WOL competition: and the winner is ...
What strange beasts poetry competitions are! I set this one not knowing quite what to expect; not too many rules – an upbeat subject and the stipulation that it shouldn’t be written from a first person perspective. My reasons? A surfeit of downbeat themes and to make poets think outside their own familiar box, figuring that creating other characters and situations might give greater rein to the imagination.
The breadth of styles and subject matter certainly didn’t disappoint – from the traditional form to complete freedom of expression. I guess it’s an illustration of what makes WOL work so well – variety and the ability to encompass all styles and subjects.
There were 21 entries, but strangely, (very strangely in fact!) only 11 voters! I’m not going to attempt to guess the reasons for this, but I admit it did leave me somewhat puzzled!
So, who did you vote for?
In 3rd place, with eight points was Tigerella Warrior by Laura Taylor, a tale of triumph over adversity and the redeeming force of love. “Even though there is an underlying sadness about this - happiness shines through in strength and survival!” … “Poignant - good imagery . . .”
In 2nd place, with 11 points was Betty in a Windy Sunset by Harry O'Neill, a celebration of feminine beauty and its power over the male psyche. “Exhibits great joy! Love it.” …“I just loved the joy in it. It oozed love, of the happy, carefree kind.”
And in joint 1st place, 12 points each, were:
in arms not meant, by Ann Foxglove, an intriguing take on the happiness love brings – wherever it is found. “Lovely words, lovely rhythms and so gentle.” … “A lovely read and what a lovely reading.”
Love On Pearl Harbour Night by Kealan Coady, a touching narrative of promises made, lost hope and joyous reunion. “This has charm and beauty... Love really does conquer all!” … “totally charming.”
The rest of the votes were spread fairly evenly, showing the diversity of styles and tastes on the WOL blogs. My thanks to everyone who took part, whether entering, commenting or voting. I hope someone else will now respond to the challenge of setting the next WOL comp, with whatever theme and rules they feel appropriate – over to you folks!