Congratulations to Ruthie Voth for her winning poem "Live to Be a Thousand"
Live to Be a Thousand (by Ruthie Voth)
They say infatuation is always a temporary stage.
Intense but short-lived.
Funny how traces of it linger
for twenty years and more.
I'm coming out from my steamy morning shower
and you are breakfasting in the fresh air...
...and I am still twenty years old
in my affection for you
and the way your fork moves to your mouth
accompanied by birdsong
and the fact that your eyes have never learned
to leave me alone.
I could live to be a thousand
and still you would be reeling me in,
one step at a time,
always ready for one more next moment.
I had so much fun reading all of the entries for this contest! I had no idea so many of you would take up the challenge. Choosing a favorite was not easy.
I am amazed at the creativity you all displayed, as well as your bravery in sharing your thoughts in poem form. So many poems were moving, personal, and heartfelt. Others made me chuckle. Narrowing down to a favorite meant reading them over and over. I think I might need to upgrade my reading glasses!
I am so grateful for all of your participation. Thanks for sharing your joy and thoughts with the rest of us. That is the beauty and power of words, whether in poem, song lyric, or everyday conversation.
Congratulations, Ruthie, for your winning entry, "Live to Be a Thousand". May we all live in the reality of your last line, "always ready for one more next moment."
Keep writing, friends!
* a little housekeeping note from CHRISRICE.COM-- we will leave the CONTEST page up for another month or so (through June) so you can all read through each other's poems in the 'comments' section. After that time, we will remove the page from our website, so please make sure you have saved a copy of your own poems.