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Title: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Winner!!
Post by: Mark T on May 31, 2017, 03:54:26 PM
Thank you to the five entrants for participating in this challenge with good, solid poems. Readers should vote for the two poems they like the most. Voting closes June 7th.  

The theme of the challenge was the title Night Drive. Kindly select from #s 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 in the poll to differentiate between the poems.



Night Drive #1

A flash of light tears up the night:
a car flies by,
spattering noise over the town.

Inside the car there is silence.
Not a really silent silence,
but a warm, cozy one.
Silence of the radio humming gently,
and the heavy breathing of sleeping kids
crammed into the back seat,
heaps of arms and legs,
mingling of hair and sweaty smells.

Inside the car there is darkness.
Darkness like a blanket
keeping us safe
on our way
home.



Night Drive #2

He drives, after horizons lift high enough to shroud the Sun,
wise enough to know it doesn't set,
it's just the Earth rising
a cool dismissal,  
when bored with its charms.

He journeys
hot with excitement, and thoughts of his prey,
tempered cool with the top down.
They used to fly, in the olden days,
safer now to drive.

White fingers bleach grey
as they
strangle the steering wheel tighter
as he
closes in on the feed,
vessels emptying before the gorge.

Then sleeps again,
before the Earth sets.



Night Drive #3

I’ll leave at night, make half
the drive in darkness
when traffic is kind
and road rage slumbers.

I’ll rehearse the words
out loud to the air until
they’re rote.
Perforated pavement
will lull me toward lies like
it’ll be fine, easy.

Facing me she’ll finger
the salt shaker, hunched
against wildflowers — wallpaper
faded in age and evening light.
She’ll stare blankly past me:
“Okay, I’ll move.”



Night Drive #4

Meth and bad paper come in waves
these days, and never enough resources.
The trailers are just not big enough.

Yesterday is a clear star.  Small crosses
huddle in the occasional headlights
out past Mile Marker 12 on the side
of the old County Line Road.

Ministers gather those who listen,
bars collect everyone else.  There is
no zoning to keep back the ghosts, no
herbicide to finally get at thistle root.

The fields have emptied out.  The turf
cracks, goes to mush.  Every night
is a rainy drive through South Dakota.



Night Drive
#5

Thrill a minute headlights ray out
in starburst explosions:
clouded corneas--can't see where I'm going,
didn't get my nap, I yell thanks to other drivers
that honk me back to my lane when I doze off.
The dog licks my face
climbs on the steering wheel
probably needs to go potty, so do I,
wonder if I could use the coffee can without stopping,
what's that guy's problem?
People are so rude these days.
Oh.
No sir, I have no idea why you stopped me.



Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: Mark T on May 31, 2017, 04:07:34 PM

I've voted.
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: Mark T on June 01, 2017, 12:18:05 PM

Did someone forget to vote twice? My poll says 3 voters but I only count 5 votes.
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: Tom 10 on June 01, 2017, 08:46:22 PM

Good poems, writers.  Lots of wonderful writing on display. :)
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: Laura H on June 01, 2017, 09:57:59 PM
I shouldn't be amazed that this hasn't gotten pinned yet.   >:(


All it takes is a quick pm to a mod.  ;)
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: Tom 10 on June 01, 2017, 10:49:40 PM
Of course you are right, Laura.  Sorry for the whine. :)
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: Vienna on June 03, 2017, 02:00:41 AM
Did someone forget to vote twice? My poll says 3 voters but I only count 5 votes.

Oops me, sorry.........
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: Gyppo on June 03, 2017, 04:03:26 PM
Voted.

Hard choice so ended up going with the visceral responses.

I'm gutted that I missed this one.  Several false starts but for once nothing got past the first couple of lines.  Several memories stirred, but not enough to press on.  Ah well.

Looks like a close thing so far ;-)

Gyppo
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: Mark T on June 04, 2017, 08:15:57 AM

Thanks Laura.

Thanks for your votes, Gyppo, Richard and Ty.

To anyone else reading this thread, please do the right thing and drop a couple of votes.
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: fire-fly on June 04, 2017, 10:06:18 AM
Done mate  ;)
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: Mark T on June 04, 2017, 01:50:39 PM

Thanks fire-fly.  :)
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: Catherine F on June 05, 2017, 02:14:08 PM
Done !
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: Mark T on June 05, 2017, 03:53:54 PM

Thank you, Catherine.
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: Tom 10 on June 05, 2017, 07:58:28 PM
I love watching the see-sawing of the vote totals - so many good poems, all getting good recognition - excellent poetry contest, Dear Host.  8)
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: Gyppo on June 05, 2017, 09:45:27 PM
It's a very close thing this time around, isn't it?
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: Tom 10 on June 06, 2017, 09:20:33 AM
Never seen one this close among so many contenders, among all of the contenders.   8)
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: Mark T on June 06, 2017, 01:17:18 PM

Thanks Tom, and Gyppo. Any suggestions for a tie-break method if it comes to that?
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: Mark T on June 06, 2017, 01:22:16 PM

PS. Bracing for a major storm here, wind's already gusting. If I remain offline, it's because the power's out. Will finalize challenge in due course, if necessary.

 
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: Tom 10 on June 06, 2017, 04:13:25 PM
Thanks Tom, and Gyppo. Any suggestions for a tie-break method if it comes to that?

There are several acceptable methods.  Extend the voting.  Do a new poll with just the top tied entrants.  Sio would sometimes just flip a coin when she hosted a tie.
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: Mark T on June 06, 2017, 05:13:17 PM

Cool. I'll try and get creative.  8)
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: Simple Things on June 06, 2017, 07:08:08 PM
all excellent pieces. Thank you for the reads. - voted - hard choices.
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: Tom 10 on June 06, 2017, 11:51:16 PM
There are several acceptable methods.  Extend the voting.  Do a new poll with just the top tied entrants.  Sio would sometimes just flip a coin when she hosted a tie.
Sometimes a contestant volunteers to be second.  I have done that when hosting isn't convenient or when  i think the other poem is better. 
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: Mark T on June 07, 2017, 08:50:19 AM
all excellent pieces. Thank you for the reads. - voted - hard choices.

Thanks for voting, ST.
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: Mark T on June 07, 2017, 12:31:04 PM

Alright poetry fans - just a few hours to go - last chance to vote for those who haven't done so. Many thanks to all who have participated in this challenge - the contributing poets, the readers, the voters, all striking a blow against the tyranny of apathy. Cool stuff. 
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: Mark T on June 07, 2017, 12:44:37 PM

My choice for the sidebar award, Comment of the Thread - goes to Tom 10 who summed it all up nicely:

Good poems, writers.  Lots of wonderful writing on display. :)

Tom 10 wins the Bottomless Wine Goblet award at the forthcoming CorneliusPoe banquet.     

Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: Tom 10 on June 07, 2017, 01:54:57 PM
Thank you, thank you, Mark - I shall begin preparing my speech at once - and Poe will of course have the Bottomless Goblet awaiting, I am sure. What could go wrong with that, right?? 8)

Seriously - what an excellent poetry contest go-round.   :)
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: Mark T on June 07, 2017, 03:34:07 PM

Thanks Ty. Think I'm going to close it now and announce the winner. Last chance to vote, anyone? Going, going, gone.
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: Catherine F on June 07, 2017, 03:53:40 PM
Wait a bit longer... ;D
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: Mark T on June 07, 2017, 04:00:24 PM
Wait a bit longer... ;D

Too late - congratulations!  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Voting Time
Post by: kateD on June 07, 2017, 04:53:02 PM
Too late - congratulations!  ;D ;D

Catherine? YAY!
Congrats my friend!
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Winner!!
Post by: Mark T on June 07, 2017, 05:15:49 PM


I'm pleased to announce the winner of the poetry challenge - Catherine F.

Well done, Catherine, our resident French poetess.

This was a good challenge with good poems, well-supported by entrants, viewers, and voters, and my hearty thanks to all of you who participated in some way. The other poets were indar, Tom 10, drab and kateD.   

Catherine has indicated to me that due to an exceptionally hectic schedule of commitments, she doesn't feel she could do justice to hosting the next challenge, and as the outgoing challenge-master I say that that is no problem. Accordingly, I'm asking kateD, who placed second in the challenge, to take over the reins and host the next poetry challenge.

What say you, Kate?
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Winner!!
Post by: kateD on June 07, 2017, 05:55:03 PM

I'm pleased to announce the winner of the poetry challenge - Catherine F.

Well done, Catherine, our resident French poetess.

This was a good challenge with good poems, well-supported by entrants, viewers, and voters, and my hearty thanks to all of you who participated in some way. The other poets were indar, Tom 10, drab and kateD.  

Catherine has indicated to me that due to an exceptionally hectic schedule of commitments, she doesn't feel she could do justice to hosting the next challenge, and as the outgoing challenge-master I say that that is no problem. Accordingly, I'm asking kateD, who placed second in the challenge, to take over the reins and host the next poetry challenge.

What say you, Kate?


You don't want to know what I said when I read this!!! I was quite excited NOT to win.

But I will be a good sport and do it. Unless No. 3 wants to. ??? I'll wait a day to see if he or she is a taker. Or ANYONE who thinks it'd be fun to host the Poetry Challenge ... PM me and I'll pass the gavel.

Otherwise, I'll put something up.
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Winner!!
Post by: Tom 10 on June 07, 2017, 06:02:18 PM

Cool!  Being dead last has its benefits ;D

And I am sure Cornelius will have something special for you at the banquet.   :)
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Winner!!
Post by: fire-fly on June 07, 2017, 06:19:37 PM
They were great poems guys, congrats Catherine  ;D

Title: Re: Sticky: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Winner!!
Post by: Gyppo on June 08, 2017, 01:24:05 AM
Congratulations, Catherine.  It truly was a tough choice.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Winner!!
Post by: Catherine F on June 08, 2017, 07:00:25 AM
Thanks all ! I'm so proud  :D :D :D Proud as a peacock  ;D Never dreamed of winning anything in an english-speaking (or writing as it happens) challenge. Cooool  8)
Grateful to those who liked my poem.
And Kate so grateful to you for agreeing to host the next round in place of me. I really could not manage it at the moment. But I promise to reciprocate when my life settles down.
I bow a deep reverence to all the poets, writers, readers and voters visiting this thread.
And Tom, Mark ,Kate, Gyppo, a very special thank you to the four of you, for your kindness and your dedication to this site, your energy at keeping it lively, fresh and humorous.
Your qualities as poets are an inspiration. And I look forward to the next Napo.
Cheers friends
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Winner!!
Post by: Mark T on June 08, 2017, 01:29:56 PM
You don't want to know what I said when I read this!!! I was quite excited NOT to win.

But I will be a good sport and do it. Unless No. 3 wants to. ??? I'll wait a day to see if he or she is a taker. Or ANYONE who thinks it'd be fun to host the Poetry Challenge ... PM me and I'll pass the gavel.

Otherwise, I'll put something up.

I've asked #3. Will let you know, Kate. Thanks for being a good sport.
Title: Re: Sticky: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Winner!!
Post by: Vienna on June 08, 2017, 03:32:32 PM
Congratulations Catherine.
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Winner!!
Post by: drab on June 09, 2017, 05:20:02 AM
Congrats Catherine  :D
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Winner!!
Post by: kateD on June 09, 2017, 07:15:20 AM
YAY! Vienna, who wrote an excellent Night Drive poem -- only not in time to submit it to the contest, has graciously agreed to host the next Poetry Challenge. I can't wait to see the prompt.

Take it away, Richard...............
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Winner!!
Post by: Catherine F on June 09, 2017, 07:15:39 AM
Thank you guys
Title: Re: Post-Napo Poetry Challenge #1 - Winner!!
Post by: Catherine F on June 09, 2017, 07:18:07 AM
Oh Vienna thank you for taking up the next challenge. Had you entered Post Napo with your Night Drive you d have been the winner by far !