Robert Lee Brewer is an editor for Writer’s Digest, and hosts their poetry blog Poetic Asides. He provides weekly prompts, facilitates two Poem-A-Day (PAD) challenges each year (in April, for National Poetry Writing Month; and November, for a chapbook challenge that coincides with National Novel Writing Month), and throughout the year he introduces new poetry forms and often hosts a challenge for those new forms. The April and November PAD challenges, and the form challenges, result in a winner (or winners) being chosen.
In June this year, we were introduced to the Ovillejo form, and the subsequent challenge. Robert’s explanation of the form is here: OVILLEJO.
Today, August 1, Robert posted his selections for the top 10 Ovillejo poems. And for the second time in three months, my name was on the list! (See the list of winners here.) I had submitted five Ovillejo poems, and here is the one that placed in the top 10:
We’re in desperate need of more grace
in this place.
Have we been reduced to primates,
filled with hate?
Guidance can come from God, above;
He is love.
In the end, when push comes to shove,
we’re family to each other:
sister, brother, father, mother.
In this place filled with hate, He is love.
photo credit: Joe Kenney
At last, I
cross the final bridge
of the road
the warmth of a life well lived
my soul companion.
summer in my
teens, I learned that playing
with fire is the fastest way to
Shared at Poetic Bloomings: AN ENTERTAINING SUMMER – DAY #14: THE SUMMER I LEARNED TO FLY
ALONE IN A CROWD
The family “summer vacations” are planned. Money laid away. And children are counting the days until they hit their favorite vacation spots. I will see some go to the beach to play in sand and surf; others, to the Happiest Place on earth. Photos will be taken…many of which I will offer to take so dad or mom is not left out. Souvenirs purchased. Memories will be made, and each family will go their own way at the end of the day. Together. And I will return to my home. Alone.
is sometimes obstructed
by my own views
Shared at Poetic Bloomings: AN ENTERTAINING SUMMER – DAY #4: AND I QUOTE SUMMER
we’d escape the farm
to trade one
type of work
for another, setting up camp…
which was s’more fun!
Shared at Poetic Bloomings: AN ENTERTAINING SUMMER – DAY #12: STILL QUOTING SUMMER