One of my poems, “Was That The Day“, was shortlisted in the Marriott Love Poems competition, which was run in March 2011. It wasn’t among the winners, alas, but encouraging all the same: a little tiny piece of recognition (for five minutes) :-).
It is interesting and challenging that “Was That The Day” is in the poetic form, Rondeau Redouble, in which the first stanza contains the refrain lines of the following four stanzas; the last verse doesn’t, but the whole set of six quatrains carries the rhyming pattern ABAB alternating with BABA all the way through. So to compose a poem in this form you need preferably twelve different words with the ‘A’ rhyme and another twelve with the ‘B’ rhyme! Strangely, this poetic form finishes with half of the first line, which, in this case, I made the same as the poem’s title.
Another poem I entered in this love poem fest was “Devotion” (aka “The Lamb”), a haiku triplet, which was the first to be published on the Marriott Love Poems weblog, under ‘Poems Galore‘. I really liked this one, probably because of its brevity, but hey-ho, who am I. That is not to say I didn’t like the one about my daughter’s wedding; it was probably because it was more directly a wedding poem.
(Read “The Lamb“, aka “Devotion”)