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💗 Sub Six 2020 Rhyming Poetry Winner 💗

Thanks to the members who shared their poems. You gave us laughs and love

through poems that ranged from cookie crumbs to critters to a zombie. 🧟‍♂️

Here to present this year's poetry winner is Author Lori Degman.

I enjoyed all of the entries, which made this a really tough choice. After many re-readings, I chose Colleen Murphy’s poem as the winner because she created great imagery and emotion. She used a nice rhyme scheme which reads naturally and her meter was spot on. Honestly, she had me at “the captain of my crunch”!


Winning Poem

Colleen Murphy

You’re the purple in my crayon box,

the cupcake in my lunch.

You’re the laces on my hockey skates,

the captain of my crunch.

You’re the booster on my rocket ship,

the baseball in my glove

so I hope you’ll be my Valentine

‘cause you’re the one I love.


“I love contests because they give direction to my writing.

I am honored to be able to have my work critiqued by Lori!” - Colleen


Honorable mentions

Lucky Williams

I choose you like a bower bird

selects each bright blue bead.

You decorate my lonely life.

You've won me. Now let's breed!


Mia Geiger

If you were far away from me, I'd grab my trusty map.

I'd pack two pies, two candy bars and skip my morning nap.

I'd run! I'd hop! I'd jump! ... Or roll! I'd rush to where you are.

'Cause who's the one I love the most? It's you, my shining star.


Special Thanks to Lori Degman for sharing her time and love of rhyme! Please consider buying a copy of Travel Guide for Monsters or requesting it from your local library.


Lori Degman writes in rhyme, most of the time – but not always! She is the author of the award-winning books: 1 Zany Zoo, Cock-a-Doodle Oops, and Just Read, as well as Norbert’s Big Dream, Like a Girl, and the upcoming Travel Guide for Monsters. She was a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Lori lives in Vernon Hills, Illinois, where she spends her days writing, visiting schools and playing with her grandkids. You can find her online.

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