Prize winning poetry

“Success will be within your reach only when you start reaching out for it.”

Stephen Richards, Think Your way to Success: Let Your Dreams Run Free
Yes, I have done it.  I have entered the poetry competition that I blogged about sometime ago (I wandered lonely as a cloud: could you be the next great nature poet?).
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For me, and maybe for you as well, entering competitions take a little leap of faith.  You have to believe that an audience somewhere will want to hear what you have to say and understand it.
And you have to believe that you have a chance.
Bolstered by the quote above, I reached out!  Crossing fingers now…..
There is still time to enter too, so get writing!  More details via the blog post link!

I wandered lonely as a cloud: could you be the next great nature poet?

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Trying to decide how to progress with my writing, I have been milling around the internet and I found the above competition.  In order to get in the mood for nature, I checked out Mr Wordsworth.  The great lyric poem remains an inspiration for nature poets.  It may not be ‘of our time’ but I believe it is always worth going back to move forward (see my poem Evolution!)

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed–and gazed–but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
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William Wordsworth 1807
Closing date is March 1st 2015.  Check the following link for more info:

http://www.therialto.co.uk/pages/nature-poetry-competition-2014/