2 Matching Contest - Love & Relationships - June 2019 • Millikin University

front door steps
nervously waiting upon . . .
what I’ve been waiting for

Alysa Doneske

do you remember
that time
you said the three words

Geoffrey Diver

he speaks
my mind goes blank
while I apologize

Emily Boes

my tiny hand
wrapped in hers
squeezing

Emily Boes

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front door steps
nervously waiting upon . . .
what I’ve been waiting for

 

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he speaks
my mind goes blank
while I apologize

 

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front door steps
nervously waiting upon . . .
what I’ve been waiting for

top quarter champion

 

TOP half Chamption

I see you driving
with the boy I love
and I am like . . . HAIKU!

 

bottom quarter champion

I see you driving
with the boy I love
and I am like . . . HAIKU!

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I see you driving
with the boy I love
and I am like . . . HAIKU!

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a familiar smell
takes her back . . .
a cemetery

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screen illuminates on my face
waiting for a reply
. . . i fear i’ve been ghosted

Geoffrey Diver

I see you driving
with the boy I love
and I am like . . . HAIKU!

Raisa Zamacona

a familiar smell
takes her back . . .
a cemetery

Alysa Doneske

throwing her necklace into the casket

Emily Boes

 

TOP half champion

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I see you driving
with the boy I love
and I am like . . . HAIKU!

 

 

Page Champion & GRAND CHAMPION
 

the rainbow stands as if you are here

 

 

the rainbow stands as if you are here

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BOTTOM half champion

the crack in the cave
projects moonlight
on your face

Geoffrey Diver

sparks
gazing on a smile
lights a fire

Emily Boes

warm sun
soft lips
pressed against mine

Emily Boes

a sudden kiss
frightens her soul
a teardrop forms

Alysa Doneske

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the crack in the cave
projects moonlight
on your face

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warm sun
soft lips
pressed against mine

 

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the crack in the cave
projects moonlight
on your face

top quarter champion

 

BOTTOM half champion

the rainbow stands as if you are here

 

bottom quarter champion

the rainbow stands as if you are here

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his secret lover
speaks out
to Her

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the rainbow stands as if you are here

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his secret lover
speaks out
to Her

Alysa Doneske

sweatshirt
stolen from a man
I never loved

Emily Boes

summer storm
with you by my side
everything will be alright

Raisa Zamacona

the rainbow stands as if you are here

Raisa Zamacona

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LED lights
illuminating our dinner
mariachi band

Emily Boes

the disco ball
spins in a rotation
lights on the dance floor

Geoffrey Diver

message in a bottle
taken by the tide
Where am I?

Raisa Zamacona

Guitar strings
a song played
long long
ago

Emily Boes

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the disco ball
spins in a rotation
lights on the dance floor

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message in a bottle
taken by the tide
Where am I?

 

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message in a bottle
taken by the tide
Where am I?

top quarter champion

 

TOP half Chamption

deep lake
painted red with sunrise
coffee’s warmth

 

bottom quarter champion

deep lake
painted red with sunrise
coffee’s warmth

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deep lake
painted red with sunrise
coffee’s warmth

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when life shuts a door
just open it!
it is a door

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the water fills my throat
as my lips
touch the glass

Geoffrey Diver

deep lake
painted red with sunrise
coffee’s warmth

Emily Boes

tinder
an online romance
don’t do it

Raisa Zamacona

when life shuts a door
just open it!
it is a door

Raisa Zamacona

 

TOP half champion

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deep lake
painted red with sunrise
coffee’s warmth

 

 

PAGE CHAMPION
 

metallic footsteps
sound through the door
strangers laugh

 

 

metallic footsteps
sound through the door
strangers laugh

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BOTTOM half champion

the photo booth takes our picture
snap
your lips press on my cheek

Geoffrey Diver

cool shade
draws the attention—
a bystander

Alysa Doneske

the children run
before I blow the whistle
a child slips

Geoffrey Diver

metallic footsteps
sound through the door
strangers laugh

Emily Boes

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the photo booth takes our picture
snap
your lips press on my cheek

arrow down

metallic footsteps
sound through the door
strangers laugh

 

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metallic footsteps
sound through the door
strangers laugh

bottom champion

 

Reader Responses

front door steps
nervously waiting upon . . .
what I’ve been waiting for

Alysa Doneske

do you remember
that time
you said the three words

Geoffrey Diver

he speaks
my mind goes blank
while I apologize

Emily Boes

my tiny hand
wrapped in hers
squeezing

Emily Boes

These poems are a good pair because they are both about recalling something from the past. The first poem talks about how they have been waiting for this moment and they are nervous the second is more direct and the reader is asking if they remember their love. I like them because they both give the reader a giddy feeling. Maybe the second poem is about getting back an old lover. Maybe they are trying to make them recall a time when they loved one another. The first poem is about somebody who is trying to get somebody to like them. They are at their door waiting for them. They are possibly going to ask them out. I think this pair goes good together because the it makes the reader feel like they have a connection with somebody, and it is easy to put yourself in the poem. Geoffrey Diver, June 2019

 

 

screen illuminates on my face
waiting for a reply
. . . i fear i’ve been ghosted

Geoffrey Diver

I see you driving
with the boy I love
and I am like . . . HAIKU!

Raisa Zamacona

a familiar smell
takes her back . . .
a cemetery

Alysa Doneske

throwing her necklace into the casket

Emily Boes

the crack in the cave
projects moonlight
on your face

Geoffrey Diver

sparks
gazing on a smile
lights a fire

Emily Boes

warm sun
soft lips
pressed against mine

Emily Boes

a sudden kiss
frightens her soul
a teardrop forms

Alysa Doneske

his secret lover
speaks out
to Her

Alysa Doneske

sweatshirt
stolen from a man
I never loved

Emily Boes

summer storm
with you by my side
everything will be alright

Raisa Zamacona

the rainbow stands as if you are here

Raisa Zamacona

 

LED lights
illuminating our dinner
mariachi band

Emily Boes

the disco ball
spins in a rotation
lights on the dance floor

Geoffrey Diver

message in a bottle
taken by the tide
Where am I?

Raisa Zamacona

Guitar strings
a song played
long long
ago

Emily Boes

the water fills my throat
as my lips
touch the glass

Geoffrey Diver

deep lake
painted red with sunrise
coffee’s warmth

Emily Boes

tinder
an online romance
don’t do it

Raisa Zamacona

when life shuts a door
just open it!
it is a door

Raisa Zamacona

I think that these two matches are very good together because they both set a mood. In the second one you can paint a picture in your mind at where you are and the setting it brings to your mind. In the other it is just like a snapshot of what is happening. They both have to do with someone drinking something or putting something up to ones mouth. One would say there is some contrast within each of them because coffee is usually hot and water you would usually drink cold. Lips are usually red and that ties into the sunrise part of the second haiku which I really like. Alysa Doneske, June 2019

 

 

the photo booth takes our picture
snap
your lips press on my cheek

Geoffrey Diver

cool shade
draws the attention—
a bystander

Alysa Doneske

the children run
before I blow the whistle
a child slips

Geoffrey Diver

metallic footsteps
sound through the door
strangers laugh

Emily Boes

the crack in the cave
projects moonlight
on your face

Geoffrey Diver

warm sun
soft lips
pressed against mine

Emily Boes

warm sun
soft lips
pressed against mine

Emily Boes

metallic footsteps
sound through the door
strangers laugh

Emily Boes

I really like the paring of the two of these because of the contrast in color and temperature. The temperature in the first one is cool, since the two of them are in a cave in the middle of the night. However, the same warm sentiments stand, since they’re paying attention to each other’s faces. In the second one, all the colors are warm, and so is the temperature. This color and temperature matches the warmth that the other one uses as a juxtaposition. What makes them a good pair is that both of them feature the same warm feeling of looking at or touching the face of someone you love. It really does melt away everything around you, like how in the second one all the external sensory information you get is warm sun, and in the second one all you get is the fact there’s a cave and the moonlight is filtering through. In both, the focus is on the other person, and that provides a sense of warmth regardless of time of day or location. Emily Boes, June 2019

I chose this haiku because when I read it, the first thing that came to my mind is how it feels when the sun hits your skin and that cozy warmth of it. I can see colorful trees and smell the flowers while the birds are singing. A woman might be at a park sitting on a bench watching couples walk past her. She has her attention on a couple who is seated not too far away from her and with all what she is feeling at that moment she is imagining how her now dead husband’s lips used to feel when he pressed them against hers. Raisa Zamacona, June 2019

Thge second one can be matched with the other because what I am thinking is the woman on the bench heads home to her kids, she has had a long day at work but her smiles never fails when she is around her loved ones. She opens the door to her house and her kids immediately know it is her mom because of the metallic footsteps sound that come from her heels. The laughs that her mom can hear are different, stranger than usual… they don’t come from her kids but are still nice to hear because the sound of someone’s laugh indicates happiness. Raisa Zamacona, June 2019