Published Writing

amaryllis (United States) published:

Holes in my Sweater

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

half an hour, half a bite, half a life
there’s a lot of things i haven’t told you of the late

haven’t whispered in your ever listening ears
or told your coconut hands
that always catch the words in my tears

when I yawn I fall into the vacuum behind my ears
where magicians find their pennies, and on the good days
quarters

the fan is silent tonight.
it is every night.

and yet as I thrum with exhaustion,
I...

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bhumi (United States) published:

dancing night lights...

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the sun slants through my window
the final lights of day
the smell of lavender and raspberries linger
the zephyrs blow
my hair into a crown
all round my face
like an upturned umbrella

I wait till I can see the dandelion crater
till the shadow of our planet engulfs 
the reds, pinks and yellows of the day
just to reveal the hiding treasures
that we couldn't see at dawn
they sparkle and shine
charismatic to their comrades
that make...

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crystalline•galaxies (Switzerland) published:

girl in the butterfly wings

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girl in the butterfly wings,
why aren't you flying away from here?
girl in the butterfly wings,
do you ever want to disappear?

the world is broken and hurt,
shadows chasing light out of the sky;
bloodstains cover your pink skirt,
yet i never seem to hear you cry.

is there something i can't see?
how much pain do you bury inside?
you could be gone, even free,
yet you choose to stay, suffer, and die.

perhaps one day i'll...

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Annabelle O’C (United Kingdom) published:

not today

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

the cancer crept up on her;
one day she was laughing
and the next there was a lump
like a golf ball on her neck,
there was a needle in her arm
there was a needle in her chest
and there were her friends,
hopelessly hoping that death
would say not today.

as her hair fell out
as her body got thinner and thinner
as the chemicals invaded her body
as she threw up at 3 am, 4 am, 5...

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SunV (India) published:

Dear me (Message Box!)

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

Dear infant me
That CT machine looks scary, I can imagine that's true
Just imagine it's a spaceship
You're gonna be the first child on the moon, aren't you?

Dear two-year-old me
The hill is the only way home, even if it looks steep
Don't close your eyes when Mommy drives up it
Open them, and look at the trees

Dear three-and-a-half-year-old me
You have a little brother! I know you wanted a girl,
But hey, at least he won't...

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about 2 hours ago

Ani Faeth (Australia) published:

Milkweed Seeds

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She couldn’t have been more than five or six. Her curly hair, restrained and tied back into two pink beaded pigtails was flying around her head as she spun, delighted, her hands clasped around her prize. She peeked through her fingers at the clump of milkweed seeds, their puffs akin to a dandelion’s head. She laughed and started walking dizzily towards a clear patch of grass, holding the seeds as if they were the most precious and delicate things in...

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sunshinetea (Canada) published:

intangible pleasure

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

ah, the beautiful sea.

my hand blossoms out to touch the glassy water

the smooth, supple touch— 
it draws me closer to the waves

as if a distant voice is beckoning me to join them..
Listen! The whispering tickles your ears so you go pink with elation. 

i dive below the vast sheet of reflected sunlight
i feel my body submerge 
and become one with the sea

i am a mermaid, a siren, a dancer,
a single measure of silk.
...

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about 2 hours ago

CDWillson (United States) published:

Bipedal Dread Running [prose, revised]

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My heart is full of complex dialecticals. A web of ideas from two worlds, and I’m caught tangled in the sticky silk. The corpses of old identities are littered about, wrapped up and cold.

“Be faithful”

I struggle against the bands of expectation, legs kicking and arms flailing. Probabilistic reasoning deems that I should, in theory, end up like the others around me. Doomed to perish and become anew. Because I don’t change. I die and someone new takes my...

about 2 hours ago

Blue Jay (United States) published:

Colorful Shadows

PROMPT: Forward Backward

Colorful shadows dancing in the light
Exploding chaotically like a rainbow disco
Light refracting despite the dark nights
The world as we know it in constant limbo

A lively carnival full of radiant twirling colors
A party full of vivid games of beauty and chance
Spotlights bumping into each other like lovers
Together in the shadows, we take a final stance

A reflection of colors onto the ground
Right where our paths somehow collided
The impossibility of what we've found ...

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about 3 hours ago

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raidingyourpantry (United States) published:

Natural Disaster

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atlas shrugs.
hold your breath—
gaea breathes shallowly.
listen closely:
it sounds like dirt cracking and falling into your ear
kicked up dust and tumbleweeds
it sounds like a desolation, empty earth splitting apart with a yawning hunger
drought and famine
punishing desert, running a fever
diaphragm hitting the roof of its confines, a sky too big and not big enough  
the ground beneath our feet trembles and shifts, 
an aching, whining groan of tectonic plates resonates deep under inside...

about 3 hours ago