It took awhile, but here’s the winner post for the most recent poetic form challenge: the rispetto. I enjoyed reading both versions, though I noticed most poets favored the 8×8 version, including the ultimate winner: Jane Shlensky.
Impressions, by Jane Shlensky
Behold the peacock in the yard
surrounded by his harem hens,
his tail fanned like a hand of cards.
This game he plays, he thinks he wins.
He struts, regal in his own mind–
he boasts all eyes on his behind,
while his pea hens twitter in groups
and leave him to the chicken coops.
And here’s the rest of the Top 10:
- “Impressions,” by Jane Shlensky
- “The Swallows of the Summer,” by William Preston
- “Word Count,” by RJ Clarken
- “Not Me,” by Danielle Brasington
- “Brief Item, page 2B,” by Nancy Posey
- “The River,” by Amy Glamos
- “Evelyn’s Gift,” by Andrew Kreider
- “The Last Spring,” by William Preston
- “Forgiveness,” by Jane Shlensky
- “The Last Walrus,” by Taylor Graham
Congratulations to everyone in the Top 10! And thank you so much to everyone who participated in this challenge!
The next poetic form challenge is just around the corner!
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