Accidental Writer

by Bernard Hamel
Wild Poetry Forum
Third Place, June 2018
Judged by R.T. Castleberry


I take them out, one at a time
watch them speak to each other
recite alphabet like hymns
until the word is a poem,
and when there’s enough
they’ll take me to the dance
romance me in language
maybe think themselves a novel,
spell my name correctly;

or just put them carefully
inside my pillow
and when the dreams end
I’ll lay them out on the sheets
and read love letters
I write in my sleep…


a puckish look at dreaming the writing process --R.T.Castleberry

  • January 2019 Winners

    • First Place

      How the Wind Works
      by Alison Armstrong-Webber
      The Waters

      Second Place

      Sleep Walker
      by Brenda Levy Tate
      PenShells

      Third Place

      The Woman Who Grew up in My House Finds Me on Facebook and Comes to Take a Look Around
      by Antonia Clark
      The Waters

  • December 2018 Winners

    • First Place

      Tires
      by Kenny A. Chaffin
      Babilu

      Second Place

      Scouring Pots While the World Ends
      by Elizabeth Koopman
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Third Place

      Poetry in the Cultural Revolution
      by Bob Bradshaw
      The Waters