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'Poetry Splash! E-zine'     Issue **Christmas Special!**
Date : 25 December 1999
Frequency : Once every 15 days

Arvind, Sangita, Pushkin Passey
This is a short, special issue to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas!
A few poems that reflect not just the spirit of the day...but also urge us
to adopt a stance that includes more people from more countries, castes,
creeds and would, therefore, be more global in nature...that is the vision
and the logic that the world wants and requires today.
There is a section on writing contests too. Hope you all like the idea of
such things being included in the e-zine.
Let me inform you about the 'All India Poetry Competition 2000' here
itself. The closing date for entries is 01 Jan 2000. There are three
categories of entries:
i.   Young Poets...12-17 years
ii.  New Millenium Poets...18-35 years
iii. General Category
Entries can be sent to:
All India Poetry Competition 2000
The Poetry Society (India)
L-67A Malviya Nagar
New Delhi 110 017
Entry Fee: Rs 25 per poem.
We also welcome all new subscribers...thanks also to each of you who
forwards this e-zine to others.  Your forwarding 'Poetry Splash!' to
friends is how we grow. Thank You!  Anyone can subscribe.
We'd also like to announce that the Poetry Splash! site is now re-loaded
in a way that it opens in less than 15 seconds! We have also added a
little referral system on the index is a fascinating little code
that you all will fall in love with. More pages are soon going to be
added. So do keep in touch with the site too!
Scroll down and have a great time with poetry!
1. So What Is Love? By Maria Lovell (1803-63)

2. Journey Of The Magi. By T.S. Eliot
3. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day. By H W Longfellow
4. A Winter Night. By Sara Teasdale
5. little tree By e e cummings
6. Information On CONTESTS!!!!!!!!!!!!
7. On a Wonderful Person...Dr Charles Parker
         --* So What Is Love?*--
(Prayer Before Birth)
By: Maria Lovell(1803-63)
So what is love? If thou wouldst know
The heart alone can tell:
Two minds with but a single thought,
Two hearts that beat as one.
And whence comes Love? Like morning bright
Love comes without thy call.
And how dies Love? A spirit bright.
Love never dies at all.
         --* Journey Of The Magi *--
By T.S. Eliot

"A cold coming we had of it
Just the worst time of the year
For a journey, and such a long journey:
The ways deep and the weather sharp,
The very dead of winter."
And the camels galled, sore-footed, refractory,
Lying down in the melting snow.
There were times we regretted
The summer palaces on slopes, the terraces,
And the silken girls bringing sherbet.
Then the camel men cursing and grumbling
And running away, and wanting their liquor and women,
And the night-fires going out, and the lack of shelters,
And the villages dirty and charging high prices:
A hard time we had of it.
At the end we preferred to travel all night,
Sleeping in snatches,
With the voices singing in our ears, saying
That this was all folly.

Then at dawn we came down to a temperate valley,
Wet, below the snow line, smelling of vegetation;
With a running stream and a water-mill beating the darkness,
And three trees on the low sky,
And an old white horse galloped away in the meadow.
Then we came to a tavern with vine-leaves over the lintel,
Six hands at an open door dicing for pieces of silver,
And feet kicking the empty wineskins.
But there was no information, and so we continued
And arrived at evening, not a moment too soon
Finding the place; it was (you may say) satisfactory.

All this was a long time ago, I remember,
And I would do it again, but set down
This set down
This: were we led all that way for
Birth or Death? There was a birth certainly,
We had evidence and no doubt. I had seen birth and death,
But had thought they were different; this Birth was
Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death.
We returned to our places, these Kingdoms,
But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,
With an alien people clutching their gods.
I should be glad of another death.

     --* I Heard The Bells On C-Day *--
By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

Till ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

         --* A Winter Night *--
By Sara Teasdale

My window-pane is starred with frost,
  The world is bitter cold to-night,
The moon is cruel, and the wind
  Is like a two-edged sword to smite.

God pity all the homeless ones,
  The beggars pacing to and fro,
God pity all the poor to-night
  Who walk the lamp-lit streets of snow.

My room is like a bit of June,
  Warm and close-curtained fold on fold,
But somewhere, like a homeless child,
  My heart is crying in the cold.

         --* little tree *--
little tree
By e e cummings

little tree
little silent Christmas tree
you are so little
you are more like a flower
who found you in the green forest
and were you very sorry to come away?
see    i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly

i will kiss your cool bark
and hug you safe and tight
just as your mother would,
only don't be afraid

look    the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,

put up your little arms
and i'll give them all to you to hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won't be a single place dark or unhappy

then when you're quite dressed
you'll stand in the window for everyone to see
and how they'll stare!
oh but you'll be very proud

and my little sister and i will take hands
and looking up our beautiful tree
we'll dance and sing
"Noel Noel"

Before entering any contest, be sure to obtain complete contest
guidelines from the sponsor.  Be sure, as well, to check what
rights are transferred in the event of a "win" -- and that you
retain all rights to non-winning contest entries.
Source for this info:

December Contests:
Open to: All
Genre: Play
Subject/theme: "Drama of any kind of a reasonable extent based
on words (not musical opera, operetta, pantomime or silent
happenings)" that "should not offend human values."
Length: Full-length play
Prizes: 1st - U.S. $150,000; 2nd - U.S. $100,000; 3rd - U.S.
$75,000 (distributed at judges' discretion)
Fee: None
Deadline: December 31
E-mail entries: No
Contact: Secretariat of the International Onassis Prizes,
Eschinou Street 7 (Plaka), 105 58 Athens, Greece;
ph. +30 (1) 33-10-900; fax +30 (1) 32-36-044

Open to: All
Genre: Poetry
Subject/theme: Open
Length: Not specified
Prizes: 1st $500 (Aust)
Fee: None
Deadline: December 31
E-mail entries: No
Contact: FAW Tom Collins Poetry Prize, Fellowship of Australian
Writers (WA), P.O. Box 312, Cottesloe WA 6011, Australia
ph. +61 (8) 9384-4771; fax +61 (8) 9384-4854

Open to: All (except candidates for youth awards must be
under 16 on January 1, 2000)
Genre: Poetry, limerick
Subject/theme: Open
Length: Single poems up to 50 lines each
Prizes: Leacock Poetry Awards: 1st $5,000 (Can); 2nd $1,000;
3rd $500; Limerick Awards: 1st $1,000; 2nd $500, 3rd $200;
Youth Awards: 1st $200, 2nd $100, 3rd $100
Fee: $5 (Can) per poem (payable to "The Orillia International
Poetry Festival)
Deadline: December 31
E-mail entries: No
Contact: The Orillia International Poetry Festival, Box 2307,
Orillia, Ontario L3V 6S2 Canada

Open to: All
Genre: Short fiction, any genre
Length: 2,000 words maximum
Prizes: 1st 100 plus certificate of merit and one year free
membership in the Society (or additional 75 cash if you
are already a member).  Membership "provides one year of
personal tuition with your own tutor of creative writing;
unlimited manuscript critiques to help you improve and
polish your writing to commercial standards; the services
of our literary agency to sell your work; use of our
discount book service; and personal attention at all times."
Fee: 3 per story
Deadline: December 30
E-mail entries: No
Contact: The Frustrated Writers' Society, 12 Harrisons Court,
Myers Lane, London SE14 5RY, England

Ongoing Contests:
Open to: All (the catch is that you need to be a subscriber to
UK's "Writing" magazine to obtain contest details and
entry forms)
Genre: Approximately 30 different contests per year in all genres
Subject/theme: Usually set; refer to "Writing" magazine (UK) for
full details on each contest
Length: Varies depending on competition
Prizes: Ranging from 100 to 5,000 (over 30,000 total for 2000)
Fee: Usually around 2.50 - 5 per entry
Deadline: varies
E-mail entries: No
Contact: Writing Magazine, P.O. Box 6055, Nairn IV12 4HU,
Scotland; +44 (1667) 454-441; fax +44 (1667) 454-401

         --* On a Wonderful Person! *--
Dr. Parker is a child and adult psychiatrist with an
active private practice in Va. Beach, VA. In addition to
his clinical practice he has, since 1985, been teaching
self management skills to a wide variety of sales and
management professionals. His clients range from
pharmaceutical companies, to media buying firms,
to the national sales force of Selling Power Magazine.

He is the founder of, a facility
providing a series of specific training programs for
various professionals in the pharmaceutical industry.
These programs include not only on site personal
presentations, but also have the flexibility to be provided
through the medium of "virtual" (delivered by
audio-teleconference) groups. For a more extensive review
of Dr. Parker's professional activities please
visit our web site at:

Dr. Charles Parker
168 Business Park Dr.
Va Beach, VA, USA
+1.757.473.3770 GMT-5


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