January 2024 Poetry Contest - $500 Cash Prize

Published: January 5, 2024

January 2024 Poetry Contest Semi-finalists

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

  • January 2024 Poetry Contest, Prize $500 Cash!
  • Submission Deadline is January 31. CLOSED.
  • Semi-Finalists Published here through February 6th CLOSED.
  • Winner Announced: February 7th
  • The Winning Poem is - Falling Deeper by Doug W. Benson. Congradualtions!

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

  1. AWAKEN by Lisa Rosenthal
  2. Faith by Clifford B. Summers
  3. For You, And Nothing Else, Are My Home. by Hannah
  4. Our Dreamland by Hanan E. Abdel Latif Fouad
  5. All Of The Sound Of Her Voiceless Shouts by Moira Villamanca
  6. MDFIGBNF by John M. Fergerson
  7. Your Mother Should Have Named You Apollo 16 by Bruce W. Lider
  8. Every Day Is Different. by Alex Sarich
  9. Gratitude Ode by Joseph Iacobellis
  10. My Father's Love by Muriel Maxis
  11. Give! by N8Booker
  12. The Pendulum Of Night by Sylvia Stults
  13. In Season's Trust by Susan A Capozzi
  14. I Finally Met Habit by Doug William Benson
  15. Nature's Therapy by Clifford B. Summers
  16. Finally Found Her & Became Enough by Audra A. Allensworth Parsons
  17. Beyond by David J. Herring
  18. Home From The War by Pauline Faller
  19. Reflection by Judi Twomey
  20. My Place In The Universe by LUANN WINKLE
  21. OUR FATHER by Raelene J. Elliss
  22. Every Dream Leads Me To You by Marcia A. Newton
  23. ECHOES by Lisa Jessie
  24. Only For A Season by Eric English
  25. Note To Self by Donna Marie
  26. DROWNING by Elvis Giles
  27. Falling Deeper by Doug William Benson
  28. The Street by Christi Van Zyl
  29. Scattered Thoughts by Eunice Lucero
  30. Chaos by Marie Matheny
  31. She Is . . . by Charles J Booker
  32. Among The Stars by Ann D. Stevenson
  33. The Loss Of Wonder by Sarah E. Dell
  34. 2023 Limerick Year-end Review by Don Coyne
  35. Sorry, I'm Not Home Anymore by Sara Hollie
  36. Life Is Puzzling by Carolyn V. June-Jackson
  37. The House by James Dagger
  38. STORY-TELLER by TEAH L. KAYNE
  39. Lovestruck by Charles J Booker
  40. Her Healing Smile by Charles J Booker
  41. Steel Tendrils by Charles J Booker
  42. Welcome Home by Regina M. Elliott
  43. Carpe Diem 7/2008 (2nd Edition) by Lyndee Champion-Ivey
  44. Peace Within Our Hearts by Cheryl L. Johnson
  45. Betrayal by Cynthia C. Naspinski

The poems below have been selected as semi-finalists for the January 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.

13 January 2024 Poetry Contest Semi-finalists

  1. Note To Self

    • By Donna Marie
    • Published by Family Friend Poems January 2018 with permission of the Author.

    A short inspirational reminder to flow with changes.

    in Inspirational Poems

    Be like the willow that bends,
    shade that it sends,
    peace that it lends.

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    This is an amazing poem - saying so much in very few words. Things don't always go the way we want, and sometimes we have to adapt and do so cheerfully - a very important lesson. It is also...

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  2. Chaos

    • By Marie Matheny
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 23, 2022 with permission of the Author.

    I wrote this poem to describe what it feels like having my two grandkids come and visit for the weekend. They are already older now and don't come as often as they once did, which saddens me, but I knew it would happen as they grew older. Those weekends are cherished memories for me and ones I'll always remember although pretty hectic while going on. It wasn't just chaos because we had a lot of fun too. I hope they too will look back someday, when they are adults, at these fun-loving memories also.

    in Grandchildren Poems

    Getting the grandkids
    For the weekend
    Starts out sweet and calm
    Soon it turns to chaos

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    I remember it well! You've summed it all up beautifully. I must look up more of your poetry. Best wishes, Ann D Stevenson

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  4. Among The Stars

    • By Ann D. Stevenson
    • Published by Family Friend Poems September 2020 with permission of the Author.

    When I look up at a clear night sky and see the stars, I feel as if a loved one is looking down. As a child, I was taught to wish upon a star, and that special feeling has stayed.

    Copied rhyme ends from The Tiger by William Blake

    in Creative Poems

    I see your star, it's shining bright
    amongst the others of the night,
    a sight so blessed, as by my eye
    your soul now rests in symmetry.

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    That's a real compliment from you, who writes so well, thank you. Best wishes, Ann

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  5. Nature's Therapy

    • By Clifford B. Summers
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 1, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    I have always mused over the effect nature has on our psyche, evoking an introspection we typically do not possess. It can summon the full range of human emotion but often centers on the more melancholic: a bittersweet thought, a poignant reflection, long-forgotten memories, wistful reminders of a happier time. Nature provides for us a safe and secure environment to process our feelings and to resolve internal conflict. It soothes our hurt and pain, heals our broken hearts and makes us whole.

    in Beauty of Nature Poems

    There are some drawn to the ocean,
    Its boundless depths and mysteries,
    Where crashing breakers sound like thunder,
    And gentle breezes kiss the seas,

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  7. Falling Deeper

    • By Doug W Benson
    • Published by Family Friend Poems January 4, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    There's no recipe for love. And the concept of this poem is not by any means meant to come across presumptuous. I simply feel these suggestions, multiple moments and, dare I say some requirements, have proven to be essential at achieving a deeper and more meaningful love in my life. Not just the numerical "what" but the "how" and "why" behind each theme are, for me, what have built the foundation for the relationship with my sweet companion. The most important thing in the world to me!!

    in True Love Poems

    Twelve red roses;
    best when unsuspected

    Eleven vows spoken;

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    Lovely romantic winning poem for the month of hearts, Doug. Congratulations on your win.

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  8. Every Dream Leads Me To You

    • By Marcia A. Newton
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 24, 2023 with permission of the Author.

    This poem is about envisioning a life and realizing that all of your dreams are connected to one special person. This poem is about realizing that in order to make dreams come true, you must be willing to risk everything.

    in Romantic Poems

    When a vision of perfect happiness comes into view,
    I know every dream leads me to you.
    As I lie down to sleep under the stars that shine,
    I dream of a time when you are mine.

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  9. Beyond

    • By David J. Herring
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 1, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    My poem uses a Shakespearean Sonnet form, which seems to lend itself to some of my life's experiences. The poem was born after periods of deep pain over the years, followed by my marriage where some things were resolved, but new troubles appeared, as, no doubt, in every life. The message is one of hope born of Love, through all life's trials; the wonder and beauty of life and its promise, despite great suffering when hope seems gone for ever, but ever lives and calls us to the end, and beyond.

    in Hope Poems

    If you could see beyond your weeping tears,
    To where the sunshine sparkles once again,
    Then would those drops of pain be free from fears,
    And you'd recall that gardens need the rain.

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  10. My Place In The Universe

    • By Luann Winkle
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 1, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    I began writing poetry to process my emotions over the loss of my dear husband in 2015. After navigating that loss and finding new love, the unimaginable happened again four years later when my (now) life partner died unexpectedly soon after we retired. "My Place in the Universe" chronicles my journey as I, alone, one step at a time, walk through unfathomable grief and fear of the unknown to my place of serenity and joy. Today I am whole, at peace with my life choices, and always grateful.

    in Courage Poems

    One time there was a mountain,
    and I said, "I can't climb that mountain,"
    and I turned back and took a different path.
    And along the way I encountered wild beasts,

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  11. Welcome Home

    Our Vietnam Veterans deserve all the honor and respect owed to them.

    in War Poems

    When I met the tall and amiable Vietnam War veteran,
    my shyness showed,
    yet, my throat dried and tightened when he softly
    spoke the words, "The war never goes away."

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  12. Betrayal

    Having gone through this myself, I've attempted to draw comparisons between the feelings of betrayal by one's own body to that of an unfaithful lover.

    in Cancer Poems

    You betrayed me.

    While I went about my days,
    Blithely oblivious,

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    Followed right along, well versed and emotions well described! Keep Healing

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  13. Reflection

    • By Judi Twomey
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 1, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    As an ageing senior having trouble accepting the inevitable changes of ones outside appearance and feeling invisible I needed to reassure myself that its what's inside that counts and that will never change.

    in Aging Poems

    I stand before the mirror
    A stranger stares at me
    I've been replaced by someone else
    They're standing where I used to be.

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  14. Only For A Season

    • By Eric S. English
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 1, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    I used a traditional poetical pattern which is unusual for me. I am usually a lyrical poet and it does come through in this poem. The richness of the poem is when it is read aloud.

    in Wife Death Poems

    I set aside a season for my love
    And a garden to remember her by;
    So that upon the chime of the new moon
    My dear love would arrive.

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    Lovely and beauteous elegy poem about your beloved late wife. A fine and tender tribute, Eric. My very best wishes for the contest.

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  15. Home From The War

    • By Pauline Faller
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 1, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    I wrote this verse a few years ago for my friend, who has two sons, one was in the army and the other, in the navy. They both ended up in Iraq, fighting in the war. My friend needed something to help her take her mind of her sons both being in a war zone at the same time. It helped a little, and yes, they both made it home ok.

    in War Poems

    Here's a friendly little greeting
    Just to welcome you back home,
    You serve your country admirably
    As so far and wide you roam.

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    Hello Pauline, You've penned a caring and heartfelt poem. I'm very touched by it. My very best wishes for the contest.

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