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Poem This Picture Contest Months / March / April 30, 2011

 

Shanna Baldwin Moore, US

 

The Winner is . . .

 

 

Bernard Gieske, US

 

Couplets

Knocking

Here I am knocking on this door
Really I don’t know yet what for

It isn’t all black and white to me
There’s still a bit of mystery

I need not slide each latch aside
I could quickly take a peek inside

Are my eyes deceiving me?
I may not even need a key

But then there is this oddity
Should I satisfy my curiosity

Here I am knocking on this door
Still wondering just what for

 

Participants in the March / April 30, 2011 Poem This Picture Contest

The following eleven poets from four countries contributed twelve poems to this contest.

Paticipants: Roberta Beary, US; Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Cezar F. Ciobīcă, RO; Bernard Gieske, US; Diane Mayr, US; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Keith A Simmonds, TT; Barbara A. Taylor, AU; Sunil Uniyal, IN; Diane Wassman, US; Neal Whitman, US.

Countries: India, Philippians, Romania, United States

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Haiku

Bernard Gieske, US

doubly locked hearts
mysteries of our love
never to part

 

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Sunil Uniyal, IN

 

Free Verse

The palace-door has been shut by delusion;
The key that can open it is only love.

Thus, as you enter, awaken your Beloved;
O friend, don't let this opportunity move.

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Based on a poem of Kabir, the mystic-saint poet of medieval India.
 

 

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Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN

 

Couples

Mismatch

If the door of an old iron chest
By a mismatch door replaced
With latches fitted opposite each other’s place
And two knobbed handles in very insufficient space-
It is doubtful if the chest be ever faithful
In responding to the master’s pull.
Anything genuine has its intrinsic value,
Of whatever the quality, it is true;
All items misfit, counter match, hybrid or just for show
Would give you trouble, today or tomorrow-
It is applicable to humans and things alike
Now or in future the idea must strike.

 

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Bernard Gieske, US

 

Couplets

Knocking

Here I am knocking on this door
Really I don’t know yet what for

It isn’t all black and white to me
There’s still a bit of mystery

I need not slide each latch aside
I could quickly take a peek inside

Are my eyes deceiving me?
I may not even need a key

But then there is this oddity
Should I satisfy my curiosity

Here I am knocking on this door
Still wondering just what for

 

5

Willie R. Bongcaron, PH

 

Haiku

country villa…
the bolts, locks and knobs
of an old door

 

6

Neal Whitman, US

 

Free Verse

Shuttering

Shut in. Shut out.
Shut up. Shut down.
Dead as a dodo.
Dead as a door knob.
No trespassing.
No soliciting.
Close the door.
Don't let the lies in.
The truth is
I don't love you anymore
so I'm gonna' change the lock.

 

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Diane Mayr, US

 

Tanka

rusted hinges...
a door always open
through april rains
the fusty apple tree
once again blooms

 

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Keith A Simmonds, TT

 

Haiku

behind bolted bars...
broken hearts meditating
on a war-torn world

 

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Diane Wassman, US

 

Haiku

so deep - so blue - my heart does wonder - at the sea

 

10

Roberta Beary, US

 

Haiku

cellar door—
all i don't want
to remember

 

11

Cezar F. Ciobīcă, RO

 

Haiku

time lapse
and collapse in a word—
sabi
 

 

12

Barbara A. Taylor, AU

 

Haiku

new wisdom
opening the doors
of perception

 

13

Charles Tarlton, US

 

Haiku

on an old door
dividing black and white
—not really locked

 

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Poem This Picture Contest

 

Write a poem in any form for this Picture. Send our entry to PoemThisPicture@poetrywriting.org by Midnight, Monday, April 25, 2011.  The winning poem will be published in the next issue of Sketchbook. Click here to see a full sized image: March / April  30, 2011.

 

 

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