Oysters & Chocolate
The imagery captured in "Taut" is simultaneously dream-like and tactile -- the elements of hazy reverie blended with the physicality of sex make for a romantic and sexy experience.
This is what someone thought of a poem I wrote. Thought enough of it to award it third in their contest, which comes not only with worldwide acclaim, but also $25.
This is the first writing contest I've ever entered. I've shied from doing it in the past. Several reasons for that, chief among them self-doubt and this overwhelming competitiveness I have to not simply compete but to win. I deemed myself ill-prepared, in skill and ability to handle rejection/loss.
So, I chose (had chosen for me) a poetry contest to start. 'Cause I don't think I'm as good a poet as I am a writer. And the rejection wouldn't sting so much.
Yet, I was happy with what I wrote. Maximized what ability I do have. It worked. And regardless of finish, I was proud the result.
So, thank you Alana for the swift kick to the ass and the gift of inspiration. To Oysters & Chocolate for their patronage and peerless taste in a beginner's poetry. And to each of you reading now.
I give you "Taut".