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*Image is of Mauna Kea (White Mountain) 13,760 ft, in the foreground, on the windward side, is the county seat of Hawaii and our island's largest town of Hilo (to bond), with 48,000 residents, whereto, I call home.


Rural life on the island of Hawaii, I held an interest in poetry since my freshman year in high school. 'The Collection Plate', was my first published work in 1977 by a major national magazine. That opened the door for others to appear in several published anthologies throughout my early career.

My kid's Kenny, Ricky, the twins Liz and Franky, Princess, Rose, and Kimo, eleven grandkids, and two great-grandsons. I met my wife of 25 years, Elyse, of Spanish and Swedish descent from Seville, Spain, on my 17th birthday. We both attended the University, she was four years my senior. Sadly, she died shortly after Kimo was born.

Shortly before retiring to end after 48 years, I successfully sold online for a few years, continued writing, and with the help of my family, made videos for my YouTube channel. My adventure continues ...

Dot Your i's and Cross Your t's FINALIZED

Blog Posted:9/30/2022 10:05:00 AM

As always, difficult choice to add the *suffixes to the *great poems submitted for this contest, but as such being the case, 10 were needed for a premier placing.


A few did not follow the rule of the 1st line couplet starting with an "i" followed by the 2nd line of said couplet beginning with a "t". A blog was sent concerning this factor once it was discovered during the early stages of the contest that affected a few submissions, unfortunately, it went unheeded.


My thanks to all participants, and compliments to all the winners.


The glitch I experienced with Amazon, hopefully, has been resolved. Apparently, my extensive use of Amazon via variable addresses throughout the world overloaded their system, they had suggested doing one transaction every other day or so, which slightly involves my private use of them. Soupmail me regarding your address that'll determine the method of Amazon receipt, be it a Visa Gift Card for Americans or a Gift Card for Internationals or cash by mail (be it at your own risk--depending on the integrity of your Postal Network, as well as, the "good fences" around your house).


First Place: $100.00

Second Place: $75.00

Third Pace: $50.00

Fourth through Tenth Place: $25.00

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Date: 9/30/2022 5:08:00 PM
Hilo, thank you so much for the inspiration and contest, and although I did not place, I enjoyed writing my poem, Why God, for you and now, it is a wonderful addition to my poetry collection, congratulations to all your winners, Constance
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Date: 9/30/2022 12:48:00 PM
I enjoyed the contest, William. Thanks so much for my placement and congratulations to all of your winners!
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11/19/2022 U - C, I - C: Nursery Rhyme Rhymeclass,growing up,
11/18/2022 Dear Joan Letter Vaasokhtangst,anxiety,betrayal,go
11/17/2022 Companions of the Night Sonnetearth,imagery,moon,
11/11/2022 neuroticism Haikucat,character,senses,
11/10/2022 Novem: Affects IX in 1973 Nonetdestiny,fate,imagery,
11/8/2022 Renascence Sonnetimagery,inspiration,recov
11/5/2022 Owed Ode Coupletfun,muse,
11/2/2022 Unique Monorhymechange,fashion,future,
10/20/2022 Skeleton Key Turns Three Frees, HE Rhymechildren,dark,halloween,m
10/19/2022 The Gust of Wind Rhymeart,autumn,character,dest
10/6/2022 To Kill a Mocking Bird Monorhymeanalogy,extended metaphor
10/4/2022 the power of silence Monokubody,conflict,emotions,ex
10/2/2022 together Monokudeep,emotions,feelings,to
9/28/2022 Spirited Gestures Rhymeappreciation,beautiful,im
9/12/2022 A Dog's Itch Quatrainanxiety,deep,dog,dream,im
9/7/2022 an act of autumn Haikuautumn,bird,insect,nature
9/7/2022 Happy Birthday Two Us Quintain (Sicilian)birthday,september,
8/29/2022 Guys Night Out Monorhymefriendship,night,together
8/29/2022 Curiosity Monorhymesenses,
8/28/2022 A Second Please Abecedarianimagery,words,
8/28/2022 Sans MindBody Sonnetbeautiful,growth,imagery,
8/27/2022 McWhirtle: I Write Because McWhirtleappreciation,imagery,natu
8/27/2022 Enclosed Rhyme Sonnet: The 27 Club Sonnetdark,death,sad,
8/26/2022 Autumn Fuse Vaasokhtautumn,extended metaphor,
8/26/2022 Madah: Highest Be Praised Madahbeautiful,prayer,
8/25/2022 Aloha also is Goodbye McWhirtlebetrayal,depression,food,
8/25/2022 Terra Incognita Quatrainbetrayal,bullying,history
8/24/2022 September's Star Monchielle Stanzaseptember,star,
8/23/2022 being ku in japan - nk Haikubeauty,international,peop
8/23/2022 An Orchid Rhymebeauty,flower,
8/23/2022 Tale of the Forgiving Betold Metrical Taleanniversary,forgiveness,
8/22/2022 Pen Am Expression Airplane Free versecrazy,creation,fun,kid,
8/22/2022 Tale of The Last Warrior Metrical Talecourage,endurance,imagery
8/21/2022 Montreal in the Fall Rhymebeautiful,character,funny
8/20/2022 He Abideth Lyricmusic,song,
8/20/2022 Pleiades Pleiadespoetry,writing,
8/19/2022 Triolet Trioletpoetry,
8/19/2022 The Epiphany of Three Men of the Cloth Narrativecharacter,money,religious
8/18/2022 All Roads Led to Hell, Until GPS Narrativecheer up,emotions,future,
8/18/2022 Actualities Ninettetruth,
8/17/2022 Soma Sonnet: Abortion Trilogy Sonnetabortion,death,discrimina
8/17/2022 Soma Sonnet: Posthumous Soliloquy Sonnetaddiction,anxiety,death,d
8/17/2022 Soma Sonnet: Suicide Watch Sonnetdeath,suicide,
8/17/2022 Enclosed Rhyme Sonnet: Nature's Mirror Sonnetmirror,nature,
8/17/2022 Italian Sonnet Free Style: The Diva Italian Sonnetfreedom,poetry,write,
8/16/2022 Abracadabra: New Form REVISED Rhymeanti bullying,destiny,fan
8/15/2022 8 Lines Now Okay Coupletallegory,courage,dark,des
8/15/2022 Parity Parody Coupletanalogy,funny love,humoro
8/13/2022 Shark-Thropists Diamanteblessing,dark,poverty,suc
8/13/2022 Situations and Solutions Coupletcool,fun,poetry,
8/13/2022 Psyche-Schizo Diamanteanxiety,confusion,mental
8/12/2022 I Think Coupletanalogy,birth,places,
8/12/2022 silence not golden Haikuanalogy,
8/12/2022 a doves nest Haikubird,nature,
8/12/2022 Hint of Autumn Quaternautumn,
8/10/2022 RIP Olivia Newton-John and Latoya Jackson Lyricbest friend,tribute,
8/9/2022 Poetry Soup Nameidentity,
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8/7/2022 My Home Outside Rhymebeautiful,nature,
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8/6/2022 JUST AUGUST Tankaaugust,autumn,
8/6/2022 Childhood Nostalgia Tankachildhood,growing up,mean
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8/5/2022 O' Heaven Hear My Cry Kyrielleextended metaphor,water,
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8/3/2022 The Table is Yours Villanellecharacter,extended metaph
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7/31/2022 JOY Made Speakable Coupletjoy,
7/30/2022 Rumi Nuff for Us Rhymeanalogy,character,imagery
7/30/2022 Tale of The Night Movers Metrical Taleextended metaphor,good ni
7/30/2022 In JULY: Small Begins Mightily Rhymechristmas,funny,july,
7/29/2022 Dr Mikhail Tyaglyy Free versecharacter,education,exten
7/29/2022 The Wake of my Village Rhymeemotions,extended metapho
7/27/2022 A Cup Runneth Over Haikubeautiful,bible,christian
7/27/2022 Take Care Wally Cleaver Metrical Taleappreciation,character,ch
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7/25/2022 Suspicion Fell on the Butler Quatrainimagery,inspiration,love,
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7/25/2022 Gymnopedie No 1 Lyricclass,deep,depression,ima
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7/17/2022 Wilma Flynnstone Flip Limerickfunny,perspective,
7/12/2022 Women In My Family Rhymefamily,longing,love,tribu
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Fav Poems

A FRAGILE SELF Free verseintrospection,self,
Lily of the Valley Trioletflower,nature,spring,
We are wolves Free verseanimal,appreciation,dog,e
My Darling Boy Quatrainanalogy,boy,childhood,inn
When you booze Narrativeabuse,culture,drink,loss,
Land of Lights Sonnetbeauty,nature,
The Butterfly Nebula Rhymebeauty,nature,sky,stars,
POETRY AND ME Acrosticme,poetry,writing,
Moving On Verselove,
Maui Sunrise Romanticismbeautiful,love,nature,rel
Primeval Rhymeappreciation,beauty,natur
either or I do not know?muse,
These Arms Long To Hold You Enclosed Rhymelove,marriage,
Broken Wings of War Free versewar,
Agapanthus Rhymeblue,flower,garden,poetry
Oceana Free verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
Musings of An Aging Man Free verseage,introspection,life,tr
Carnforth Rhymeengland,feelings,film,nos
And We Call It Free verserain,weather,
MEMORIES of MELODIES Rhymemarriage,passion,
Rebirth Free versedark,life,light,morning,n
Petrichor and Vellichor Free verseart,
That Starry Night Ekphrasisart,depression,night,pass
Goddess of the Night Personificationfantasy,nature,
He Is Flawed Rispetto10th grade,9th grade,beau
edges Haiku10th grade,11th grade,bea
Say You Will Verselove,romantic,
The Night Had Gone Awry Enclosed Rhymenight,woman,
She Will Rise Enclosed Rhymeanalogy,inspiration,journ
To Fly Away a Butterfly Free versegrief,
All in a Day at the Louvre Free verseart,paris,travel,
The Woman They Know Free verseanalogy,courage,hope,wome
Phantasmagoria Trioletconfusion,imagination,
An Autumn Path Rubaiyatautumn,farm,nature,season
October Skies Lyricage,anniversary,autumn,gr
an autumn walk Free verseautumn,
Season of Splendor Sonnetspring,
Winsome Wisteria Sonnet Sonnetbeautiful,beauty,flower,s
Forlorn Hope Free versehope,
SLAUGHTERED MEMORY Free versefreedom,
Mimosa Sunrise Versebeauty,flower,morning,nat
A Nightingale Sings Of Dawn's Glory Rhymebird,sky,song,sun,
Zephyr's Silky Tendrils Verseromance,sweet love,wind,
One Tear Layangst,depression,fear,sad
Underdogs Versepeople,perspective,
Part Time Poet Rhymeangst,conflict,inspiratio
All in a Day Sonnetappreciation,hope,morning
Hope, Hushed Sapphic stanzabeauty,flower,longing,lov
Dragon's Tooth Sapphic stanzafantasy,
Zapped - AP Abecedariancat,
Unsure The Shore Sonnet8th grade,beach,bereaveme
A Road Less Traveled By us Free verseamerica,beautiful,nature,
Depth Perception Rhymeperspective,
Wooing Winter In Autumn's Song Layimagery,winter,
It Came Upon a Prophecy Lyricchristian,christmas,jesus
The Wealth of Spring Abecedariandaffodils,spring,
A Beauteous Day of Spring Rhymenature,spring,
Black Velvet's Rumble Box Haikucat,
After It Rained Free versebeauty,environment,rain,
The Smile in Your Eyes Sonnetlove,
A Poets Abode Sonnetart,beauty,passion,poetry
Terra Incognita Rhyme12th grade,america,creati
Ships Sail Roundelage,life,
Extinguished Names Free verseallegory,allusion,
A Tree is like a Blank Book Enclosed Rhymechange,nature,simile,
Like a Book Free versebooks,love,sensual,simile
Listless as a Lazy River Rhymesad,
Like a Lioness Stalking Rhymebird,cat,
As Fresh As A Daisy Free verseanalogy,beauty,flower,sim
Dusk To Dawn Sonnetbeautiful,beauty,dark,ima
Like violins in a marching band Free versepolitical,

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