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Hello, I’m Nina :-) 

I have been dipping in and out of poetry since I was very young - in fact one of my most treasured possessions is a book of poems I wrote when I was six. (That and my copy of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes - which I still love to this day!) As a teenager I used to gift little rhymes to my friends to cheer them up but I never seriously continued my scribbling into adulthood.

If you’d told me a year ago how much poetry I’d be writing today, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. My brain was fogged by baby brain and, unbeknown to me, an undiagnosed illness. Towards the end of 2017, the baby brain began to improve, I got the illness under control, and with a burst of joy at its new-found clarity and creativity, my brain started to spew forth poetry as never before! I seized the moment, started a blog (called “It All Rhymes”) and with that going down well, joined Poetry Soup in January 2018. So far, I’ve not looked back!

In “real life”, I’m a Marketing Manager and I live in Wiltshire, UK with my fabulous husband and two wonderful, exhausting boys. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


First Contest!


Blog Posted:7/29/2018 4:07:00 AM

Good morning lovely people!

Back in March, a heart-stoppingly wondrous human gifted me a Premium Membership. Since then, I've been plucking up the courage to host my own contest - just to give a little bit back. Well, finally, and following a motivational speech by a fellow Souper this morning, I've gone for it. 

So, one of my absolute favourite things in a poem (a rhyming poem at least) is cracking good metre, and my first contest puts heavy emphasis (excuse the pun) on this. So if you like a good tum-tee-tum-tee-tum-tee-tum or ya-ta-ta-ya-ta-ta-TA, please take a look!

I will put all poems fulfilling the metre criteria and other rules through to the second round, and after that go with my own personal enjoyment of the poem. I hope to be a fair judge!

Also, I won't be reading around the site while the contest is live - I'll just read other contest winners to avoid reading entries by accident. So, if I'm quiet for a while, bear with me! If you miss me terribly, enter my contest so it fills nice and quickly! ;-) 

While I'm here, another thing a PM gives is the ability to post pictures and finally, FINALLY I have worked out how to do this consistently - yay! Frankly, there have been moments of shoutiness about this - I had managed it a couple of times, then just couldn't get it to work again. Well, the answer is, it works on my laptop, but not my iPad. Nothing more satisfying than overcoming techno-issues, and in case anyone was having the same problem, I thought I'd pass the tip on.

Well, look forward to reading your entries, you clever lot! Not sure how I'll get on being a host - if I enjoy it, I'll host more; if I don't, I won't! 

Nina x

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Date: 7/29/2018 7:39:00 AM
Congrats, Niina. Every advancement we make, big or small, is progress. Line xx
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Date: 7/29/2018 6:29:00 AM
Woohoo great to see you diping your toe in the contest sponsoring water. I'll have to wait and see if the muse is willing to come up with a fun poem for you Nina. I wish there was a way that the sponsor couldn't see contest poems when they are posted and they can only see them in their contest in box . That way you could still be on the site. Having a generic title is a good idea. Hope you have some fab fun entries:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 7/29/2018 7:04:00 AM
Yes, would be good... I think even if you accidentally see a title, then you see an entry coming in... you’re going to know! So I shall still read contest winners, and if there’s something you’d like me to read, just send me a link :-) Also hoping to take the opportunity to read more well-known poets which I haven’t really done for a long time!
Date: 7/29/2018 6:22:00 AM
Nina, I am so gloriously proud of you for doing this! It is a giant leap of "this is going to be so much fun!" and if it is not, I will eat my bathroom rug with a chaser of Prune juice. I am beyond proud, and so is my muse. We are jumping up and down on the bed clapping and shouting with glee that you are taking this giant step of faith and willingness to do it! Sophie is bouncing up and down, mad, because my muse is on the little couch where she was sleeping. Love, You Know Who
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Date: 7/29/2018 6:57:00 AM
Hahaha you really make me laugh Caren, sorry Sophie! I think maybe the identity of the person who talked me into it has been revealed?!?! I’m sure your bathroom rug is safe!!
Date: 7/29/2018 4:15:00 AM
Well done Nina, good luck with your contest. ? , re pictures on Ipad, have used my wife's a couple of times and never had problems putting a picture on. Tom
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Date: 7/29/2018 4:30:00 AM
I know Tom - it’s weird but just doesn’t work on mine. I’ve read other people saying they just cut n paste them in too - they almost always just disappear if I do that! I have to upload them somewhere else then link to them. At least I know what works for me now and can stop gnashing my teeth!

My Past Blog Posts

 
I cannot believe I wrote that - please read if you’ve entered
Date Posted: 12/5/2018 1:07:00 PM
Half Eleven Finalised
Date Posted: 12/3/2018 11:12:00 AM
Trying Something New - Tried and Tested!
Date Posted: 10/27/2018 9:29:00 AM
Mischief Contest Finalised
Date Posted: 10/4/2018 3:27:00 PM
Mischief Contest Update
Date Posted: 10/2/2018 9:45:00 AM
Help please Soupers! - Publishing "traditional" poetry
Date Posted: 9/21/2018 6:53:00 AM
A Rattling Rhyme - Fabulously Finalised!
Date Posted: 8/28/2018 3:25:00 PM
Ambiguity: Pleasure or Pain?
Date Posted: 8/27/2018 9:38:00 AM
A Rattling Rhyme - Update
Date Posted: 8/17/2018 11:52:00 AM
I’m a pigeon. Or perhaps I’m Morrissey.
Date Posted: 8/13/2018 3:57:00 PM
First Contest!
Date Posted: 7/29/2018 4:07:00 AM
Should I be delighted or annoyed?!
Date Posted: 3/29/2018 6:00:00 AM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
12/9/2018 Queen of the Dancefloor Double Dactyldance,fun,funny,humor,hum
12/9/2018 Dark December Versechristmas,december,depres
12/9/2018 Christmas Morning Chaos Limerickchristmas,fun,funny,humor
12/4/2018 Thankful for Children Enclosed Rhymechildren,
12/2/2018 Nothing Rhymepoetry,poets,writing,
11/27/2018 We Girls Rhymechildren,fun,giggle,girl,
11/25/2018 'Twas the Night Before Christmas Rhymechristmas,family,fun,funn
11/24/2018 Indigo Mist Rhymebeauty,joy,magic,music,
11/23/2018 Raindrop Personificationfun,rain,weather,
11/20/2018 The Last Tree of Autumn Personificationautumn,november,seasons,w
11/19/2018 Charlie's Cartoon Critters Rhymeart,fun,silly,
11/17/2018 A wheely bad night out Limerickfun,funny,humor,humorous,
11/17/2018 Snowflakes With Biting Teeth Rhymefear,fun,funny,humor,humo
11/17/2018 Rise Rhymeearth,freedom,joy,
11/16/2018 Christmas is Coming Rhymechristmas,writing,
11/13/2018 On being offered cheese as a dessert Rhymefood,fun,funny,humor,humo
11/11/2018 Lightning Stripes Coupletbeauty,body,mother,
11/11/2018 Chickadees 8x8 Rhymeanimal,bird,cute,fun,funn
11/8/2018 Black Powder Balladdark,future,horror,
11/6/2018 Claire from Customer Care Versetechnology,
11/4/2018 Algorithm Rhymeinternet,technology,
11/3/2018 Future Saucepan Personificationtechnology,
11/1/2018 Let's Biscuit Rhymefood,fun,
10/30/2018 Verse - Whimsical Fantasy Verseboat,fantasy,freedom,imag
10/29/2018 Remembering the Eighties Rhymechildhood,nostalgia,
10/29/2018 Sickbags Rhymefun,funny,humor,humorous,
10/28/2018 Giving in to it Rhymehow i feel,
10/28/2018 Spider Rhymeanimal,scary,
10/28/2018 Hot Pepper Rhymesensual,
10/26/2018 Halloween Tat Rhymeenvironment,fun,funny,hal
10/26/2018 Party Queen Haikuautumn,
10/26/2018 Rainbow Rhymeinspiration,rainbow,
10/25/2018 Then I Wake Rhymeabsence,love,miss you,mis
10/23/2018 The Unseen Teen Free verseangst,anxiety,teen,teenag
10/22/2018 You Have To Be A Hexagon Rhymefun,funny,humor,humorous,
10/17/2018 Americans Can't Spell Limerickfun,funny,humor,humorous,
10/17/2018 Be Versebeautiful,
10/14/2018 Cauliflower Makes Me Poo Rhymefood,fun,funny,giggle,hum
10/13/2018 Season of Sadness Rhymesad,winter,
10/13/2018 Something New Rhymefood,fun,funny,humor,humo
10/12/2018 Open Your Hand Free versedeath,freedom,longing,
10/12/2018 Last Halloween Sonnetfun,funny,halloween,humor
10/9/2018 Juggernaut Growl Free verseangst,dark,depression,met
10/8/2018 Bobbing Mummy Rhymechildren,family,fun,funny
10/6/2018 Come Buy Rhymefood,
10/5/2018 Girl with a Squint Rubaiyatfun,funny,humor,humorous,
10/3/2018 Playing With Words Under Fire Free versemuse,poetry,
10/2/2018 Reduce It Down Rhymecomputer,
9/29/2018 MUSE BOMB Rhymeinspiration,muse,writing,
9/28/2018 A Dab of Secrecy Rhymelove,mystery,relationship
9/25/2018 Bite Rhymedark,light,
9/25/2018 Mysterious Child Sonnetbeautiful,child,love,moth
9/22/2018 Bike Skillz Free versefun,truth,
9/21/2018 The Gathering Rhymeimagery,psychological,sca
9/18/2018 The World Needs Poetry Rhymepoems,poetry,poets,
9/15/2018 The Blushing Hours Rubaiyataugust,autumn,eve,septemb
9/15/2018 Autumn Rhymeautumn,kindergarten,
9/14/2018 Six-Word Couplet Series Coupletfairy,fantasy,fun,funny,h
9/13/2018 Unsheath Your Sword Rhymechildren,fun,games,my chi
9/12/2018 If I Was A Penny Rhymeanalogy,fun,humorous,sill
9/11/2018 Stories Rictametertruth,
9/8/2018 I Am The Mother Enclosed Rhymebetrayal,earth,environmen
9/7/2018 That Guy Coupletcute,devotion,husband,lov
9/6/2018 Reverse Perfection Free versehow i feel,perspective,
9/6/2018 Sour Grapes Sonnetanger,betrayal,friend,hea
9/4/2018 Tiny Daggers Verseanger,break up,emotions,h
9/3/2018 In Elastic Mind Rhymechange,freedom,
9/3/2018 Mariner Girl Lyricadventure,boat,dream,free
8/31/2018 Growing Boy Rhymeboy,child,fun,funny,humor
8/30/2018 Something Rictameterabsence,loneliness,longin
8/29/2018 The Day The Stranger Came Enclosed Rhymebetrayal,
8/27/2018 School Sport Concreteschool,sports,
8/26/2018 Wind Crimes Free versefun,funny,garden,humor,hu
8/23/2018 To The Timekeepers Sonnetspace,time,
8/20/2018 The Not-Very-Much Material Girl Limerickcelebrity,fun,funny,humor
8/16/2018 There Are Days When Rhymeanxiety,appreciation,fear
8/16/2018 What Matters Most Free verseabsence,family,love,
8/15/2018 Red Ink Rhymelost love,love hurts,lust
8/12/2018 Stars and Moon Limerickrude,silly,
8/10/2018 Waken Me Rhymejoy,longing,lust,passion,
8/8/2018 Kimo Therapy Kimofriend,friendship,love,pe
8/5/2018 The Workplace Wee Rhymefun,funny,humor,humorous,
8/2/2018 Blueberry Boat Political Versepolitical,
8/1/2018 Take Me To Your Leader Rhymefun,funny,humor,humorous,
8/1/2018 Luna Free versebeautiful,beauty,moon,mus
7/30/2018 Dodgy Roger Limerickfun,funny,giggle,humor,hu
7/29/2018 On The Upside Rondeauchange,hope,humanity,
7/27/2018 Last Tussle in Brussels Rhymefun,funny,humor,humorous,
7/24/2018 Rest In Peace, My Feisty Lover Epigramanger,fun,funny,funny lov
7/24/2018 Will I Be There On The Rocket Rhymefun,funny,future,humor,hu
7/23/2018 Donald J Trump Clerihewamerica,fun,funny,humor,h
7/23/2018 The Whirlwind - Collaboration with Caren Krutsinger Proselove,romance,
7/23/2018 Watering The Vegetables Free versegarden,joy,nature,senses,
7/22/2018 Baby's Running Late Rhymeanxiety,baby,birth,funny,
7/21/2018 A Clearing In A Cornfield Sonnetdeath,jealousy,lost love,
7/16/2018 Mother at Sea Tankababy,devotion,mother,
7/15/2018 Unrequited Rhymelonging,love,love hurts,
7/15/2018 Awful in Reverse Rhymecar,fun,funny,giggle,humo
7/13/2018 Fate Lies Shattered Free versefate,time,world,
7/12/2018 nine seventeen pm Free verseemotions,

My Photos


Fav Poems

PoemTitleFormCategories
Fat Bottomed Girls Quatrainfunny,health,humorous,
Wolf Pine Rhymebullying,
She Dances To Her Music Sonnetdance,music,
FANCY STRESS - COLLABORATION WITH THE AMAZING NINA PARMENTER Rhymecelebration,clothes,humor
The Green Beneath The Snow Villanellehope,light,nature,seasons
Ordinary Free verseperspective,
Myth Free versemyth,sun,
In This Wood Quaterndad,life,tree,
Mischievous Spring Limerickfun,humor,joy,nature,seas
A Thing of Beauty Quaternholocaust,thanks,war,worl
Quirks Rhymerelationship,repetition,
Be Willows that Sway Versewriting,
Longing for Kind I do not know?loneliness,longing,missin
The Blossom On The Bough Sonnetdesire,england,may,myth,n
If I never Free verseintrospection,
haiga Haikuflower,summer,
The Essence Of Soft Shadows Sonnetlonging,
PEN 'N PAD Haikufun,games,word play,
Sijo - 1 - Personified Sijonature,
Small Scale Murder Light Versedeath,humor,insect,word p
haiga - summer Haikubeauty,eve,june,rain,summ
The Tooth Faerie - In Collaboration with Nina Parmetner Free versecute,fairy,woman,
A Beach Spa for My Feet Sijoholiday,
To Sail the Sky Coupletadventure,imagination,met
The Song of the Wren Villanellebird,myth,nature,passion,
A July dawn Sonnetsummer,sun,
I Would Never Abandon Myself Free verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
First Light, So Sweet Enclosed Rhymemorning,
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE JOHN Rhymefunny,mother,
Sonnet Contest -Daybreak Sonnetbeautiful,day,inspiration
The Aged Strive Rondeauage,sad,
THE MALE MENOPAUSE - please feel free to join in the collaboration Limerickage,body,humorous,men,
The Dark Side of October Rhymedark,horror,october,scary
Clair de Lune Pensif Rhymelonging,love,moon,nature,
MARTIANS LAND IN THE US AND REGRET SAYING 'TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER' Rhymeamerica,humorous,silly,sp
I Am A Poet Free verselove,poetry,
A Rattling Rhyme Rhymebaby,
A Rattling Rhyme Rhymepolitical,
Another day safe from the harvester's jaws Rhymeangst,animal,fear,freedom
A rattling rhyme Rhymehumor,sensual,
WINDCHIMES Haikumemory,nature,wind,
The Darkness Quatrainlife,
Flamboyant Fall Coupletanxiety,autumn,
A girl with the sun in her eyes Rhymegood morning,
A Rattling Rhyme Rhymehumor,
Inner Knowing Sonnetimage,metaphor,
Being Her Shoes Personificationhumor,
The Ruby Spires Enclosed Rhymeadventure,beauty,science
Something Rictameterabsence,loneliness,longin
A Life Cycle I do not know?humanity,life,
Parents Set The Tone Free verseparents,school,
How Do I Loathe Thee Sonnetheartbreak,humor,relation
Mischief Versehumor,love hurts,
Seeking Serenity Rhymeappreciation,life,nature,
My Pirate Women Free versesurreal,
Poetic Justice Light Versefun,humor,judgement,metap
MISCHIEF Limerickchange,humorous,poetry,
Mischief Haikunonsense,
Rhyme God Rhymeslam,smart,word play,
AND ON THE SEVENTH DAY Free versecolor,creation,fun,games,
Sonnet for the little girl with no doll Sonnetloneliness,
The View You Choose 2 Rhymedark,depression,hip hop,i
Playing Ball Rhymeadventure,baseball,fun,ga
Poetrybook Rhymepoems,poetess,poetry,poet
Storm Brewing Free verseanxiety,emotions,feelings
Neanderthal - for half eleven contest Rhymehistory,science,
The Raindrop Trioletmetaphor,
Last Kiss Rhymebeauty,death,earth,holoca
The Last Time I Saw Him Rhymelost love,
Sylvia's Double Life Free versecrazy,fun,humor,humorous,

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Dale Gregory Cozart United States Flag United States Read
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Jim Slaughter United States Flag United States Read
Michael McCarthy United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Agnes Krampe United States Flag United States Read
Lauren Anne Canada Flag Canada Read
Janice Canerdy United States Flag United States Read
Line Gauthier Canada Flag Canada Read
Tom Cunningham United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Gregory R Barden United States Flag United States Read
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Sneha RV The Literature Lover India Flag India Read
Sandra Haight United States Flag United States Read
Caren Krutsinger United States Flag United States Read
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Gail Foster United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
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