hour 7

using song titles


She said hold on I want to
Make you feel my love
So I went balls to the wall
Sweating and swirling
Rolling in the deep
Until she dies a little death
And then another
And we’re are totally spent
We lie together
Dies irie

hour 6

Love of an inanimate object

little orange wedges

comfort me like no other
curved, ridged plastic
conforms to black rubber
clutching Jo safe,still, stable
closer than a family member
chocks are first desired

hour 5

mix and match poem

green gray covers
rope wrapped trees
grasping for reflections
of blue skies
awake in an RV cemetery
thinking the neighbors are so quiet
but knowing they are just
empty of life
waiting for vacation

hour 3

Lune Pretirement

Everyday, feeling blessed and relaxed
I drink the first cup in bed
Then move into the day

hour 2

Dinner for us all

Menopausal woman
Desires dehydrated
But flavored by experience
We become two resourceful cooks
These days

hour 1

Like a scar, Down’s Syndrome or other difference

can be a bright red raised line or

faded pale line barely noticeable.

Scars are something we all have.

Some of us show them off,

some try to hide them, and

some want to compare them to others.

Morning Dew

As I sit outside on the porch looking out across the fields.

Drinking my tea and sitting in my rocker waiting for the sun to come up.

The air smells fresh and clean while it is cool outside caused by the dew on the ground yields.

You can see the wetness from the dew upon nature called “The Morning Dew” yup!


The morning dew showers all of nature and it is so beautiful to watch!

When the flowers kiss the dew with their blooming leaves so new.

The bees taste the nectar wet and quench their thirst while I swatch!

So they all kiss the dew and then when the sun comes up, they all bid the dew adieu!


By:  Lori Tennessen


I would appreciate your comments on #15, Boomer Identity Crisis, which is the most likely that I will submit

#18 and #23 are about love and lost love and are certainly the most personal.

#5 is a nature poem
#17 rewrites the myths of creation.

#14 is an attempt at a Golden Shovel using a poem from this marathon

Number 1 & 24 morning from my window.

YOur comments on any of them would be appreciated.

1, 5, 14, 15, 17, 18, 23, 24
The rest I have eliminated from consideration.

Anthology Submissions are Open!

Submissions to the 2017 Poetry Marathon Anthology are open now and will stay open through the 15th!

Read our guidelines carefully before submissions.

All submissions must include two poems, no more, no less.

All submissions must be made via our email address (poets@thepoetrymarathon.com).

The subject line of all emails must be Poetry Submission. Poems must be included in the body of the email.

All poems submitted must be written during the 2017 Poetry marathon. All poems should be completely edited and contain no major grammatical errors. Revisions are allowed and encouraged. Please check your punctuation before submitting. All poems should be single spaced. Any extra space will probably be interpreted as a stanza break.

The first word of every line should not have a capitalization unless it is intentional! Word has an auto caps feature that you can turn off by following the instructions below.

To turn off automatic capitalization, follow these steps:
  1. Go to Tools. | AutoCorrect Options.
  2. On the AutoCorrect tab, deselect the Capitalize First Letter Of Sentences check box, and click OK.

You must indicate which hour each poem was written in. Only poets who completed the whole or half marathon will be eligible to submit. Also Indicate your location. Please include a link to your page on the Poetry Marathon.

Thank you for following the guidelines! I know they might seem a little strict but they make it possible to put together an anthology in a few months, while having a child and a job that pays the bills.

There is no guarantee that by submitting your poem will be selected, although the goal is to include one poem by everyone who submits.

Digital copies will be made available for free to any contributor. Print copies will be available for a reasonable price (last year it was 8 dollars to purchase a copy) and any money that is made from selling the anthology will go towards covering the cost of the marathon.

Want to know what the 2016 Poetry Marathon Anthology was like? Pick up your copy here.