Albert's Poetry Cafe ~ Keeping the Dream Alive ~ Choices of two phrases. This contest is now open for all writers at the Cafe!  October 9, 2008 - November 14, 2008

Contest Completed

Congratulations

Best Poem - Sun, Moon, and Stars
Runner Up Poem - It is missing
2nd Runner up Poem - The Stars Still Shine
Albert Special Award for Poem - Someday, i too will fall. Someday, i too will shine
Best Story - [writing deleted]
Runner up Story - Chasing Shadows
2nd Runner up Story - [writing deleted]
Albert Special Award for Story - This Is My LIfe: I Found It Worth Living

Details

NOW OPEN FOR ALL WRITERS CAFE MEMBERS & TIME EXTENDED UNTIL NOV 14!
NUMBER OF ENTRIES ALLOWED NOW IS UP TO FOUR POEMS OR STORIES PER WRITER!!










Please write a POEM or SHORT STORY with the following phrases:

"I HAVE WISHED TO KNOW WHY THE STARS SHINE."
OR
"THIS HAS BEEN MY LIFE; I FOUND IT WORTH LIVING".

You have a choice of the two above phrases because I love both of them equally! These are taken from Bertrand Russell's beautiful poem below.

PLEASE NOTE: EITHER PHRASE OR BOTH PHRASES IF YOU LIKE, MUST BE INCLUDED IN YOUR POEM OR STORY TO QUALIFY FOR THE CONTEST.


A Poem by Bertrand Russell:

Three passions have governed my life:
The longings for love, the search for knowledge,
And unbearable pity for the suffering of [humankind].

Love brings ecstasy and relieves loneliness.
In the union of love I have seen
In a mystic miniature the prefiguring vision
Of the heavens that saints and poets have imagined.

With equal passion I have sought knowledge.
I have wished to understand the hearts of [people].
I HAVE WISHED TO KNOW WHY THE STARS SHINE.

Love and knowledge led upwards to the heavens,
But always pity brought me back to earth;
Cries of pain reverberated in my heart
Of children in famine, of victims tortured
And of old people left helpless.
I long to alleviate the evil, but I cannot,
And I too suffer.
THIS HAS BEEN MY LIFE; I FOUND IT WORTH LIVING.



Have fun!

Helena


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Prizes

1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes plus Albert Award

Moderator

Helena
Helena
Australia

Stats

16 Contestants
24 Submissions
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Created Oct 9, 2008