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Results for Poem This Picture Contest March / April 2012

 

Moderator Shanna Baldwin Moore, US

 

The Winners are . . .

 

   7: First Place Winner  

Free Verse

Painted Skies

The recent earthquake
Left a huge crater
Between the mountains.
Even the clouds felt
Its strong impact and
Scattered in the skies,
Leaving behind what
Looked uncannily
Like the hasty strokes,
Of an amateur
Artist’s paint brush.

~Sandra Martyres, IN

   17: Third Place Winner  

Haiku

spring unbound
a sudden weightlessness
of sky

~Catherine J.S. Lee, US
 




   13: Second Place Winner  

Free Verse

The Heaven and the Earth

The wind tousling
all the clouds
They spilled
over the distant wasteland
Kerning with the cliffs
by the dusty road
they will travel forever
With my imagination
I paint the footprints
of an invisible passer
with a handful of sand
on his palm
where they touch -
the Heaven and the Earth

~Evica Kraljić, CR

 

Participants in the March / April  30, 2012 Poem This Picture Contest

The following twenty-four poets from ten countries contributed twenty-five poems to this contest.

Paticipants:  Pris Campbell, US; Cezar F. Ciobīcă, RO; John Daleiden, US; Tracy Davidson, UK; Daniel de Cullį; Bernard Gieske, US; Harvey Jenkins, CA; Alegria Imperial, CA; Anisoara Iordache, RO; Evica Kraljić, CR; Štefanija Ludvig, Croatia; Sandra Martyres, IN; Catherine J.S. Lee, US; Tonka Lovric, CR; Joan McNerney, US; Cristian Mocanu, RO; Rita Odeh, IL; Asim Kumar Paul, IN; Djurdja Vukelic Rozic, Croatia; Radhey Shiam, IN; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Gheorghe Postelnicu Stops, RO; Diana Teneva, BG; Saša Važić, Serbia

Countries: Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, India, Israel, Romania, Serbia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States

1

Free Verse

The Wind And The Cloud

The blue sky, tints of white clouds,
The horizon, the grand contour,
Wind moves the cloud, sends clear message,
Love touches the earth and the soul,
and accomplishes everything of worldly use.

~Asim Kumar Paul, IN

 

2

Haiku

O sing two Voices
With all its pearls clouds
Daily with the Sky

~Daniel de Cullį, ES/US

 

3

My love is a butterfly

My love is a butterfly
large as the mountain,
so with my wings
I can cover bare Earth
and calm down hot Summers
I can give shelter to the trees
when the acid rains start to fall
I can love so much thee
so blessed am I above all.

~Djurdja Vukelic Rozic, Croatia

 

4

Free Verse

once upon a ... sky
12.12.12 12:12 -
13, 14 and so on...

~Gheorghe Postelnicu Stops, RO

 

5

Haiku

motionless white clouds
adorn the blue morning sky...
spasms of light

~Keith A. Simmonds, TT

 

6

Free Verse

Will winds carry
my prayers to heaven?

~Joan McNerney, US

 

   7: First Place Winner  

Free Verse

Painted Skies

The recent earthquake
Left a huge crater
Between the mountains.
Even the clouds felt
Its strong impact and
Scattered in the skies,
Leaving behind what
Looked uncannily
Like the hasty strokes,
Of an amateur
Artist’s paint brush.

~Sandra Martyres, IN

 

8

Haiku

the storm
behind that barren hill...
missing you

~Rita Odeh, IL

 

9

Haiku

in the breath of breeze
a cloud
turns to iris

~Tonka Lovric, CR

 

10

Haiku

journey's end
we reach for the sky
on blackened feet

~Pris Campbell, US

 

11

Haiku

mare’s tail
clouds kick their heels above
volcanic ash

~Harvey Jenkins, CA

 

12

Free Verse

Snapshot

admiring
the canvas
of a summer sky

I see white flames
painted
in the wisps of cloud

as they dance
above the dark
volcanic sand

~Tracy Davidson, UK

 

   13: Second Place Winner  

Free Verse

The Heaven and the Earth

The wind tousling
all the clouds
They spilled
over the distant wasteland
Kerning with the cliffs
by the dusty road
they will travel forever
With my imagination
I paint the footprints
of an invisible passer
with a handful of sand
on his palm
where they touch -
the Heaven and the Earth

~Evica Kraljić, CR

 

14

Free Verse

No Promises

a wasteland
stripped of soul
its heart ripped out........

hope
morphed into wisps of cloud
swept upward
a w a y - - - - - - - - - - -

~Bernard Gieske, US

 

15

Tanka

Ohshe lives
somewhere over the mountain
Lord, kum bay ya

when I find her, this red rose
is for her wedding bouquet

~John Daleiden, US

 

16

Haiku

heaven’s butterfly
spreads its slender wings over
deep anthill crater

~Diana Teneva, BG

 

   17: Third Place Winner  

Haiku

spring unbound
a sudden weightlessness
of sky

~Catherine J.S. Lee, US

 

18

Haiku

vastness
measuring the size of stones
against my eyes

~Alegria Imperial, CA

 

19

Haiku

Between stone and spirit
one flight
always blue.

~Anisoara Iordache, RO

 

20

Free Verse

My heart leaps up when I behold
Clouds floating on the horizon
Beyond the range of mountains
Trying to cover the infinite sky.

A ray of hope enlivens my spirit
Soon I’ll have a welcome shower
My thirsty soul dances in glee
As clouds appear on the horizon

~ Radhey Shiam, IN

 

21

Mountain Crests

I look into the distance
where the sky kisses
the crests of the mountains

Imaginary boundary
seen in the pupil
Frozen image
such behind that
there is nothing

I look to the blue sky
calmness of the soul
in the mountain
covered with green forests
in the smile of cottage roofs

Curiosity pulls me away
what lies behind the mountains
are there the green meadows
blue sea
or chains of bare hills

My breathless soul yearns
for unknown

I know the sky
is infinite
changes colors
in light blue and dark grey
when the wind
encounters the clouds
and the splendor of the sun
in the beauties
of heaven and earth

~Štefanija Ludvig, Croatia

 

22

Paklenica Dogma

What am I doing here
on the broach
windward side of the Velebit karst
It's not strange what of a solar radiator
and my wacky head
I hear a melody
that has been sung
a thousand times
which I am truly enjoying now

Yes that's the music
isn't it strange
though only the melody
was remembered before
and now the words are gone out
of the glottises
such is the abstract of my destiny
which I am living through up
to a perfection in my own role

I am leaving into a shadow
the song follows me
I'm turning around on my own axis
I don't see anyone
with a sound recording medium
to broadcast that melody

A snap of fear suffocation
as if I have a raw sour
impassable cherry in my throat
I am choking myself
choking in a cough attack
suddenly ejecting the berry out of me
which is rolling over the peaks
growing more greater
as a pompous dark red ball
disappearing farther
in the Paklenica canyon
I take a look where is it now
I feel dizzy
like some force wants me
to push into the abyss

Suddenly I am hung on the Earth's orbit
as a bat caught on a ball
which floats such as a gas balloon
waiting to explode in space
My little elephant on the chain
slid off alongside my head
my precious little trunk disappears forever
in the karst glade

Edgy chin spirit appears
with a canvas bag over his shoulder
wrapped in a mantle of white linen
with a stick in his hand
he saluted me;
Peace be with you! I to him; and also with you!
and with self-confidence
I crossed myself in the Name of God
I wish to go to his track
there is no more track
only a small ginger humpy cloud
floats towards the Pag island
its shadow is falling down
into the crystal clean sea
Red twilight a magical blend
of sea and sun
Light sounds of organs and
Ave Maria for my rest

~Štefanija Ludvig, Croatia

 

23

Free Verse

Untitled

the road was
full of dangers
yet I didn’t give up
in search of one
truth I spent
long ago
on some other
planet
were I knew no
tenderness
no one to
give my heart to
but to the whirpool
of a dark abyss
of my own soul

~Saša Važić, Serbia

 

24

Sijo

Resting volcano: Gaea’s toil produced, alas! just ashes.
Clouds taunt the barren fumarole with pure, yet fake smoke columns
Thus plays my suffering with me: when will heart’s magma surface?

~Cristian Mocanu, RO

 

25

Haiku

leaving the home—
in the breast pocket
a handful of earth

~Cezar F. Ciobīcă, RO

 

Write a poem in any form for this Picture. PoemThisPicture@poetrywriting.org is the place to send your entry by Midnight, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The winning poem will be featured in the next issue of Sketchbook along with all entries.

 

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