May 2024 Poetry Contest - $300 Cash Prize

Published: May 1, 2024

May 2024 Poetry Contest Semi-Finalists

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

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

  1. Contemplating Dating by Shirley Ann Bunyan
  2. Sing On! by David J. Herring
  3. 10:10 by Victoria C. Terrell
  4. One Nerve Song by Judith J Bentley
  5. My Friend The Tree by Virginia Bussey
  6. Imposter Syndrome by Tonya R. Zuber
  7. GROWING INTO FAITH by Raelene J. Elliss
  8. The Gift by Karen E. Dorelis
  9. Deeper Than The Waters by Victoria
  10. Love Is The Beauty by Robert L. Chisholm
  11. The Full Circle (Say You, Say Me) by Derek S. Weaver
  12. My Mother Is The Feeling by Lisa E. Sheroan
  13. The Sea Is Calling by Aaron R. Tercero-Lozano
  14. The Miracle Of Birth by Pauline Faller
  15. They Call It "Childhelp" by Rodney Timms
  16. HOPE IS A LIGHT by JaniceHingley
  17. Life's Journey by Sweet Solitude
  18. While Walking On The Beach by Ralph Quinonez
  19. Mothers Day At Mum’s by Samuel Aragone
  20. The Power Of A Tear by Michael J. Malone
  21. The Snake by Lisa E. Sheroan
  22. Happy Heavenly Mother's Day by Jac Judy A. Campbell
  23. My Puppy And I Are A Match by Phillip M. Racette

The poems below have been selected as semi-finalists for the May 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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7 May 2024 Poetry Contest Semi-Finalists

  1. Mothers Day At Mum’s

    • By Samuel Aragone
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 12, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    This poem looks back on childhood memories though the eyes of a mother and son as they reminisce about the passing of her husband and explores the perhaps great love of partners of the post war generation. Were they better people then or did they need each other more to survive. The reader is invited to answer this question for themselves but as we were not part of this generation we cannot answer definitively --- we can only guess. Happy mothers day to all the mothers who read this.

    in Mother's Day Poems

    I smelt the smile of childhood
    I had woken up and smiled
    It was my mother's cooking
    And I was just a child

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  2. The Full Circle (Say You, Say Me)

    • By Derek S. Weaver
    • Published by Family Friend Poems April 30, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    When I was 11 years old I met my first love. We were in elementary school and I fell completely in love. She was the same age as I was. As you know, life brings you unexpected surprises. I honestly never thought I'd see her again. We're both 50 now and we recently became reunited after nearly 40 years. This is a poem written about us from childhood, the breakup and life in between until we meet again. This is for you Jennifer Callison. My true love since 1985❤️

    in Sweet Love Poems

    I saw her standing across the hall
    Carrying her book tote, leaning against the wall
    Her beautiful eyes glanced my way
    Dancing green emeralds took my breath away

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    Sandra, thank you and every word is true in the poem.

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  4. Happy Heavenly Mother's Day

    I lost my mother a few years ago, and I miss her more and more each day, so I wrote a poem for her wishing her a happy Mother's Day in heaven.

    in Mother's Day Poems

    Mom,
    Every day must be a celebration in your
    Newfound heavenly home,
    But our Mother's Day is forever empty

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  5. My Mother Is The Feeling

    • By Lisa E. Sheroan
    • Published by Family Friend Poems June 3, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    I love to honor my mom in poetry. She passed in 2019 after battling small cell lung cancer. My mom was truly special. She was funny, loving, and so easy to talk to. She meant everything to me. This poem is for her.

    in Mother Poems

    My mother is the feeling
    Of lost love found again
    A soldier home from war
    The shoulder of a friend

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  7. Imposter Syndrome

    • By Tonya R. Zuber
    • Published by Family Friend Poems June 3, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    This poem is about how a mentor/father figure encouraged me through self-doubt to continue to write poetry that gave me a voice to believe in myself and to express who I really am to others.

    in Inspirational Poems

    I feel like an imposter

    Like I'm not good enough

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    I firmly believe in writing for well-being, it helped me enormously through my husband's terminal illness. People on Family Friends are so kind with their comments and encouragement. So,...

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  8. While Walking On The Beach

    I am a Christian and mostly write spiritual poems. I love the beach and go a few times a year. It reconnects me with the Lord and grounds me.

    in Beach Poems

    You look out into the water;
    The waves make the most beautiful sound.
    A place you find peace and comfort,
    Walking hand in hand and looking around.

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    Your rhyming was so on point! Very well written, and I felt like I was right at the beach. Awesome job!

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  9. My Friend The Tree

    • By Virginia Bussey
    • Published by Family Friend Poems June 3, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    One sunny afternoon, many years ago, I was exploring the small forest behind our house. I felt an impulse to sit at the foot of a particular tree. I'm not even sure what species of tree it was, but the warmth and peace I felt has stayed with me for decades. Now that I am dabbling in poetry, I decided to write a sonnet to describe that experience.

    in Earth Poems

    I sit beside my tall and leafy friend
    My back against his rough but sturdy trunk
    The forest peacefulness begins to wend
    Into my heart and sweeps away my funk

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    I really enjoyed this poem, but enjoyed your poem about writing a sonnet even more - so clever and beautifully put together. Very best wishes, Ann

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