Winners Conformists of a feather flock together. Michael R. Burch, Nashville, Tennessee The u of solitude allays the y of lonely. The i in if precedes the o in only. Michael Harmon, Scottsdale, Arizona Runners Up I sympathize truly my dear, But as you see, I have a beer. Robert Walton, King City, California It’s always the common folk who must pay When their leaders go looking for dragons to slay. David Martin, Chantilly, Virginia Honorable Mentions Knowledge, bestow thy light upon the mind, Lest pleasures waste and lucent trifles blind. Joseph McKenzie, New Mexico Face drenched with tears I wipe my eyes with hope God hears my fervent cries Jan Hersh I want the facts that will inform my views. I don’t need entertainment from my news. James Ph. Kotsybar, Lompoc, California Mid the forest, Dryad stood; hidden, oaken, silent wood, Mid the glade, the Sun he splayed; folk content, they never strayed. Neal Dachstadter, Knoxville, Tennessee Participating Judges Michael Curtis, Washington, DC Joshua Philipp, Queens, New York Damian Robin, Sheffield, United Kingdom William Ruleman, Athens, Tennessee James Sale, Bournemouth, United Kingdom Bruce Dale Wise, Naselle, Washington Judge Michael Curtis poetically noted: If I could improve it I didn’t choose it. I looked for wit, precision too, Heart-felt feelings wouldn’t do. __________________________________________________________________ RULES: To celebrate National Poetry Month, write a two-line poem (couplet) that rhymes. It's nice to have some meter or the same number of syllables per line, but not required. Paste your poem into the comment section with your name, city, and state (no need to list your last name or email address if you don't want to). No submission fee. DEADLINE: April 30 midnight (***Deadline extended to May 1, midnight EST). Winner announced May 10. PRIZE: Free Society of Classical Poets 2016 Journal due out later this spring. JUDGE: Classical poets staff and advisory board will judge (which means they can't compete, sorry) Featured Image: "Candidates for Girton College" by Frederick Brown, 1884.