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For the past several years, we have been running a free
monthly contest with the subject matter being specified
and the prizes being books by our Poet Laureates. Indeed,
the responses were numerous and the quality of work
outstanding. The books given as prizes were paid for by
our Poet Laureates themselves with no request on their
part for remuneration. We can't thank them enough. While
we would love to offer cash prizes, we have been
unsuccessful in our attempts to raise money to do so,
therefore we are sad to announce that 2002 will be our
last year for the contest. Please spend a moment or two
reading the winning entries below and those on the
previous years' links. They are truly wonderful pieces of
writing. We wish all our poets the best of luck with
their work and thank them for gracing our site.
-- Editor, Nan Nichols Crussell
winner for December
Category: "Being Alone for the
times and treasures
a thought of youth
and holiday pleasures
a family sharing
love and peace
and soulful caring
song for the soul
the night stands still
with the blanketed earth
cold winter chill
in the spirit of love
a gift to us all
the child from above
longing my heart
has the time of friends near
for my mother and father
a brother so dear
away into heaven
times of my youth
were all of the best
a family blessed
kept us together
hearts in our quest
angels of Christmas
are some that we know
let peace and love
be the treasures to show
search through the stars
on this heavenly night
the meaning is there
in the wonderful light
take to his arms
with loved ones near
have peace in your life
all through the year
Submitted by Brownie Vaught
from Martinsville, Indiana
winner for November
Category: "Stars, Comets or the
FROM THE MOON
would like to write a poem,
And place it gently on the moon...
Beside the flag, left all alone,
Atop that crest of shadowed dune
it would stand, without a blemish
Not a fold, or wrinkled edge
And it would leave a simple message
Of deepest love, I'd wish to pledge
calm would overlook Earth's toil,
But never change its pleasant smile...
Upon that face, within its soil,
That we have viewed from many miles
for whomever cares to read,
It would become their welcome home...
To say, "Hello, come rest in peace,
Your heart will never be alone"
I have left a part of life,
Within a silent lover's tomb...
To share with travelers of the night,
Upon their journeys to the moon
Submitted by Michael Timothy Salazar
from Virginia Beach, VA
winner for October
Category: "When Love Is Done"
spring, no longer in my step--
I cringe to greet each day.
My taste for food--no longer there--
Gloom encamps to stay.
toss and turn throughout the night,
As sleep escapes my try--
Dreaming haunts the naps I get--
And time is loth to fly.
much is changed from what I felt--
The world-- a different place--
Am I the person that I was?
Is this a different face?
that was when we were a pair--
And now, I'm only one.
Your presence caused reflected glow--
But gone now is my sun.
I coped--before we met--
And I may--another day--
How I long for the way I felt--
When SURE your love would stay!
Submitted by William R. Woodall
from Akron, Ohio
winner for September
Category: "Back to School"
stood and reminisced today
about learning the "golden rule"
as I dropped my daughter off
for her very first day of school.
watched a little boy crying
with his head tucked in his hands
and I heard him mutter through his tears,
asked my daughter if she knew the boy
and she said, "His name is Tommy
and he's been standing there all by himself
just crying for his mommy."
thought to myself what a big step it was
considering his age and size
and it broke my heart when I looked into
his frightened, tear-filled eyes.
wanted to reach out my arms to him
and hold him oh so tight
and tell him, "Please don't worry;
everything will be alright."
I saw my daughter point at me
as his tears ceased to fall.
My curiosity got the best of me,
so I inched closer along the wall.
heard her answer him with a grin.
She was speaking straight to Tommy,
when she said, "Oh, that lady crying there?
Don't worry, that's just my mommy!"
Submitted by Linda Ellis from Marietta, GA
winner for August
lesson was learned by Miss Greedy
Who wore her shoplifted bikini.
She heard a loud pop,
and off came her top
And had nothing on in betweenie!
Submitted by Ulrike Thompson
from Pittsburgh, PA
We had a couple of runners-up in this
month's contest by poets who approached the
subject well. But it is unusual for us to
short, concise writing that is well done, so we
selected this one for its uniqueness!)
winner for July
Category: "Car Phones"
childhood I'd pooh-pooed this 'saw',
'Bout those who are not able,
To munch on gum while they walk'--
Like Aesop---just a fable.
then I met some living proof,
That maybe this is TRUE!
Seen several souls who struggled so--
Juggling tasks they do.
it seems all doubt is gone,
I have the proof I need--
Technology has come of age--
Produced a nit-wit breed.
all the idiotic stunts,
That driving safety's seen--
Few are worse than those who phone--
While driving their machine!
up there with those who drink--
Are those who talk and drive,
Their brains so badly over-taxed--
Need LUCK to stay alive!
PARK and phone--(if phone you must)--
Get out and take a WALK--
I'll even buy a pack of GUM--
Try Chewing, while you TALK.
Submitted by William R. Woodall
from Akron, Ohio
winner for May
nights are not so bad
The world is still going 'round,
And if you stop to listen
Then you will hear all its magical
sound of a baby breathing
The surf upon the shore,
The grandfather clock chiming
Your loved one as he walks in the door.
Time to think or feel,
Nighttime is the best time
Quiet moments that you can steal.
you see, insomnia's not so bad
I can sit and write a poem,
In the peacefulness of the night
At long last alone.
Submitted by Gladys Cairo
winner for June
Mr. Aikens is not at home,
You can call him later.
That's when he'll be back at home.
Who me? I'm just his neighbor.
in this world is free.
Everything has its own little fee.
And no I don't want a set of knives,
I've already got twenty-three!
everyday has got to be a crime
For this you should go to jail.
Oh, you're selling blocks from telemarketer
Send mine in the mail!
Submitted by Jaron Aikens
from Silver Spring, Maryland
winner for March
Category: "St. Patrick's Day"
St. Patrick, he sat down and wrote,
With his quill and his ink he made note
That each subsequent year,
On that date he held dear,
The Black Stuff would flow down his
each anniversary passed,
His neighbours were joining him fast,
And by year number ten
A hundred young men
Got sloshed from a vat that was vast.
the time that St. Pat passed away
Which was thirty years on to the day,
I swear it's no joke --
There were thousands of folk
Who got wrecked by the grave where he
tradition has grown all the while,
And in March every year, with some style,
The flags are unfurled
All over the world,
Not just in the Emerald Isle.
Submitted by Michael Bell-Scott
from Isle of Man, British Isles
winner for April
"Demon Rum, Hootch, and Booze!"
is my favourite chum,
Cheers me up when I am glum,
Lets me help him make a stew,
He says it is a special brew,
And calls it Demon Rum!
says his hootch is best,
Stands out miles from all the rest,
He says it has a secret factor,
Being brewed in a reactor,
And puts it to the test!
really likes his booze,
But I don't really share his views,
Once he made me have a sip,
My poor stomach did a flip,
Oh dear, poor Granddad's shoes!
by Kerri Fordham from
Pagham, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, UK
winner for January
TO CURE THE HICCUPS
your nose and pat your head.
Count your toes and paint them red.
Stretch and yawn the alphabet.
Are they gone?
your pants with chicken soup.
Tap dance in a Hula Hoop.
Stuff a sleeve with cantaloupe.
Did they leave?
your bed with cottage cheese.
Place your head between your knees.
Twist your ear and bite your shoe.
Did they disappear?
Submitted by Eric Ode from Bonney Lake, WA
winner for February
til now, my life was simple
Nothing that I couldn't handle
But technology beckoned, it was all over town
So I bought a computer with no money
said I'd be up and running in no time flat
Just plug it in, it's as easy as that
You'll be on the web, and you could send e-mail
It's really so easy, you just can't fail
was easy at first, no time did I waste
and I learned in an hour how to cut and paste
But over the year, I wanted to do more
Little did I know what was really in
I'm confused, the darn thing always crashes
It doesn't do what I want, I'm ready to smash
I've loaded so many programs, probably close to
And now there's no more room left on my hard
USB, routers, Burners, DVD's
I've spent thousand of dollars, someone help me,
Networks, memory, modems, firewalls to be safer
Forget it!! I'm going back to pencil and
Submitted by Daniel Ciccarelli
from Euclid, Ohio
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