WD Poetic Form Challenge: Interlocking Rubaiyat Winner

With the next poetic form challenge just around the corner, here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the interlocking rubaiyat. Exactly 30 poems made the original cut, so it was difficult getting down to a Top 10 list and eventual winner, but here we are.

Read all the interlocking rubaiyat poems in the comments here.

Here is the winner:

Snowtime Blues, by William Preston

When winter winds return and blow,
my dreams are cloaked in indigo:
we walk again, once more a pair,
across the bright and crunching snow.

I feel again the morning air
and watch the sun emboss your hair;
the dried corn still perfumes my mind
and snowbirds join us, pair to pair.

These visions hold me in their bind:
the diamond ponds I left behind;
the cleanest sky I ever knew,
and there was you, beauty defined.

Now I know, whatever I do,
a part of me is there with you.
Frozen in gold, burning in blue,
a part of me is there with you.


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Congratulations, William! I love the images and sounds, and I love the blues.

Here’s a complete look at my Top 10 list:

  1. Snowtime Blues, by William Preston
  2. Newborn, by Taylor Graham
  3. Visitations, by Jane Shlensky
  4. Ars Poetica, by James Von Hendy
  5. Ode on a Totem Pole, by rlhZbdPOET
  6. Prop, by Karen Pickell
  7. Survival Rations, by Pat Anthony
  8. Ambition, by Connie L. Peters
  9. Rubaiyat for D.B., by Bruce Niedt
  10. For Elaine, by RJ Clarken

Congratulations to everyone in the Top 10! And to everyone who wrote an interlocking rubaiyat!

Look for the next poetic form and challenge just around the corner.


roberttwitterimageRobert 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.

Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.


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18 thoughts on “WD Poetic Form Challenge: Interlocking Rubaiyat Winner

  1. Jane Shlensky

    Yay, Bill! I remember this beautiful poem as one of my favorites. It’s a pleasure to be among the top ten poets in this fun challenge. Thanks, Robert, for keeping us on our toes. Congrats to all.

  2. Nurit Israeli

    William, a harsh wind is blowing here right now and your beautiful rubaiyat poem helps my dreams cloak in indigo… I love the gentleness of it, the lyricism, the romantic spirit. Lovely, Just lovely. And to all of you on the top 10 list – I truly enjoyed reading your poems and am amazed by your talents! Congratulations!

  3. PressOn

    Thank you, Robert, for the opportunity and for selecting my poem. Thanks, everybody, for the kind words. It’s gratifying to be included amongst so many talented folks. Congratulations to everyone who made the top 30, and to all who participated. Robert, Stopping By Woods has been a favorite of mine for a long time too; I had no idea what form it was.

  4. seingraham

    Oh William – I just read your poem and can see why it won. It’s so lovely. Congratulations. Again, congrats to all. Special shout-out to Jane Shlensky as I thought I’d caught all the Hickory folk but obviously not – I know you don’t live there, Jane, but that’s where I met you! All of you are so talented … sheesh. Kudos again one hundred times.

  5. De Jackson

    Yay, Bill! You KNOW I love this line:
    “my dreams are cloaked in indigo”
    Sigh. Gorgeous.

    So happy to see so many incredibly talented, familiar names on this list. Congratulations to all!
    This was a challenging form. Thank you for keeping us on our poetical toes, Robert. 🙂


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