Here are the results of the Writer's Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the awdl gywydd along with a Top 10 list. You can check out all the awdl gywydd entries in the comments on this post.
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Here is the winning awdl gywydd:
"5 AM at the Metropark," by J. Furda
I'm awake before the sun.
An abundance of birds sing,
calling their future lovers—
a chorus covering spring.
Branches' shadows intertwine,
phantom vines on paths leaf-strewn.
Silhouettes of critters stir,
dancing ghosts under the moon.
Heron, in his own ballet,
stalks its prey in waters dark,
while woodpeckers in the trees
knock wildly against the bark.
Now light crests the canopy
and dawn slowly paints the sky;
a peacefulness settles in—
night begins its lullaby.
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Congratulations, J. Furda! "5 AM at the Metropark" caught my attention during my first read because of the sounds and grew louder with each further reading.
Here’s my Top 10 list:
- 5 AM at the Metropark, by J. Furda
- The White-tipped Dove, by Lelawattee Mano-Rahming
- Peaceful War God, by Pamela L. King
- Vigil, by Tracy Davidson
- Humans, by Seamus
- "The tree perched...", by Connie L. Peters
- Inter-species, by Jane Shlensky
- Pockets of Joy, by Trudy Bosman
- small sign of hope, by Candace Kubinec
- Alder Creek Seasons, by Taylor Graham
Congratulations to everyone in the Top 10! And to everyone who wrote an awdl gywydd!