Bri Edwards

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A Showcase For P H Poets: D E C E M B E R  2015: Section ' A '...[11th Monthly Showcase Of Poems; Some Changes; A New Poem Introduction! ; 'fun'? ] - Poem by Bri Edwards

[introductory poem]:

In this, December month's extravaganza display,
we'll read poets' writings, called 'work' or 'play'.
Perhaps some will deal with the change to Winter,
or Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, or Day of Vinter.

From February's showcase, this has ballooned;
our showcases with fine poems are festooned!
My thanks to participants now go out,
to the writers and readers (‘what it's about') .

I've made some changes I'll mention below;
hopefully they'll make these showcases glow...
...even MORE!

I hope there are more readers than comments indicate,
but this is to be enjoyed, so if you are late,
OR never bother to leave any comments here,
don't worry! I'll not drop tears in my stale beer.

(October 27,2015) (amended November 26, 2015)

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If you are not familiar with, or if you can't remember how this showcase business 'works', please feel free to read the introductory remarks made by me in previous showcases. ESPECIALLY THE October SHOWCASE. :) .

THERE ARE SOME CHANGES IN DECEMBER.
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‘NEW' INFORMATION about how showcases work.

[You can read all of this OR just send poem(s) and TRUST ME! ]
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'SECTIONS:

BRIEFLY, THERE WILL FOUR SECTIONS (4) in which to find the poems for December (and perhaps in future months as well) . bri :) :)

1- I plan in December to have FOUR (4) poems 'Sections'. Each section will consist of a 'poem' starting with the words 'A Showcase …', and indicating the month, the year, and ‘Section A', ‘Section B', ‘Section C', OR 'Section D'.

2- Section 'A' shall contain poems submitted by members, with each poem consisting of 'not many more than 12 lines'. Each poet may have one or two poems in this Section 'A'.
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*****December CHANGE:
IF a poet ONLY SUBMITS poems of this length, I may choose to allow 3 or 4 poems from her/him in the showcase. I reserve the ‘right' to change/bend my 'rules' from time to time! :) bri
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3- Section 'B' shall contain poems generally longer than 12 lines, but shorter than 51 lines. Each poet may have ONE poem in this Section 'B'.

[Will Bri E. remember all this? ]

4- Section 'C' shall contain ‘second' poems [or LATE ‘first' poem submissions] from any poet who submits one or two poems 'generally longer than 12 lines, but shorter than 51 lines'.

5- Section 'D', if needed, shall contain poems submitted which are generally more than 50 lines each. ONE poem per poet is allowed in this section.
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Also 'NEW' in November AND continued in December:

CHALLENGE TOPIC OF THE MONTH:

I shall give a 'CHALLENGE TOPIC' out to poets who wish to be challenged to write one or more poems using my suggested topic. [the idea for this came from Brian Johnston's extinct monthly ‘title challenge contest', which he (and I) ‘ran' for several months about a year ago] This is still NOT a contest, but just a showcase. Any poems (submitted for a showcase) which are based on 'the topic' shall be placed in the appropriate 'Section' by me, according to length, NOT by topic.

For December, my chosen 'Challenge Topic' is 'Tribute To …..', in which you may write a tribute to a person or ‘other tangible thing', or an idea, etc. This may be short, or long, serious or not. Choose your own title. [I see I wrote 'chose' in error in November's showcase! ! ] :) :)
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[The November showcase is 'closed'as of November 26th, but still available for viewing. My thanks go to all who wrote poems and who read poems. I hope YOU enjoyed some of them! ]


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***CHANGE: [[For December's showcase, I will not try (so diligently at least) to have poets correct what I believe/know are errors in English (such as grammar and spelling) in their poems. The reason for this is two-fold.

One: I am not finding as much time as I used to have to work on 'correcting' other poets' poems.

Two: The poems will more accurately display how the poets have chosen to display their poems (either on purpose or 'by mistake[s]) .


If a poet asks me to proofread and make suggestions/corrections, I will try to accommodate her/his request, but I might make a note indicating my assistance at the end of the poem.]]
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THE POETS:
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SEVENTEEN: ? ?



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SIXTEEN: JOHN WESTLAKE (United Kingdom; Male; 31)

203. If You Do Not Love Me

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FIFTEEN: KELLY KURT (United States; Male; 57)

Ladybugs (In My Room)

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FOURTEEN: KELLY KURT (United States; Male; 57)

Fish

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THIRTEEN: BRI EDWARDS (United States; Male; 67)

Salamander

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TWELVE: KIM BARNEY (United States; Male; 100) (ha! to '100')

O Bom Pastor (The Good Shepherd)


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ELEVEN: CLARENCE PRINCE (Canada; Male; 75)

I'm Moving On!

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TEN: EUGENE LEVICH (Unite States; Male; 78)

Homage To Nietzsche

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NINE: ELENA PLOTKIN (United States; -; -)

Orange

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EIGHT: WES VOGLER (Canada; Male; 85)

Perhaps A Willful Lass

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SEVEN: WES VOGLER (Canada; Male; 85)

The Dismantler

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SIX: WES VOGLER (Canada; Male; 85)

An Old Friend

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FIVE: JOHN WESTLAKE (United Kingdom; Male; 31)

Anna

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FOUR: AKHTAR JAWAD (Pakistan; Male: 70)

Who Rules The World

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THREE: DOUGLAS SCOTNEY (Australia; Male; 62)

Epitaph For Bri

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TWO: EUGENE LEVICH (United States; Male; 78)

Circumlocution

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ONE: BRI EDWARDS (United States; Male; 67)

Two Bee, Or Not Two Bee?

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THE POEMS: ['Generally', each poet may have one OR two short poems in this section; I am the 'general'! ]
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SEVENTEEN: ? ?





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SIXTEEN: by John Westlake


203. If You Do Not Love Me

It matters not to me about what money you have
the size of your bank balance would not impress me
a mountain of coin would not keep me faithful
if you did not love me

It would not matter what gifts you would buy
presents can only show so much
a gold plated tanker would be no good to me
if you do not love me

It does not matter where you take me
even though I love to travel
a holiday in Jamaica would be meaningless
if you do not love me

A rich person is nothing special
I'd rather be with some one who cares
it's true that I would stay faithful
to someone who truly loves me



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FIFTEEN: by Kelly Kurt


Ladybugs (In My Room)

Unseen, in nooks and window sill corners
Secreted since the last warmth of autumn
Ladybugs slowly awaken
Freckled smidgeons of carroty creatures
Adorn the walls and ceiling
Flashing here and there, soundless
The occasional ping bouncing off a lightbulb
Like fairies playing pool with pearls

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Bri's note: It beats 'ladybugs in my underwear'!
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FOURTEEN: by Kelly Kurt


Fish

Hidden beneath reflecting waves
They spend both night and day
With the sub aquatic mandate
Be predator or prey

In briny deep or shallow ponds
Variety is rife
Shape, size and color myriad
A festival of life

‘Round thermal vents or Arctic ice
Some form has found its niche
For guppy and leviathan
A place is found for each

I'd like to travel far and wide
To see each kind of fish
My favorite place to see them tho
Deep fried and on a dish

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THIRTEEN: by Bri Edwards


Salamander...... [nature; A Salamander (Of Course!) : Confronting Nature; Almost Short]

Among damp leaves, in our front yard,
a spotted salamander lies.
A nest of eggs it does guard....
from bugs and other eyes.
Its solitude I just have jarred.
I think for both it was a surprise.

With my finger I feel its skin;
it is cool, and still as a smooth stone.
To harm its nest would be a sin,
but I take a photo with my phone.
Then over my face there comes a grin.
I step back, leaving it alone.

What other wonders are there hid
from unseeing eyes of Man?
Though I've seen a lot since I was a kid,
if I try harder I know I can....
see much more by lifting the lid....
which covers Mother Nature's span.


(February 2013)
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TWELVE: by Kim Barney


O Bom Pastor (The Good Shepherd)

Eu sou o bom Pastor.
O bom Pastor dá a sua vida
pelas ovelhas.

These are the words that Jesus spoke
those many years ago.

I am the good shepherd.
The good Shepherd gives his life
for the sheep.

I am one of those sheep.
You are one of those sheep.
All humans are his sheep.

How grateful I am
that Jesus gave his life for us
those many years ago.

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Bri's note: There's always ONE who can't decide what language to use!
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ELEVEN: by Clarence Prince


I'm Moving On!

I'm on my way I'm moving on
Out of my way let me go on
I'm going straight I will not wait
I can't stay I wont delay
I'm moving on to glory land

I'm moving on I'm moving on
I'm moving along I'm moving on
I'm moving on I'm moving on
I can't stay I won't delay
I'm moving on to glory land

I saw a light shining far away
Where no one fears to ever stray
It's a distant land with my Saviour there
I can't stay I won't delay
I'm moving on to glory Land

I head a train coming on the line
It's coming fast its coming on time
I can't decline that train is mine
I can't stay I won't delay
I'm moving on to glory land

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Bri's note: Have a safe trip!
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TEN: by Eugene Levich


Homage

Dogma
Dog-ma
It's a bitch,
A vise crushing the brain.
Thus, spake Zarathustra!

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NINE: by Elena Plotkin


Orange

The winter has always been my biggest season,
But I can't abide the cold for any reason.
That's why I am out at the grove sunbathing,
And not up north freezing and belly-aching.
Besides, who needs all that snow and ice,
When you can get sunshine for the same price?
Snow and ice could never make me so plump and juicy,
Or make my skin glow and radiate with such beauty.
No sir, I'd rather hang from a tree all day long,
Than find myself up north where I don't belong.
I'd rather have my insides squeezed out by some machine,
Than find myself at a party with J. Frost and the Snow Queen.


(C) 2013 Copyright Elena Plotkin

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Bri's note: I see Elena also has poems: Grape, Banana, and Oblivion.
I've never tried an oblivion. Maybe someday.
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EIGHT: by Wes Vogler

Perhaps A Willful Lass
She pretty much gets her own way.
What's it based on, this thing that I say?
Well, she IS rather fiery
And she writes up her diary
A week in advance. (Let us pray.)

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SEVEN: by Wes Vogler


The Dismantler

'My Dad has a hobby now, Joe.
He dismantles things when they won't go.'
'Ah, so why bring it up
At this time, buttercup? '
'Cause it's late. You're still here. So's you know.'

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SIX: by Wes Vogler


An Old Friend

'Oh, you've aged my dear, let's not pretend
Life is often unkind at the end.'
'Yes, I'm sure. dear Estelle,
But then I couldn't tell
It was you, 'cept your coat's an old friend.'

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FIVE: by John Westlake


232. Anna

There is a woman with an enormous heart
who has turned doing good into a form of art
her daily diary is a family planner
when she met me she said 'my name is Anna'

She brings a smile to my eyes and face
her presence brightens up any place
spreading peace just like a dove
her home is filled with family love

Working tirelessly without much rest
for her family and friends she wants the best
always willing to lend a hand
to listen to you and understand

A wonderful person at being kind
people like her are hard to find
she wants to help more than any other
and that is why some people call her their mother

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FOUR: by Akhtar Jawad


Who Rules The World

A difficult question I put up for replies,
before the earth, not before the skies,
Who rules the world? I think cartoons,
That grow in the heaven's dirty spittoons,
and attract large number of insects and flies!

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THREE: by Douglas Scotney


Epitaph For Bri

Here lies Bri
Composting in this place.
Died with agility.
A knife in his hand
Dealt the coup de grace...

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Bri's note: To quote (pretty closely I believe) what are said to have been the words of American humorist and author Mark Twain aka Samuel Clemens, upon reading a newspaper obituary announcing his death
: 'The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.'
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TWO: by Eugene Levich


Circumlocution


So Abraham asked Yaweh...

'What can I do...

To live an ethical life,
To treat my fellow man with humanity,
To live in harmony with nature,
To teach my children virtue,
To show respect for women,
To bring peace to all nations

And... thus...

To be worthy to enter
The Gates of Heaven? '

And Yaweh replied:

'Cut off some skin at the tip of your penis! '

'Huh? '

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ONE: by Bri Edwards


Two Bee, Or Not Two Bee?

What is the question you now do pose,
as you stand, looking at that rose?
Did you say: 'Two bee, or Not two bee? '
I say: 'Not two ……; I'm sure I see three! '

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Bri's note: This poem is not submitted to PH yet, as of 11-26-2015.
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Please look at showcase Sections B, C, and D also [once I get them posted into my list of poems, near the bottom of the first page OR near the top of my second page of poem titles on my PH site], for longer poems this month.
bri :)

Topic(s) of this poem: poems


Poet's Notes about The Poem

This is a continuation of displays of PH friends' poems, started in February of 2015. Enjoy! :) bri

p.s. This is NOT a contest!

Comments about A Showcase For P H Poets: D E C E M B E R  2015: Section ' A '...[11th Monthly Showcase Of Poems; Some Changes; A New Poem Introduction! ; 'fun'? ] by Bri Edwards

  • Ayman Parray (12/19/2015 2:50:00 PM)


    I Still don't get the rules at all. But good poems. Thanks everyone and thanks Bri. (Report) Reply

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  • (12/17/2015 5:50:00 PM)


    These short poems are fun to read. Thanks for posting. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, November 26, 2015

Poem Edited: Friday, May 20, 2016


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