Poetry Duel 15 resulted in another tie vote but the "established" poet, Leonard R. Slade, on the left with "Artists", was a clear winner in the rating with 4.5. Mr. Slade is the author of over 20 books and collections. They are available wherever books are sold. Biblio has over 100 different copies starting at $3.97.
The "up-and-coming" poet was Lidy Wilks, with "Baby Rhapsody". Ms. Wilks' fine first collection, Can You Catch My Flow, was self-published in 2016 and is available in paperback and eBook on Amazon.
The world is looking for artists
Of love in Myriad fields
Of our humanity
Namely, some musicians, as
Loud as rolling thunder,
Singing a song of hope.
Beneath bruises and despair,
A poet, unheard, melting
Cold spirits, begging,
"Oh let me soothe."
A sculptor, hardening gray bodies
Into breathing creatures
And shaping permanent images
Of forgotten humanists.
I can hear music, ascending the heavens, feel
Poetry, healing broken spirits, and see
Sculptors, building a new world.
The news I had to tell that day,
made him say what I knew he’d say.
Head shaking, he said in dismay,
“the bills to pay, the bills to pay.”
Having a set will be such joy.
A sister will be good for Troy.
Ruining my trance, he says “Oi!,
I’d like a boy, I’d like a boy.”
Forty weeks of wishing have passed
to use the name Kyna at last.
But born on March 1st at halfpast
a boy alas, a boy alas.
Ty is too pretty to ignore.
Still the name Kyna I adore.
So unable to close that door,
let’s try once more, let’s try once more.
Me as a critic (be careful! the harshness will be well concealed!)