Politics

by Billy Howell-Sinnard
The Writer's Block
Third Place, April 2015
Judged by Lesley Wheeler


I would vote for the moon
and its policy of receiving and giving
without attachment.

The sun for its power and leadership
raising up all the green
talent of the earth.

Stars get my vote
for their untiring optimism
in the darkest of hours.

My cabinet would be the trees
who stand firm in their roots,
holding to the truth

in the stiffest winds,
but reaching ever higher
for more light.


The opening stanza of this timely meditation is stunning. --Lesley Wheeler

  • July 2018 Winners

    • First Place

      The First Time I Drank With My Father
      by Ken Ashworth
      The Waters

      Second Place

      My Bicycle
      by Andrew Dufresne
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Third Place

      J. Alfred Prufrock Searches for Mrs. Right
      by Laurie Byro
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  • June 2018 Winners

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      by Ken Ashworth
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      Second Place

      Either February or March
      by Brenda Morisse
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Third Place

      Accidental Writer
      by Bernard Hamel
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      Honorable Mention

      Mouse in April’s Winter
      by Alison Armstrong-Webber
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      Honorable Mention

      Sister Valeria
      by Siva Ramanathan
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      by Don Schaeffer
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