April 2024 Poetry Contest - $500 Cash Prize

Published: April 2, 2024

April 2024 Poetry Contest Semi-Finalists

These poems have been submitted to the April 2024 Poetry Contest. Below this list you will find the semi-finalist poems.

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These poems have been submitted to the April 2024 Poetry Contest.

  1. One Of A Kind Grandma by Clarissa M. Parent
  2. Because Of You I Am Me by Susan M. Gilbert
  3. Oh, How I Love Summer by Susan M. Gilbert
  4. Neon Dreams And Virtual Realities by Hough VAN DER HEIDEN
  5. The Night Sky by Lisa E. Sheroan
  6. Half A Heart by Mitchell Browder
  7. The Price Of Greed by Shahinaz Soliman
  8. When I Die by Shahinaz Soliman
  9. The Window Pane by Martha Myers
  10. IT IS WRITTEN by Raelene J. Elliss
  11. A Horse On A Hill by Lisa E. Sheroan
  12. WHICH IS REAL? by SC Schlagel
  13. Head Space by Kelsey D. Blackford
  14. Come, And Fly With Me by Julia Choi
  15. Goodbye To A Precious Home And Time by Samuel Aragone
  16. Sunshine After Rain by Brenda Winders
  17. A Rainbow Appears Only After The Rain by Doug William Benson
  18. My Love Is Yours Forever by Aaron R. Tercero-Lozano
  19. (bluebells) by Rob Hamilton
  20. Finding The Way by Ann D. Stevenson
  21. Man Musing by Shirley Ann Bunyan
  22. I Was Never A Soldier by Sweet Solitude
  23. 615 North Street by Lisa E. Sheroan
  24. Our Long Distance by Poetrebelunderground
  25. Nevermore by Ada M. Aguilar
  26. Those Eyes, Those Eyes, Those Loving Eyes by Susan Vidd
  27. The True Love Valentine by Laura Sanders
  28. The Confession by Michael J. Malone

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The poems below have been selected as semi-finalists for the April 2024 Poetry Contest.

We look for poems that have a clear message, Are heartfelt, Appeal to a wide audience

Our Editors determine the winning poem based on content, but you can let us know your top poems by rating, sharing, adding to your favorites and commenting on your favorite poems.

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17 April 2024 Poetry Contest Semi-Finalists

  1. Sunshine After Rain

    • By Brenda Winders
    • Published by Family Friend Poems August 2011 with permission of the Author.

    This poem was written when I went to treatment in 2002. I loved drugs and being high. I was a good person doing bad things. I lost my family, and my heart breaks every day. But I pray that I will continue to find that sunshine. I finally learned the difference between needing recovery and wanting it.

    in Addiction Poems

    One day when I was young, I heard a knock at my door.
    It sounded familiar, like I had heard it before.
    I opened the door, and to my surprise,
    There stood a young lady with blond hair and brown eyes.

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    I can relate to this story. I went down this road for 15 years. Battling addiction is the hardest thing I have ever done. I have been clean for 5 years, and i have had to watch my son go down...

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  2. A Horse On A Hill

    • By Lisa E. Sheroan
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 1, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    My mom and I were so much alike. After she passed in 2019 I experienced many dark days. I found that focusing on our similarities was a way to honor her. I believe she lives on through me in many ways. I hope this poem captures that belief.

    in Mother Death Poems

    A horse on a hill
    Past the old railroad tracks
    Just up the road
    From the broken-down shack

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  4. Because Of You I Am Me

    For my mother's upcoming birthday, she requested not a poem entirely about her but a poem about her children. I decided to not only describe myself but also how my mother had an effect on my life.

    in Mother Poems

    Mom, on your birthday, I celebrate you
    And all the wonderful things that you do.

    But if truth be told, and that must always be,

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    This is the best poem I've ever read for a mom on her birthday. I always look for poems to write in my moms card on her special day and this one is the very best I've read. Keep up all your...

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  5. Goodbye To A Precious Home And Time

    • By Samuel Aragone
    • Published by Family Friend Poems April 20, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    I am the son of immigrant parents to Australia who moved various times to different rented properties. We finally moved into our own house and the family expanded to three children. Our home became the centre of our lives providing a place to live and a garden that provided most of our food. Our families loved the house and the saddest day of our lives was the day we sold it after our parents passed. We wanted to keep the house but at the time we could not. So on the last day a final goodbye.

    in Home Poems

    Can there be anything sadder
    Than a home that's had its day
    Where the children have moved on
    And the owners passed away

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    A lovely poem - very moving. I could visualise everything you wrote about so clearly. Well done, best wishes, Ann

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  7. My Love Is Yours Forever

    Free verse poem for my beloved wife, thank you for everything

    in Wife Poems

    My love is all my own
    I will never stop loving you
    As the years pass and I grow old
    Like a withered aging tree with branches tired and wrinkled

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  8. The True Love Valentine

    • By Laura J Sanders
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 2022 with permission of the Author.

    This poem is about an elderly couple who have been together for a long time. They have been through good and bad times, ups and downs. They do not have to send Valentine's cards or gifts to know that they mean a lot to one another.

    in Romantic Valentine's Day Poems

    Big, pink fluffy hearts could not convey
    what you mean to me this Valentine's Day.
    A card with fancy words saying, "I love you so,"
    could not capture my thoughts, but I think you know

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  9. Oh, How I Love Summer

    This poem came from a place of gratitude. Having had some health issues, I began to look at the small things around me. My love of the outdoors, especially my garden, made me realize the peace it brought to me. The winter seemed to drag on for so long, no sign of summer. May and June were so grey and overcast that it dimmed our souls. Finally one morning, the sun's rays shone early through my window, and the joy of summer enveloped me. Then inspiration took hold and my poem was created.

    in Summer Poems

    Though May did bring her deepest grey
    And June did bring her gloom,
    I woke this morn in a glorious way
    To Sunshine in my room.

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    Thank you, Beryl. This is especially a time for all of us to be grateful for the simple things that make us smile. Be safe and well.

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  10. Man Musing

    • By Shirley A Bunyan
    • Published by Family Friend Poems April 11, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    This poem is a completely fictional which I wrote just for fun.

    in Rhyming Poems

    I wonder, sometimes, why it is a fact,
    a gifted, handsome man should be alone.
    My iambic pentameter's intact,
    yet still I tend to lyric on my own.

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    Nothing like a good laugh to cheer me up. Thank you. Very best wishes, Ann

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  11. Those Eyes, Those Eyes, Those Loving Eyes

    • By Susan Vidd
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 1, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    All of my poetry is very simple. I am hoping you will finish it until the end to see exactly who I am referring to when I speak of "Those Eyes, Those Eyes, Those Loving Eyes." You might be surprised. Thank you for reading my poems.

    in Pet Friend Poems

    I see you standing there.
    I feel your eyes on me.

    I resume my tasks, but there you are.

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  12. When I Die

    • By Shahinaz Soliman
    • Published by Family Friend Poems April 19, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    I wrote this poem for my kids to read after I pass. I don't want them to live their lives in grief after my death. I want them to be happy and enjoy every moment. To accept and move on.

    in Mother Death Poems

    When I die
    Let everyone know--- I did try
    I tried to be my best
    I tried to pass a test

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    This poem spoke to me as a mother. I felt deeply connected by how the author adores her children and how she does not want them to be stuck in grief after she passes away. She wants her...

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  13. The Window Pane

    • By Martha Myers
    • Published by Family Friend Poems April 25, 2023 with permission of the Author.

    The grass at my son's house had just been mown, and my 3-year-old grandson had gone out to play. I snapped a picture of him playing and then began to reflect on my own summer days from an era gone past. As I reflected, the following words began to come to my mind.

    in Grandchildren Poems

    I gaze through the window pane,
    At the freshly mown lawn.
    The deep green color
    Takes me back to a day gone by.

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  14. The Night Sky

    • By Lisa E. Sheroan
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 1, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    I had an epiphany one starry night thinking of my mom and brother. They have both have passed. In my grief, I considered the miraculous existence of our universe and the wonders of time and space. This poem explores my belief that life is too complex to end at physical death.

    in Grief Poems

    Looking up at the moonlit sky
    In the quiet of the night
    I found a truth that stilled my soul
    In a tiny speck of light

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    I love this poem - it's a bit like one of mine on Family Friends, called 'Among the Stars'. We both obviously share the same sort of feelings inspired by the night sky. Best wishes, Ann

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  15. A Rainbow Appears Only After The Rain

    • By Doug W Benson
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 1, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    As I reflect on what has brought, and continues to bring, true and lasting happiness in my life, it tends to be after moments of struggle, difficulty and pain. Simple joys and immediate gratification are great, but often shallow and fleeting. And while we don't always need to rely on others to find true happiness, I know I have benefited greatly by their strength and support. Easy to lose sight during the difficult moments, which is why I opted to repeat it three times. Maybe others can relate.

    in Inspirational Poems

    TRUE HAPPINESS comes
    through struggle and pain,
    As a rainbow appears
    only after the rain.

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  16. The Confession

    I wrote this poem as a confession to a close friend. I appreciate the time we spend together, and am very thankful for this person's ability to put a smile on my face.

    in Special Friend Poems

    With the dawn of each new day
    I realize this more and more
    There is something I need to say
    That I never really could before

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  17. 615 North Street

    • By Lisa E. Sheroan
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 1, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    My poem is about a strange experience I had decades ago while living alone. I remember it very clearly. Was it supernatural or just someone doing something strange in the middle of the night? I don't know the answer. This poem is best read aloud. I wish I could read it to you! I hope you enjoy it.

    in Fear Poems

    Boom. Boom. Boom.
    The rhythmic sound wakes me
    From a deep, peaceful sleep
    What could it be?

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  18. Our Long Distance

    This poem goes from a place of familiarity, one year. Being together long distance can be tremendously hard. As time goes on, and you grow in your love and learning for each other, so can those doubts and worries. Sometimes those miles in between and times zones clicking on often confuse the love languages we hold so strongly. But just like a road, when holes and cracks appear, it must be reassured. so no matter the long distance, no doubt or worry is too small or big, to be reassured <3

    in Long Distance Poems

    please reassure me
    that your love is still true,
    that the distance between us
    hasn't worn out our glue,

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  19. Head Space

    • By Kelsey D. Blackford
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 1, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    I've finally learned that love isn't enough to stay. I stayed in a toxic relationship from 13 years old to 24 years old and feel like I'm finally living my life for the first time since leaving someone who didn't respect me.

    in Moving On Poems

    He said he needed some head space
    Ya know, just some time to think
    His head was apparently cluttered
    In the orbit around his brain

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