Get Your Premium Membership

Tributes to Connie Finalized - Andrea Dietrich's Blog

About Andrea Dietrich
(Show Details...)
Bloggers Photo

Andrea Dietrich grew up in Iowa and now resides in Utah with a spouse and two cats. She has two grown children and six grandchildren. Having graduated BYU with a Spanish major/ESL minor, she has spent most of her adult life teaching. It wasn't until 2000 that she began writing in earnest and discovering her "niche" as a writer of lyrical poetry. The internet opened up a new world for her, and she has spent two decades now participating in poetry clubs, acting as a judge of poetry contests for various magazines, for the website Shadow Poetry, and for Poetry Soup. 

Ms. Dietrich has won numerous awards, as well as the title Poet of the Year 2008, from the Yahoo group, Poetry For Thought. In addition, she has won prizes from the magazines Lucidity, Bell's Letters, Art with Words, Poets at Work and SP Quill, the magazine for which she wrote grammar and poetry articles as well as movie reviews and for which she acted as poetry editor for the head editor Marie Summers for six years. Many of her poems appeared in Shadows Ink, a yearly published series of chapbooks of award winning poetry as well as in numerous other anthologies. Her short stories appeared in many issues of SP Quill and much of her poetry was published in eight chapbooks (no longer sold online). 

Since coming to Poetry Soup, Ms. Dietrich has been both contest sponsor and winner of numerous contests. In 2010, her poem "Cinder Girl" was first place winner of Soup's International contest (these contests are no longer held).  A song was created from her lyrics "Honeymoon Serenade" ( and two movies have been made featuring the poetry of Andrea Dietrich: "A Tale of Fire and Ice" (a 4 min. Z-Film Fest Project, 2014) and the full length movie "Six Days of Sistine" in which 20 poems of Ms. Dietrichs serve as the thoughts of two characters played by Jamie Campbell Bower and Elarica Johnson (directed by Richard J. Perry, 2019)

Tributes to Connie Finalized

Blog Posted:10/30/2022 4:37:00 PM

Thanks so much, everyone who participated with your beautiful tributes to Connie. My goal was to finish this before Halloween and I did it! Now I can send the list to Jennifer, Connie's daughter who has asked for the list. I hope you all will take the time to read these beautiful tributes at your leisure. 

Also thanks to almost every single person who kept to my 5 line limit. A few people showed Connie's poetry along with their own feelings, so that was perfectly acceptable. Maybe just a few people went over the limit for their own poem, so it's not a big deal. I disqualified two poets because one of them seems to have plagiarized their poem because it was a long one that did not seem to have anything to do exactly with Connie, and I found it at Poem Hunter written in August before Connie's death. Another poem was extremely long and had nothing to do with being a tribute to Connie, but was rather a poem about life and death in general. 

I have no time to go around to all the poems right now, but I have read them. Thanks again, all those who participated in honoring my dearest friend, Connie, who is now in the better place.

Please Login to post a comment
Date: 11/5/2022 3:10:00 PM
Andrea, thank you for giving us the opportunity to put expression to our joy of knowing Connie and our sadness at saying goodbye. To write from our hearts then to read what others have written was a double blessing, and I hope it brings a measure of satisfaction to Connie's family to see how highly regarded she was.
Login to Reply
Date: 11/2/2022 7:25:00 AM
Andrea, thank you for the contest where we could express our love for Connie in poetry, and thank you for my placement, appreciate and congratulations to all your winners, blessings
Login to Reply
Dietrich Avatar
Andrea Dietrich
Date: 11/3/2022 9:28:00 AM
Thanks for that, Constance.
Date: 10/31/2022 1:39:00 AM
Andrea,a significant aspect of Connie's life which this collective tribute reveals as a 'reading' at her perpetual thanksgiving.Well done I was honoured to contribute to this creative idea .Cheers
Login to Reply
Dietrich Avatar
Andrea Dietrich
Date: 10/31/2022 11:44:00 AM
I like that Thanksgiving reading idea!
Dietrich Avatar
Andrea Dietrich
Date: 10/31/2022 8:58:00 AM
Thanks so much for contributing. Also the constanza contest by Suz showed many great tributes for her.
Date: 10/30/2022 8:17:00 PM
Andrea, thank you for sponsoring the contest. It's a spark that is needed at this sad time, for it allowed us to cope with Connie's loss with words and a poem in honoring and paying tribute to Connie.
Login to Reply
Dietrich Avatar
Andrea Dietrich
Date: 10/30/2022 9:36:00 PM
Thanks so much for saying that.

My Past Blog Posts

A Blog on our dear Joyce Johnson
Date Posted: 12/27/2022 9:41:00 AM
Chantelle is Well: Blog for Chantelle on Her Behalf
Date Posted: 11/22/2022 10:06:00 AM
Blog for Our Friend Chantelle
Date Posted: 11/20/2022 12:41:00 PM
Tributes to Connie Finalized
Date Posted: 10/30/2022 4:37:00 PM
News on Connie's Memorial Service for Anyone Interested
Date Posted: 10/11/2022 3:52:00 PM
Remember September is Judged; New Tribute Contest to be Posted
Date Posted: 9/23/2022 8:53:00 PM
I am Shocked and Greatly Saddened: My Dear Friend Connie M. Passed Away
Date Posted: 9/13/2022 1:12:00 PM
How is it Possible?
Date Posted: 9/5/2022 5:54:00 PM
Why I Cannot Comment Much This Week
Date Posted: 8/31/2022 10:14:00 PM
IF you entered my JUST AUGUST contest with Tanka
Date Posted: 8/8/2022 8:16:00 AM
Geoffrey Brewer , one of our own, has passed away
Date Posted: 5/20/2022 4:02:00 PM
My Valentines Contest is Finalized: Loved Reading the Entries!
Date Posted: 2/13/2022 4:40:00 PM
Advice for Those who Entered My Limerick Contest (ONE limerick ONLY)
Date Posted: 12/18/2021 8:20:00 AM
Our Sick and Suffering Poetry Members
Date Posted: 11/5/2021 9:18:00 AM
Update of Blog for Connie
Date Posted: 10/15/2021 4:30:00 PM
My latest Tribute Contest list posted: Celebrating Carolyn's Poetry
Date Posted: 9/19/2021 10:43:00 AM
Curious: Are you not able to copy/paste a person's poem for my contest?
Date Posted: 8/22/2021 12:19:00 PM
Carolyn Devonshire's Poetry: In Memoriam
Date Posted: 8/4/2021 2:22:00 PM
Rest in Peace, Carolyn
Date Posted: 8/4/2021 7:22:00 AM
Date Posted: 6/20/2021 11:22:00 AM
TANK-A-CROSTIC Contest Closed
Date Posted: 6/6/2021 12:57:00 PM
Date Posted: 12/24/2020 6:15:00 PM
Happy Birthday, Winter Solstice Baby "John"
Date Posted: 12/21/2020 9:06:00 AM
A poet will perform in Vegas?? Wins million dollars
Date Posted: 9/24/2020 6:10:00 PM
So Shocked to Learned ONLY TODAY of a Fellow Soup member's death
Date Posted: 7/18/2020 5:51:00 PM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
1/31/2023 I Shoulda Seen it Coming Rhymedeath,
1/30/2023 Breathless Quaternlove hurts,
1/30/2023 Five Footles Footlehumorous,
1/30/2023 Dear Heart Acrosticheart,
1/29/2023 A Chipmunk's Song in Winter Rhymeanimal,winter,
1/26/2023 Free To Roam Rhymefreedom,
1/26/2023 What I Choose Otherbeauty,
1/25/2023 Going Ape Footleanimal,
1/24/2023 PUT - Revised Versehumorous,
1/23/2023 The Fiddler and the Frog Italian Sonnethumor,
1/23/2023 How Do You Feel Rhymepain,
1/22/2023 Dear Dale, So Loved Free versebrother,
1/22/2023 Fear is a Liar; Fear is a Creep Quaternfear,
1/22/2023 Sweet Little Cat Rhymecat,
1/19/2023 SKIING Acrosticsports,
1/18/2023 MONKEYING AROUND Footleanimal,
1/18/2023 Hope Blooms Rictameterspring,
1/17/2023 A Beautiful Disappointment Free versecat,
1/16/2023 Dear Valentine Rhymelove,
1/15/2023 A Wonderland at Dawn Rhymewinter,
1/15/2023 Sara Teasdale: A Beloved Poet Free versepoetess,
1/12/2023 Bittersweet My Lover's Secret Metrical Talelost love,
1/12/2023 Sonnet on Mine own Visiteth to the Future Sonnetpoets,
1/11/2023 Sins Against Myself Rhymeperspective,
1/11/2023 An Arkham Asylum Triolet Trioletplaces,
1/10/2023 A Winter Sedoka - WS Sedokawinter,
1/9/2023 The Way We Look - at Others Rhymesociety,
1/9/2023 Musk Tankaromance,
1/8/2023 Tatters Quatrainsad,
1/5/2023 The Cardinal and the Rose Free versewedding,
1/5/2023 A Boy with Gloves Ethereeboy,
1/4/2023 Zucchini Rhymefood,
1/4/2023 Fashionista Muse Coupletwriting,
1/3/2023 Like Poetry in Motion Quaternsports,
1/2/2023 Ode on a Leaf Verselife,
1/2/2023 Reverse Midas Touch Rhymelost love,
1/2/2023 Surprise Gift Monokugiving,
1/1/2023 Oh that I Could Be Rhymeplaces,
12/31/2022 For Milt - Our Kentucky Friend Rhymefriend,
12/31/2022 THEN and NOW Ethereelife,
12/31/2022 If Change You Want Trioletchange,
12/29/2022 A Winter Storm Speaks Imagismstorm,
12/29/2022 frost Haikuautumn,
12/28/2022 My Precious Love Free versehusband,
12/28/2022 at times Cinquainlonging,
12/27/2022 Priceless Free verseromantic,
12/27/2022 Beyond Reach Free versechildhood,
12/24/2022 How Special is a Christmas Filled Quintain (English)christmas,
12/23/2022 A Christmas in Heaven Rhymeheaven,
12/22/2022 Resolutions 2023 Rhymenew year,
12/20/2022 Gassy Santa Near Atlanta Limerickhumor,
12/19/2022 Our Souls' Wishes and the Hierarchy of Needs Rhymephilosophy,
12/19/2022 A Day of Changing Sky Free versesky,
12/16/2022 Where Tranquility's Quintessence Abides Free verseautumn,
12/14/2022 Who Holds the String Verseuplifting,
12/13/2022 Follow the Fire Coupletdream,
12/12/2022 What I Believe Rhymespiritual,
12/12/2022 Like a Chocolate Crust Raspberry Pie Haikusunset,
12/12/2022 What an Upside-down World It's Become Rhymeworld,
12/11/2022 The Profile Quatraincharacter,
12/10/2022 On Meditation Rhymeuplifting,
12/9/2022 Christmas Cookies Acrosticchristmas,
12/8/2022 Three Best Deceased PS Poets For Me Clerihewpoets,
12/8/2022 Colors In the Sky Free versemorning,
12/7/2022 A Flutter in My Soul One Day Pantoumwrite,
12/6/2022 a deer family Haikuanimal,winter,
12/5/2022 The Spirit of Christmas Free versechristmas,
12/4/2022 To Be Uncool Rhymelife,
12/4/2022 Dot to Dot in Lines of Monorhyme Monorhymeanimal,
11/30/2022 This Special Time of Year Kyriellechristmas,
11/30/2022 Long-lasting Trial Size Footlehumorous,
11/29/2022 A Wrapper's Night Before Christmas Rhymechristmas,
11/28/2022 If Santa Were to Drink and Drive Limerickchristmas,
11/27/2022 Sweet Poetry Rhymepoetry,
11/26/2022 Bad Clown of a Chimp- Nursery Rhyme Limerickanimal,
11/25/2022 Don't Quit Your Daydream Quatrainson,
11/24/2022 When the Lightbulb Moment Came Rhymewoman,
11/20/2022 SNAKE FOOTLES Footleanimal,
11/19/2022 To Capture Perfect Words Versepoetry,
11/19/2022 Silent Pain, Screaming Free versepain,
11/17/2022 When I Left a Snack for Santa Limerickchristmas,
11/17/2022 Most Beautiful Christmas Quaternchristmas,
11/16/2022 Last Rose of Fall Villanellerose,
11/16/2022 Freedom's Blessing Free versefreedom,
11/14/2022 Beauty of the Night Quintain (English)night,
11/14/2022 Horse Footle Footleanimal,
11/13/2022 The Midnight Man Rhymecharacter,
11/12/2022 November and December as Sisters Quatrainholiday,
11/10/2022 SPIDER FOOTLES Footleinsect,
11/9/2022 Like a Lullaby Quaternrain,
11/9/2022 The Only Star For Me Rhymelove,
11/8/2022 Pretty Kitty - Nursery Rhyme Rhymecat,
11/8/2022 For the Love of Leigh Monorhymehumorous,
11/7/2022 The Fifth Season Free versefuture,
11/6/2022 Ukulele Trioletmusic,
11/5/2022 Musings on this November Day Free versenovember,
11/5/2022 Cat Contradiction Limerickcat,
11/4/2022 Rotating Consciousness Rhymelife,
11/3/2022 911 Call from Transylvania Footledeath of a friend,humorou
11/1/2022 ANT FOOTLES Footleinsect,

My Photos


ps_2009 vacation.jpg

Fav Poems

The Stone Elegydeath,love,
A Winter Night Lyricimagination,nature,
Violin Personificationdeath,love,rose,
Just wait and see Free versenature,science,space,
My White Lace Tablecloth Narrativefamily,forgiveness,friend
A LIMERICK CHRISTMAS THREE (3) . Limerickfunny,seasons,thank you,c
ALWAYS MOTHERS DAY Rhymefunny,mother,thank you,me
A Pirate Jay Light Verseanimals,
Divine Splendor Blank verseintrospection,nature,scie
BROTHER - BILLY Narrativebrother,childhood,family,
Umbrella Personificationconfusion,devotion,life,l
You played me Personificationconfusion,imagination,mus
Concept of Time Free versenature
JINGLE Free versefunny,life,music
AN EVER-CHANGING UNIVERSE Narrativemysterylight,light,univer
TRANSCENDENCE Tankafantasy,imagination,natur
Spaces .... The Earth Moved ..... Imagismlove
December Sun . Rhymenaturewinter,sun,winter,
A Whisper on the Wind Personificationnature,
Footsteps Free versefatherme,me,
If ever Free verselove
Dreams like Light-Waves Prose Poetryimaginationautumn,
A fantsy world Haiku 
SEPTEMBER SONG (triple tanka) Tankanature
Where The Sycamore Grew Narrativeautumn,family,house,life,
Perfect Nature Haikunature
Wild Love Narrativegarden,love,rose,sweet,
Positive Perspective Tankainspirational
My Pilot Light Verseinspirational,introspecti
Love's Echos Free verselovevoice,love,me,voice,
For Wifey Rhymeloveme,love,me,i love you
Alabaster Night Free versenature,planet,sea,
Causalities of War Elegydeath,war,
" Ike and Jane "- sequence 2 Light Versefunny,love,wifeme,me,time
Pretty orchids Free versecaregiving,happiness,hope
Even a Sparrow Soars Free verseanimals
My Piano Knows Versedevotion,happiness,holida
Dancing with the Stars Free versenature,scienceblue,
The Unrequited Mantra Free versedevotion,hope,lost love,l
FIG TREE, NEW YEAR'S DAY Narrativenaturewinter,winter,new y
Poets At-Large Free verselife,
to know you Free versedevotion,husband
Moved to Tears by Josh Groban Versemusic,on writing and word
sequence-SONNET Lanternelife,love,on writing and
Reflections Free versehappiness,life,lovesun,
Somber Is the Color of The Day Free verseday,light,me,winter,words
A Winter Rose - A Sonnet Sonnetrose,winter,
The Word Weaver Free verseintrospection,lifeme,
Each Day a Gift Free verseinspirational,introspecti
Contrary Kisses Free verseinspirational,introspecti
She Waits... Free verseart,hopelonging,
Blue Heaven Haikunature
A DEATH IN THE SUN Free versehope,seasons
My Reason For Living Free versehusband
Terra Firma Haikunature,science,time
How Could I have Known Free versehusband,love,mystery
True Poetry in Motion? Free verseinspirationalmay,
Frozen in Time Free verseseasonssnow,snow,
FORGOTTEN TREASURE Light Verseadventure,art,beauty,enco
Putting on Makeup Rhymeintrospection,sad,
Desire Light Versebutterfly,flower,life,los
Love? Bah! Rhymelost love,lovelove,
Real Life Shoe Fable Clerihewhusband
BLACK and BLUE Rhymeabuse,funny,husband,me,
Foreboding Haikumystery,nature
A Song at Sunrise Coupletfaithsong,song,
What Do The Stars Tell A Lover's Heart Free verseadventure,fantasy,happine
The green checkered face Free versefood,happinessheart,heart
Play It Free verseinspirational,love,music,
Twilight's Fading Light Free verselife,nature
Marble in Columns on Green Coupletbrother,daughter,father,h
I Will Be Strong Free verseangst,husband,lossme,
The Beauty of Yore Free versenostalgia
Wandering Soul Free versehappiness,inspirational,n
Sunset on Galway Bay (Haiku No. 34) Haikuinspirational
TRANSFORMATION I do not know?allegory
If You Are Lonely Free verseinspirational,introspecti
Time Out Free versedepression,devotion,fanta
Winter Promise Free versenature
I Am..(Tagged by raul, now i'm tagging Elaine george). Free verseintrospectionbeautiful,be
Brown Sands Lyricintrospection,lifemystery
Dancing at a Temple Rhymedevotion,
DAYBREAK UP HIGH Free verseinspirational
Tea For Two Free verseintrospectionme,me,
Peak District United Kingdom Prose Poetryinspirational
PAPER I do not know?allegoryme,
NINE O'CLOCK Limerickfunny
Frozen Memories Tankaart
Summer's Voice Free verseseasons
Lazy Day Free verselife,nature
I Was Me Biolife,
The First Kiss or That Darn Ann Landers Lyricme,nostalgia,song,travel,
Crimsom Beauty Dramatic Monologueangst
Red Geraniums Free verse 
ZOO FRIGHT Limerickfunny
As I hid Monokumuse,
Three Messengers Narrativeanimals,faith,inspiration
Stretchy Neck Lyricanimals
A ROUND TUIT Shapefunny

Fav Poets

Grace EunSong Lee Korea (South) Flag Korea (South) Read
Constance La France Canada Flag Canada Read
daver austin United States Flag United States Read
Carolyn Devonshire United States Flag United States Read
Carrie Richards United States Flag United States Read
James Foulk United States Flag United States Read
Rick Parise United States Flag United States Read
Debbie Guzzi United States Flag United States Read
Barbara Gorelick United States Flag United States Read
Michelle Mac Donald Canada Flag Canada Read
Charmaine Chircop Malta Flag Malta Read
Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen United States Flag United States Read
James Fraser United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Jayne Eggins Australia Flag Australia Read
kabuteng P.iNk k. Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Joyce Johnson United States Flag United States Read
Robert A. Dufresne United States Flag United States Read
Linda-Marie SweetHeart Italy Flag Italy Read
Maurice Rigoler United States Flag United States Read
Samir Georges Canada Flag Canada Read
Connie Marcum Wong United States Flag United States Read
Margaret Foster Australia Flag Australia Read
Nick Bagnall United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
SKAT A United States Flag United States Read
Edwin Baldwin United States Flag United States Read
linda milgate United States Flag United States Read
Kris Walters United States Flag United States Read
Poet Destroyer A United States Flag United States Read
harry horsman Australia Flag Australia Read
Travis Tapley United States Flag United States Read
Timothy Brumley United States Flag United States Read
Wilma Neels South Africa Flag South Africa Read
Rauwolfia Ra South Africa Flag South Africa Read
Sharon Tideswell United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Tahera Mannan India Flag India Read
Carol Fillmore Canada Flag Canada Read
Jerri Ward United States Flag United States Read
nette onclaud Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Sidney Beck Russian Federation Flag Russian Federation Read
kash poet India Flag India Read
Gwendolen Song United States Flag United States Read
Tony Lane United States Flag United States Read
jack horne United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
gautami phookan India Flag India Read
Black Eyed Susan United States Flag United States Read
Cyndi MacMillan Canada Flag Canada Read
ilene bauer United States Flag United States Read
Matt Hunt United States Flag United States Read
David Williams United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
elizabeth wesley Canada Flag Canada Read
Judy Ball Canada Flag Canada Read
Matthew Anish United States Flag United States Read
Mandy Tams The Golden Girl United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Lizzie Treetop Australia Flag Australia Read
Robert Ludden United States Flag United States Read
Rhonda Johnson-Saunders United States Flag United States Read
Heather Ober Canada Flag Canada Read
Len Gasun Thailand Flag Thailand Read
Joann Grisetti United States Flag United States Read
Painted Hunter United States Flag United States Read
Victoria Anderson-Throop United States Flag United States Read
Elaine George Canada Flag Canada Read
Keith Bickerstaffe United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Phyllis Babcock Canada Flag Canada Read
sharon Winter United States Flag United States Read
Sue Mason United States Flag United States Read
Gert W. Knop Germany Flag Germany Read
Sean Kelly Ireland Flag Ireland Read
Steven Mossburg United States Flag United States Read
Rollo West United States Flag United States Read
Therese Bacha United States Flag United States Read
Laura Breidenthal United States Flag United States Read
Jeremy Martin United States Flag United States Read
Richard Lamoureux Canada Flag Canada Read
Red OMara Australia Flag Australia Read
Monterey Sirak United States Flag United States Read
manel gunatillake Sri Lanka Flag Sri Lanka Read
richard ferry United States Flag United States Read
Eileen Manassian _Not Listed Flag _Not Listed Read
Jon A Cavanaugh United States Flag United States Read
Sandra Adams United States Flag United States Read
Kelly Deschler United States Flag United States Read
Michael Ainsley United States Flag United States Read
LINDA JACKSON United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Roger Horsch United States Flag United States Read
Mark Peterson United States Flag United States Read
Stephen Kilmer United States Flag United States Read
DARREN WATSON United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Faye Gibson United States Flag United States Read
Aiyah Torres Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Andrea Dietrich United States Flag United States Read
Casarah Nance United States Flag United States Read
Paul Callus Malta Flag Malta Read
Joseph May United States Flag United States Read
Vassilis Comporozos Greece Flag Greece Read
JSLambert Mister ROBOTO United States Flag United States Read
Maurice Yvonne Canada Flag Canada Read
JAN ALLISON Isle Of Man Flag Isle Of Man Read
Mark Trichet Australia Flag Australia Read
john fleming United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read