About a week behind what I was expecting, but here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the cyrch a chwta along with a Top 10 list.
Here is the winning cyrch a chwta:
Seasick, by Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming
I traveled to see great whales.
I was told there'd be no hail;
that I could have gin cocktails;
or stay dry with ginger ale.
Just steer clear of the handrails.
Any storm, we will outsail.
But none said I'd be sea stressed--
stomach messed up, face drawn pale.
No blue or grey whales I'd see,
only bluegrey berg debris,
old ice floating in the sea.
No ospreys or chickadees
flew sunsets in Gemini.
I could drink no cold Chablis
nor eat breast of roasted hen.
Just, now and then, sip herb tea.
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Congratulations, Lelawattee! I loved reading these poems, and "Seasick" was an especially fun poem about a not-so-fun experience.
Here’s my Top 10 list:
- Seasick, by Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming
- Wings, by Taylor Graham
- Dandelion Dance, by Darlene Franklin
- They've Only Just Met and Yet, by Nurit Israeli
- Unexpected Guest I, by Joanna Cameron & Bisi Cameron
- Package Deal, by Bruce Niedt
- Sugar and Spice, by Sari Grandstaff
- Childfree, by Tracy Davidson
- Reading the Seasons, by Jane Shlensky
- Watching the Feeders in Midwinter, by William Preston
Congratulations to everyone in the Top 10! And to everyone who wrote a cyrch a chwta!
Robert 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.
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