WD Poetic Form Challenge: Ae Freislighe Winner

Learn the winner and Top 10 list for the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the ae freislighe.
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Learn the winner and Top 10 list for the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the ae freislighe.

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Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the ae freislighe along with a Top 10 list. (The huitain poetic form challenge is currently running through January 31, 2020.)

Read all of them here.

Here is the winning ae freislighe:

"Practice aims for perfection," by Darlene Franklin

Practice aims for perfection.
Do and do over again.
Pause, take time for reflection.
Repeat, do over again.

Poets, don't get discouraged.
Fluency flows from edits.
Make room, others encourage—
sometimes you share the credit.

Whatever you contemplate
will change before the final.
It's no surprise—compensate.
Prepare to change the dial.

Words that seek to mutiny
may spin back on their axis.
Searching for sweet unity
takes practice, practice, practice.


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Congratulations, Darlene! I enjoyed the use of punctuation to manipulate the flow and the encouraging message for fellow poets. What a fun example!

Here’s my Top 10 list:

  1. "Practice aims for perfection," by Darlene Franklin
  2. Dangerous Distraction, by Jane Shlensky
  3. The Buffalo, by Tracy Davidson
  4. Miasma, by Nelle
  5. Draft of the Afterall, by gpr crane
  6. Life's Blueprint, by Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming
  7. Small Salvations, by William Preston
  8. When I Met You, by Sara McNulty
  9. Free the Thought, by Taylor Graham
  10. Those Astray, by Riley Hysell

Congratulations to everyone in the Top 10! And to everyone who wrote an ae freislighe!

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