September's Poetry Contest Winner: Flotilla

Posted by Cybil on August 31, 2017


Every month, Goodreads and the ¡POETRY! group host a poetry contest. It's a great way to discover and support the work of emerging poets. Join the ¡POETRY! group where you can vote to select the winning poem each month from among the finalists. Aspiring poets can also submit a poem for consideration.

Congratulations to Steve Deutsch, who is our September winner with this poem:

Flotilla

by Steve Deutsch

You left behind
one half a jelly donut,
stale as last Wednesday;
some clothing, moth-eaten,
mildewed; two shoes,
one black, one brown,
with newsprint for the soles.
You left behind a paper sack
of winter warmth, and poetry
by Whitman, Poe and Crane,
well-fingered and browned in age.

You walked into the river
and left behind four dollars
and eighteen cents, which I
have spent on coffee
and a banana nut muffin,
that crumbled in its freshness.

Your poetry; penned
in your perfect prep school hand,
was stuffed inside two newish socks
atop the brown and laceless shoe.
It is unnervingly good,
but I can use the socks.
I crumpled your words in their freshness,
and set them to sail upon the river,
page by remarkable page.


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message 1: by Breslin (new)

Breslin White Good work Steve Deutsch!


message 2: by Mary (new)

Mary Love this :)!!


message 3: by Shirley (last edited Aug 31, 2017 10:55AM) (new)

Shirley Revill Really loved. :)


message 4: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Congratulations Steve.
"Wonderful Poem"


message 5: by Phoenix2 (new)

Phoenix2 Congrats!! It's really good : )


message 6: by Luna (new)

Luna King Congrats! I love it so much


message 7: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana Amazing


message 8: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Oh this is so beautiful, love it.


message 9: by Jeanny (new)

Jeanny Loved this. Congratulations to the author Steve Deutsch


message 10: by Dana (new)

Dana Tipken Beautiful! Nicely done.


message 11: by Jheneille (new)

Jheneille Wow that was really good!! I loved it!


message 12: by カパリス (new)

カパリス Wow that was absolutely beautiful. Congratulations you earned it


message 13: by Jeannine (new)

Jeannine Beautiful and so heartbreaking.


message 14: by Claudine (new)

Claudine Wargel Beautiful words and sentiment. Well done.


message 15: by Vateop (new)

Vateop What beauty you express.


message 16: by Mary (new)

Mary Jo So well done. Congratulations.


message 17: by Bill (new)

Bill Engleson Vivid! A fine poetic tale.


message 18: by Sajeda (new)

Sajeda Manzoor Congratulation, well defined and expressive.


message 19: by Anita (new)

Anita Wender Oh I am so glad Flotilla won - it is a wonderful piece. So many emotions, so much reality.


message 20: by Sandra (new)

Sandra L L. "...page by remarkable page..."

Great poem. I feel it. Congratulations!


message 21: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Coddett Wonderful, loved it!


message 22: by [deleted user] (new)

Very powerful words. Congratulations


message 23: by Jason (new)

Jason Mills That's harsh, man.


message 24: by Nisar (new)

Nisar Masoom Best winning poem yet. Amazing!


message 25: by Ann (new)

Ann Girdharry Really enjoyed reading 'Flotilla' - well done!


message 26: by Thea (new)

Thea Romandy Quin Wonderful


message 27: by John (new)

John Powerful imagery. Well done.


message 28: by Blue (new)

Blue Very lovely, thank you to Steve Deutsch.


message 29: by Maggie (new)

Maggie Kraus I really enjoyed reading this poem- from the title, 'Flotilla' to the sense of the relationship between the two sad people, obviously at the bottom of the pile and without money or hope I loved the image of the shoe without laces in contrast to the obvious sensitivity and intelligence of the dead person. It left me wanting to read the poems s(he) left behind... Thank you Steve. Best, Maggie


message 30: by Raashida (new)

Raashida Khan Congratulations Steve. Beautifully written and emotive


message 31: by Sam (new)

Sam Intriguing and descriptive. Poems with Themed Notes


message 32: by Bill (new)

Bill Wow !! The small details of waste and loss, the avoidance of sentimental cliches, the contrast between feeling expressed and feeling implied gives great power to the poem. Not a word needs changing. I guess this is how to do it. congratulations Steve Deutsch.


message 33: by Todd (new)

Todd Coburn Wow. Powerful poem. The recognition is well deserved. Thank you for sharing.


message 34: by Terri (new)

Terri Simply beautiful!


message 35: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Congratulations! A super contest reaching out to all of us. Poetry is for everyone.


message 36: by Kinga (new)

Kinga Fabo Congrats, Steve Deutsch!


message 37: by Bronwen (new)

Bronwen Griffiths A wonderful mix of quotidian detail and emotion. Well done.


message 38: by Luz Divina (new)

Luz Divina Enhorabuena!!


message 39: by Jack (new)

Jack Bowman Nice Job !!


message 40: by Ela (new)

Ela I love this poem! Wonderful work. Congratulations!


message 41: by Susan (new)

Susan Raineri short, and SO VERY BEAUTIFUL! Bravo


message 42: by Kate (new)

Kate Robinson So gut wrenching, so precious.


message 43: by V.A. (new)

V.A. Trafton Beautifully worded!


message 44: by Riley (new)

Riley III Wonderful and well deserved!!


message 45: by Geraldine (new)

Geraldine Cantrell Such perfectly chosen details to paint your ambivalent perspective, leave me wanting to know more about the relationship. Such subtly expressed anger, pain and envy pique my fascination. Such poetic finesse deserves a resounding Bravo!. . . and a big Thank You!


message 46: by [deleted user] (new)

This is a great poem. Congratulations.


message 47: by Nancy (new)

Nancy S. Very nice. Thanks!


message 48: by [deleted user] (new)

Nancy wrote: "Very nice. Thanks!"

You are welcome. Keep up the good work. Am looking forward
to reading more of your works.


message 49: by Blue (new)

Blue It brings tears to the eyes. Thank you for writing this poem, Steve Deutsch .


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