What a pleasant surprise!
I went out to get the mail today and discovered a large manila envelope with a return address from Leesburg, Virginia. I don't know anyone from there, so I ripped it open and discovered a book: Rhyme On Adult Poetry Writing Contest 2017, by Symington Press.
I read the acceptance letter. I had submitted this poem back in April to Luodoun County Public Library contest, and I had forgotten about it. I assumed it had been rejected.
They received 76 entries and published 20. Mine won in the humor category.
I wrote this about Nicole when she was a baby. She's all grown up, now, and soon to be ten.
Replica of Me
My little baby granddaughter somewhat resembles me.
Her big blue eyes are sparkly; mine look tired as tired can be.
She has a double chin like mine; hers you want to nibble.
Mine hangs loose and fleshy and catches all my dribble.
My little baby granddaughter has a roly-poly belly.
Hers is soft and solid; mine is just like jelly.
I love her many dimples, and I love her baby sighs.
My dimples look like lemon peel up and down my thighs.
My little baby granddaughter is as cute as cute can be.
When I look at her, I see a perfect little me.
Linda--Congratulations. I can see why they chose your poem as a winner. It make me smile outside (and wince inwardly, since I can oh-so-well identify with your jelly-belly and your double chin that catches all the dribbles).
Congrats! Your poem conjures up such images. Not all of which I want to see!
Cute poem. Congrats on another publication!
You are on a roll and I can see why with your granddaughter!
A decade...not as long as it sounds, is it?
Congratulations ! This cute, litte poem depicts in a realistic and humorous way the physical gap between two generations. Grandmother and granddaughter look alike and yet different. Age is not a factor one could ignore.
That poem is just adorable!
Congratulations on your win! It was deserved. That's a wonderful poem, cute, funny, and definitely relatable!
Aw, this is a sweet poem. Congratulations on another publication.
Hi Linda!! I gooGLED YOUR NAME AND AM SO GLAD I FOUND YOU> IF YOU READ THE BOOK MY POEM WAS ALSO IN YOUR CATEGORY> I WAS READING THE POEMS TO MY LITTLE CHILDREN (THE ONES FROM MY POEM) AND WE ALL REALLY LIKED YOUR POEM> I HAVE A SEVEN MONTH OLD AND I REALLY RELATED TO YOUR POEM> MY FAVORITE STANZA IS THE FOURTH ONE ABOUT THE DIMPLES> I LOVE HOW THE BABY YOU WROTE ABOUT IS ALL GROWN UP NOW> I AM STILL IN THE THROES OF MOTHERHOOD AND ONE OF MY GOALS THIS YEAR WAS TO ENTER THE POETRY CONTEST> IT WAS GOOD FOR ME TO DO IT SINCE I DONT HAVE MUCH TIME FOR MYSELF OR WRITING> I APOLOGIZE ABOUT THE ALL CAPS I FEEL LIKE I AM SHOUTING AT YOU STRANGELY LIKE "A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY" MY KEYBOARD IS ACTING UP AND I KNOW IF I DON"T MESSAGE YOU NOW I PROBABLY WONT GET AROUND TO IT FOR A WHILE> GLAD TO CONNECT WITH YOU AND I REALLY ENJOYED READING YOUR POEM> THE CONCEIT OF YOUR POEM WAS SOMETHING I HAVE THOUGHT OF BEFORE AS IVE ENJOYED LOOKING AT MY BABIES BUT NEVER PUT IT IN TO WORDS AND YOU DID THAT PERFECTLY AND WITH GOOD HUMOR! THANK YOU_ MEGAN MCMURRIN
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