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June's Poetry Contest Winner: The Hoarder

Posted by Cybil on June 01, 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 Susan J. Raineri, who is our June winner with this poem:

The Hoarder

by Susan J. Raineri

People let her down,
time after time.

In the empty bed,
where people left spaces,
things piled up.

Her life became choked
and crowded with stuff
that stayed put.
Rooms filled to their brims
up to the ceiling.

Until, she could barely
walk amongst it all;
more things, more and
more things.
At least, she could
count on these things.

They sat there
and collected dust,
but, they never left her.

She could choose
what to keep
and what to throw out.
Mostly, she kept.

We are all hoarders
of something;
holding on to memories,
collecting love and hate,
saving up envy
for other people's lives,

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Comments (showing 1-50 of 83) (83 new)


message 1: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Very good.
I never read enough poetry, which is a shame as I find good poetry always moves me.


message 2: by Sumeet (new)

Sumeet Mahendra Such a beautiful poem...!


Andreia ♥The Butterfly Lover♥ congratulations, I loved it!


message 4: by Emma (new)

Emma Well done! Great poem!


message 5: by Laxman (new)

Laxman Kunwar aade the poeat


message 6: by mills♥ (new)

mills♥ well done!


~Princess of the Wild~Ms Tarzanie~ She's Crazy~ Nice poem! 😏


message 8: by Sabarish (new)

Sabarish waran Wow awesome 😳


message 9: by sublimosa (new)

sublimosa It is rare that I hear people express empathy for someone with hoarding issues. Nice to read something compassionate for a change.


message 10: by Patricia (new)

Patricia "....for other people's lives," Is that the last line? I couldn't see anything past that.


message 11: by Madeline (new)

Madeline *Profuse clapping and whistling*


message 12: by siriusedward (last edited Jun 01, 2017 09:42AM) (new)

siriusedward Well done!


message 13: by Blue (new)

Blue Wonderful poem! Thank you.


message 14: by N.N. (new)

N.N. Light Congrats! Excellent poem! N&N


message 15: by Serena (new)

Serena Congrats!


message 16: by Travelin (new)

Travelin This makes hoarding cats sound like an act of mental relief.


message 17: by Don (new)

Don Seaberry Love this poem. Never thought about hoarding from that point of view before. Bravo!


Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder* Patricia wrote: ""....for other people's lives," Is that the last line? I couldn't see anything past that."

I know, I'm not sure if it cut off or we were supposed to follow a link. I tried the link but it was everyone's poems. With it ending like a comma, it seems like it was continuing.


message 19: by ستایش (new)

ستایش  دشتی It's a good, touching poem but the comma at the end is annoying if it's GR's fault.

Congrats Susan.


message 20: by Renégade ♥ (new)

Renégade ♥ Wonderful poem!

Congratulations, Susan :)


message 21: by Sheri (new)

Sheri A great poem shedding light on a subject often hidden in the dark.
It really puts a spin on why hoarders keep things.
It may be "just stuff" to us, but it means the world to someone that is suffering.


message 22: by Jenny (new)

Jenny I also wondered if there might be more or if it was a punctuation issue.

Additionally curious how a winner for June can be selected on the 1st of the month.


message 23: by Blue (new)

Blue Bates I didn't know Goodreads had something like this. This is a beautiful poem Susan, I'm glad you submitted it and shared it with us.


message 24: by Rut (new)

Rut I like it, but I find it very curious that I got to read this today, those lines reminded me of someone I know, made me feel bad for her; made me wish I could help. Nice poem, I agree, “we are all hoarders of something…” we just do not always understand what others choose to keep or throw out as you said.


message 25: by Normalstones (new)

Normalstones nice


message 26: by Donna (new)

Donna So hard to write poetry, its very personal. Great.


message 27: by Nicole (new)

Nicole So beautiful. I really loved it.

Also, I didn't know something like this was going on on goodreads. Really need to check it out.


message 28: by Sage (new)

Sage Thank you for a work my kids can ponder on so many levels!


message 29: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Susan, was your poem shared in its entirety? I enjoyed it.


message 30: by Amy (new)

Amy Blue wrote: "I didn't know Goodreads had something like this. This is a beautiful poem Susan, I'm glad you submitted it and shared it with us."

Dear Patricia,

Goodreads supports poetry! We run a monthly contest in the ¡POETRY! group that the members of the group vote on here - https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

Best,

Amy King
¡ POETRY ! Moderator


message 31: by Amy (new)

Amy Blue wrote: "I didn't know Goodreads had something like this. This is a beautiful poem Susan, I'm glad you submitted it and shared it with us."

Dear Blue,

Goodreads supports poetry! We run a monthly contest in the ¡POETRY! group that the members of the group vote on here - https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

Best,

Amy King
¡ POETRY !


message 32: by Carline (new)

Carline Francois Congratulations on winning June Poetry of the Month! It is a nice poem! :)


message 33: by Kate (new)

Kate Robinson Enjoyed the fresh take on what's usually a negative subject.


message 34: by Anna (new)

Anna Mosca I really liked this poems, congratulation Susan!
I've the same question others had, does it end with a comma or is there more to it and it got cropped out?


message 35: by Susan (new)

Susan Raineri Patricia wrote: ""....for other people's lives," Is that the last line? I couldn't see anything past that."

yes , the comma is on purpose for the reader to add whatever


message 36: by Susan (new)

Susan Raineri Jenny wrote: "I also wondered if there might be more or if it was a punctuation issue.

Additionally curious how a winner for June can be selected on the 1st of the month."


You submit in May to win in June
The comma was on purpose for the reader to add whatever comes to mind.


message 37: by Susan (last edited Jun 05, 2017 03:01PM) (new)

Susan Raineri Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder* wrote: "Patricia wrote: ""....for other people's lives," Is that the last line? I couldn't see anything past that."

I know, I'm not sure if it cut off or we were supposed to follow a link. I tried the lin..."

Comma on purpose to add what you think


message 38: by Susan (last edited Jun 05, 2017 03:06PM) (new)

Susan Raineri Thanks for all of your positive comments. It really means a lot to me! I have been submitting for about 3 years and it was such an honor to win!

I wrote this after watching the television program "Hoarders". At first I was disgusted and wondered how anyone could live like that. Well, most hoarders have suffered a trauma and/or a big loss in their lives. They are trying to fill a void, left by the loss. I was very touched by the program. Happily, they can be helped, although, some revert to their previous way of living.

Punctuation note; Yes, the comma is on purpose for the reader to add whatever they think.


message 39: by Katharine (new)

Katharine Folkes lovely poem - congratulations!
original and meaningful.
good job.
Katharine


message 40: by Susan (new)

Susan Raineri Katharine wrote: "lovely poem - congratulations!
original and meaningful.
good job.
Katharine"


Thank you, Katharine


message 41: by Nimah (new)

Nimah Congrats! Nice poem.


message 42: by Susan (new)

Susan Raineri Nimah wrote: "Congrats! Nice poem."

thanks!


message 43: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Susan wrote: "Thanks for all of your positive comments. It really means a lot to me! I have been submitting for about 3 years and it was such an honor to win!

I wrote this after watching the television program..."


Thanks for sharing your thoughts on how you came to write this poem and congratulations on your win.


message 44: by Reggie (new)

Reggie Burns Congratulations, a very sad and true poem. The death of all is the lust for the material world when what is unseen is so oure and true to our hearts.

Tis what we truly seek, but ignore.


message 45: by Natalie (new)

Natalie Wood A very well crafted piece - and instantly comprehensible. I love it!


message 46: by Susan (new)

Susan Raineri Reggie wrote: "Congratulations, a very sad and true poem. The death of all is the lust for the material world when what is unseen is so oure and true to our hearts.

Tis what we truly seek, but ignore."

thank you


message 47: by Susan (new)

Susan Raineri Susan wrote: "Reggie wrote: "Congratulations, a very sad and true poem. The death of all is the lust for the material world when what is unseen is so oure and true to our hearts.

Tis what we truly seek, but ign..."



message 48: by Susan (new)

Susan Raineri Susan wrote: "Susan wrote: "Reggie wrote: "Congratulations, a very sad and true poem. The death of all is the lust for the material world when what is unseen is so oure and true to our hearts.

Tis what we truly..."


thank you


message 49: by Glen (new)

Glen Rudge WOW,,,,, I could REALLY VISUALIZE Tight surroundings of collected things & memories of a lady trapped in today's Yesterday as i read your poem,,,,,, BRAVO because,,,, that is what poetry should do, move you & make you, SEE VISIONS...thnx Glen Rudge.


message 50: by Lee (new)

Lee Brownlee Congratulations! I liked this poem very much. Thank you.


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