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High Desert Blogging Announces April Poetry Contests Winners

The judging panel for the April Poetry Contest on has made the decision on the winners!

The winners are as follows:

1st PLACE: Mission Inn, Molly Jo Realy, New Inklings Press

The poet pays homage to the beautiful Riverside Mission Inn with the bells “announcing their stories every quarter hour.”

2nd PLACE: “Europe, 1945” by A.M. Thomas

The poet runs through different cities in Europe under siege during WWII, starving, hiding, yet surviving.

3rd PLACE: I Heard Your Voice Today by Richard Zone

The poet hears the voice of a loved one in various locations of the world while he goes about his daily activities.


The Apology by J.P. Newcomer

The poet apologies to children for going into caves to “pluck these faded phrases” rather than following them in their play.

Namaste by Loralie Kay

The poet does yoga and becomes “Grounded to the earth” while “appreciating all that I am.”

Congratulations to the winners!

Thanks to everyone who entered the April contest. The next poetry contest is scheduled for June 2015. Be sure to check our Events page for the details that will be posted soon.

Gardening Inspiration and Poetry

Flowers in Sinks

Herb Sink Gardening

April has been an interesting month for me because of dealing with vertigo. It’s been a new experience. Extreme spinning happens at hearing acute noises, seeing movements, or just sitting in a chair. One thing that has helped, however, is simply watering the garden, planting seeds, or pulling weeds. Every chance, whether twenty to thirty minutes or an hour spent in the garden, is a wonderful relief from vertigo episodes that last for hours or a whole day.

Spending time in the garden is the thing I like most about spring. Planting flowers, herbs and vegetables inspires the soul. Not only is it therapeutic. It’s an excellent way to get physical exercise.

Basil, pepper, and tomato plants were planted early this month. Seeds I’ve planted so far include beets, broccoli, chives, cilantro, dill, carrots, okra, peas and nasturtiums. Herbs such as lavender, lemon balm, lovage, mint and rosemary are already growing fast in my garden. Kitchen gardens are handy to grow. When cooking up a vegetable or marinating chicken, you just step outside the kitchen door, snip off a handful of herbs, rinse them and add to whatever you’re cooking.

April is National Poetry Month, and is hosting a poetry contest on the theme of “Place”. Co-hosting this contest is Poet Mary Langer Thompson, author of “Poems in Water”.

Inspire us with your own garden poetry. Why not write a poem about your favorite flowers and herb or vegetable garden? Write about your memories of your mother’s or grandmother’s garden.

Tomorrow is the deadline for submitting poems. Poems submitted for the contest will be considered for publishing on The contest details are listed on our High Desert Events page. Find out more by reading Poet Mary Langer Thompson’s “April is Poetry Month” blog post published April 1, 2015.

Since I love gardens, I can’t wait to read any gardening poems that come in for the contest. Hurry and submit your poems. You have until 11:59 pm, Monday, April 20, 2015 to email us your contest submissions. Don’t forget to read the details listed on our site, then email the poems to

One more thing about the contest – it’s FREE to enter! Not only that, we’re giving prizes to the winners. It’s our way of saying thank you for the comments you give us and for reading our blog.

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