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When you come from having nothing, something means everything.

So, thank you for reading my poetry and GIVING me a chance.


My name is Kelly Deschler and I am 32 years old.

I was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin on March, 4th, 1983. I grew up in the Iola area and attended Iola-Scandinavia School. I started home schooling in the ninth grade, and earned a diploma with honors in 2000. I had a 4.0 GPA, and I graduated a year ahead of my class. It's not much, but it is an accomplishment that I am very proud of myself for completing. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to attend college.

I currently live in Big Falls, Wisconsin. When I'm not writing poetry I enjoy reading, photography, cooking, gardening, listening to music and watching movies.

My favorite poets are Edgar Allan Poe and Percy Shelley. I have also recently discovered Emily Dickinson and Charles Baudelaire.

I have always been a shy person, so poetry is what really allowed me to express myself. I have been writing for about 12 years, but I've only recently been sharing my poetry with others. A few of my poems have been published, along with many other poets, in compilations and anthologies over the past two years. Hopefully, I will have a book of my own someday.

Not Just Any Old Quatrain - Contest Winners

Blog Posted:7/27/2014 7:35:00 PM

Thank you to everyone who supported my contest. I really appreciate it!

There were a few poems that exceeded the line limit, or did not use an ABAB rhyme scheme, so those poems could not be placed.

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the winners!


1  Dorian Grey Abridged - Craig Cornish

1  Cold Salute - John Lawless

1  Melody Rules - Sara Kendrick

1  A Dream Revealed - Robert Lindley

1  Suncatcher - Carrie Richards


2  Tonight I Cry - Frederic Parker

2  One More Day - Joyce Johnson

2  A Tangled Beauty - Mystic Rose

2  Rising From The Ashes - John Beharry

2  Ravaged - Paul Callus


3  The Role of a Lifetime - Abdul Malik

3  A LEGACY SPAN - Olive Eloisa Guillermo

3  TRACING YOUTH'S GLEE - Nette Onclaud

3  Calming My Fears - Rora Onna

3  Watermelon - Faye Gibson

3  The Darkness at Noon - Dr. Upma Sharma


4  Prisoner - Tim Ryerson

4  A Church by the Ocean - Dr. Ram Mehta

4  UP AND AWAY - Sidney Beck

4  Ask Her To Dance - Richard Lamoureux

4  'Love Beyond the Pale - Debbie Guzzi

4  Being Three Years Old - Casarah Nance


5  A Dog's Domestication - Keith Merritt

5  When Marbles Fall - Earl Schumacker

5  Your Hand - Tim Smith

5  Some Dogs - Ilene Bauer

5  Soaring Kites - Mohan Chutani

5  The old rocking chair - Seren Roberts


Honorable Mention - The Phantom Horse - Andrea Dietrich

Honorable Mention - I Dreamt of You Last Night - Arlene Smith



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Date: 7/30/2014 12:54:00 PM
a wonderful challenge, kelly... you inspire.. thank you and cheers to all!
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 7/31/2014 12:10:00 AM
You're welcome, Nette! I'm so glad that you enjoyed this challenge. I wanted it to be a departure from the other contests that I've done. Thank you for the support!
Date: 7/28/2014 8:25:00 PM
Kelly, again, thanks for all your effort in sponsoring the contest. I am still reading some of the winners and see where you would have had a tough time sorting them out.
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 7/29/2014 1:13:00 AM
You're welcome, John. Thank you so much for participating!.... Judging these contests in not easy at all, but it is a lot of fun, too. And, in the end, it's worth putting in the effort when the contests are being enjoyed!
Date: 7/27/2014 11:56:00 PM
Thanks so much for honoring my write by a high placement. I've only read a few entries so far but see that the competition was quite great. Congrats to all the winners ! Time will not allow me to congratulate each poet directly until a later date....
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 7/28/2014 4:27:00 PM
You're very welcome, Robert! This was not an easy contest to judge with so many great poems to choose from. I hope that you will enjoy reading them as much as I have!
Date: 7/27/2014 11:29:00 PM
Congrats to all, Kelly!
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 7/28/2014 4:24:00 PM
Thank you so much for supporting my contest, Andrea!
Date: 7/27/2014 9:09:00 PM
Thank you so very much, Kelly !!! What a great selection of entries, I've loved reading some, and have many more to look at, but they are great poems. Thanks so much for my placement....I'm in good company !! Congrats everyone!
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 7/28/2014 4:23:00 PM
You're welcome, Carrie! I am thankful to have had so many talented poets enter my contest. All of these poems are really great, and I hope you enjoy them as much I did!

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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
9/26/2017 The Going Green Quatrainautumn,change,color,green
5/12/2017 The Web Personificationfear,insect,nature,
2/2/2017 Melt My Heart Quatrainheart,love,romantic,true
11/13/2016 Out of the Blue Free verseblue,deep,feelings,lonely
9/1/2016 Love Me Like That Quatrainlove,meaningful,relations
8/8/2016 Buried Beneath Free versedark,desire,evil,fantasy,
7/11/2016 Wax and Ink Rhymeinspiration,poems,poetry,
6/6/2016 Chained Free versedark,desire,heart,lust,pa
5/5/2016 Silver Waves Upon The Shore Quatraindeath,life,nature,sunset,
3/26/2016 Winds Of Change Coupletchange,future,life,moving
3/20/2016 The Black Cat and The Butterfly Coupletbutterfly,cat,friend,may,
2/9/2016 Wake Me, The Owl, When The Moon Does Rise Personificationbird,fantasy,longing,moon
1/21/2016 Way Back Then When I Was Ten Rhymechildhood,fun,growing up,
12/30/2015 Beautiful Acrosticage,beautiful,beauty,imag
11/11/2015 PoetrySoup Heroes Quatrainencouraging,friend,hero,i
10/22/2015 Scarlett Free versedark,desire,fantasy,myste
10/12/2015 Until The Sun Rises Rhymeautumn,family,halloween,l
9/23/2015 A Change Of Heart - Etheree Ethereeautumn,change,heart,love,
9/12/2015 Grow Quatraindream,growth,heart,hope,i
9/12/2015 Cursed Quatrainanger,death,death of a fr
8/30/2015 Someday, Sometime, Somewhere Free versefuture,hope,longing,love,
8/19/2015 Falling Rhymemetaphor,miss you,rain,ro
8/10/2015 March Acrosticmarch,nature,seasons,snow
8/7/2015 Midnight In The Library Pantoumbooks,night,october,repet
8/7/2015 Two Years Ago Rhymeanniversary,family,friend
7/30/2015 The Hunchback Coupletcharacter,freedom,image,j
7/22/2015 When I Get Low Rhymeabuse,bullying,childhood,
7/6/2015 Shadow Play Quatrainfantasy,mystery,night,sol
7/3/2015 Drunken By The Moon Haikubeauty,moon,nature,
6/20/2015 Draw The Line Coupletanger,feelings,poetry,war
6/8/2015 A Peaceful Place Versebird,memory,nature,night,
5/31/2015 Unchambered Free versedark,death,freedom,hope,h
5/21/2015 When We First Met Quatrainremember,romance,summer,
5/16/2015 Haunted Free versedark,death,destiny,gothic
5/13/2015 I Am An Owl Personificationbird,fear,identity,me,mys
5/6/2015 Atonement Free versedark,deep,forgiveness,hur
5/3/2015 On Love's Turbulent Sea Versefeelings,love,metaphor,se
4/27/2015 Over The Moon Quatrainfeelings,heart,love,moon,
4/25/2015 I See You In The Shadows Free versecare,fear,friend,identity
4/21/2015 In My Dreams Quatraindream,fantasy,longing,mys
4/17/2015 For Only A Moment Pantoumabsence,break up,loneline
4/7/2015 When I Leave This World Coupletcar,death,lost love,myste
3/24/2015 Captivation Prosedesire,longing,love,miss
3/11/2015 Alone Together Rhymechildhood,friend,lonely,p
3/4/2015 My Birthday Wish Rhymebirthday,
2/17/2015 Can You Spare A Teardrop Quatraincry,emotions,feelings,how
2/10/2015 Broken Hearted - JTAP Limerickdeath,friend,heartbroken,
2/7/2015 We Push The Pen Quatrainpoems,poetry,poets,senses
2/3/2015 Sweet Talk Rhymecandy,cute love,valentine
1/26/2015 Home Sweet Home Free verseheart,home,lonely,longing
1/16/2015 Creature In The Night Verseanimal,howl,moon,mystery,
1/10/2015 Stand By Me Quatrainbest friend,care,friend,f
12/31/2014 Carried Away Versedeep,fantasy,happiness,im
12/31/2014 Oblivious Rhymeabuse,child,hurt,life,me,
12/18/2014 A Heart Never Used Versefeelings,hate,heart,hurt,
11/30/2014 A Joyless Job Sonnetchildhood,humor,jobs,snow
11/29/2014 A Christmas Snow Quatrainchristmas,holiday,joy,nos
11/22/2014 A Visit From Santa Claus Epicchristmas,eve,fantasy,hol
11/16/2014 Another Day Quatrainart,life,poets,success,ti
11/9/2014 The Poets I Hope to Meet in Heaven - A Tribute to Chan Hurst 1979-2014 Rhymededication,farewell,frien
11/2/2014 Lost Treasures Free verseadventure,fantasy,romanti
10/23/2014 Red Roses Fade To Black Iambic Pentameterdeath,flower,lost love,me
10/14/2014 Let Me Go Quatrainfreedom,how i feel,longin
10/5/2014 The Dark Legend Of Haunted Road Rhymehalloween,horror,murder,m
10/4/2014 Behind These Red Brick Walls Rhymefuture,house,inspiration,
9/19/2014 Gone Forever Rhymeautumn,nature,sky,summer,
9/19/2014 The leaf Iambic Pentameterautumn,nature,summer,wate
9/7/2014 Knowing Kelly Rhymeart,girl,identity,life,me
9/5/2014 On Halloween Night Rhymecelebration,death,family,
8/31/2014 The Ferris Wheel Rhymefun,happy,night,nostalgia
8/19/2014 We Will Never Know Verseabsence,beach,longing,los
8/9/2014 Darkness Of Night Free versedark,death,goodbye,gothic
8/7/2014 One Year Ago Coupletanniversary,appreciation,
8/4/2014 Autumn Leaves Elegyautumn,death,friend,metap
7/25/2014 These Red Brick Walls Rhymefuture,history,house,me,m
7/13/2014 Aboard The Titanic - Part 2 Quatrainboat,fear,history,life,ni
7/6/2014 Paint With Fire Acrosticart,inspiration,passion,p
6/27/2014 Summer Rain Acrosticdance,joy,music,nature,ra
6/26/2014 Aboard The Titanic Quatrainboat,fear,history,journey
6/18/2014 Questions Unanswered Quatraindepression,family,suicide
6/14/2014 Nobody Knows Lyricchange,feelings,friendshi
6/4/2014 Hide Me Free verseabuse,fear,freedom,how i
5/27/2014 A Letter To Edgar Allan Poe Rhymeinspiration,poems,poetry,
5/22/2014 Pure Imagination Personificationchildhood,fun,giggle,girl
5/16/2014 Mourning Since Dawn Free versecry,grief,morning,mother,
5/16/2014 Resting Quatraindream,peace,senses,sleep,
5/12/2014 Into The Sunset Quatraincar,freedom,sky,summer,su
5/8/2014 Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue Quatraindaughter,flower,garden,gr
5/8/2014 The Tomboy Coupletchildhood,fun,gender,grow
4/30/2014 A Daydream Quatraindream,longing,lost love,r
4/26/2014 Ever-Bright Eyes Quatraindeep,feelings,heart,how i
4/26/2014 Chemistry Quatrainlove,relationship,science
4/19/2014 Under A Red Moon Quatrainchange,identity,magic,moo
4/4/2014 In Your Dreams Quatraindream,kiss,love,nature,ni
4/4/2014 WISCONSIN Acrosticamerica,farm,home,nature,
3/26/2014 Heaven's Mood Ring Free versechange,dark,moon,night,sk
3/21/2014 Forgotten By Tomorrow Free verseblue,cry,dark,deep,loneli
3/19/2014 She Never Believed Rhymeadventure,fairy,fantasy,f
3/7/2014 Rolling Thunder And A Gentle Rain Quatrainnature,rain,rainbow,sky,s
3/7/2014 Memories On Branches Quatrainautumn,memory,nature,spri

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Girl, Interrupted Dramatic Verseabsence,abuse,change,depr
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Moon is my Muse Sonnetbeauty,moon,snow,earth,mo
Love poem for a witch Free versebeauty,dark,love,magic,
Beating love Free verseromance,romantic,
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middle earth Free versedream,earth,moon,stars,un
Hunger Free verseromance,romantic,
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Quija board Free versehorror
DARKNESS of the LIGHT Rhymebusiness,celebration,fear
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half way Free versesad,stars,
shadows return Free versesad,sorrow,
The Signal Iambic Pentameterabsence,boat,lonely,longi
FORGOTTEN TREASURE- The Rebirth Light Poetrybeauty,deep,growing up,in
NO One In Particular Free versefor her,
Lonely Bard Sonnetcreation,dedication,poems
If You Would Know Light Poetryanger,violence,
Let The Little Bird Fly Rhymebird,visionary,
Seven Years In Repose I do not know?anniversary,
Last Summer of the Lonely Widow Sonnetloneliness,
Change of Season Coupletlost love,sad love,
- Do Not Hide Your Tears - Shapecry,
deceased heart Free versedark,universe,
Suicide Prevention Quatraindark,lost love,
O Love, My Love Quatrainlife,love,romance,romanti
Another Life Coupletfeelings,longing,love,tog
answer love Free verseromance,
The Blood Stained Bridge Heroic Coupletsallegory,
Where It Begun Rhymedeath,life,nature,
Love never fades Rhymelonging,love,
Atlantis Epicbeautiful,fire,grave,imag
In Every Outcry Dramatic Verseabuse,angst,conflict,free
The Paper Free versefarewell,
within the blue Free verseabsence,love,
Falling Into Lifes Sad Pit Rhymeheartbroken,how i feel,lo
EDGER ALL POE Free versecharacter,dark,history,im
Cupid Crowns You King Of Creeps Rhymelove hurts,relationship,s
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They Hold Me Together Rhymepoetry,together,voice,wor
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Unloved Acrosticheart,heart,
I Am Free verseintrospection,
Dream Boy Rhymefor him,hair,love,me,song
A Dance in the Dark Free versefarewell,first love,longi
A Journey Through Eternity Rhymeanger,future,happiness,ho
Above the Blue Twilight Quatrainfirst love,love,moon,
love's rose Free verseromance,rose,
cold moon Free verseromance,
A Child's Christmas Rhymechristmas,
The Flight of Tempest Reigned Balladanalogy,deep,devotion,fee
The Lady of WhiteLace Castle Rhymefantasy,imagination,lost
THE BROKEN DOLL Free verseabuse,childhood,conflict,
Poet Convention 2014 Free versecelebration,character,ded
Houston we have a problem Alliterationabsence,cry,desire,feelin
wolf moon Haikulonely,
A Night At The Desolate Harbor Free versedeath of a friend,memory,
UNBECOMING Elegyloneliness,
Your Always A Part Of Me For Eternity Rhymelife,love,relationship,ro
Dracula castle Free versesad,
Deep and Dark Poets Free verseanti bullying,blue,cry,da
Voices in my head Rhymecrazy,music,
lucky star Free verseromance,romantic,
Flights of Fancy Free versefantasy,imagination,
Flickering Shadows Free verseadventure,
Verses of The Poet Rhymeimagery,poetry,
To Endear Me To You Lyrichow i feel,innocence,intr
Dragonflies Dancing Free versebeauty,dance,nature,
A Butterfly Inside Lyricbutterfly,death,freedom,m
My lunar Cycle Free verselife,
Poet's spirit, Warrior's heart Rhymelove,song,spiritual,unive
I Can Not Change Free versechange,
When The Poetry Fades Away I do not know?angel,baby,jesus,love,
The Tenderest of the Roses Light Poetryrose,
Leaf Sonnetmemory,nature,
Halloween's Mask of Comfort Rhymedesire,halloween,
The Last Leaf Light Poetryautumn,beauty,nature,
October Envy Free verseautumn,beauty,seasons,sum
Midnight Poet Free verseaddiction,character,devot
Alice through the Looking Glass Free versedeath,life,old,
One Autumn Night Rhymeautumn,beautiful,beauty,n
ONE AUTUMN NIGHT Free verseautumn,beauty,night,
spend the day with poetry Free versepoetry,
One Autumn Night Verseautumn,love,
Peace to All Out There in the Darkness Balladpoetry,
Remembrance in Poetry Free verseremember,
Poetry Pillar Odebeauty,creation,desire,lo
Persistence Furthers Balladpoetry,
Images of feathers Alliterationallusion,devotion,epic,lo
The Wintered Soul Among Wisteria Sonnetgrief,
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