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Transformation — An Ovillejo Poem

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:

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TRANSFORMATION

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.

Visiting (H)ours — A Tricube Poem

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 January this year, we were introduced to the Tricube form, and the related challenge was posted in February.

Here are the rules of tricubes:

  • Each line contains three syllables.
  • Each stanza contains three lines.
  • Each poem contains three stanzas.

So we’re talking cubes in mathematical terms (to the third power). No rules for rhymes, meter, etc. Just three, three, and three.

On May 3rd, Robert posted his selections for the top 10 Tricubes. And for the first time in six years of participating in various challenges, my name was on the list! I had submitted three Tricubes, and here is the one that placed in the top 10:

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VISITING (H)OURS

Every day
he shows up
to have lunch

with her; she
doesn’t know
who he is.

He still comes,
because he
still knows her.

Citizenship

 

CITIZENSHIP

Senior scholarship
ceremonies,
a time to recognize
the best among us.
The stars, the brilliant.
The names we always hear.

Star athlete, I was not.
Instead, I was on the sidelines
helping the coach,
or taking chewing gum
from the players
before they took the court.

Popular, I was not.
Sure, I got along
with almost everyone.
But you would
not have found me
among the “in” crowd.

Valedictorian, I was not.
Though I did my part,
and was smart
enough to hold my own,
I always fell short
of the top spot.

I attended the ceremony
to cheer on my classmates.
To congratulate the elite
as we waited the finale,
the “all around” award
for outstanding citizenship:

“a student exhibiting
outstanding qualities
of American citizenship;
active in student and community
activities; a reliable
and upstanding individual.”

And the winner is…me!?

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P. Wanken

Written for Poetic Bloomings Prompt #67 (Memoir Prompt #2): Look What I Did!

Six Word SUNday…8/26/12


I was a “featured blogger” yesterday!

 


Kathy at Origami Lotus Poetry featured two of my poems yesterday in her August Blog Bash. You can go here to read the feature:

http://alotus-poetry.livejournal.com/212922.html

For those who follow my normal blogging pattern, you’ll recognize the “six word” tie to my Saturday posts. I’m not sure I’ll make it back online later today, so I’m also posting as Day 53 at “100 Days of Summer” challenge, click here to go to the group’s home page on Facebook.