Sonnetchristmas,
11/14/2018 Thankful Enclosed Rhymefather daughter,forgivene
11/13/2018 Black Powder Sonnetdeath,
11/8/2018 Ava's Seagulls Sonnetdaughter,divorce,sad,
12/12/2017 Genetics Sonnetdaughter,
11/30/2017 Sarah's Chime Coupletlove,
5/31/2017 Perversions of Time Free verseabuse,
5/25/2017 Syrian Dreams of the Arab Spring Free versewar,
5/24/2017 About Betty Free versecat,god,lonely,
5/16/2017 goodby Betty,don't remember me Sonnetcat,death,
5/14/2017 Morning Has Broken - Sonnet for my Mom Sonnetmother son,mothers day,
5/13/2017 Half Sisters Sonnetdaughter,father daughter,
5/9/2017 Judging the Science Fair Sonnetfaith,god,space,
5/8/2017 Scrolling Through an Old Photo Gallery Free versedaughter,depression,fathe
5/5/2017 Talking shop with Gary Jules Free verseanalogy,death,god,identit
5/3/2017 On a Quilted Ridge Free verselonely,longing,lost love,
5/1/2017 A Date at Chelsea's with Marci Sonnetdivorce,lost love,
4/30/2017 Dear John, Monorhymesilly,
4/29/2017 Then the World Died Free verseallegory,appreciation,gro
4/27/2017 God Bless You, E E Cummings Sonnetamerica,analogy,inspirati
4/26/2017 Regarding Twenty Years From Now Sonnetdepression,
4/26/2017 A Wish for April Sonnetlove,
4/26/2017 Blue-Moon Wisteria Couplethumanity,
4/8/2017 Lovely Suppositions Sonnetlost love,love,lust,
4/7/2017 Ode to Lily Odeappreciation,daughter,fat
4/5/2017 April Fawn Sonnetdepression,father daughte
3/18/2017 An Unpoetic Hustle Sonnetparody,
3/18/2017 Belinda's First Poem Quatrainbrother,
3/16/2017 Secret Admirer Sonnetroses are red,
3/7/2017 Just Practicing Sonnetwriting,
3/7/2017 Immortal Tethers Rein Idyll (Idyl)nature,
2/28/2017 15 Hearts Free versefather daughter,
2/27/2017 A Caveman's Love - For Jan Allison Sonnethumorous,
2/26/2017 As the River Lies Verseintegrity,river,
2/20/2017 February Star Free verseabsence,february,heartbre
2/20/2017 Black Lipstick Vapor Rhymewriting,
2/16/2017 Driving Through Jungles Under the Mars Sea Sonnetdivorce,
2/15/2017 Hope's Renewal Free versegood morning,hope,
2/10/2017 Beyond the Breakers Sonnetlost love,
2/8/2017 Chimera World - If You Could See as I Sonnetlost love,,Lullaby,
2/7/2017 A Broken Heart Sonnetdepression,divorce,father
2/7/2017 Apologies to the Muse Monorhymelost love,
2/6/2017 The Swords Speak Sonnetfreedom,
2/3/2017 Pickled Raspberry Musings Free versebird,
2/2/2017 Because I'm Tired of Metaphors, etc Free verseangst,
2/2/2017 Chardonnay Zero Quatrainlost love,
2/1/2017 Stepping Through Time Quatrainfate,lost love,
1/31/2017 Information Age Injustice Sonnethumorous,
1/31/2017 My Poetry Soup Recipe Sonnetdivorce,poetry,
1/30/2017 Reversible Baggage Sonnethumorous,
1/29/2017 My Iron Lung, My Iron Love Sonnetlost love,
1/28/2017 Ode to Tropical Island Loneliness Odeloneliness,
1/27/2017 Through Time in 60 Rhymelove hurts,
1/21/2017 Valentine Shmalentine Sonnethumor,
1/19/2017 Achromatic Pentameter Ekphrasisintrospection,moving on,t
1/17/2017 It's Too Early to Write Poetry Free verseanxiety,
1/16/2017 Means to My End Monorhymelost love,
1/15/2017 On Behalf of Frosty Sonnetchristmas,funny,
1/15/2017 Wassup Poetry Soup Coupletfriendship,
12/22/2016 Broken Blue Dishes Stuck to the King Rhymedaughter,lost love,
11/2/2016 Emotions to Dismiss Sonnetlost love,
10/31/2016 Refusal Rhymelost love,
10/31/2016 Ava's Castle Sonnetfather daughter,
10/30/2016 How Do I Love Thee, Jan Allison Sonnetfriend,
10/30/2016 Capital Crime Sonnetheartbreak,
10/29/2016 To the Harris County 280th District Family Court Sonnetfather daughter,
10/23/2016 Five Fabulous Fun Footles For Contest Footlefunny,
10/23/2016 What Poetry Means to Me - Sonnet Version Sonnetappreciation,
10/23/2016 What Poetry Means to Me Rhymeappreciation,
10/22/2016 Depleted by Tomorrows Sonnetlost love,
10/22/2016 From The Top of a Wall Sonnetidentity,
10/22/2016 Consequences Monorhymelost love,
10/22/2016 Homeless Sonnetloneliness,lost love,
10/11/2016 May I Dance With You Quatrainangst,heartbreak,
10/10/2016 Lithesome One Line Sonnet Free versefunny love,
10/8/2016 CB Tribute Contest 1 - PFFT Rhymefriendship,giggle,
10/7/2016 Within Her Eyes Quatrainlost love,

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Fav Poems

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Bite Me Light Versemuse,
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