Vacation Humor Contest - Carolyn Devonshire's Blog

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Bloggers PhotoBorn in New Jersey, I now live in Florida.  I was a journalist for many years and joined Poetry Soup to share poems and make new friends.  

My poetry is very direct and to the point, even if I am sometimes a bit long winded.  I am struggling now to master the shorter verse forms.  Most of my poems tell stories, all are inspired by deep feelings on a very wide range of topics. 

I have written four novels, so writing a narrative verse is a nice change for me.  I love hearing from other writers and always try to respond when someone makes a comment.  I enjoy reading others' works as much as I enjoy writing my own.

Fishing, furry creatures and football are among my greatest loves.  I have no tolerance for bigotry and hatred.  "Judge not lest ye be judged" is my favorite quote.

I have few fears, but sharks and alligators are among them.  I also fear for the future of our world.

Vacation Humor Contest

Blog Posted:7/11/2014 1:47:00 PM
Everything that can go wrong on a vacation has happened in the past couple weeks. I'll need some laughs when I get home at the end of July and would like to read some poems that describe "vacation mishaps." Limericks are preferred, but rhymes are also acceptable. I will be looking for a few things: 1) HUMOR 2) how well you follow the chosen poetic form, but I'm not checking meter 3) grammar, punctuation, etc. 4) poems should be between 5 and 15 lines. If you do a triple limerick, make sure it is funny throughout all three verses. 5) co-writes are acceptable You don't have to put a date on your poem unless you want to do so. Your poem doesn't have to be new. You may put your name on your entry if you wish, but it's not required. If English is not your native language and you make note of this at the end of your poem, you will be allowed some leeway with grammar and punctuation. I have little computer access until I return home, but I hope you feel inspired to write about things that go wrong on vacations So far, I've had canceled flights, double and even triple credit card charges for one flight, airport delays, hours spent on runways waiting for air traffic control to give the pilot an okay, missing luggage and more. Take my cares away with your witty writes! Perhaps I should offer a prize to join me on my European vacation in October. LOL Maybe that prize should go to a loser. Have fun with this! Make all of us laugh! (I'll return to the Soup at the end of July, but I might have a chance to read some of the entries while I'm traveling) Love to all, Carolyn
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Date: 7/14/2014 10:24:00 PM
A few lines over the limit will not disqualify a poem, but if you go past 20 lines, the poem is not moving to round two. There are a few very good entries. Thanks!
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Date: 7/12/2014 3:31:00 PM
Some entries are too long, even though they are fun to read. Hope folks check the rules, which are pretty simple actually. Thanks to all who are participating!
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Date: 7/12/2014 12:10:00 PM
Happy vacation Carolyn, cool idea for a poem based on your blog, James :)
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Date: 7/11/2014 10:05:00 PM
Carolyn, I don't know if it is that funny but we had a vacation that was a real horror show when Our kids were small. If only I could remember all the details. Not sure how it would go over in limerick style but maybe I will think on it. Cool idea for your contest.
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Date: 7/11/2014 4:20:00 PM
I've never been upon a formal vacation *.* I guess it wasn't meant to be for a lost child such as me (* Good luck everyone and make Precious Carolyn Smile a bit....KLove *
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Date: 7/11/2014 4:18:00 PM
Sounds like it will be a fun of luck the rest of your trip...Tim
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Date: 7/11/2014 2:33:00 PM
Oh Carolyn your misfortune on holiday will be our gain with some humourous poems for you to enjoy. Hope things get better for you soon and everything goes smoothly from now on. Hugs Jan xxx
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