We challenge you to write a poem to a Sonnet in four days.
Requirements for Entry:
- Must be Either 1) Subscribed to The River Muse mailing list or 2)Friend on Facebook
- Respectful to fellow poets and The River Muse
- Follow the Guidelines below
Here are the guidelines:
- *Read and listen to the poem.
- *Write your own poem with 35 or fewer lines. IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A SONNET.
- *Use Times New Roman or Courier New font, size 12.
- *Copy and paste it into the body of an email and send it to email@example.com
- *Subject (Title) should say~ Winter Contest: Your Last Name
- poems must be unpublished (added Saturday to clarify instruction found below)
*Entries will not be considered if they do not follow the requirements and the guidelines.*
by Luke Prater
She passes him and looks away beyond,
his asking eyes denied, brushed off and lost.
The pavement’s hard and cold, a frozen pond
that fights his shuffling feet through thinning frost.
Another passes quick, want swells and dies;
with sighs, a cab is pulled from Tarmac path.
Outside, a smile of suns; within, demise –
They cannot know a thing beneath my laugh.
The night is lost in blurring lines of white,
and stuck to sticky faking leather seat,
he ponders on the crawling stream of lights,
hands held to window, stroking on the sheet.
The driver’s eyes, a sliver, show the moon;
he takes his fare and winks – I’ll see you soon.
This is a blind contest! It closes midnight Monday, January 21, 2013. The winner will be announced the following Monday, January 28 through The River Muse’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.
The winner will be highlighted in the next issue of The River Muse, and will receive a free copy of the poetry book, Brush Strokes and Ink Spots: The First Year. In addition, the winner will be the final judge of the Spring poetry contest.
Entries will not be considered if they do not follow the requirements and the guidelines.
**Please do not post your entry until after the winner is announced.**