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qimissung
02-06-2012, 01:16 PM
Read over the poems carefully, and vote for the one you like best for the 2012 Valentine Poetry Contest. Let the games begin. The voting will end at midnight on February 13.

qimissung
02-16-2012, 01:07 PM
My apologies for the delay...BUT we need a tiebreaker! Anyone willing to do the honors?

Haunted
02-16-2012, 03:13 PM
But there's only one with 2 votes while the rest only have one vote. Wouldn't that be the winner?

Still it's too few votes. Going forward I'd like the voters' identities to be transparent so we know who participated and who don't give a damn.

I'm dismayed that in while many Poetry posters vote for Short Story Contests, I don't see the same enthusiasm and reciprocality from the Short Story camp for our Poetry Contests. In protest I will not vote for another Short Story Contest.

Calidore
02-16-2012, 05:57 PM
But there's only one with 2 votes while the rest only have one vote. Wouldn't that be the winner?

Still it's too few votes. Going forward I'd like the voters' identities to be transparent so we know who participated and who don't give a damn.

I'm dismayed that in while many Poetry posters vote for Short Story Contests, I don't see the same enthusiasm and reciprocality from the Short Story camp for our Poetry Contests. In protest I will not vote for another Short Story Contest.

It may not be a lack of enthusiasm or reciprocality as much as the relatively smaller number of people who feel they can appreciate poetry enough to vote on it. Prose is easy--everyone reads that pretty much every day they can read, but poetry takes a different mindset that many people--myself included--mostly lack. I can vote based on a piece's content, but quality of writing and style pretty much elude me where poetry is concerned, so I'd be afraid of shortchanging someone who actually put in more than I can see.

Haunted
02-16-2012, 06:11 PM
It may not be a lack of enthusiasm or reciprocality as much as the relatively smaller number of people who feel they can appreciate poetry enough to vote on it. Prose is easy--everyone reads that pretty much every day they can read, but poetry takes a different mindset that many people--myself included--mostly lack. I can vote based on a piece's content, but quality of writing and style pretty much elude me where poetry is concerned, so I'd be afraid of shortchanging someone who actually put in more than I can see.


I don't think people who vote are required to evaluate "a piece's content, but quality of writing and style" or have any technical knowledge of poetry. We vote for one we like, the one that speaks to us. That's all.

If it doesn't speak to you, then it's either a lack of content that appeals to you, or the style doesn't fit the content, or the writing isn't good enough to get the message across. At the end of the day it's the same thing.

jajdude
02-16-2012, 10:54 PM
I voted for you, qimissung.

qimissung
02-16-2012, 11:26 PM
:lol: Was that a vote of confidence, Jajdude? Since I can look at a poll and see how many votes a particular entrant recieved? But thank you, in any event.

And I wanted it to be a public poll but didn't get that right either. Sigh.

And so few votes, but over a hundred people have looked at this thread. And Haunted is right, in this as in all other ways (:)); people need only vote for the one that appeals to them.

I'm going to keep the poll open through the weekend and then do a recount. The poll will close at midnight on Sunday, February 19, 2012.

I have an idea for another contest and I'd like to get that started right away.

cacian
02-17-2012, 06:53 AM
Hi qimissung just a question, isn't the one with the FIVE votes is the winner?.
unspoken has FIVE points so that would be the winner right?

I look forward to the next contest:smile5:

aliengirl
02-17-2012, 03:09 PM
Still it's too few votes. Going forward I'd like the voters' identities to be transparent so we know who participated and who don't give a damn.

I'm dismayed that in while many Poetry posters vote for Short Story Contests, I don't see the same enthusiasm and reciprocality from the Short Story camp for our Poetry Contests. In protest I will not vote for another Short Story Contest.


You're right Haunted but perhaps many people miss voting on these contests as they are inside personal poetry sub-forum and don't always show on the main forum page as does the short story competition. I nearly missed this one. Thanks to extended date I got a chance to vote.

Buh4Bee
02-17-2012, 08:21 PM
I voted too. I'd like to see what the results are in 2 days.

BookBeauty
02-18-2012, 07:56 AM
:D Bumpity bump.

qimissung
02-20-2012, 02:48 PM
And the winner of the 2012 Valentine Poetry Contest is

Unspoken by Hawkman

You are the supernova at my core,
a brilliance that cannot be contained,
burning as a flame burns,
consuming thoughts
that orbit a desire too hot to touch.

You are so far away
and your motives are beyond
my understanding,
yet I gaze upon your light
and listen to your pulsar beat
as once I listened to your heart
while my ear rested calmly on your breast.

Shall we walk that dusty street,
or was it memory that led me to a place I dreamed,
and will I ever feel again
that magic of your hand in mine,
or bask in warmth transmitted
by your fingertips upon my cheek?

cacian
02-20-2012, 03:31 PM
congratulations Hawkman, a very well deserved win:wave:

Haunted
02-20-2012, 03:43 PM
it's a pleasure to read Hawk, congrats

Hawkman
02-20-2012, 07:37 PM
Thank you qim, cacian and Haunted, and of course, all those who voted. Comiserations to the other entrants and thanks for their worthy entries, though it might be nice for them to have the credit they are due rather than languish in obscurity. I seem to have been the only one unmasked! And, where have they gone? Not fed into the shredder one hopes.

Live and be well - H

Buh4Bee
02-20-2012, 08:29 PM
Lovely Hawk- You got my vote.

qimissung
02-21-2012, 10:44 AM
Thank you qim, cacian and Haunted, and of course, all those who voted. Comiserations to the other entrants and thanks for their worthy entries, though it might be nice for them to have the credit they are due rather than languish in obscurity. I seem to have been the only one unmasked! And, where have they gone? Not fed into the shredder one hopes.

Live and be well - H

You were unmasked because you are the winner, Hawkman. The others may reveal themselves by posting their poems in the Personal Poetry section.

cacian
02-21-2012, 11:18 AM
I wrote Violets for Valentine.:)

Calidore
02-21-2012, 11:25 AM
I liked "Finding Their Heart" very much and ended up voting for that. The others all went a bit heavy on the flowery-Hallmarky-gooshy stuff for my taste.

aliengirl
02-22-2012, 03:46 AM
Congrats Hawk! Although I didn't vote for you :p

Hawkman
02-22-2012, 04:26 AM
Thanks B4B. Jolly decent of you ;)

Ripley: Thanks for the congrats, and I forgive you :D

cacian: I thought you might have :D

Calidore: I agree, that was a fine poem.

Live and be well - H

BookBeauty
02-22-2012, 06:00 AM
Well done, Hawkman! Many congratulations to you.

I, myself had written the Valentine Sanctuary. :)

YesNo
02-22-2012, 10:05 AM
I see someone has won this--congratulations, Hawkman! I thought someone else had written that poem which shows how much I know about members' writing styles.

Thanks, qimissung, for setting this up. I like the anonymity. You can only guess who might have written the poems or who voted for which ones--unless the poem wins. I voted prior to Valentine's Day and enjoyed reading all of them.

Dark Muse
03-02-2012, 05:03 PM
Congrats Hawkman, yours had my vote.

A Moment of Truth Between Lovers, was mine. Thanks to my one lone voter :p