Editor’s Challenge: March 2018 Selections

A big thanks to all the poets who participated in this Editor’s Challenge. The decision was a tough one, especially as we had more participants this month. Keep entering and telling your poet friends to enter! The April challenge prompts will be live at 9:00 p.m. tonight — 6 April 2018.


“Sacred Geometry” by David Banach
(This poem will be included in TPT 61.1, which is due out July 2018.)


New Hampshire Resident

But Where

I step through the door, but you are not here,
Have you ever been?

I walk around the room, find a seat and wait. patiently.
That’s a lie. I am not patient.

We’ve met here for years, but now that your life is in transition,
The visits are far and few between.

My heart doesn’t understand, my mind doesn’t want to,
But yet, you are not here.

I get my tea, I open my book, the bell on the door alerts all to it’s opening,
I turn to see if it’s you…

©2018 Michael Bourgeois

Michael Bourgeois is just a dad who likes to write poems and musings. He’s written his whole life but has just recently, at 44, began sharing.

Out-of-State Resident


As thirty-knot gusts whip sand and snow
into an unholy crust on cars and stairs and rails,
I temper my sorrow with knowledge: you would have hated
the messy business of actually being present, just as you cringed
at how exquisite picture-perfect pastries
were doomed to devolve into crumbs and slurries.
Not even in books do layers remain distinct,
although right now I can tell love from patience
as easily as I’ve cupped this yolk from cloud and shell.

©2018 Peg Duthie

Peg Duthie once special-ordered kirschwasser for a birthday cake, but has also been known to encase aging fruit within twice-defrosted puff pastry. (Tennessee, USA)


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