Valentine’s Day Contest

 

Children's Valentine, 1940–1950

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Several weeks ago, children’s author, Susannah Leonard Hill, announced a contest: write a children’s story, in poetry or prose, about unlikely Valentines.

To tell you the truth, ever since the second week in January when I decided to participate in Julie Hedlund’s 12 x 12 Picture Book Writing Challenge, I am never without a piece of paper and a pen because I never know when a picture book idea will suddenly descend upon me.  Often, in the wee hours of the morning, a picturesque phrase pops into my head…and if I don’t write it down immediately, it disappears.  Of course, reading what is on the paper in the light of the morning is sometimes impossible…my handwriting is not the best and writing in the dark definitely does not improve it.

So here is my entry into Susannah’s Valentine’s Day Contest…as I read each verse, I can visualize the illustrations that might accompany this story.  I hope you all enjoy it and I welcome your feedback and constructive criticism…but please, be gentle…today is my birthday!

 

A Story of Unlikely Valentines

 

Whom Do I Love?  by Vivian Kirkfield

 

Whom do I love?

Quizzed the cloud-covered moon.

I love the dish that ran off with the spoon.

 

Whom do I love?

Posed the run-away dish.

I love the silvery stream-swimming fish.

 

Whom do I love?

Slurped the shimmering trout.

I love the rock-hopping toad that jumped out.

 

Whom do I love?

Croaked the hip-hopping toad.

I love the waddling duck on the road.

 

Whom do I love?

Quacked the web-footed duck.

I love the pig on the rusty farm truck.

 

Whom do I love?

Oinked the curly-tailed pig.

I love the floppy-eared dog that can dig.

 

Whom do I love?

Barked the diggity-dog.

I love the bee in the hollowed-out log.

 

Whom do I love?

Buzzed the bumblely-bee.

I love the mouse that lives under the tree.

 

Whom do I love?

Squeaked the scurrying mouse.

I love the curly-haired boy in that house.

 

Whom do I love?

Asked the sweet little lad.

I love my momma and I love my dad.

 

I’m excited to read the other entries that link up to Susannah’s Valentine’s Day Contest…we learn so much when we share our thoughts and encourage and support one another.

74 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day Contest

    • All praise and thanks to you, Susannah, for the Unlikely Valentines Contest idea!!!
      So glad you liked my entry…it was so much fun…coming up with each recipient of affection…and thinking of creative words that sounded melodious.
      It’s been an awesome birthday so far…did you see the comment from Linda Gramatky Smith on my PPBF entry? I was so thrilled to have her stop by and visit. And then Michelle, The 3am Teacher, did a post about it and she wants to do some illustrations for each verse…it is definitely a wonderful journey I am taking. 🙂

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  1. I love this!!!!! You are very talented! I would love to use this and add illustrations…..

    Please let me know if it would be alright. I would not use it commercially, of course & I can send you the illustrations. I was inspired by your poem & I am thinking of something very soft (like colored pencil or abstract-like characters…almost a dream-like state I guess).

    Thank you for sharing!
    Michelle

    The 3AM Teacher

    Would it be okay if I shared your poem on my blog and linked back to yours?

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    • Michelle…I am thrilled you were so inspired by my little Unlikely Valentine poem! You did a beautiful post about it on your blog…thank you so much. 🙂
      If you would like to put some illustrations to the words…I’d be excited to see them…thank you for your encouraging words. The contest was my first venture into something like this…although I wrote picture book stories many years ago…but never followed through with getting them published…only my parenting book that has the summaries of classic picture books and craft and cooking activities. But now I am ready to walk this road of picture book writing more seriously…maybe, together, we will emerge with something that will be on bookstore shelves one day. 🙂

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    • Thank you so very much. That is high praise indeed, from someone like you, Renee. 🙂 I look forward to reading your entry on Monday! I loved participating in the Unlikely Valentine Contest…it was great fun!

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      • Me too! I never do contests, but this one really caught my eye, and I had so much fun with it. Just put it up, though it may be a little “out there,” haha! I would love to see more of your children’s poetry.

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        • Renee…
          I really can’t express how humbled I am…with the so very positive response to my little entry. 🙂
          And thrilled..and excited…and happy. 🙂
          I’m so passionate about picture books…how much children enjoy hearing them…the many ways they can help kids with issues and problems…the opportunities they afford parents to engage a child and open a discussion about sensitive topics…their visual beauty…their simple messages. I’ve mentioned it before in the comments…I dabbled in writing picture books over 35 years ago…and actually sent one (with illustrations my very artistic daughter-in-law did) to Random House where a niece had worked in one of the editing departments and “knew” someone. But she left the company…and ther person she knew also moved onward. I sent it anyway…and got a lovely personal letter back…the gist of which was, thanks but no thanks. 🙂 Then I got busy with my parenting book and getting that published and out there and promoting and marketing it…kind of a big job for a one-woman show. 🙂 That’s why I’m so tickled to be connecting with this wonderful community of writers/authors/lovers of picture books and children. So, to have so many of you say it is “well-done” is very validating. 🙂
          Thanks Renee…I can’t wait to read more of the entries…so far it’s been so much fun!

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  3. Love make the world go ’round for all these delightful characters!

    Happy birthday to you! My daughter just turned 9 yesterday, so there’s cake aplenty in our house today!

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    • Oh Cathy….
      I just read your entry into the Unlikely Valentines Contest…WOW!
      Great story that kept me engaged till the final word. Awesome descriptive words and loved the ending!
      Glad you liked my Valentine characters…it was fun thinking of whom each would love in return. 🙂
      And Happy Birthday to your daughter…enjoy the cake!!!!

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    • Hi Penny,
      Thanks for your kind words…I LOVED your Frankenstein verse…well-done and funny and sad…all rolled into one. 🙂
      Yes, this is LOTS of fun…very energizing and uplifting to contribute and see everyone else’s wonderful work. With all the crazy horrible things that go on in this world, it’s great to have a community of people who forge ahead with positivity!

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    • Hi Delores,
      Thanks for coming by and reading my entry. I appreciate your kind words. I already stopped at your blog…your story was charming and brought back memories of when my kids were little and always made their own cards for every occasion…and I still do. 🙂

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    • Thank you, thank you, Julie!
      Glad you enjoyed reading it. It was a totally wonderful experience…I think your 12 x 12 and Susannah’s Unlikely Valentine Contest have unleashed a monster. 🙂 I always want to be writing. 🙂 So it is really lovely to hear that others like to read what I’ve written. 🙂

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    • Thank you so much, Rebecca. I’m glad you liked it…writing it was quite a lot of fun for me as well. 🙂
      Glad you stopped by…I have to run out right now…but will check out the new entries at Susannah’s Unlikely Valentine Contest when I get back. Did you submit one?

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    • Hi Tracy,
      I’m so glad you liked it! I’m kind of happy with it also. 🙂 I really enjoyed writing it and thinking of the different animals and what they would be doing and whom they would be loving. What a fun contest!

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    • Hi Rebecca,
      Thank you so much for coming by and reading my little Unlikely Valentine entry. It was a lot of fun for me to write it…so I’m happy everyone is enjoying it so much…maybe one day it will be on children’s bookshelves. 🙂

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    • Heather…
      I so appreciate your kind words…I do school programs every week…maybe I will bring this along to one of them and read it to the kindergarteners and see how they react…true market research. 🙂

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  4. So happy you have made many connections with your entry, Vivian. You so deserve it. Good luck with it all. 🙂

    I love your poem and yes I am happiest when writing also. I can think of no greater fun. 🙂

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    • It’s amazing, Clar!
      There is only one down-side to all of this…it is so enjoyable to go to everyone’s blogs to read their entries…for this contest and PPBF and other posts they do…how do we have time to write. 🙂 🙂 🙂
      Thank you for your support and encouragement…it definitely spurs me on!

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    • What an amazing cheering committee all of you are!!!!
      Now I see why writers join writing groups…you learn so much…but also you get a lot of encouragement and support and smiles…and waves. 🙂
      Thank you, Robyn…so glad you like it. I’ve read all the entries so far…amazing talent! The contest is lots of fun…Susannah is a very special lady…I understand she’s had other contests before.

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    • Hi Tina,
      Coming from you that is high praise indeed! I went to your blog (love it) and saw the post on how you got into writing children’s books…kudos to you! I will go back and read it carefully…lots to learn from you!
      This contest was lots of fun…and the comments are quite encouraging!

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    • Haha Erik…thanks for the birthday wishes…I had an awesome day! And I’m really looking forward to a fun-filled year of writing picture books, reading and crafting with kindergarteners and connecting with this wonderful community of writers and lovers of books and kids…oh yes, and working for a living. 🙂

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    • Thank you, thank you, Eric!
      So glad you liked my Unlikely Valentine Contest story. 🙂
      I appreciate you stopping by…I’ll have to try it out on the kindergarteners I read and craft with…they would be a great test audience, I think!

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  5. I was sure I commented on your lovely entry, but now I can’t find it. Maybe I hit send and the connection became interrupted yesterday… Anyway, your poem is both delightful and soothing. I love the seamless progression. Masterfully done!

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    • Hannah…I really appreciate your taking the time to make sure you commented. 🙂 It’s hard to keep track, isn’t it? Especially if one is commenting on PPBF, the Unlikely Valentine Contest, and other blog posts.
      So, no worries!!!!! With the beautiful things you said about my little poem, you could comment at any time, morning, noon or night. 🙂

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