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Roseate Sonnets Contest: And The Winners Are…!

September 19, 2015 | By

We are very glad and honoured to announce the results of our Roseate Sonnets contest, for which we received an overwhelming response in Learning and Creativity.

The Winners Are

Roseate sonnet winners

Judges: Lopa Banerjee, Elizabeth Kuriakose and Koshy A.V.

Judges decision is final and no correspondence or conversation of any sort will be entertained on this any more.

While we received many extremely fine sonnets, we hope to bring out a book or e-book of ROSEATE SONNETS at some future date, including only the best ones of each poet who participated. Please do keep on the lookout for more news on this project.

We are delighted to share the prize-winning poems with our readers.


Trapped – A Roseate Sonnet

Winning Poem for Striking and Memorable Imagery

Reena Prasad

spider caught

A spider caught in its own web must be how God feels

A spider caught in its own web must be how God feels.
Battles fought in his own name, something he could never foresee
Trapped in the tangles of creation I often wonder how he deals.
Peace and beauty his dreams perhaps but this world refuses to see

Things are always out of hand so he has to do his rounds
It must be terrible never to relax, never to be free of tensions
He can’t ever take a break, not while this race abounds
He must be tired to death of such situations

Why did you build this world dear god, you hold a tiger’s tail
Sentenced forever to a prison with no one to grant you bail

R eason-starved lawyers rush to defend your case
O utsmarted judges with guns decide to decide your fate
S aviour of an ungrateful world if only in decrepit manuscripts
E xisting perhaps to survive just as a bedtime myth


On Felling A Vazha

Winning Poem for Striking and Memorable Imagery

Reena Prasad


Round bird eyes accuse me of de-fruiting slender trees

Strict-eyed, a jungle babbler sits on the fallen banana stem
Scolding me as she lets the whole world know what I have done
“Cut the tree and stolen the fruit?” Ready to flee, I hitch up my skirt’s hem
A dew shower from the tall aanjali and she leaves on a hopping run

The kakka thampuratti doesn’t consider it an act done naughtily
Gleaming black, straight-backed, she stiffens down to the tips of her elegant tail
Cocks her smooth head and looks at me and the dying plant haughtily
I stumble and retreat, bananas forgotten in face of her trilling gale

The backyard teems with accusing yellows, browns, brilliant blues and black
A kaleidoscope of mynas, kingfishers, orioles and sparrows arrive, help! it’s a trap

Round bird eyes accuse me of de-fruiting slender trees
On every branch, flapping wings denounce my act of treachery
Sounding me off in every musical tongue, to their ire they give lease
Enchanting everyone for miles around but bird-lashed, I slink away guiltily

* Vazha Banana( the plant)
* Kakka Thampuratti racket -tailed drongo
* Aanjali wild jack/jungle jack



Winning Poem for Exceptional Poetic Skill and Craft

Michele Baron

old man alone

or sent some modest token
before the youth of days was done

I’d wished you might have spoken
while still I knew the sun
or sent some modest token
before the youth of days was done

to have seen, glowing, in the mist,
the joy which might have been,
to have felt, knowing, once, love, and kissed,
to sate desires keen…

yet but a dream it must remain, for words were never said,
and I rest, silent, loath to profane that path I ne’er did tread

revere the possibilities
of love when they transpire
sad, such star-crossed hearts as these
ending as verses sung to a lyre.



Winning Poem for Originality of Poetic Expression

Daipayan Nair

S- ay they that even roses do bleed

S- ay they that even roses do bleed

The sweat stained cooker in fumes
Nile dripping in tempted tunes
A clutch, a hold; the eager rolled
The whistle in a tale, ready to unfold.

Juvenile hours amidst marine showers
Marks of younghood imprinted without fail
A twist, a turn; the cookery ready to burn
The pirate penning his sail.

It was evening; it is moon
There will be a shift soon.

R- ainbows sketched though no rain
O- ffered is an eager shade
S- ay they that even roses do bleed
E- ffective remains the trade.


Touch of Youth 

Winning Poem for Originality of Poetic Expression

Daipayan Nair


R- ise does she with a thought
O- ff goes the flapping

Noon lit lanes with a touch grim
The dove with its larynx dipped in scream
The gammer old tries a new found trick
Pokes the freedom with her stick.
Does she not bask in the welcoming dusk?
Is that effort a mask?
Does she not play the piper’s pipe-
reminiscing meadows ripe?
Where are you?
Answers nil but curiosities anew
R- ise does she with a thought
O- ff goes the flapping
S- ees with a keen eye, the juvenile rose
E- ssence of which tattooed on her skin.

Pictures courtesy Morguefile and Clker

Enjoy all the other entries in the Comments boxes under The Roseate Sonnet: An Experience in Learning the Art of Poetry (with a CONTEST & PRIZES!)

Lopamudra (Lopa) Banerjee is an author, editor, poet and writing instructor staying in Dallas, Texas with her family, but originally from Kolkata, India. She has a Masters in English with thesis in Creative Nonfiction from University of Nebraska and also Masters in English from University of Calcutta, India. Apart from writing and editing some critically acclaimed books and being awarded with the Reuel International Prize for Poetry (2017) and for Translation (2016), she has dabbled in all genres of writing, from journalism and content writing to academic essays and fiction/poetry. She has been interviewed in various e-zines, literary blogs and also at TV (Kolkata) and at radio stations in Dallas, Texas. Very recently, she has been part of the upcoming short film 'Kolkata Cocktail', a docu-feature based on poetry, but her love for writing feature stories go back to her journalism days when she interviewed people from all walks of life and wrote essays and articles based on them. She loves performing poetry as spoken words art and has performed in various forums in India and USA.
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3 thoughts on “Roseate Sonnets Contest: And The Winners Are…!

  • Ampat Koshy

    Some of the comments received on Facebook for this article:

    Antara Nanda Mondal · Editor/Creative Director at Wisitech InfoSolutions Pvt Ltd
    Heartiest Congratulations Reena Prasad! Delighted you liked the presentation too. The poems are exceptional and have added so much value to Learning and Creativity. Hats off to the judges as well – Dr Koshy Sir, Lopa Banerjee and Elizabeth Kuriakose for a great and creatively fulfilling contest and choice of winners.

    Reena Prasad · Ispat English Medium School
    Thank you Antara Nanda Mondal. Learning and Creativity is a wonderful place to be featured in. Congrats on this great site!

    Michele Baron · Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
    thank you very much, Lopa Banerjee for this very nice page of poetry and pictures; wonderful poems, all authors, and especially Reena Prasad, and Daipayan Nair, and Fatima Afshan. Thank you for this form, Ampat Koshy, and for judging, Miss Lopa Banerjee, Elizabeth Kuriakose, and Ampat Koshy

    Antara Nanda Mondal · Editor/Creative Director at Wisitech InfoSolutions Pvt Ltd
    Congratulations Michele Baron! Yours is a beautiful poem indeed!

    Michele Baron · Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
    Antara Nanda Mondal thank you very much smile emoticon and thank you for helping me find this post, too smile emoticon cheers and kindest regards

    Priya Batra · System Administrator at YoGadz
    Congratulations to the winners

    Pramila Khadun · SNDT Women’s University

    Congratulations to the four winning poets, beautiful poems indeed.

    Reena Prasad · Ispat English Medium School
    Thank you Judges. Honoured and thrilled too! What a grand presentation of the winning poems, some real hard work has gone into it. Congrats to Daipayan Nair, Michele Baron Fatima Afshan and to everyone who participated.This is a triumph of this unique form and its creator Dr. Ampat Koshy. It was great fun learning it and writing in it. To the THREE ROSES-our judges Lopa Banerjee, Elizabeth Kuriakose and Dr Koshy- THANK YOU!

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