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“Nature’s Child” Wins Honorable Mention

on November 14, 2022

Dear Friends,

I’m pleased to announce that my poem, Nature’s Child, won an Honorable Mention in the Arizona Authors Association 2022 Literary Contest. It has been published in the 2023 Arizona Literary Magazine, which can be purchased on Amazon.com. I don’t normally enter contests, so I’m pleased with it!

Nature’s Child

by Dawn Pisturino

She overflowed with poetry and music and laughter,

Spilling the boundaries of her life

With delicious rivulets of innocence and joy.

She danced — naked! — in the pure white light of a waxing moon

On a soft, sultry night at the Summer Solstice

And sang to the icicle stars in the middle of winter.

Her nakedness gleamed in moonlight and candle-light,

Sunlight and lamplight,

But she feared not the shadows or the darkness of night.

They called her witch, priestess, sorceress of the Devil.

She laughed at their ignorance —

These holy men of the Church —

And covered her nakedness with rose petals and fern.

Green ivy adorned her wavy red hair —

Long strands of vine cut from ancient oak —

And, in time, she began to resemble the earth itself.

Green moss sprouted between her virgin legs

And beneath her hollow armpits.

Her toenails twisted and curled at the ends of her feet

Like earthbound roots sunk deep into the soil.

Her arms opened wide beneath the golden sun,

Offering prayers and sacrifice to the deity of Life.

She gathered all the richness of sun and rain,

Exulting in the wild green world of her existence.

She withered with the passing years,

As her limbs grew gnarled and bare,

And the birds no longer nested in her hair,

Until hunters from the village

Found her standing on the banks of a gushing stream

And bowed down to worship Nature’s Child.


Thanks for stopping by!

Dawn Pisturino

May 31, 2022; November 14, 2022

Copyright 2022 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.


105 responses to ““Nature’s Child” Wins Honorable Mention

  1. kvbclarke says:

    Something to be proud of!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Timothy Price says:

    Congratulations, Dawn.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Phil says:

    Write on, Dawn ~ Congratulations! โœ๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒŸโœจ

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Congratulations, that’s something to be proud of.

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  5. Paula Light says:

    Congratulations! ๐Ÿ’–

    Liked by 2 people

  6. WebbBlogs says:

    Congratulations Dawn ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Congratulations Dawn! It certainly is a wonderful work of art!

    Liked by 2 people

  8. revruss1220 says:

    Very nice. Wonderful, wild imagery.

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  9. Congratulations Dawn! This is beautiful!!

    Liked by 2 people

  10. Many congratulations to you!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 2 people

  11. kindfeelings says:

    Beautiful poem, congratulations on the Honorable Mention

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  12. aparna12 says:

    Hearty congratulations, dear Dawn. I am sooo happy for you. Your poems are so beautiful that they certainly are meant to be published in the literary magazines. โ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธ

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  13. rothpoetry says:

    Very nicely done! Congratulations on your honorable mention!

    Liked by 2 people

  14. markone1blog says:

    Congrats on the award for the beautiful poem.

    Liked by 2 people

  15. Easymalc says:

    Well done, and thanks for following my own blog ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 2 people

  16. markone1blog says:

    On a different subject, since that is the Arizona Authors Association, do they have as part of their fiction division any awards in voting tabulation? That might be a growing field.

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  17. Kirsten says:

    Lovely write.๐Ÿค— Congratulations, Dawn!

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  18. Congrats! Like the poem. Good work.

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  19. Oh Dawn, much CONGRATULATIONS to you my friend. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ You know, an honorable mention is huge in my book. Your poem is outstanding and I know that such contests have thousands of entries. So, winning top prize may be nice, I always say that First Place or Second does not dictate your potential. How awesome, and you have every right to be proud! So happy for you girlfriend. ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿฅฐ

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  20. utahan15 says:

    nice shares the title with the triump song as well

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  21. Dawn! How exciting! Congratulations! ๐Ÿพโ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ’

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Wow that is a wonderful poem. Congratulations on the Honorable Mention!

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Congratulations Dawn.

    Liked by 1 person

  24. KK says:

    Congratulations ๐ŸŽ‰

    Liked by 1 person

  25. Well done Dawn. Congratulations

    Liked by 1 person

  26. Michele Lee says:

    Bravo, Dawn! I see why your work was recognized. Beautiful writing! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

    Liked by 1 person

  27. Congratulations from the bottom of my heart.

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  28. What an amazing feat, my dear Dawn. That, is a wonderfully written poem well-deserving an honour. Congratulations ๐ŸŽŠ ๐Ÿ‘

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  29. Congrats. Nice to have found your blog. Also welcome to my blog. Bliss.

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  30. Melody muse says:

    Congratulations ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‰ celebrationa big on ur way !!

    Liked by 1 person

  31. Belladonna says:

    Congratulations Dawn, this is great!

    Liked by 1 person

  32. Robert J Jr. says:

    Congratulations Dawn!

    Liked by 1 person

  33. A beautiful song about the ancient pagan connection man had with nature, and how little we now understand about the importance of those connections for the maintenance of our spiritual health.

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  34. Dear Dawn, congratulations!! Such a strong poem, so well deserved!

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  35. “She danced โ€” naked! โ€” in the pure white light of a waxing moon

    On a soft, sultry night at the Summer Solstice

    And sang to the icicle stars in the middle of winter.” Brilliant!

    Congratulation, Dawn. Your work is always worthy of publication, but this was extra special!

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  36. Peter Jumba. says:

    Nice poem, I like it.

    Liked by 1 person

  37. ELWITHTHEPEN says:

    Very descriptive and a nice piece of art ๐Ÿ‘.

    Liked by 1 person

  38. Digital Asif says:

    Congratulations ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    Liked by 1 person

  39. Heartfelt congratulations .

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  40. Fabulous, Dawn! Kudos to you! ๐ŸŒž

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  41. An era is often lost to the peoples of that time… later… much later, others jump on the bandwagon… when the wagon can no longer speak…!

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  42. Anas Belah says:

    Congratulations Dawn

    Liked by 1 person

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