January's Poetry Contest Winner: The Blizzard

Posted by Cybil on December 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 Jimmy Roberts, who is our January winner with this poem:

The Blizzard

by Jimmy Roberts

Midnight—and it’s still coming down.
I stumble along Fifty-fourth Street
to bear witness.
The metropolis is shrouded in mist;
a chilly white comforter has unfurled itself
over the island.
Neon signs glow dimly in the distance.
The buzz of engines, the bleat of car horns,
all gone, as if someone hit the mute button.

A stray taxi crawls by.
An old woman,
scarf wrapped ’round her face,
struggles against the wind.
New York has been humbled—
its jagged heights obliterated
in the dusky air,
its clogged boulevards shrunk
into narrow lanes.

Perhaps it was always so,
underneath all the swagger—
not a city,
but a country village,
standing silent and still
in the frigid night.


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message 1: by Jackie (new)

Jackie Thank you. You brought me there - I grew up in Chicago.


message 2: by Jimmy (new)

Jimmy Thank you, Jackie.


message 3: by Kaitlin (new)

Kaitlin Perfect description of NYC during a snowstorm!


message 4: by Brenda (new)

Brenda Why are all your winning poems non-rhymibng????


message 5: by Maureen (new)

Maureen Enjoyed the Blizzard poen. Most appropriate as so much of the U.S. East coast has had its "mute button" pushed this January 3rd, housebound due to a few inches of snow and ice. But it provides a great opportunity to start on our Goodreads resolutions to read more.


message 6: by Belleslettres (new)

Belleslettres The metropolis humbled, the peace wrought by snowfall. Intensely beautiful.


message 7: by Jimmy (new)

Jimmy Thank you for your warm words, Belleslettres. Much appreciated.


message 8: by Gordon (new)

Gordon Harris Metropolis and village, brought together in our mind's eye by a heavy snowstorm. Nature once again works her magic!


message 9: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Pender-Smith I enjoy reading the six poems that reach the finals each month as well as learning of the winning entry. An added bonus with this competition is that members of this large and vibrant group are able to cast their vote for the poem of their choice.

Long may this competition continue.

Andrew Pender-Smith


message 10: by Darrel (new)

Darrel Hofland I like how this poem transports me to another place. dreamy!


message 11: by Brenda (new)

Brenda I write rhyming poetry and find it useless to ever submit here, as you only consider the non-rhyming. What about Helen Steiner Rice or those like her. ? You are preferential.


message 12: by Jackie (new)

Jackie Brenda wrote: "I write rhyming poetry and find it useless to ever submit here, as you only consider the non-rhyming. What about Helen Steiner Rice or those like her. ? You are preferential."
Sorry to disagree, Brenda. Give yourself a chance. I don't believe it's the "rhyme scheme" that makes or breaks a work of literate art; I believe it's the power to recreate in the reader's mind's eye and heart a vision, a sense, a feeling. Thanks for listening.


message 13: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Congratulations Jimmy.
Wonderful poem.


message 14: by Berenice (new)

Berenice Garcia Brenda wrote: "Why are all your winning poems non-rhymibng????"

Poems don't necessarily have to rhyme. It is an element of many poems but having studied poems for some years now, poems, for example, the haiku don't rhyme.
Free verse is a type of poetry that doesn't rhyme, like this poem by Jimmy Roberts.


message 15: by Jimmy (new)

Jimmy Caroline wrote: "Congratulations Jimmy.
Wonderful poem."


Thank you so much, Caroline!


message 16: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I LOVE non-rhyming poetry and this is superb example of how words are able to make us feel things and take us to a place in our mind. Excellant poem. I’m writing it in my book of favorites!


message 17: by Joslyn (new)

Joslyn S Beautiful!


message 18: by Sophia (new)

Sophia Beautifully written, it sent shivers down my spine!


message 19: by Lanette (new)

Lanette Sweeney Sophia wrote: "Beautifully written, it sent shivers down my spine!"

Brenda wrote: "I write rhyming poetry and find it useless to ever submit here, as you only consider the non-rhyming. What about Helen Steiner Rice or those like her. ? You are preferential."

Aren't the winning poems selected by us readers? Maybe that is just what the GoodReads members are selecting?


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