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The December Winner of the “Arc Award of Awesomeness” is . . .

winner (with doo-dad)

Susan Gillis, for the poem “Ocean Blue”!


Sadiqa de Meijer and the Arc Poetry Magazine Board also selected three runners-up:

    • “Sambro” by Eleonore Schönmaier
    • “Saint Valentine’s Day” by Jeff Parent
    • “The Colours of Pain” by Amanda Earl


“Ocean Blue”

out of the blue a sudden squall

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! out of which blue?

out of ocean blue

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! which ocean was this?

it wasn’t an ocean it was an inland lake

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what then made it ocean blue?

the creatures welling up in it I didn’t know what they were

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and were those creatures blue?

they were fire they were the blue of fire

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and what is the blue of fire?

the blue of fire is the part of fire we don’t see

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if not by sight how do you know it?

you know it as the hot squall that blinds you to yourself


You still have time to enter Arc’s next Award of Awesomeness!