WD Poetic Form Challenge: Bref Double Winner

Thank you for all the bref doubles earlier this spring! They were a lot of fun to read–and I’ve been having fun trying to write some more on the side. Something about 14 lines poems, I guess.

My initial short list included 21 poems, but there could only be one winner. The winning poem of the Writer’s Digest Bref Double Form Challenge is “The Zen of Fishing,” by Jane Shlensky.

Here’s the winning Bref Double:

The Zen of Fishing, by Jane Shlensky

He likes to fish late afternoon
when boaters pack and head for home;
he’s claimed a finger of the lake
where herons wade in shade of trees.

He packs a sandwich, water, flares,
humming a sentimental tune.
Sometimes he doesn’t bait a hook–
just sits, his elbows on his knees.

Long shadows stretch along the shore;
fish leap in arching brief ballet.
In silence he can’t bear to break,
he wades into deep empty ease,

but sometimes he will hear a loon
that moves him just like loving’s ache.


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Here is the Top 10 list:

  1. “The Zen of Fishing,” by Jane Shlensky
  2. “Decoration Day,” by William Preston
  3. “Shell-shocked,” by Tracy Davidson
  4. “Hiking,” by Connie Peters
  5. “Caught Poetry,” by Jacqueline Hallenbeck
  6. “Unrepentant,” by Nikki Markle
  7. “String Theory Dining at Polignano a mare Bari Puglia,” by Linda Goin
  8. “4th of July Parade,” by Daniel Roessler
  9. “Wabi-Sabi Love,” by Linda Hofke
  10. “In the morning,” by Amaria

Congratulations to Jane and everyone in the Top 10! And thank you to everyone who took the time to participate and comment on each others’ poems.

The next WD Poetic Form Challenge is likely to go live in the next few days. Meanwhile, click here to check out all the poems from the bref double challenge.


Robert Lee Brewer

Robert Lee Brewer

Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He loves reading poetry, writing poetry, and studying poetry–but he especially loves sharing poetry and is happy that Poetic Asides is a place that accommodates just that.

Robert is married to the poet Tammy Foster Brewer, who helps him keep track of their five little poets (four boys and one princess). Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.


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16 thoughts on “WD Poetic Form Challenge: Bref Double Winner

  1. PressOn

    Congratulations, indeed, Jane; superb work, as always. Congratulations also to everyone else, and thank you, Robert, for including me in this group.

  2. Linda Goin

    Congratulations to Jane, and thank you Robert, for including one of my bref doubles in the top ten! I’m honored to be included in such illustrious company. Honored.

  3. Julieann

    The Zen of Fishing – absolutely wonderful. My Uncle and Dad were great fishermen. I grew up on a creek bank. This speaks to much to me. I love it very much! Thank you for submitting and I am truly glad you won!


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