Poetry Friday: Showing at the Fair

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Thanks to Amy at The Poem Farm for hosting Poetry Friday.

Have you ever wondered about what can be shown at either county or state fairs.  Besides the livestock, 4-H, baked items, or quilts, there can be a Poetry category.

The Oregon Fair  has such a category.  This year I entered.  No entry fee. There were three categories:  Free Verse, Rhymed, and Short (no more than four lines).

I was surprised to see a Second Place and an Honorable Mention, this being my first time submitting.

Today I share these two poems:

Second Place:  This originally appeared on Kirby Larson’s blog for National Poetry Month. Because I always consider my poems drafts, I’ve tweaked it over time.  And it’s funny because I shared this with Penny last week because her poem reminded me of this one.

How to Write a Poem

Rise before dawn gathering words
those juicy, succulent images.
The aromatic ones which crinkle your nose
returning you to the shadow places.

Those juicy, succulent images
found in the crevices of remembering,
returning you to the shadow places.
Throwing the words into the calypso coral sky.

Found in the crevices of remembering
an unexpected arrangement for early morning.
Throwing the words into the calypso coral sky,
watching them flitter-flutter, landing on prayer flags.

An unexpected arrangement for early morning.
Waking before sunrise, scattering words,
watching them flitter-flutter, landing on prayer flags
as the night watchers slip away.

Waking before sunrise, scattering words,
the aromatic ones which crinkle your nose.
As the night watchers slip away,
rise before dawn, gathering words.

©Jone Rush MacCulloch

Honorable Mention: This is from my 2015 National Poetry Month collection.

Beware

walking in the desert
cholla spines jump like fleas
it’s an unwanted surprise
like an argument

©Jone Rush MacCulloch

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S.O.S. CYBIL’s JUDGES NEEDED

Applications are needed.  As chairperson, I would love to find fourteen individuals (seven for each round).  If you are blogging on Poetry Fridays, you are eligible to apply UNLESS (and it’s a good thing) you have a poem or book that might be on the nomination’s list.  .

You can apply on the CYBILS website, HERE.

Not sure?  Have questions?  These FAQs should provide answers.

Judging Round One information HERE.

Judging Round Two information HERE.

September 14 is the deadline to turn in an application.  I really hope to see your name on the application list.

Happy Poetry.  Happy Friday.

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12 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Showing at the Fair

  1. I love both, and this “Found in the crevices of remembering
    an unexpected arrangement for early morning.” and that second one says it just right. I know those chollas, they do jump! Beautiful connection, Jone.

  2. I love the cadence and truth of How To Write A Poem, Jone. Especially these lines:
    Waking before sunrise, scattering words,
    the aromatic ones which crinkle your nose.
    As the night watchers slip away,
    rise before dawn, gathering words.

  3. Jone, I read this yesterday and thought I posted a congratulations but I guess I didn’t. I love NY State Fair but hardly get to visit when it is happening. I am thinking of the show My State Fair as I write this to you. I think it is great that your state fair had a poetry contest.

  4. Congratulations on your prize-winning poems! They are both lovely.
    Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  5. “Waking before sunrise, scattering words,
    watching them flitter-flutter, landing on prayer flags
    as the night watchers slip away.”

    Swoon!

    Now that’s my kind of fair! Many congratulations!
    xo

  6. Oh, congrats on the prizes, well done! I don’t know if I’d have the nerve to submit my poetry, I think I’m still too shy and nervous to share my own creations – maybe I should set something like this as a goal for the future!

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