Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for rimas dissolutas. There were a lot of fun poems, but only 10 can be finalists and just one can win.
Here is the winning poem:
About Love, by Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming
There are days when love is sweaty,
when even a thin camisole
is too much to wear and wet-clings
to a body bothered by heat.
On other days love is flighty,
giddy and shimmying up poles,
or jumping, like dolphins, through rings,
or break-dancing to some wild beat.
The best is when love is mighty:
when it can weather and make holes
in hardened isms, eroding
veneers that cover those clayed feet.
The poet said, "Love is blind..." Thing
is it's bright, red as a cut beet.
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Congratulations, Lelawattee! I enjoyed the sweaty, flighty, and mighty versions of love and the bonus envoi at the end.
Here’s a complete look at my Top 10 list:
- About Love, by Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming
- Supermoon, by Taylor Graham
- Out on the Performance Floor, by JR Simmang
- The Maestro, by Heather Paquette
- Amorphophallus Titanum, by RJ Clarken
- I Am Made Of, by Kelli Simpson
- Awake in Rain, by Cate Morin
- I Have Woken Up, by Rosemary Nissen-Wade
- Victims, by Bruce Niedt
- Road Map, by Nancy Posey
Congratulations to everyone in the Top 10! And to everyone who wrote rimas dissolutas!
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.
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