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And the Winners Are ...

I enjoyed reading the entries for this random word poetry contest. There are three winners, each has a unique voice and perspective.  Here they are:

The Casting Up of the Bested Sailors of a Sunken Ship
By Ed Pacht

I heard slivers of a harpy's tune,

lilting, luminous, distant in the mist,

in the stillness of the lackluster grey

of a leaden sky whose ebony smudges

seemed endowed with darksome portent

of a storm that soon would burst its bonds,

releasing roaring winds and pounding rains,

and bring to an end the carefree voyage

undertaken with my peers upon a sunny day.

I heard the faint, appealing singing,

and by it thought to find a sheltered cove,

some safety on terrestrial shores,

but the island haven that I sought

was miserly in granting refuge to the lost,

and my vessel on the rocks was broken,

spewing forth all that were on board,

and as we landed in that land of singing,

those that sang, revealed in their full stature,

caught and ate each one that landed,

sparing only me to …

A Reminder about the Contest Deadline

Tuesday, October 19 is the last day to submit poems using the random word list.  So far I have received 4 entries, inlcuding a submission from each of last year's winners.

Here is the list of words to be used. 

endowed
lackluster
smudges
burst its bonds
harpy's tune
carefree
sunken ship
miserly
full stature
ebony
luminous
lilting
distant
sheltered
pounding
slivers
casting up
bested
terrestrial
peers

They really were randomly selected, but they do suggest themes that move in a certain direction.

Please send me your submissions as soon as possible.

Best wishes,
Alice C. Linsley

Poetry Contest: Randomly Selected Words

Contestants have 2 weeks to use all of the following words or all but 3 of the words in a single poem. The 3 words that are not used in the body of the poem must be used in the title.

Submit your poem to Editor at aproeditor - at- gmail - dot -com and I will post the winners on October 20.

endowed
lackluster
smudges
burst its bonds
harpy's tune
carefree
sunken ship
miserly
full stature
ebony
luminous
lilting
distant
sheltered
pounding
slivers
casting up
bested
terrestrial
peers

Random Word Poetry Contest

Each year I post a list of randomly selected words that can be used to write a poem and I post the best poems.  Tomorrow the list will appear with instructions on how to compete.

Here are the winners from last year's contest:

Lay of the Angry Jiggler of the Smooth Speckled Stones
by Ed Pacht (June 2009)

Caring for none, dryer than death,
his empty spirit falling away,
he trudges onward in a weary road,
with a smoldering bitterness deep within
that pierces like a painful splinter,
laboring longer, clenching fists,
longing for he knows not what,
and never coming to find it..

Before him looms a towering presence,
a pair of dark forbidden portals,
opening to a land of ugliness and deep despair,
reeking with the smell of rotting broken eggs,
with a doom forecast for those who fall into its lure,
drawn by their own deep hidden hatreds,
straggling or stranded in their horrid grip,
and falling through those gates into that smoking pit.

But in his ears there is a hint of harmony,
a quiet so…