Monday, January 17, 2011

Winning Poem: James Milliron

We are happy to present the Grand Prize Winner's poem of 2010's May 1st through August 31st contest.

To Writers R.A. and Tom

My paths preceded four decades of amorous liaisons
and a few splendid bottles of red. Now unlocked
from a diocesan preparatory of closed windows
with wasted air overflowing my misguided youth
you flung open the abysmal shuttered room.

Labors in tradition at the reading desk
and written sacraments beneath midnight oil
champion the search for secrets lost from my life.
Critical of mysteries in men’s hearts
the pen ventured alone knowing what was high
calling, accepts your criticisms.

When no longer able to raise to the mount
in times of wise and gray, I will thank you
for preventing blindness in these aging blue eyes
overdosed with memories of marvelous nights
with Dionysus on our breath.


  1. My my, that is quite an interesting poem. Each time I read it I think something different.
    Tasha Halpert

  2. This is a very unique poem. Congrats on the contest, i had applied to the poetry contest too, you see but i have not yet received any information on it please let me know if any one has any preference of what i should do.
    Thank you, Allen John

  3. Oh, goodness. What perspicacious loquacious-esque-ism. What heterogenous understanding of esoteric lore; and how subtly and dexterously alluded.