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Poem This Picture Contest November / December  2010

 

Shanna Baldwin Moore, US

 

The Winners are . . . Bernard Gieske, US and Diane Mayr, US

 

 

Bernard Gieske, US

 

Couplets

An Alleluia Refrain

out of the night
escapes the light
atop the mountain
an Alleluia refrain

 

 

Diane Mayr, US

 

Haiku

new glasses...
the reflective sparkle
of yesterday's snow

 

Participants in the November / December  31 Poems This Picture Contest

The following thirteen poets from ten countries contributed thirteen poems to this contest.

Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Alan S. Bridges, US; Ralf Bröker, DE; Cezar-Florian Ciobîcă, FR; Bernard Gieske, US; Gabor G. Gyukics HU / US; Peggy Heinrich, US; Alegria Imperial, CA; Jacek Margolak, PL; Diane Mayr, US; Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu, RO; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Barbara A Taylor, AU;

Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hungry, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Trinidad and Tobago, United States

1

Barbara A. Taylor, AU

 

Haiku

fleecy clouds
a reclining snow queen
straddles bleak valleys

 

2

Ralf Bröker, DE

 

Free Verse

Icy Leviathan

The plane has left the summer island,
the sun shines cold above the clouds.
When suddenly the top of an old white giant
breaks through the duvet. A woman shouts.

And now it is silent!
What a majestic peace.
All heads are bowed,
'till someone wants some cheese.

Hey, wonderful colossus,
you icy leviathan.
Tell the world about ages,
about our vain command.

 

3

Willie R. Bongcaron, PH

 

Haiku

morning sun...
the mountains are ready
for their winter dress

 

4

Peggy Heinrich, US

 

Haiku

a blast of sunlight
explodes on the ocean floor
a new life form stirs

 

5

Gabor G. Gyukics HU / US

 

Free Verse

Unititled

the sun sparkles at a car window
red drops of rays form circles
on the windshield

white peaks turn dark
as the globe rotates

thick clouds assemble
to take over the mountains
that need no cover

 

6

Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu, RO

 

Free Verse

Hidden

I shall follow the mountain's shadow
loosing my way in the desert of snow
my footprints won't melt
finding a traveller's refuge
in a cloud oasis

Behind me I will leave a mark
with my left hand
on the bare rock
to become dust again
in the evening wind

 

7

Alan S. Bridges, US

 

Haiku

winter sun
so many shades
of white

 

8

Jacek Margolak, PL

 

Untitled

early climbing
the mountain's shadow
deepens the precipice


mountain sun
a short stop between
the edge


mountaineering
only my shadow
still follows me


mountain peak
in the sunlight—
the silence

 

9

Keith A. Simmonds, TT

 

Haiku

majesty of light
embracing the dawn...
tribute to Nature

 

10

Diane Mayr, US

 

Haiku

new glasses...
the reflective sparkle
of yesterday's snow
 

 

11

Alegria Imperial, CA

 

Free Verse

Love's Birthing

I was told an island
rises to its toes when love is
spoken:


waves mount on clouds
birds turn dolphins singing.
Flowers bedded on
corals spew beads at


sunrise, winging up as
galaxies mutely
winking at words.


When love is
spoken, Earth shifts axis, faces
eyes limpidness had irked,


takes flings nudged out of
madness—shards shooting as if
aimed though swirling--
and breathes:


first, a shroud shields the pain, next,
a rainbow clears those eyes
for birthing.

 

12

Cezar-Florian Ciobîcă, FR

 

Haiku

filling the gaps
between cumulus clouds—
sound of a plane

 

13

Bernard Gieske, US

 

Couplets

An Alleluia Refrain

out of the night
escapes the light
atop the mountain
an Alleluia refrain

 

 

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