Dear ILites, June was one jaunty month and we were particularly thrilled to see the contest for Finest Posts picking up steam and strength. Winners we all are in this contest - we gave some praise, we received much wisdom, wit and womanship not in exchange, not in barter, but in the simple spirit of sharing and reading. Bacon rightly said, 'reading maketh a (wo)man!' Our job this month was interesting and testy. And even as the winner was decided upon, we had another task in deciding the post which rendered her the Finest. So, it is with much satisfaction and shak that we declare the winner for June Malathijagan :2thumbsup: for 'Had the Roses Chosen to Wither-----' Congrats Malathi! :clap Over the past months, your poems and articles in IL have become much enjoyed regulars. In the poem 'Had the Roses chosen to wither', Malathi pens her soulful verse with not just the skill of a poet. She writes with the heart of a mother, a friend, philosopher and well-wisher when she laments, 'Why do Ye yearn to give up thy life At the fall of a hat or a bat of a lid?' Such words need to be said and heard often in today's brutish world of terrorists, child soldiers and suicide bombers. Malathi's poem is not just a plaint, but upholds a simple example from Mother Nature to teach the lost souls that one needs to 'strive,seek and find and not yield.' We must stress here that in deciding the Finest Post, we did not go by the numbers game.The number of nominations, responses, viewerships are only quantitative indicators. Malathi's words that held out sympathy, empathy, lament, reprimand and above all example and hope decided that this soulful poem is a winner for all times.