I only post one poem today, but it sets us up for a very long post tomorrow.
© W. Scott Grant
May 24, 1999 8:25 pm
It lost the contest for a reason
Save it for another season
One judge thought it worse
Than someone else’s verse
So why must you inflict it
It’s just another statistic
Throw it out or file it away
But please don’t share it today.
I already heard the good ones
First, second, third, honorable mentions
Take it back to your workshop, poet.
And for this reading, please stow it!
~~ I judged a contest and read probably a hundred poems, and selected the top four. At the convention, after the awards were announced, attendees had the opportunity to stand up and read their own poems. Inevitably, many of the poems read in the open session were the ones that didn’t place in the contest. I was judge in a specific category (humorous rhyming poetry) for three years. I remember one poem that was submitted to the same category twice, and was rejected twice. What’s worse, the poem was a poorly rendered version of a rather bad joke about senility. It’s been twenty years, and I still remember this. Sometimes my brain needs a bit of cleansing. ~~