Sunday, February 15, 2015

Poet of the Month--Christine Tate

Autumn on the Coast

By Christine Tate

The autumn moon plays peek a boo
behind ominous clouds,
casting ghostly shadows
on charming coastal towns.
Its orange hue shines
on landscapes down below,
where you can see candles
in many windows glow!

Along narrow streets and alleys
leaves swirl and spin,
while lingering towns folk scurry
seeking shelter from the wind.
You can hear the roar
of the ocean down the block,
as thundering waves crash
on slippery, clustered rocks.

Rows and rows of pumpkins
scattered in the fields,
dry corn husks sit idle
after harvest's yield.
Pick some juicy apples,
buy cider at a stand,
or stroll along the shore
with a loved one hand in hand.

Autumn warms the heart,
a delightful time to be
in a coastal village
with friends and family!

From the editor--It is an pleasure to announce that Christine Tate is February’s Poet of the Month.  She is a talented writer that has been published in print and online.  Readers at Whispers relate to her heartfelt poetry.  Christine is an uplifting voice at our online journal, regularly leaving thoughtful comments which others appreciate.  Her encouragement is a gift that makes a difference. It is a pleasure to present Christine with this honor!
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Thoughts on “Autumn on the Coast ”--The opening line’s personification sets the tone for this creative poem.  The playful style gives the reader an enjoyable experience that is sure to have you smiling.  Christine’s skillful use of multi-sense imagery allows one to feel what she has to convey.  Her poem makes me want to sit back with a mug of cider and enjoy time with family and friends too.
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Congratulations and thank you Christine!  I appreciate all you do and have done for Whispers.

Sincerely,

Karen O’Leary, Editor

42 comments:

  1. Beautifully evocative. Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you John for stopping by to leave your lovely comment. It's appreciated! ~Chris

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  2. Congratulations Christine and thanks for sharing this wonderful Autumn poem. Vivid imagery and timely events tied together with a natural flow. Robert

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    1. Thank you Robert for taking the time to read my poem & for leaving such a nice comment! It's appreciated. ~Chris

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    1. Thank you for your comment Ayaz. How thoughtful of you to take the time to read my poem! ~Chris

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  4. Well done Christine. A charming poem, with a lovely conclusion. Congratulations! Ralph.

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    1. I appreciate your comment Ralph. Thank you for your kind words! ~Chris

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  5. Enjoyed reading your creative and unique work..I am glad that I chose this one to read today..Sara

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    1. Thank you so much Sara for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment. I appreciate your kind words...~Chris

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  6. Congratulations, Christine. I enjoyed your depiction of autumn on the coast. Which coast is it, by the way? East or West?

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed reading my poem Marianne. Thank you, I appreciate your comment. I live on the "east coast", namely New Jersey, but I'm a native Long Island, New Yorker!

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  7. Christine,
    Well rhymed with rich imagery. Congratulations on this honor!
    Your friend,
    David Fox

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    1. Thank you so much David for your kind comment. I appreciate you taking the time to read my poem. Best Wishes, Chris~

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    1. Dear Christine, When I make a mistake in a comment and don't realize it until after the comment is published, I cannot edit it, only delete it. Thus the deleted comment. I am admitting I don't like to publish mistakes. LOL

      Congratulations on being chosen Poet of the Month, a well deserved honor. I always appreciate your thoughtful comments on poems. As for "Autumn on the Coast", I really enjoyed your well written vivid "scenic tour'. I could hear the waves crashing against the rocky shore and picture the pleasant village. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent.
      Love, Charlene

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    2. Hi Charlene, Thank you very much for your lovely comment. I especially love autumn, & I love living near the ocean. It's a place of serenity & beauty in every season! I'm glad you enjoyed reading my poem! God bless, Love, Chris~

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  9. Congratulations Christine chosen Poet of the Month for February - so richly deserving...Rhoda

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    1. What a lovely comment Rhoda. I appreciate it very much. Thank you for your kind words! ~Chris

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  10. Congratulations, Christine and thanks for taking me along for the ride to this wonderful place and time, with your featured poem.

    Myke Todd

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    1. Thank you Michael for leaving such a lovely comment. I appreciate that you stopped by to read my poem! ~Chris

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  11. Congratulations, Christine and thanks for taking me along for the ride to this wonderful place and time, with your featured poem.

    Myke Todd

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  12. Congratulations Christine on achieving the poet of this month spot..'

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    1. Thank you so much Joe for taking the time to extend your good wishes. ~Chris

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  13. Thank you, Beth Winchcombe, for the following--

    What wonderful imagery by Christine, a much deserved Poet of the Month. I love it.

    Best wishes,
    Beth

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    1. Thank you so much Beth for your thoughtful comment. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my poem. Best wishes to you, Chris~

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  14. Hey, Christine! Congrats on the Poet of The Month honor! Love your poem, to which I can deeply relate as I adore the coast! Good to read you! Sheri

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    1. Hi Sheri...Thank you so much for your lovely comment. It's so kind of you, & I'm glad you enjoyed my poem. Best wishes, ~Chris

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  15. Congratulations Christine on being chosen POTM. This poem is a delight to read, and the imagery conveys what it sets out to do. I live in the countryside, but for some time also lived by the sea. I still derive pleasure from going by the beach, especially in winter when nobody is around. All the best. // paul

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  16. Thank you so much Paul for taking the time to read my poem & for your kind words! I appreciate it. I live on the east coast of the USA, can't imagine being anywhere else, but I do enjoy the countryside as well! Best wishes to you, Chris~

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  17. Hi Christine. Congratulations on being named Poet of the Month. What a great accomplishment. "Autumn on the Coast" is so warm and tender; full of passion. Definitely my favorite season, you just confirmed its beauty and amazing wonder. You also did a fantastic job in weaving a story within the poem. I really enjoyed this. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (www.tgbtgpublictions.com)

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  18. Thank you so much Maurice for leaving such a lovely, encouraging comment! I appreciate your kind words, they mean alot to me! God bless you, Chris~

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  19. Congratulations Christine,

    This is gorgeous. I feel as if I've been out for a walk along that shore after a drive through the area.

    Pam

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  20. What a lovely compliment Pam! Thank you so much for taking the time to read my poem. I guess it's no secret that I love the coast & autumn! ~Chris

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  21. As I read this, I saw the MD coast, stopping in a little town to eat ice cream cones on a bench facing the street, and siopping at the inland farm's roadside stand selling the fresh produce we could eat or use as halloween decorations. Thank you for this video of a happy family vacation.

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth for your lovely words. It's not only a vacation spot, but a year round pleasure living near the coast...I just happen to "love" autumn the most! ~Chris

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  22. Congratulations on being Poet of the Month Christine, a beautiful poem to read, filled with lovely imagery whilst strolling through each line. So much emotion can be felt, there is so much love in it. It was a pleasure to read. Blessings sent with love, Leokadia

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    1. Hi Leokadia, I'm so glad you enjoyed my poem. Thank you for leaving such a lovely comment! God bless you....Love, Chris~

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  23. Christine Tate

    Congratulations for being Poet Of The Month. This poem, which my glimpse into your poetry gallery tells it all. Beautiful poem.

    Andrew Ntchindi Jere - Malawi

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment Andrew. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my poem. I appreciate you taking the time! ~Chris

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  24. Congratulations on being chosen as Poet of the month. Your imagery bought back great memories of an October I spent in Rhode Island once,
    Thanks for sharing your talenys.
    SuZ

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  25. Thank you Pixordia...I appreciate you taking the time to read my poem. Glad it brought back memories for you! Best wishes, Chris~

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