Thank you for all the golden shovels this summer! With more than 700 comments, I felt like I had to “dig out” of a pile of golden shovel amazing-ness. This form seemed to really appeal to everyone, and I can see why, because it’s kind of like a poetic puzzle.
My initial short list included 21 poems, but I’m always stuck having to pick one winner. This time around, the winner is Margie Fuston for her poem “When the Moon Fell,” which uses the opening line of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.”
Here’s the winning Golden Shovel:
When the Moon Fell, by Margie Fuston
–after Edgar Allan Poe
The moon dropped from the clouds once.
I found her behind my house, lying upon
a patch of dried-up needs. She wore a
frown. I thought she always smiled at midnight,
but up close she looked dull and dreary.
We sat in the dirt in solidarity for a while.
I asked if she ever wished on stars, and I
sighed when she told me no. Together we pondered
what made the air and the clouds too weak
to hold us up. Eventually, we tired and
I tried to lift her back, but I found myself too weary.
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Here is the Top 10 list:
- “When the Moon Fell,” by Margie Fuston
- “Composer,” by William Preston
- “A Man With Secrets,” by Daniel Roessler
- “Not Everyone Appreciates My Lit Humor,” by Linda Hofke
- “Passing,” by James Von Hendy
- “Habeas Corpus,” by Daniel Ari
- “Things I’ve learned along the wrong path,” by J. Lynn Sheridan
- “The Hunt,” by Shethra Jones-Hoopes
- “None of These Say What Needs to Be Said,” by Gabrielle Freeman
- “Very Funny,” by Naomi Poe
Congratulations to Margie 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 700+ comments for the Golden Shovel challenge.
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.