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Poetry Selections from the End of Summer Poetry Contest: Including MissMWriter, Illumine the Stars, Balroop2013, Heather Pfeifle, A Writer’s Soul, and Castorblog

As you all know, I am thrilled with how the End of Summer Poetry Contest concluded and to keep the fun going, I’ve decided to continue sharing some of my favorite submissions.

 (These do not come in any specific order or ranking.)

Here we go!

From MissMWriter, we have “The Summer of Lost”

“The air is hot.

The floor is sticky.

One fan in the front.

One fan in the back.

Stuck in the middle

of this wind turbine . . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

 

From Illumine the Stars, we have “Always”

“They say,

“seasons come and go,”

but we made one last.

The summer of ’99

It was just us,

walking hand in hand . . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

 

From Balroop2013, we have “Summer Love”

“In awe I looked at you
And the shimmering dew
Bashful beauty allured green shade
In your welcome they all swayed

When you tiptoed in. . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

From Heather Pfeifle, we have “One Last Walk with Grandma”

“Come walk with me one last time; take me by the hand,

Let both your feet sink deep into the sand.

Listen to the ocean waves roll in with the tide,

Watch the blazing sunset as you stand close by my side.

Hear the seagulls cry out, telling us goodnight. . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

 

From A Writer’s Soul, we have “The Magic of Us”

Let the breeze blow your hair back,
Let your top roll back; throw your hair back as you laugh into the wind.
We’ve been here before,
My hand in yours, southern magnolia weaved in your hair just some kind of way,
Singing to the stars, riding the waves of the next adventure,
And there’s nowhere I’d rather be.

Misty eyed and hazy lets get drunk under the serenaded stars,
Throwing the bottle back and making wishes that will never come true,
But God, we act like they will.
The moon rises as you put your lips on mine,
Soft and gentle as a ripple in the lake where we first met,
The one where the sun would filter through the trees just so,
And the water would reflect all that glitters and dances on the mirage…
Next to the fields we would sway in, watching those fireflies dance around us,
Casting a soft light on our interlocked bodies,
Never knowing how we ended up so lost in each other…But I’m getting lost in thought,

Reminiscing on the way we were in the summer heat,
Lazy and wrapped up in nothing but each other . . .” (Finish Reading HERE!)

From Castorblog, we have “Demento Mori”

“long has the heat covered the pain
night after night again and again

with every raindrop a tear I can spare
feelings unravel in darkness I stare

feeling like ice in the late summer spinn
a dementor. . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

 

And that is the finale of the End of Summer Poetry Contest! Thank you again to everyone who participated, liked, commented, reblogged, and overall just really elevated this entire experience.

100 house points to all of you!

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Poetry Selections from the End of Summer Poetry Contest Including: Sarah Al-Haddad, Walt’s Writings, Taylor Finn, The Woman, and Jason A. Muckley

As you all know, I was amazed with how the End of Summer Poetry Contest concluded and to keep the fun going, I’ve decided to continue sharing some of my favorite submissions.

 (These do not come in any specific order or ranking.)

Here we go!

From Sarah Al-Haddad, we have “Ocean”

“The waves
Keep calling
Your name.”

(Read more from this amazing blogger HERE!)

 

From Walt’s Writings, we have “A Summer Love Haiku”

“They met on the beach

While on summer vacation
Love ended too soon.”

 

From Taylor Finn, we have “

“The Summer flickers into the year with lingering regrets;
A medley of melted marshmallows and perfume laced bug sprays.
It’s not a storm like the Spring, raging in, forcing growth and change, no.
Summer stumbles with no direction, as if lost in all this sunlight. . .”

(Read more from this blogger HERE!)

From The Woman, we have “Summer of Darkness”

“. . . Sand and smiles with the
Saucy *shush* of the silver waves
Life and laughter lighting up
Little gatherings of lovers

Instead became
The season of death
Turning light to dark
Smoke blocking out. . .”

(Finish reading this story HERE!)

From Jason A. Muckley, we have “New Season”

“Summer is ending
The heat recedes
School buses roaming
And school bells ring
Local pools close their doors
Camps and cabins fall silent. . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

Well that is it for today folks, stop back in next Thursday for another round of wonderful selections from the End of Summer Poetry Contest! Another HUGE thank you to everyone who submitted their poems, you guys did an amazing job!

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Poetry Selections from the End of Summer Poetry Contest: Including Christine Bolton, The Feeling Spleen, Dorinda Duclos, The Darkest Fairy Tale, and Ethan D. Eagar

As you all know, I am thrilled with how the End of Summer Poetry Contest concluded and to keep the fun going, I’ve decided to continue sharing some of my favorite submissions.

 (These do not come in any specific order or ranking.)

Here we go!

From Christine Bolton, we have “Senses of Summer”

“The scent of gardenias

Floating on late afternoon air

Sweetly fragrant and tender

Nothing can compare

Spanish Moss hanging in dreadlocks . . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

 

From The Feeling Spleen, we have “Different Shades of Sunshine”

“When did you know it was

time

to come home?”

When I didn’t just want the sun to bounce off my

skin,

but to seep all the way . . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

 

From Dorinda Duclos, we have “Firelight Fizzles”

“The fire burned, ever so slowly
We watched, as flames grew high

Each stick thrown into the pile
Seemed to let out a hideous cry

As the fiery mass engulfed it . . . ” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

From the Darkest Fairy Tale, we have “Moments”

“The sun sets
After a burning day,
Admiring the last glimpse
Of its Intoxicating rays.
As music dances. . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

From Ethan D Eagar, we have “Warming Breeze”

“Tension sways a load

Nigh the old window

Deftly gripping with unease

Shy dew drops hold taut

Another year’s wash. . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

 

Well that is it for today folks, stop back in next Thursday for another round of wonderful selections from the End of Summer Poetry Contest! Another HUGE thank you to everyone who submitted their poems, you guys did an amazing job!

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Poetry Selections from End of Summer Poetry Contest: Including Fiona, Soul Adventure, Kritika, Brandewulf, and Thoughts with Ari

Hello Everyone! The End of Summer Poetry Contest was an absolute blast! Congratulations again to our winner, _________!

While I chose to announce the top three poems/poets when I went LIVE, I knew that I still needed to share some more amazing poetry with all of you. So over the next few weeks, I will be sharing some of my favorite selections from the End of Summer Poetry Contest. (These do not come in any specific order or ranking.)

Here we go!

From Fiona, we have “And Then The Rain Came”

“Grass so parched it’s barely there

Brown and dry, scorched and bare

Land cracked and arrid, seeking some

Drops of water, from where will they come?

River beds empty, ponds forlorn . . . ” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

 

From Soul Adventure, we have “First Love…”

 

From KRITIKA, we have “Seasonal Emotions”

“. . . Days longer and nights shorter.
In those nights
I manage to always catch
A lone star hanging in the sky
Brighter than the others.
It reminds me of you. . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

From Brandewulf, we have “Moondance”

“This moon. That moon.
Shared in space but not in place.
One filtered through the trees
The other sea breeze scented.
Heartbeats apart in syncopation. . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

 

From ThoughtsWithAri, we have “Waiting”

“The workload is overbearing now

…time…

it’s ticking and i can feel the pull of

seasonal change

Focus

I cannot . . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

 

Well that is it for today folks, stop back in next Thursday for another round of wonderful selections from the End of Summer Poetry Contest! Another HUGE thank you to everyone who submitted their poems, you guys did an amazing job!

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Winners of the End of Summer Poetry Contest are. . .

Thank you to everyone who participated in this poetry contest, to everyone who reblogged, liked, and commented, to everyone to watched the LIVE broadcast, THANK YOU.

Let me also add that this was one of the harder contests that I have ever judged. I went back and forth numerous times over my top 3. In the end, I judged based on relevancy to summer, structure, flow, emotional appeal, and syntax.

Now, without further delay, here are the results of the End of Summer Poetry Contest!

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In third place, we have a tie!

Both TShaw and Eugenia produced such wonderfully succinct, summer-themed poems with wonderful diction that I could not decide between them. They tie for 3rd place!

From T.Shaw, we have “Yesterday, I Saw Time

“Yesterday, I saw Time

Strumming a guitar. Digits

Professing that

Summer was gone,

Chewed, and swallowed like

A grape. Still, he picked

Strings, pining for her

To return and sing.”

From Eugenia, we have “Cyclical Activity

“relics in the sand

farewell hush of ebbing tide

summer whodunits

cosmos of cosmos

hazy lazy dog days wane

summer slumbers

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In second place, December Rose and their poem “Shimmer in Blue“!

I was designed                               for a shimmer in blue                       for a merry sailor tune

for all of the things                                      that titillate you

I can see                                  the wide open sea                                  the salt air breeze

like a veil and ring                            like my bride to be

and so                        I ebb and flow                                    I ne’er let go

let the words sing                      into an ocean throe.

Now my heart throbs                       and floats and bobs                          as I ask the cob

why roots start growing                       where there’s a meal on the hob.

He looks at me with a tear in his eye         he says to me that he learned to fly

on a warm, summer day with a clear blue sky      but for every memory adventures bring

you never forget your first goodbye.

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In first place, and winner of the End of Summer Poetry Contest, we have Jillian’s “Pause at Sunset”

“Guilded rays of dusk strike
their tendrils through the tree leaves;
the rale of the Summer season
percieved
as nothing more than the Zephyr
that moves through the green
in a calm waft
or breeze.
Briefly
he is appreciated
in southern heat
sticky skin relieved
if but for a moment
’til cool showers can clean off
the gritty salt
of another day’s hard work.

They call for Autumn to come early
come quickly
but will soon regret
Summer Death
when Winter Frost unseats her.”

(Check out more of this amazing blogger HERE!)

And just like that, the End of Summer Poetry Contest is finished!

Thank you again everyone! With my busiest season right around the corner, I most likely will not be hosting another contest until December when I will be hosting my annual Blogmas Contest! Be sure to check it out then! Meanwhile, get back to blogging, writing, painting, reading, or whatever else you love!

-Kayla Ann, Author

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End of Summer Poetry Contest: Going LIVE with Results in 3. . 2. . 1. .

Calling All Bloggers!

I will be going LIVE on Facebook later today. For an exact countdown to the moment, follow me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter where I will be posting updates! During this LIVE broadcast, I will be talking about my own blogging experiences, answering questions from other bloggers and revealing who won the End of Poetry Contest!

Going Live

I hope to see many of you there!

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Last Day of End of Summer Poetry Contest

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.

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KaylaAnn’s blog is currently celebrating the past Summer months with an awesome poetry contest!

Don’t forget, your poem must be themed around summer and you must be subscribed to my blog in order to be eligible to win the cash prize (payable only through PayPal) and promotion of your blog/work on my site.

Today is the last day, so get those poems in!

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The End of Summer Poetry Contest will close at midnight of August 31st PST. Winner will be announced on Facebook LIVE at 4pm PST

https://www.facebook.com/KaylaAnnAuthor/

I can’t wait to RE-READ and SHARE all of these magnificent poems!

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End of Summer Poetry Contest Update

W-O-W!

I have to start off this post by saying how impressed I am by the quality of poems that have been submitted to the End of Summer Poetry Contest! You guys are really amazing!

Also, a huge thank you to everyone who has reblogged the poem, your extra points have been attributed and you have successfully brought in more participants which is what really makes this a fun and thriving contest! For those of you who have not reblogged, you still can to gain those extra +2 points. Also, please do not forget that you must be following my blog for your poem to be eligible to win. I’ve read a handful of really superb poems from bloggers who are not following and it would be a shame for your poem to be considered invalid.

All around guys, you are doing an amazing job! Even from the return poets who participated in the last poetry contest, I can tell that your work is improving and evolving as you are maturing in your writing.

Again, I’m really impressed! You are all brilliant!

It is going to be extremely difficult to pick a winner!

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Speaking of a winner, don’t forget that I will be announcing the winner of the Poetry Contest first through my Facebook during the “All About Blogging” live event on September 3rd @4pm PST.

If you miss the live broadcast (I will be sad!) I will still announce the winner(s) on my blog the following day, September 4th at my usual time.

Happy Writing Everyone!

Keep those summer-themed poems coming!

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Going Live! You Won’t Want to Miss This!

 

Hey Everyone!

I am really excited to announce that on September 3rd, I will be going LIVE on Facebook to talk “All About Blogging” AND to announce the winner of the End of Summer Poetry Contest.

And all of you are invited to join me!

Invitations

During this LiveVideo, I will be accepting any question from any viewer about blogging or writing or publishing. However, to help make this run smoother, if you have any questions please leave them in the comments below between now and then so that I have a base to start with. I’m actually a little nervous/excited about going live again (the first time I was completely inexperienced) and I would appreciate your support on that day.

In the hopes that this video will not be unavailable to those in school, I will be hosting the video on September 3rd @4pm PST.

At the end of my LiveStream, I will announce the winner of our End of Summer Poetry Contest (which, let me tell you, it is really heating up! We have got some amazing competitors.)

Don’t forget to follow my facebook page so that you are able to watch on September 3rd:

https://www.facebook.com/KaylaAnnAuthor/

Be sure to leave your questions about blogging, writing, or publishing in the comments below!

Happy Writing Everyone!

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End of Summer POETRY CONTEST

Hello Everyone, it’s time to do this again!

Are you a poet? Do you enjoy writing poems until your heart is sore or until it soars?

I’ve held a poetry contest once before and I absolutely adored it! It was a blast and I got to meet tons of amazing poets and bloggers. For my current followers, you may have noticed an influx of poetry appearing on my own blog lately. What can I say, it’s simply flowing out of me! Anyhow, I am so excited to hold an “End of Summer Poetry Contest.” Unlike my first Poetry Contest, this contest is themed!

*Please be sure to read all of the rules, otherwise your poem may not be eligible!*

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Rules:

  • To be eligible for this competition you must be subscribed to my page (i.e. following and receiving emails.) Not subscribed yet? No worries! Go to my home screen and click FOLLOW (I’ll receive a notification when you do :D)
  • Leave your poem or a link to your chosen poem in the comments below.
  • Your poem must be summer-themed! It does not have to be happy or beach or bright, but it does need to have some connection to summer. (A dark summer theme might be interesting)
  • I will be using a point system to chose the winner:
    • You will receive 5 points automatically for subscribing (everyone must subscribe to be eligible)
    • You will receive another 2 points for sharing the contest on your your own blog and linking back
    • Your poem will be rated on a 1-10 scale based on creativity, structure, content, and overall awesomeness.
    • Technically someone can still win without sharing my contest, but sharing/ reblogging would provide additional points for any poems that are tied.
    • Because of the expected high volume of submissions, please keep your poem at a reasonable length. For sure no poems longer than a page. If you have any questions regarding length, feel free to ask in the comment section!
    • You can only submit one poem per blogger.
  • Last date for submissions is August 31st!

Prizes:

  • The WINNER of this poetry competition will received two things
    • First, the winner of this contest will receive a $10 cash prize! (I know, I know, it’s not much but come on, you guys are fellow bloggers/writers/poets. Your empty bank accounts probably look a lot like mine). This $10 cash prize can only be awarded through PayPal, so please keep that in mind.
    • Second, their poem and their blog/bio will be featured on my site. I currently have over 1.4K followers. This will be a great chance for my followers to catch a glimpse of you and your blog!

So, sit back on a beach somewhere or perhaps in a meadow or maybe on a mountain top and start writing those Summer-themed poems!