Congratulations: Your poem, Age, has earned Honorable Mention
in the 2017 Steve Kowit International Poetry Contest.
Your poem will be published in the next edition of the San Diego
Poetry Annual, due out on March 1, 2018. A PDF of the annual
will be available for free reading and downloading in February 2018
on our website: http://www.sandiegopoetryannual.com.
You are invited to attend the awards ceremony to read your poem
at the Neil Morgan Auditorium on Saturday, April 21, 2018. If
you can attend, you’ll be paid a small honorarium ($50). If you
cannot attend, a certificate of achievement will be mailed to you.
Again, congratulations. Your support for the legacy of Steve Kowit
helps us donate of copies of the SDPA to every public and university
library system in our region, making the annual part of their
Most of all, thank you for allowing us to publish your work.
William Harry Harding
for The Judges
San Diego Entertainment & Arts Guild
210 thoughts on “Age”
Beautifully expressed Diana, not surprised you won but wishing you a hearty congratulations. 🙂
Thanks, Deb. If I can’t beat it, I can at least write about it. ^ ^
Writing is often times a savior. 🙂
That is brilliant!
I will try not to argue, ha ha ha. Thank you.
Congratulations. I hope you and your family will be able to attend the ceremony.
Thank you. =)
I love that. Thanks so much.
Congratulations! Deeply moving and brilliant.
Oh, kind of you, S. Thanks so much.
Congratulations, to you!
Thank you, Shelie. You’ve been such a dear support.
Thank you. =)
The poem is amazing, and the award is well deserved. Congratulations.
Hi David. Not the highest distinction, but I do value joining a permanent library collection. Thank you. Wishing you great things this year.
And may 2018 bring you everything you need to keep those you love healthy, happy, and safe.
Wonderful, and the ending prargraph is breathtaking. Congratulations 🙂
Thx so much! Though it isn’t the best poem in the world, I have to say it is wonderful sharing it with you all, esp with recognition. I appreciate your taking the time.
Hi my friend!! I just love your style of writing! Your topics are great and inspires me to go further with my blog! Bless you!
What great feedback. Thx so much for letting me know.
You’re very welcome! I want you to keep going with more great works. Be an inspiration most of us need! XOX
Love your poem, Diana, and Congratulations! I can see why it’s a winner. My attitude is the same as yours, also. We may as well write about it because we won’t win in the battle. 🙂
Thanks. =) With all the love and affirmation here, I didn’t need a bigger prize. =)
On we march!
Oh this is so beautiful and true. Congratulations!
Thanks, JB. I’m finding people off the board relating to it, too. Appreciate the read.
Congrats, Diana. Love your poem, so beautifully written with the contrast between rural life and life in a city like New York, the way you treat the different generations, the inevitable fact of getting old with the passing of time, the honor and respect paid to the grandmother… Heart-felt. I especially like the 2nd stanza. You have deserved this international poetry prize. BTW, you are among my favorites in the link section of my humble blog. Some time ago I ask you for permission and you agreed. Hope you are happy with it: https://momentsbloc.wordpress.com/links/
Thank you for the thoughtful feedback. It was actually how I’d dishonored her that burdens me still. And thank you for the recommendation.
Congratulations. It is a nice. Unfortunately I’m not sure I can make it to San Diego on that date, though I also have a dear friend there. 🙂
Do not worry about your grandmother. She knew. Because she had been that same child. And wherever she is now, I’m sure she is smiling at your poem.
Happy new year.
LOL. I am so disappointed you won’t make it I’m not sure I want to go anymore. ^ ^
I have mixed feelings about aging. On the one hand, it’s a little disappointing to see new wrinkles in the mirror, to know my body isn’t quite as resilient as it once was. On the other hand, I appreciate myself the way I am now. I know I earned every wrinkle and gray hair. I would never want to go back in age. I might like to keep looking good for my age though 😀 .
Life’s weightiest things – change, esp – are never monochrome. Thanks so much for sharing the different shades that color this one for you, Sonia. I love your pride in having earned every bit of your distinction. =) And I appreciate the follow.
Yes, this is rich indeed. Congrats.
Thank you. =) Women relate to it and many tell me of their own grandmothers as well as the shift in consciousness as they discover it’s their turn, this side of youth.
A lovely poem, with such haunting images. And so relatable. I too have known that shame.
So glad I found this blog, and thank you for liking my blog post 🙂
Thanks for connecting, Cheryl. The blindness of youth.
Why am I not surprised? 🙂 Well deserved, D! Loved the picturesque memory from the younger days.
Only a Mention. =) Thanks, C.
Congratulations, what a super reward for a fabulous poem.
Very sweet. Thanks, Heather. Thinking on the library collection, I am grateful I’ve seen the day that assures me my words really will outlive me.
A great tribute for you.
Congrats! Beautiful poem.
Sweet of you. =) Thx.
It’s been a long time since I have checked in, congratulations on this honor. I am happy for you. Hope you are well.
Thank you. Welcome back. =)
Thanks it’s nice to be back. Hopefully I don’t drift away again.
Woo woo! Well done and congrats, keep up the wonderful work x
Aw, thank you. =)
Congratulations and all the best to you and your family!
Thank you. =)
Hey, that’s what you do…
Knock them out the park.
Very sweet, Vernon. Thanks. I don’t consider it out of the park but I’m ok with how far it went. =)
A wonderful poem! Thanks for sharing it.
Congratulations on the recognition! And beautiful expression.
Thanks, Ankur. I appreciate the ongoing support. Hope you are well.
Wow — nice job. Great imagery and twist on perspective. — John
BTW, congratulations too on the award!
Thank you for taking the time with the feedback, Peter. =)
A heartfelt well deserved congratulations D., an incredible honor only to be surpassed by your incredible poem 🙂 “My touch will look, to someone I love, someday, unpalatable the same.” One of those bittersweet moments that happen often in life, and you capture it well.
I appreciate your having gotten to this, R. “unpalatable the same” more among women than men!! A lot of bitter and a lot of sweet in this thing called life.
Diana, congratulations! Wonderful words! Read your poem again, and of course read more into it. I’m old and over the shock of body changes. As the old know it’s daily management of whatever presents that day. It’s also adjusting an attitude toward growing old. It’s just a number! 100 is the new 40! 📚 Christine
Ha HA, love the ATTitude, GiRL. But it really is our approach and gratitude (over griping) to life. Thanks so much for the good word (and repeat reading).
Many congratulations. May this be the first of many successes in your writing journey! Blessings!
Deep in the homeschool journey, I don’t have much time to write this season. But thank you, DP!
A very belated Congratulations!!! Your poem is absolutely beautiful. 🙂
Aw, thank you. I feel your heart. =) And actually, the good word is timely, as the festival is this wknd.
AHHHH!!! Brilliant! Cheers and I hope if You got a chance to go You had a blast!!! 🤗💖😊
COming weekend. =)
🤣 I’m doing a rather fine impersonation of a chicken running around without its head these days! Time traveling in my own little reality. 😅 I hope You HAVE a great time!!! Yay! Cheers!!! 🤗😊☀️🐬
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Beautiful words and it deserved to be featured
Aw, thank you for taking a moment.
Oh lovely, dear ‘old’ friend :). I haven’t been posting lately (for various reasons) but I have missed you, truly. Pray you are managing well. Thankfully, our souls remain forever young!! xo
Oh, I’ll take any part of me that stays forever young. Hope you are well. Thanks for taking a moment.
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Not quite the greatest, but thanks very much. It was a memorable opportunity. =)
Thank you. =)