Sizing Up

by Paul A. Freeman
The Write Idea
Honorable Mention, November 2021
Judged by Terence Culleton


A house that’s been constructed on a plot;
a city nestling in a sovereign state.
A continent-encircled, blue-white dot
inclined upon its axis, and oblate.
Our planet, one of eight, goes round a star,
a G class sun, a master puppeteer
conducting rocky asteroids from afar
and thawing frozen comets as they near.
Outside the solar system, if you stray,
like Voyager, you’ll traverse a cold, black pond
that’s speckled with the dusty Milky Way
and billions of galaxies beyond.
Our universe! Did chance or God create
this space-and-time constricted figure eight?



  • March 2022 Winners

    • First Place

      September Heat
      by Andrew Dufresne
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Second Place

      At the Cancer Center
      by Terry Ofner
      The Waters

      Third Place

      At Last Ghazal
      by Greta Bolger
      The Waters

      Honorable Mention

      Died Last Fall
      by ieuan ap hywel
      The Writer's Block

  • February 2022 Winners

    • First Place

      Grand Central Station
      by Christine Potter
      The Waters

      Second Place

      Back Stage
      by Siva Ramanathan
      The Writer's Block

      Third Place

      VFW
      by Billy Howell-Sinnard
      The Writer's Block