WD Poetic Form Challenge: Viator Winner

Learn the winner and Top 10 list for the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the viator.
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Here are the results of the Writer's Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the viator along with a Top 10 list. 

(Enter the Quintilla challenge here until September 30, 2020.)

And for the first time on the new site, you can actually check out all the viators in the comments on this post.

Here is the winning viator:

"Dusk," by Jane Shlensky

A twilight toad sits by the water spout
patient as Buddha, catching beams of light
etching the wings of flies, savoring sight
of crickets, worms, and slugs that venture out.

A harvest moon reveals a silver trail.
A twilight toad sits by the water spout.
A spider weaves a web that will not fail,
as dew drops hang like diamonds on each trace.

The garden wrapped in bluest shades of night
invites nocturnal feeders to come out.
A twilight toad sits by the water spout
awaiting dinner, tuned to what's in flight.

A mouse, a snake, another toad quite slight
may forage near but none have any doubt
that some will eat and some will be a bite
as twilight toad sits by the water spout.

*****

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Congratulations, Jane! I love the juxtaposition of life swirling around the refrain of the toad sitting in the twilight.

Here’s my Top 10 list:

  1. Dusk, by Jane Shlensky
  2. Lessons Learned Late--But Not Too Late, by Nancy Coats Posey
  3. Poetry by the Pond, by Taylor Graham
  4. Temporary Madness, by Pamela J. Jessen
  5. Loop, by Ingebjorg Su Jin Diaz
  6. The Sky Shines Ebony, by Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming
  7. In and Out, by Minh-Tam Le
  8. Carry On, by Bruce Niedt
  9. Descartes Was Right, by RJ Clarken
  10. The Warmth of the Mountains and You, by Arziya

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

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