WD Poetic Form Challenge: Golden Shovel Winner

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:

  1. “When the Moon Fell,” by Margie Fuston
  2. “Composer,” by William Preston
  3. “A Man With Secrets,” by Daniel Roessler
  4. “Not Everyone Appreciates My Lit Humor,” by Linda Hofke
  5. “Passing,” by James Von Hendy
  6. “Habeas Corpus,” by Daniel Ari
  7. “Things I’ve learned along the wrong path,” by J. Lynn Sheridan
  8. “The Hunt,” by Shethra Jones-Hoopes
  9. “None of These Say What Needs to Be Said,” by Gabrielle Freeman
  10. “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.


roberttwitterimageRobert 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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18 thoughts on “WD Poetic Form Challenge: Golden Shovel Winner

  1. Margie Fuston

    Thank you all for your kind words. This just made my day. 🙂 Thank you, Robert, for introducing this form to us. It has been my favorite to write and to read. Congrats to everyone in the top ten!

  2. Jane Shlensky

    Congrats to Margie and to all the top tenners. What a great line-up! And thanks to you, Robert. This was a new form for me and was such a good trip down memory lane browsing favorite poems. PA is a happening place 😉

  3. Linda Hatton

    Congratulations to Margie! I remember reading that winning poem and loving it right away. And congrats to everyone else on the top ten list! There were so many good ones this time. It is a fun form I hope to improve on with practice. 🙂 Thanks for running this challenge, Robert!

  4. Linda.E.H

    For this challenge not only did I write more than I do but I also took time to read many of the poems taht were posted. When I read Margie’s I said to myself “Now this one is a winner!” I guess I was right. Congratulations, Margie, on a well-deserved first place, and congrats to all on the list.

    Robert, thanks for selecting one of mine. 🙂

  5. James Von Hendy

    Congratulations Margie! Yours is a magnificent poem among many magnificent poems. Congratulations to the others in the top 10, but also huge congratulations to all the poets for so many wonderful, inspired poems in this challenge. I’m glad I wasn’t in Robert’s shoes having to chose. . . .

  6. PressOn

    Congratulations to Margie and to everyone on the short list. For that matter, congratulations top everyone who attempted this exercise. For me it was a real dose of mind-stretching.


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