Announcing the Finishers of the 2022 Poetry Marathon

Dear Poets,

Here’s our initial list of everyone who successfully finished the Full 2022 Poetry Marathon. These poets wrote 24 poems in 24 hours. Congratulations to everyone who achieved this incredible challenge! You are amazing!

Please note: This list contains errors. We need your help to correct those errors. If your name is in the wrong list, or missing, when it should be there, please let me know! This was in no way intentional. (There are so many participants, it is very difficult to create an accurate list.)

See the list of Half Marathon Finishers here.

Thank you to everyone who participated this year!

— Jacob

 

Full Marathon Finishers
Danielle Wong
DaybreakStations
rranson02
Bhasha Dwivedi
Se
Leonora Obed
Zeenat
dextajean
lakitagayden
givenqdaviswritesgmail-com
Ariel
dscoremans
Antonia
Linda Makkimane
Bollimuntha
chuksoluigbo
brettdyer
marg54
renee
SilverQuiver
Gypsie-Ami Offenbacher-Ferris
springevening
JoyceB
Shiloh Osheen
waldomaui
rarzackolaegbe
wrenx
kristynateach
LuvMiFreely
voldecurt
Ian Barkley
River E. Styx
Sara Anderson
Divya Venkateswaran
Koso
Ofuma Agali
afrose
Anne McMaster
elsalovesbooks
erinelise2184
Cindy Albers
sandraj631968
ekawuelizabethimaji
cinwhit
gmazul
Abena
Arthur Reynolds
Ivan Bekaren
Vijaya Gowrisankar
sage moondancer
sabinahadewole
Anjana Sen
mary
thepoetrajah
sacarroll1691
Mary Eugene Flores
apantilione
Aleta Nolan
wordsofbee
novamarie
Angie Mountain
Tracy Plath
yamalady
Mark Lucker
jonesy1922
efellows
ladymae
earth2joy
13-Shenanigans
Carol Prost
Meghana
Deborah Dalton
Jana O’Dell
jill1980
aditidixit21
sjduncan
presleytieman
JWALKthe15th
Aishwarya13
chukwumaekepacella
Katie Scholan
Cynthia Hernandez
Rebeli007
Angel Rosen
thebootlegbodhisattva
AndaM
cinzia
Simona FROSIN
Valkyrie Kerry
chidinebo
Roxann Harvey-Lawrence
michelle1
bluemuse
Erin Ushakov-Zhang
meganwrites
v-j-calone
eilidhstjohn
YuLan
Fiona
Amrutha
viviak
nandiya
jgershon1213
SincerelyBlueJay
jess
jrturek
blissfilledislandlife
hknutson
bjsteinshouer
autumnsonlyone
krobus1979
linst
trini
Donna
jarrodfouts
azli
shanvidwinsalways
Kore Black
tobett
janis
starlafahye
Renee A. Perkins
ngoziandrew
Kika Man
marathondaun
garethroi
mavschick41
gillygab
MelNeet
torrimbrown
micjowi
Margo
enscriptor
thryaksha
Bruha33
baaaaa
varenyas
Deanna Ngai
amlcrabtree
Blessing Ojo
djdelashmit
afeathers
aarthi77poetess

shirl
Anjum Wasim Dar

Santosha

The following poets came very close to finishing…If this is incorrect — please let me know!

 

Davita Joie
smeetha

 

Announcing the Finishers of the 2022 Poetry Half Marathon

Dear Poets,

Here’s our initial list of everyone who successfully finished the 2022 Poetry Half Marathon. These poets wrote 12 poems in 12 hours as part of the annual Poetry Marathon. Congratulations to everyone!

Please note: This list contains errors. We need your help to correct those errors. If your name is in the wrong list, or missing, please let me know! This was in no way intentional. (There are so many participants, it is very difficult to create an accurate list.) This is particularly important for those who are listed as writing just 23 poems — this is often in need of correction.

You can see the list of Full Marathon Finishers here.

Thank you to everyone who participated this year!

— Jacob

Half Marathon Finishers

mwspbsobsessed1
Solape Adeyemi
JitterbuggJH
heatherlyn
janiceraquelamendonca
foobar
AceShannon36
jill
Leila Martinez
MsAshay
pope
peaflowertea
adriana.c.grant
Double-AA-battery
willjxn
Jacob
ChelleA
sharonedge
Bonnie Katzive
Amana
bambinospinelli
haraselias
authorhj
Britton
MelT20
damoore943
angelatheresaegicwrites
shrehya1209
EliAk
debrathewriter
caroltalmage
tazeen
kathyun84
trishso
Wendie Donabie
tonet
SharonMitchell
dohamonde
chensky
robtericroy
KatrinaM
jvstanley
lindahallstrom
oxmtch11
incompletegenius
alenacasey
Dan
aquariangreen
smileyone
poetsm
Hafeezah
Jo
ManoshiBose
elnazgor
Tessa Mountain
aisha154
blur
valley2
Merry
Halle
msleah
Noodle
VidhiAshar
Sarah Dittmore
kv adams
Masha Sakharova
AnanyaPanwar
jdgbp
farzana
Sue Storts
rachellcarlyle
Stef
canyonwriter
James Featherstone
SarahW
Benita Olika
gitabharath
weliveaswedream
SashaS
Susan
treal1971
catfeather
coffeywrites
kriscleage
Jo
Diana Kristine
Anwar Suleman
Shloka Shankar
denisehill
ashaughnessy
dcommings1
Nancy Ann
jennifervera
Marion Lougheed
ncroney
laura-njpoetthefringe999
brianhasson
Erin Lorandos
evelynelainesmith
marathonpoet
siobhan
creatorj
Tammy
Nykki
rebecca resinski
McCarter
psarvasy
annasee
Mildred Achoch
Kevin J. O’Conner
THOMAS
drgprakash
fgarlands
Katelyn Dunne
tammibelko
Kat Kidder
Sandy Lender
nadiyah
vellaada
Aaron Conklin
supertina19
Lydia
karen
MaxineWiseWrites
annej
Harvey Schwartz
JMacKenzie
Vivian
sheilas
Caitlin Thomson
Daryl Curnow
charlesakanwesige
Colleen Schwartz
muhammedebrahimsuleman
Skay
rheakumar11
renaego
cristywatson
MahimaGiri
Kathleen Tighe
christinatangbernas
Jan Rog
Junior Knight
Maritza
miridillen
Diane Carmony
ajbostelman
Uditi
aclipscomb
rashmiskurup
Lexanne Leonard
Jill Egland
GranJan
davehirsh
zoonabee
friowords
Loneranger
please9
cgarrison
Nishant Jain
ramblewiter
genawilliams
davidhennessy
Erin
chris-klay
garnetrose
acechief
Dominique Russell
itedjere
The Begging Poet
Kim Smart
writeshears
deebuch
punkhippypoet
Thorne
soulsistah
anilynstone
jayc
iamteramarie
ginger
sundayt-saheed
brightwing
mallikaagnihotri
joeyjo
beckansonpoet
poet254-linford
spronks
EmeraldEmpress
Rachel Marco-Havens
eunice12
doomsdaybride
garciaspitz
juvairiya
ladybug90
Nasi .S
emmanuel
whalez
Jessica Swafford
arundhathi
meredithmcguire
DS Coremans

Davita Joie
smeetha

Congratulation Full Marathoners

You did it! Congratulations! I am very impressed! You wrote 24 poems in 24 hours. This is an achievement that few poets ever accomplish. Although, if you are a returning marathoner, some of you might be accomplishing it for the second or third time or fourth, fifth, sixth or even seventh time!

Now you should probably go get some sleep.

After every marathon I have participated in I have been filled with exhaustion but also a tremendous sense of achievement. I hope you have that too.

In the past I have personally verified that everyone who applied for a certificate was eligible and then I would make a certificate. That is not possible this year and so we will be operating on the honor system.

If you completed the full 24 hour Poetry Marathon please consider the following certificate yours, to update with your name, to print if you choose to do so. We will be taking feedback into consideration, so if you really feel strongly about this new state of affairs please email me at poets@thepoetrymarathon.com to explain your position.

Only use the link below to access the certificate if you have completed the Full Marathon.

Click on the link below, and save the PowerPoint file to your computer, add a text box. Type in your name, then save as a JPEG.

Download the Powerpoint for Editing

(Note, for optimal formatting, you may want to add the fonts Nixie One, La Belle Aurore, and Cedarville Cursive to your computer.)

The visual example of what the certificate will look like is right below this text.

Also this year we will be putting together a 2022 Poetry Marathon Anthology.

Submissions will open July 6th and stay open till the 22cd.

Full anthology submissions details will be available on the 6th. All submissions must be written during the 2022 Poetry Marathon.

Digital copies will be made available for free to any contributor. Print copies will be available for a reasonable price and any money that is made from them will go towards covering the cost of the marathon.

Want to know what the 2021 Poetry Marathon Anthology was like? Pick up your copy here.

Hour Twenty Four ~ Wake Up ! ~

Write a poem that starts and ends with the same word. It can be short, but it has to be at least five lines long. If you can’t think of your own word to start and end with here are my suggestions: hope, stardust, cheese, sleep, and shoes.

 

Wake Up

Wake Up Faith Wake Up,
Its time for prayer
Oh, let me sleep a little more
I’m exhausted and a little sore,
I played till late to get a high score.
No Wake Up, Wake Up.

Hour Twenty Three ~ A Different Wonderland ~

Text Prompt

Pick the title of a book that you love, that title is now the title of the poem. That poem can be about the book directly, or indirectly, or it can use the title as a jumping off point, and be about something else entirely.

Alice in Wonderland-
Alice fell through the hole
to another new world.
A different world it was,
where animals
could speak.
Where life was fun
games were royal
things would grow large or small
All seemed in another age
how wonderful if life would really
be like a book- but books are stranger
than reality-they take the reader
to a dream world,
so let us read and dream
it may come true.

Hour Twenty Two ~ Tenderness Pouring from the Skies

Use the word Tenderness as this hour’s prompt.

 

If Love and peace would prevail
in this world full of beating hearts
warm feelings filling the eyes
with tenderness pouring from the skies
who would ever think of committing
a sin,
not one nor two nor seven,
All would be in
for Heaven
The Earth grows green gold
sweet honey abounds
even if we eat it all still
there is more and more
till the winter and the Fall
So let not anger envy or pride
make us greedy slow and hide
all good behind lust
for dust we are and
shall return to dust
So all these sins seven
can be conquered by eleven
Let us remember
That which will raise our score
The Laws of The Almighty,
Words of Our Dear Lord-
‘Listen, Pray, Go and sin no more’

Hour Twenty One ~ Umbrella is the Thing

Text Prompt

Write a poem that’s no more than 50 words, but one of those words must be either umbrella, or almond.

 

Umbrella

Children today,
love chips, chocolate nutella-
sandwich with ketchup
but frown at fruit and vegges

only the kebabs are the ‘thing”.

Digital games never tire ,
no carom Scrabble cards, just Ludo
Playing in the rain when it’s in Summer or Spring

walk in the lawn –umbrella is the thing”

Hour Nineteen ~ My Friend’s City ~

There are so many nature poems out there. Our prompt for this hour of the night is to write a poem for a city, real or imagined.

 

My Friend’s City

When I visit your page,it is as if I am visiting your place in a famous city
a city of japanese gardens, a kaleidoscope of bright flowers,of music in the air
reaching out it turns into a dream and I wish I was actually there-

when I visit your page I feel the warmth of your hospitality, an aroma of a hot cup
of coffee served with chocolate muffins and strawberries, bright sun
shines through the window as

your soft furry cat eyes me jealously and springs and slips around me finally landing
onthe sofa, while you smile patiently, and I wish I had a cat if not anyone else around-

when I visit your page I hear the cars and trucks on the road down below,
an occasional siren or two, your city is so well planned and seems a lot
in order so, unlike many others

when I visit your page I find your city full of books and magazines, inhabited by talented
gifted authors and poets,it gives me great joy to find
a reading public lives nearby

My visit to your page guides me through my thoughts, I compose words on paper
and leave for you to see, and hope and pray that I may come again and again
to leave all affection there and take love away.

26 June 2022

Hour Eighteen ~A Brief Line A Moment of Joy

Write a poem about a moment of joy.                                         

A brief line, yet a complete letter,
Nothing, nothing could have been better,

fears dispelled but, brought more tears
not of sadness, but of joy,
pearls my eyes shed so many
metamorphosed to a tsunami

crossing the ocean beaches,
and bonded fetters unseen,
washing away the clinging pain,

I turn to the letter again
and again, speechless as more
tears surge with more joy,

a few words sent
were for another’s joy meant,
two lines and a picture
made up my letter,

but what came in return
teaches a lesson and
makes us learn,
words sincere and said
truly from the heart
touch true feelings,

with even a brief letter
bring happiness and joy
an eternal treasure.
though tears may fall but

Hour Seventeen ~ Call Cyclops ~

Text Prompt:

“Write a poem that involves a mythical monster in some capacity, whether it’s as a side character, a prop, a villain or even the protagonist.” – contributed by Bhasha Dwivedi.

 

Call Cyclops !
People with two eyes have become blind !
Have lost their sane mind
have lost the spirit of being kind.

They lie, cheat, deceive and rob
do not leave a single grain,on the cob

Call Cyclops !
for he may see
the cruelty killing and rape
the guilty making good their escape.

Call Cyclops !
he will catch the culprits
and put them behind bars or
send them for ever upto the stars.

Call Poseidon !
To clean the oceans and rivers
to save sea animals and food for fishes.

Call Aeolus !
To clean the air. purify the
atmosphere, increase oxygen everywhere.

All are mythical creatures
No wonder the world is not getting cleaner!

Hour Sixteen ~ Guardian of Oaths

Nothing survives without you
You the Guardian of oaths
Symbol of the gift of sight
travel across the skies , in
a four winged horse chariot
effulgent scathingly warm
till a fixed time

I a spirit celestial but human form
am one with Light from morn till
the hours reach their allowed limit,
and darkness begins to emerge
and merge,casting a pall, studded
with starry jewels gems twinkling
till a fixed time

 

26 June 2022

Hour Fifteen ~ Knitting and I ~

Write a poem about someone or something you have lust for.” by Daryl Cole Curnow.

 

When I have nothing else to do, I sit
and knit and knit and knit all day-
only getting up when its time to pray
then back again to the needles to fit

I knit for babies I knit for kids
I love to mix the colours bright
I love to knit pullovers tight
and now for the hands the mitts

I find the mind involved and away
from all stress strife and things astray
I feel happy that I have the skill to make
clothes for others to keep warm and awake

for me its a reading calculating book
I see beyond the normal outlook
I see the stars rainbows in stitches
away stays sadness magic and witches

Its good to have this as a hobby
pray count and blend happiness
stay focused on The Good Scheme
Be blessed in heart smile in the dream.

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