Love Flower Poems Contest: Final Day!

Thanks so much to everyone who has read and looked up the lines of poetry for the contest.  I’ve had a great time!  A special thanks to everyone who is going to submit an original Love Flower Poem.  I’m really looking forward to these!  And for our last line of poetry, because you’ve probably heard this somewhere already …

“O MY Luve ‘s like a red, red rose

That ‘s newly sprung in June:

O my Luve ‘s like the melodie

That’s sweetly play’d in tune!”

Remember to please send everything in by midnight on 2/14.  I will do my best to make the announcement on 2/15.  And –BONUS — if you tweet or link to my interview with fellow Tenner C.J. Omololu (also posted today), you get another entry and chance to win FHN.

Here are the details again:

What goes together better than love, flowers, and poetry?

Not much I say, so to celebrate the <3 you holiday, I’m having a fun and literary contest.  The lucky winner will receive:

1)  a signed hardback copy of Forget-Her-Nots as soon as I get one (I’m hoping by the end of the contest!)

2)  FHN swag, including buttons, temporary tattoos, signed bookmarks, and cool postcards to send your friends.

3)  a bouquet of flowers delivered to your doorstep (kind of flowers TBD).  (Flower delivery to US only.  All else is international.)

So how do you enter?

Each day between now and 2/13, I will post lines of poetry that feature love and flowers.  All you have to do is look up the lines, read the poem, and write down the name of the poet and the name of the poem.  The former-English-teacher in me has picked a variety of poems, three of which are quoted in Forget-Her-Nots!

OR, for the creatively inclined, you can write an original love flower poem of at least ten lines.  The best three poems, as determined by me and several learned judges, including Kate at The Neverending Shelf, will be featured on my blog the week of 2/15.

So, to summarize, you get entries by doing each of the following:

1 – tweeting about the contest and leaving a comment on this blog;

1 – posting about the contest and leaving a comment on this blog;

12  – keeping track of the 12 poems and poets and emailing me the list at by 2/14 at midnight.  (Yes, it will be prorated if you don’t get all 12 — one for each poem & poet.)

12 – writing your own love flower poem!  You go, girl.

Questions?  Excited?  Leave a comment.

The Fine Print:  Giveaway is open internationally to anyone age 13 or older.   (Excluding flower delivery internationally.  Will make up for it if winner is international.)  Prize winner will be announced on Twitter and here, so please provide info for me to contact you easily.   The contest is over on 2/14 at midnight.   Prize must be claimed by 2/20.

Thanks so much for entering!  Happy reading!

Love Flower Poems: Day 11

Here’s one by a famous haiku poet, although — correct me if I’m wrong — I think this one has too many syllables to be a true haiku.  Maybe it did before it was translated into English.  I also used this poem as an epigraph for a section of Forget-Her-Nots. As someone who sees the cherry trees bloom every year in Washington, D.C, I know exactly what the poet means. The presence of beauty can transform us.

[For this one, there is no title and this is the whole poem, so simply find the poet’s name.]

“In the cherry blossom’s shade              
there’s no such thing
as a stranger.”

Love Flower Poems Contest: Day 10!

In putting this contest together, I’ve come across new and wonderful poems that I’m so excited to find and share.  Here’s another one that I’d never read before about how the amaryllis blooms.

“If humans could be

that intensely whole, undistracted, unhurried,        

swift from sheer

unswerving impetus!  If we could blossom

out of ourselves, giving

nothing imperfect, withholding nothing!”

Love Flower Poems Contest: Day Nine!

This next poem takes the structured form of a sonnet.  This poet, both a writer and artist, was an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance.  Crocuses are still awhile off around here.  Happy reading!

“Some things are very dear to me —

Such things as flowers bathed by rain

Or patterns traced upon the sea

Or crocuses where snow has lain …”

Love Flower Poems Contest: Day Eight!

I’m feeling pretty great today, because I got a lovely review for FHN yesterday from Publishers Weekly.  I’m the one grinning … at least until the next ten inches of snow starts falling on Washington, DC.

This next poet is known for once tying a blue ribbon to a lobster named Thibault and taking him for a walk through Parisian gardens.  Seriously.  This poem is more about loving all creatures, rather than romantic love, and the flower line is sometimes translated as “Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.”  I like that.

Don’t worry about the title on this one. I’m having trouble finding it too!

Honor in each creature the spirit which moves it:
Each flower is a soul moved by Nature’s face;
In each metal resides some of love’s mystery;
“All things feel!” And all you are is powerful.

Happy reading!