I Actually Won Something

Great news! I won second place for the poem I submitted to the Annual Bloggers Bash!


…I’m a bit miffed that “Silent but Tardy” wasn’t a contender, but totally stoked that I actually won something! I’ve included the winning entry below, which I submitted from my motherhood site.


Five More Minutes

Five more minutes to sleep alone,
To dress in peace,
To check a phone.

Five more minutes to eat my food,
To eat it warm,
To eat it chewed.

Five more minutes to sit right here,
To read a book,
To disappear.

Five more minutes is not that long,
To feel the guilt,
To feel the wrong;


Five more minutes is what I seek

Five more minutes is all I need

Five more minutes, or maybe three,

Is all I long for, to just be me.


Photo Credit:
Jordan Whitt


Β©2019 Chelsea Owens

59 thoughts on “I Actually Won Something

    • Chelsea Owens June 15, 2019 / 10:51 pm

      Thank you, Frank!! I know my poetry’s improved since I started reading so many great poets. πŸ™‚

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      • Frank Prem June 15, 2019 / 10:52 pm

        Frequency of writing and persistence makes masters of us all.

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      • H.R.R. Gorman June 16, 2019 / 2:02 pm

        Wow I just realized I had a g on my huzzah… D: So, uh, I meant the right thing!


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        • Chelsea Owens June 16, 2019 / 5:05 pm

          I just pictured you doing a Star Trek “Huzzah” and it all made sense…


  1. RuthScribbles June 16, 2019 / 8:46 am

    Very nice!!

    I did however think the last line would end with β€œpee” 😹😹😹
    β€œIs all I long for, is just to pee.”

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    • Chelsea Owens June 16, 2019 / 12:37 pm

      The true mother’s lament. πŸ˜€ The poem went sentimental on me, though.

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    • Chelsea Owens June 16, 2019 / 12:38 pm

      I was in the same boat!

      …Wouldn’t you say that getting a publisher is winning something?


  2. masercot June 16, 2019 / 10:23 am

    That would never win a bad poetry contest…


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  3. lensdailydiary June 16, 2019 / 12:47 pm

    Congratulations Chelsea. Are you going to spend the Amazon gift certificate or frame it?

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    • Chelsea Owens June 16, 2019 / 12:51 pm

      Hey; that’s an idea! Maybe they send me an official certificate with it and I can frame THAT.

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  4. robstroud June 16, 2019 / 2:48 pm

    Congrats. Nice to receive an occasional extrinsic reward!

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  5. therealmomblogblog June 17, 2019 / 7:58 am

    Congratulations Chelsea! You write good stuff! I’m glad you got rewarded for it!

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  6. Michael B. Fishman June 17, 2019 / 10:07 am

    Congratulations, Chelsea!

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  7. nakedinfiniverse June 18, 2019 / 4:11 pm

    Congratulations! I love the poem… took me back almost forty years when my daughter wouldn’t leave me alone to pee πŸ™‚

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        • Chelsea Owens June 21, 2019 / 9:40 am

          That WAS the plan as my youngest goes in this Fall. And then this pregnancy thing happened and restarted the whole waiting period…

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          • nakedinfiniverse June 23, 2019 / 1:48 pm

            I’d have suggested you creep to the loo in the wee hours before dawn (maybe that’s why they’re called the wee hours πŸ™‚ ) but with a baby playing drums on your bladder you’ve got no chance of lasting that long πŸ˜‰

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  8. Mackenzie June 20, 2019 / 12:32 am

    congratulations- this is beautifully written & so relatable!

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