Love Poem Competition Winner

1st Prize: £75  Sarah Hills

2nd Prize: £50 David Allen

I feel whole, bursting with love, light and intensity. Pleasure, simple yet tender,

 and the touch of his hand, electric.

Sparks flow, cascading up my skin, erupting in a crescendo of power. I cry out his name

and breathe in true happiness and raw intensity as I melt, his liquid brown eyes pulling me in deeper.

I want to drown in the love that is reflected, here there is no beginning, no ending, we just exist, entwined in silence, no words can express

 the touch of his lips, all I need to hear.  Is this pure love all mine?

Loneliness fades, days, weeks, months begin to blur and fade, sepia like, my life plan rewrites in a blaze of colour. I exist and we are one.

Poetry in Contemporary Society

By Moira G Gallaga

In this ever-changing 21st century, with all its rapid technological advances, we tend to take in information in short blasts. We read emails and text messages quickly, surf the web, often in haste, flitting from page to page via links. We also tend to read fewer newspapers, magazines and longer articles of substance.

We’re a society of channel surfers, with hundreds upon hundreds of diverse specialty channels beamed into our living rooms via cable and satellite. We watch a little of this, a little of that, all the while having our thought processes interrupted by often inane commercials designed to convince us to buy something we may or may not need.

When it comes to outright reading and critical thinking for any extended period of time, we seem to be moving away from that more and more as well. When’s the last time you really sat down to enjoy a well-written novel of literary substance?

Have you recently taken the time to read a quality book of short stories from an insightful writer? In addition, when is the last time you read a book of poetry, whether a classic anthology or a more modern tome by a contemporary poet or a compilation of poets?

Consider poetry – it is concise writing meant to enlighten, entertain, and provoke deep thought. Poetry is meant to be read – then reread, then reread again. When done well, a poem can resonate for years with a person, something they turn to again and again for comfort, pleasure, knowledge, and inspiration.

It was eminent poet Robert Frost (1874-1963) who said, “A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.” The beauty of the words and the order of the words lead to discovery, which makes the reading of poetry truly a worthwhile endeavour.

Here are five reasons why poetry matters:

We Strengthen Our Reading, Speaking, and Writing Skills

First off, reading good poetry rubs off on us, usually without us even realizing it. Reading it causes us to absorb the rhythms, cadences, and nuances of words, phrases, and sentences. The more we read quality poetry the more we develop an elegant way with words, along with a storehouse of words.

This manifests itself in the quality of our own reading, speaking, and writing. The more we read fine poetry, the more adept we become with using language.

We Learn to See Life through the Eyes of Others

Sometimes it’s nice to get another perspective on a subject. Reading well-ordered words by a poet lets us into their world. We learn to consider other viewpoints, opinions and arguments, all the while getting these in the form of stylish writings. It’s a way to experience different trains of thought, while enjoying the creative work on its own merit at the same time.

We Gain an Appreciation of Language and How it Works

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) said, “Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.” A poem, of course, reads different than an article, a story, or a newspaper piece. While those kinds of writings can flow and have a grace and beauty of their own, according to their structure, a poem is different. Samuel Taylor Coleridge said, “Poetry: the best words in the best order.” A poem is truly that – a concise and precise way of presenting intellectual and heartfelt thought in its essence.

We Learn to Take Time

Poetry, like all good literary writing demands our attention. It demands we sit down and invest time in the act of reading, and then in the act of meditating on and pondering what we have just read. Again, it demands rereading as well, so we are certain to glean the intended meaning of the poem more fully.

We do quality writing no justice when we treat it like the “fast food” type of information we’re bombarded with each day. That’s why poetry should be read in a quiet room with no distractions, in book form, words on paper that we can touch and feel as we read.

We Awaken the Creativity within Ourselves

Reading a poem can often inspire one to try his or her hand at writing one themselves. This starts the creative process rolling where the individual begins to put his or her thoughts and feelings into words, organized logically. This creativity spurs critical thinking and helps us understand ourselves and the world around us better as we explore a topic in-depth.

A poem can also inspire one towards other creative tasks. A person may not write a poem, but the poem they read may inspire them to indulge in a craft, painting, to pick up a musical instrument, sculpt, or pursue photography or some other creative activity. Appreciating creative poetry can spur other fine creative activities.

Make the reading of poetry a part of your life. It is a soothing respite from our often chaotic and hurried lifestyles. Set aside a time each week in a quiet room – just you and that book of verse, formal or free, and indulge. You will find you unwind gracefully as the words, rhymes, and meter, rhythm, and flow of phrases combine to tell a story or highlight an aspect of life. Poetry makes us slow down and think, and that can only contribute to our growth as reasoning individuals.

Moira G. Gallaga, recently resigned civil servant from the Foreign Service. Specialized in Protocol and served 3 Philippine Presidents as Presidential Protocol Officer. Had the opportunity to travel extensively as part of her work and the privilege of discovering and exploring new places, cultures and peoples. Also assigned along with her diplomat husband and son in Phil Consulate General in Los Angeles and Philippine Embassy in Washington DC. for 3 years and 3 and a half years, respectively.

Enjoys reading books, trying out new cuisines, fashion, yoga, scuba diving (PADI Rescue diver), football (soccer), biking in the countryside, and the beach, among other things.

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Why Emotion Is Necessary In Writing Poetry?

By Cesar Gealogo

Every piece written in poetic verse must have life and it must be able to speak clearly. It is the poet’s responsibility that his poem must have to convey some emotions. A poem without emotion seems dead and it looks like it did not exist in the literary world. A poet must have to exert all effort to make his masterpiece sealed with passion. It’s because poetry is the framework of the human spirit.

A poem written with feelings will truly shines above all other verses composed without a sentiment. Your poetry is well penned if your reader displays a some kind of enchantment while reading the piece. It’s a clear sign that your piece is sealed with emotions when your readers interact with your creation. Aside from that your poem must enable the persons reading your works to see the beauty you have painted with your words whether it is smiling, frowning, laughing or crying, in love or in pain. Whatever your words want to draw or convey it must display an emotion.

Whether you are writing poetry with the use of some evocative words or direct statement it must contain feelings. One purpose why you are writing poetry is you want to share the idea that have been staying in your mind. You want to release your thoughts through poetry because you want to lighten the burden you are carrying for a period of time.

Poetry must have always emotions and it must be sensitive to the feelings of the recipient. It must be able to suggest some kind of valuable emotions to the receiver so that the readers can interact with the message you have just penned with ease.

It is necessary that your poem must contain emotions because it is the one who would suggest to the readers of what feelings must be displayed. For instance, if you are writing a love poem your piece must contain words of adoration. When it speaks about hatred and jealousy then it must contain feelings that most associated with the subject.

To have your poetry acquired its true personality then it is vital that it must contain a sentiment. Give your magnum opus a persona with a unique character to let it shine above all other works. Make your readers sense what have you feel and allow them to enjoy every beautiful moment you have shared with them. Let your work speaks out what your heart had says and let other individual embrace the momentous moment you have been experiencing in life.

Cesar E. Gealogo,

Poet, Criminologist, Police Officer

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He has been writing poetry for more than 10 years and he authored the poetry book entitled: Whisper of Life. He is a registered criminologist of the Professional Regulation Commission of the Philippines. He is a member of the Professional Criminologist Association of the Philippines (PCAP) with more than 12 years of experience in law enforcement. He earned two baccalaureate degrees: Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and Bachelor of Science in Criminology. He has also earned 36 academic units in Master of Public Administration. To learn more about Cesar, please feel free to visit his personal website.

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