WD Poetic Form Challenge: Cyrch A Chwta Winner

About a week behind what I was expecting, but here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the cyrch a chwta along with a Top 10 list.

Read all of them here.

Here is the winning cyrch a chwta:

Seasick, by Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming

I traveled to see great whales.
I was told there’d be no hail;
that I could have gin cocktails;
or stay dry with ginger ale.
Just steer clear of the handrails.
Any storm, we will outsail.
But none said I’d be sea stressed–
stomach messed up, face drawn pale.

No blue or grey whales I’d see,
only bluegrey berg debris,
old ice floating in the sea.
No ospreys or chickadees
flew sunsets in Gemini.
I could drink no cold Chablis
nor eat breast of roasted hen.
Just, now and then, sip herb tea.


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Congratulations, Lelawattee! I loved reading these poems, and “Seasick” was an especially fun poem about a not-so-fun experience.

Here’s my Top 10 list:

  1. Seasick, by Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming
  2. Wings, by Taylor Graham
  3. Dandelion Dance, by Darlene Franklin
  4. They’ve Only Just Met and Yet, by Nurit Israeli
  5. Unexpected Guest I, by Joanna Cameron & Bisi Cameron
  6. Package Deal, by Bruce Niedt
  7. Sugar and Spice, by Sari Grandstaff
  8. Childfree, by Tracy Davidson
  9. Reading the Seasons, by Jane Shlensky
  10. Watching the Feeders in Midwinter, by William Preston

Congratulations to everyone in the Top 10! And to everyone who wrote a cyrch a chwta!


Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, which means he maintains this blog, edits a couple Market Books (Poet’s Market and Writer’s Market), writes a poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine, leads online education, speaks around the country on publishing and poetry, and a lot of other fun writing-related stuff.

He loves learning new (to him) poetic forms and trying out new poetic challenges. He is also the author of Solving the World’s Problems.

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18 thoughts on “WD Poetic Form Challenge: Cyrch A Chwta Winner

  1. Asha1000

    Oh, wow. I am now seeing this – thank you, Robert, for selecting my poem! I did enjoy writing this form. Thank you, everyone, for all of your kind words. Congratulations to the top tenners, and as Robert says, to all who wrote Cyrch A Chwta poems.

  2. PressOn

    Congratulations, Lelawattee; this is a superb poem, inspiring both images and musings. Congratulations also to the others in teh top ten. This was a delightful form to play with.

  3. Nurit Israeli

    Congratulations, Lelawattee, for a well deserved honor. I love your writing! Congratulations to all others on the Top 10 list. I feel privileged and grateful to be among you.
    ~ Nurit Israeli

  4. k weber

    “Seasick” is riveting, true-to-form, and holds such captivativg detail! Congratulations!!!

    Cheers to all in the Top 10 as well! A fine list of very strong writing!!!

    Keep up the good words everyone!

  5. Darlene Franklin

    Lelawatee, what a delightful poem about an awful experience! I am thrilled to be included in the Top 10 – congratulations to everyone!

  6. Haikutopia

    Congratulations Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming on your winning cyrch a chtwa! I am so thrilled to be included in the Top 10 Winning poems and congratulations to everyone on the list!!!!!!!!


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