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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rime Couee Winner

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

Here are the results of the Writer's Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the rime couee along with a Top 10 list. You can check out all the rime couee entries in the comments on this post.

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Here is the winning rime couee:

"Scorned," by Margaret Fiske

Undine never kept to her grave
Of kelp and shell, of briny wave
I put her there you see
For wicked Undine had to go
Her naked knees bespoilt my beau
I brewed her almond tea

I watched her from the widow's walk
Each night she clambered shoal and rock
Hissing with pinguid glee
A bloated sac of oyster meat
Gone putrid in mid-summer heat
Eyelessly stalking me

One night I woke from dreams of doom
And found death creeping in my room
To snuff me where I lay
I grabbed a knife still slick with drum
And cleaved that strumpet into chum
Then fed her to the bay

But as I rowed to my home shore
There circled moonlit fins galore
Upon the roiling sea
With cloying scent of almondine
Each baited shark became Undine
Savagely mincing me


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Congratulations, Margaret! "Scorned" is a fun read filled with murder and revenge. Plus, it sent me to Wikipedia to learn more about undines and almondine. Fun times!

Here’s my Top 10 list:

  1. Scorned, by Margaret Fiske
  2. Iris, by RJ Clarken
  3. Release the Centaur, by Michael J. Crowley
  4. The Next Time, by Rhoda Utopia
  5. Writing At Seventy, Jane Shlensky
  6. Royal Improv, by Taylor Graham
  7. Small Fry, by Alice Stainer
  8. Halloween 2020, by Bruce Niedt
  9. Honey Creek, by Pamela L. King
  10. Overdue Goodbye, by Priscilla R.

Congratulations to everyone in the Top 10! And to everyone who wrote a rime couee!


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