So I bragged on facebook about my winning poems. This is the first time I’ve ever won anything for my poetry, so I’m pretty encouraged. I joined the ASPS – Alabama State Poetry Society and submitted about 15 poems in different categories/contests, and three were chosen.
Category 9: Thelassic Poem – 3rd Honorable Mention
that July morning
at Siesta Key
a delegation of starfish
drew us all together
as we dipped our toes
in the warm gulf waters
beachgoers laughing and squealing
pointing and talking to each other
splashing and swimming
among the starfish that day
we formed a temporary friendship
over the joy of the ocean’s offerings
years later across the land
“Remember when” will be heard
and tales of the starfish
will be told
Category 2: The Mary (Mickey) Cleverdon Memorial Award – 3rd Place
Music of Creation
The music of the woods
Is not just the song of the bird
But the beat of the brook
The harmony of wind and leaf
A twig, a scamper, layers
The music of the ocean
Is not just the cry of the gulls
But the crash of the waves
The melody of wind and water
A splash, a scrape, laughter
The music of the snow
Is not just the hoot of the owl
But the patter of flakes
The rhythm of wind and white
A crunch, a frost, whispers
The music of the world
Is not just a song, a cry, a hoot
It’s beating, crashing, pattering
It’s harmony, melody and rhythm
A symphonious creation
Category 3: A Spiritual Journey – 1st Place
Are there only ten instructions?
I can do that
I believe in God
You know, GOD
I don’t have any statues in my house
Football trophies don’t count, right?
OMG- that’s not really saying it, right?
Yes, I call myself a Christian
I go to the early service
(Doesn’t interfere with the game)
Yes, sir/No, sir
That’s so old fashioned
Murder in my heart? My thoughts count?
Honestly, I only buy it for the articles
It’s not plagiarism if I change a couple words
Little white lies don’t hurt anyone
Who in the world are Ananias and Sapphira? A rock band?
No, I don’t want my neighbor’s truck
I want my own
What? I thought you said ten
There are only really two?
Why didn’t you say so?
With ALL my heart, soul, and mind?
That’s a tough one
I like my neighbors – I always wave
I even put money in that kettle every December
Love them as much as I love me?
I’ll get back to you