Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the dizain. There were a lot of great dizains, but only 10 can make the Top 10 list and just one can win.
So here is the winner:
Firsts, by Jane Shlensky
First frost and leaves turn yellow, red, and gold
as trees spend shorter moments in the sun
challenging color palettes to be bold,
telling the world that winter has begun
with autumn's leaves dropping down, one by one.
First kiss and hearts whisper of days to come,
when thoughts add up to loving, sum by sum.
Then longing deepens like October skies.
At last, we feel first frost beat like a drum
that marks time in the breath of all our sighs.
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Here’s a complete look at my Top 10 list:
- Firsts, by Jane Shlensky
- Burning, by Rosemary Nissen-Wade
- Regrets, by Tracy Davidson
- Getaway in the Red Rocket, by Taylor Graham
- Driving the Backroads, by Anthony94
- Image, by RJ Clarken
- Spirits Bound, by Lisa L Stead
- A 60 Year Old Kid at Play, by Karen Wilson
- Slip, by carolyngrace
- Last Mystery for Ken and Me, by Dawn Kvernenes
Congratulations to everyone in the Top 10! And to everyone who wrote a dizain!
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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