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I started writing poems in 2011 and find it an excellent hobby. 

Where I live is in France, but I am English.

My poetic philosophy is this -

Understatement in poetry gives the readers more to think about than overstatement.



Blog Posted:7/19/2022 3:06:00 AM

When judges judge, they are free (in standard contests) to choose the numbers of winners.  If only two winners are chosen, this does not mean that the other 33 are complete rubbish.  What it does show is that, to the judge, the two chosen poems are head and shoulders above the rest.  What is wrong with the rest is usually instructions that are not followed properly.  There might be spelling mistakes or the non-following of form.

Subjectively, the poem might not capture the judge's interest.

Errors were frequent in the "Ice Cream" contest, spoiling some poems that, otherwise, were ripe for placement.

If you don't succeed in a contest, putting "N/A" under the poem only serves to highlight the poem's faults, which could even be one of boredom to read, so "prenez soin".


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My Past Blog Posts

Date Posted: 7/19/2022 3:06:00 AM
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Date Posted: 6/2/2019 9:41:00 AM
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Moon Party
Date Posted: 2/24/2019 10:52:00 AM
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Date Posted: 11/15/2018 4:00:00 AM
Wolves and the Moon
Date Posted: 8/19/2018 1:01:00 AM
"Mary had a little lamb" - A Variation
Date Posted: 8/15/2017 1:21:00 AM
The Beauty of Rules
Date Posted: 8/14/2017 12:42:00 AM
At the Footbridge - Explanatory Poem
Date Posted: 6/17/2017 1:12:00 AM
At the Footbridge - A Reminder
Date Posted: 6/16/2017 1:55:00 AM
At The Footbridge - A Reminder that my contest title was composed by me BEFORE the Limerick Collaboration
Date Posted: 6/14/2017 4:06:00 AM
What Do We Want From A Poem?
Date Posted: 3/16/2017 1:45:00 PM
Touch and Go - Flash Fiction
Date Posted: 11/24/2016 3:27:00 AM
Date Posted: 8/22/2016 2:41:00 AM
Date Posted: 8/13/2016 2:15:00 PM
Date Posted: 8/2/2016 7:53:00 AM
Second Try or Second Chance Contests - A Request to Judges
Date Posted: 6/6/2016 4:35:00 AM
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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
8/16/2022 A Jolly Fisherman Rhymechildren,fish,
8/11/2022 A Fictitious Queen of Nowhere in Particular Light Versecharacter,irony,
8/7/2022 Webcam Dawn Rhymehumorous,
7/28/2022 Only Blackberries Rhymefruit,funny,
7/23/2022 Sailing A Blue Sea Light Verseboat,sea,
6/27/2022 Life Rhymedestiny,life,
6/19/2022 My Tongue Free versefood,
5/20/2022 Sentimentality Free verseanger,
1/15/2022 The Pieman Did Not Meet Simple Simon Free verseallusion,
9/26/2021 Charming Patterns Free versefantasy,
8/25/2021 RED RINGS Free versefantasy,
3/9/2021 Little Girls - Nursery Rhyme Rhymekid,
2/15/2021 They Closed What Rhymecool,
2/13/2021 Ghost Jack Narrativegothic,
10/5/2020 Panther Rhymemythology,
9/10/2020 Teacher's Pet Rhymeinspirational,
7/5/2020 Rubies For Mother Rhymemother,
6/2/2020 Wales to Me Lyricsociety,
5/17/2020 A Roman Vision Free versefantasy,
5/7/2020 Polka Dot Dress Factory Versefantasy,
4/3/2020 Video of Tram in Alexanderplatz Free versemeaningful,
3/20/2020 Solitude in a Wild Country Free verseperspective,
2/13/2020 Shantelle Versegirl,metaphor,repetition,
10/31/2019 Frau Werkle's Fashion Queen Rhymefashion,fun,
9/6/2019 Town Children Versechildren,
8/25/2019 Dawn Mover Personificationcute,
8/17/2019 Young Britney Monokucelebrity,
8/7/2019 Gossip Here, Gossip There Rhymewisdom,
7/26/2019 Of A Pashmina Free versemetaphor,
7/6/2019 Segovia and Madrid Light Versefun,
5/28/2019 Imagined Kiss Senryukiss,
5/26/2019 Driver of Victory Versemystery,
5/2/2019 Back to Front Senryumissing,stress,
4/5/2019 Looking for Button Free versecat,
3/17/2019 A Billion Ponds Free verseemotions,
2/4/2019 Taking Stock Personificationencouraging,wisdom,
1/29/2019 Blue Lady Narrativemystery,
1/25/2019 Entertainment in Heaven Monokuheaven,
1/12/2019 A Bus Stop Called LOVE Rhymecute love,fun,
1/9/2019 A Waitress's First Day Imagismgirl,work,
1/2/2019 Wisdom a la Sophie Rhymeinspirational,wisdom,
12/29/2018 Rhein II - The Photograph Verseperspective,river,
12/22/2018 Snakes and Ladders Monokugames,
12/22/2018 Together Monokucute love,
12/20/2018 WINTER Haikudog,tree,winter,
11/11/2018 Gorse Verseflower,imagery,
10/15/2018 Seen You Shapesimple,
9/15/2018 Pink City Rhymehappy,
6/25/2018 Summer Cooking Verseangst,
6/23/2018 Why There Are Stars Free versebeautiful,meaningful,
5/28/2018 Ice-Cream Tree Versefood,sensual,simile,word
5/3/2018 Drawing Haikuart,river,
4/14/2018 Yesterdays Acrosticdream,school,
4/12/2018 Lady on the Tree Versemystery,
3/24/2018 Watery Violin Rhymemusic,myth,
3/22/2018 Lovers on the Pier Lyricfun,love,
3/14/2018 Red Tomato Market Versefruit,inspiration,
3/8/2018 Mostly Bluebells Monorhymeemotions,flower,spring,
3/5/2018 A Look Out Haikuwater,women,
2/27/2018 In Wait Haikufear,
2/5/2018 Little Old Lady Number Light Versetechnology,
1/16/2018 Weather Forecast Rhymehow i feel,humorous,weath
8/3/2017 In Search of Lost Boys Free verseangst,,memorial,
7/28/2017 A Lourdes Arrival Haibunjourney,
7/17/2017 Aquarium Date Free versegoodbye,relationship,
7/13/2017 A Childhood Memory Quintain (English)imagery,
6/11/2017 Multicultural Vespers Free versereligion,
6/5/2017 Bells for Saint Barbara Concreteprayer,
5/13/2017 The City of Toulouse Versecity,
5/2/2017 Goddess of Beer - Mythology Coupletdesire,drink,
4/24/2017 ART - Henri Matisse Quaternart,cat,fish,
4/5/2017 The Candy Lady Dramatic Versedark,murder,
4/3/2017 A Scarf From South Africa Free verseafrica,culture,
3/25/2017 Deep Down Lyriclove,love hurts,
3/21/2017 March Middleness Rhymemarch,wind,
3/18/2017 Beauty Queen Senryutechnology,
3/14/2017 Blue Eyes Versebeauty,
3/6/2017 Nail Polish Personificationfun,
2/28/2017 Toothpaste Tube Versefeelings,
2/20/2017 If We Were Trees Free versecreation,tree,
2/20/2017 Sexy Expletive Haikuclothes,sexy,
2/16/2017 Just a Little Bit of Sugar Versebullying,metaphor,prison,
2/11/2017 Yours Truly Versebaseball,black african am
2/7/2017 A Chocolate Sponge Wedding Cake Rhymechocolate,food,humorous,w
2/5/2017 Playing Football Limerickboy,car,father son,footba
1/31/2017 Song For Beulah Lyriccute love,dance,song,
1/24/2017 Dancing Maids Trioletdance,happiness,happy,
1/24/2017 fishing rod Haikuimagery,
11/26/2016 My Response to Rumi Free versehealth,how i feel,love,
11/11/2016 Trinket Story Narrativebetrayal,
11/8/2016 A Sheen Light Versepassion,
10/25/2016 PINK ROSES Rhymeanalogy,flower,rose,
10/13/2016 Fromage, James Tate Style Light Versefood,imagery,surreal,
10/4/2016 Blossom Days Verseflower,woman,
10/1/2016 A Ton of Roses Pantoumrepetition,rose,
9/15/2016 In A Name Lyricbetrayal,
9/13/2016 I Had Forgotten Lyriclove,mystery,
8/28/2016 The Cigarette Free verselonging,
8/27/2016 Not Believed Free verseanalogy,political,
8/20/2016 Dinner in Knightsbridge Senryufood,

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