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Crazyspark (United States) published:

Social media: Is it good or bad?

PROMPT: Op-Ed Competition

We have constant access to the internet. Instagram, Snapchat, Kik, Facebook, Pinterest, we have it all, all the time. This can be a good and bad thing. 

On one hand, social media is good because we are able to keep in touch with friends faster, we're updated with news that could give us good information about the world, and sites like Pinterest can be a great source of inspiration. Instead of sending a letter that would get there DAYS later,...

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Zoe Skaggs (United States) published:

Take Cover!

PROMPT: Creature View

The goose flies above the open field, surrounded by its family. Suddenly a shot rings out. Take cover! The geese lose all control over their "V" formation as bullets fly through the air.
The goose flies away from its family, but is followed by its sister. He leads her to a small pond he sometimes flies to when he is bored. Their remain there in hiding, until eventually their mother flies to them and leads them home. 

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Ella Hambleton (Australia) published:

Still

PROMPT: Open Prompt

A stallion gallops within my chest. The sword nearly slips from my palms, slick with dread. My eyes dart, unseeing, in vain attempts to foresee fate. 

The mist convulses, a gnarled and looming monstrosity, between the trees. Its murky white reflection lingers on the inky lake, a silent phantom standing a ghostly vigil. The black expanse of water swallows every hint of light, and every drop of heat. The stifling fog thickens, obscuring even the tip of the blade from...

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about 4 hours ago

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Ella Hambleton (Australia) published:

Emerald Eyes

PROMPT: What Came Before

Years this war has raged. Maps splattered with blood have been trampled in raids. Steel has blunted after shearing hundreds of heads from their shoulders. The battle rush has filled me with gallons of fire, my pockets have been lined by the gold of the dead. Whispers float through walls, the very stars listening and proclaiming to those who wish to hear. Hundreds of men fallen, women taken, boys shredded, no matter. Only one precious life drives my swinging sword...

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_ihatehighschool (Australia) published:

Sometimes you miss the memories

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I remember the good days. I remember lying on the top bunk, talking to you all night. Saying how alike we were, and about how good it was that we were friends. I remember introducing you to my best friend and sleeping over at your house again that day, this time all three of us. I remember trying on your clothes and swimming in your pool. I remember the way you limped when you broke your ankle and the bruises that appeared...

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Ella Hambleton (Australia) published:

Cyclone

PROMPT: WILD

They warned us. 
We waited in the calm. 
Sandbags rested, heavy by the doors. 
We waited for the storm. 

I was with my brother
when the lights snapped off. 
We clutched each other and the walls, 
following mum's voice. 

No moon, 
no stars to cast a light
no street lamps, however dim. 
Only torches to illuminate
the grey world . 

A jolt. 
A slamming at the window, 
the gale a howling phantom. 
An orchestra of creaking trunks, 
and tapping on...

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Vannah Mills (United States) published:

Words Cause Wounds

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The open wound stings,
the pain is unbearable,
and the blood gushes out.
Each word was like a cut from a knife, 
and it left me beaten and bruised.
Breathless,
hopeless,
helpless.
You use all your smarts to beat me, 
hurt me,
lie to me,
undermine me.
The wounds appear faster and faster as you gain momentum. 
Each word slices me open.
The blood stings, 
It's hot and sticky, like warm honey. 
My thoughts sicken me. 
Salty water dampens my...

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about 9 hours ago

My heart

RockSugar98 (Singapore) published:

Etsy's lens

PROMPT: Creature View

The crisp sound of shattering eggshells and the sizzling of golden yolks plunging into a pool of oil marks the crack of dawn for Etsy, the curious lizard. She pokes her head out of a shady orifice to observe the burly omelette chef preparing the day's fill with equal parts dexterity and desperation. The chef dons a tattered and aged T-shirt everyday which had seams threatening to give out when he flexes his arm in the middle of making an...

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about 14 hours ago

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Vannah Mills (United States) published:

The Simplest Words Are Still Strong

PROMPT: Emotion by Association  | GROUP: Poets and Wordsmiths

One can use simple words to stir up complex emotions.
Three simple sentences can start a fire of hate.
Four short words can wash away all signs of blissful joy,
and in it's place, a cold grey stone of emptiness will fill the gap.
Words are so complicated, yet so, so, so simple. 
People will struggle to find the right words, and take minutes to find them,
or not think at all and ruin everything.
Words are magical curses. 
We...

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about 16 hours ago

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Vannah Mills (United States) published:

The Simplest Words Are Still Strong

PROMPT: Emotion by Association  | GROUP: Poets and Wordsmiths

One can use simple words to stir up complex emotions.
Three simple sentences can start a fire of hate.
Four short words can wash away all signs of blissful joy,
and in it's place, a cold grey stone of emptiness will fill the gap.
Words are so complicated, yet so, so, so simple. 
People will struggle to find the right words, and take minutes to find the right ones,
or, not think at all and ruin everything.
Words are magical...

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about 18 hours ago

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Vannah Mills (United States) published:

The Word Love

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When I say love, 
I think of a thousand things.
I think of family,
friends, lovers,
pets, food,
clothes, books,
shows, cloudy days,
rain, music,
and so much more. 
People throw that word around far to easily.
Love is so much more than a silly feeling.
It's more than romance.
Family.
Possessions.
Love is a kind of power. 
It's a kind of gift.
One you can keep, or give.
Some have a hard time not giving their love.
Others have...

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about 18 hours ago

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Dava Flowers (United States) published:

Can you Lead?

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   Common misconception leads us to believe that leadership comes with holding a powerful position. Qualities such as determination and intelligence are often used interchangeably when describing the “perfect leader”. Although those are important, there is a strong differentiation between those that hold power over others, and a true leader. In the end, an effective superior influences their subordinates in powerful ways by molding and shaping more people to lead.
    They strive to work for the benefit of others...

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about 18 hours ago

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Life's Been Good (United States) published:

The River

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We locked the apartment door and I ran down the steps ahead of my mom. At every level, I tapped the bottom of the steps above (it's a habit I have). Once, I reached the ground floor, I waited for my mom. After we exited the apartment building, we started walking towards the river. It was a warm night, but not suffocating hot. The sky was veiled with clouds, already tinted pink by the setting summer sun. I held my mom's...

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about 19 hours ago

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Glasses-And-Blades (South Africa) published:

You're My Lullaby

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It's 3am
and I press my lips
to the splatter of freckles
orbiting your shoulder blades like comets,
trailing my fingers down the braille
of your bare spine;
memories unfurl like pastel flowers
at every indent.

(They lull me to sleep,
and soon my breathing becomes an echo of yours)

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about 19 hours ago

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Glasses-And-Blades (South Africa) published:

You're My Lullaby

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It's 3am
and I press my lips
to the splatter of freckles
orbiting your shoulder blades like comets,
trailing my fingers
down the braille of your spine;
memories unfurling like pastel flowers
at every indent.

(They lull me to sleep,
and soon my breathing becomes an echo of yours)

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about 19 hours ago

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khthies (United States) published:

This I Do Believe

PROMPT: This I Believe

This I do believe.
This I believe, that love is the most powerful of all.
That one without love cannot be human. 
That love can come in all forms
That love is a deeply personal thing that should be held dear.
You don't choose who you fall in love with, and you shouldn't be persecuted because of it.

This I do believe.
This I believe, that one's body is for oneself to maintain
That no one should have the right to...

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about 20 hours ago

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seekingbeauty (United States) published:

"i can't do this anymore"

PROMPT: Fissure  | GROUP: Poets and Wordsmiths

i gave you my heart.
you crushed it to pieces.
it shattered below me
as you stepped on it repeatedly.
the once beating organ
now sat in a heap on the floor.
you took the life out of it 
when you said “i can’t do this anymore."

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about 21 hours ago

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Zoe Skaggs (United States) published:

PROMPT: TIME OF MY LIFE

PROMPT: Writing Synapses

PROMPT: TIME OF MY LIFE
Share at least one event from each year of your life up to and including this year!

Year 1: Birth. My cousin Rebekah came over almost every day to play with me. I also learned to "babble", or speak baby talk.
Year 2: My younger brother Liam was born, and I started to walk and become more efficient at speaking.
Year 3: My brother and I would run around the couch at our house in...

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about 21 hours ago

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FALLON MARTIN (United States) published:

Amnesia

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A feeling I can't seem to remember
Words spoken now just dust
Things I once thought of clearly
Now clouded up with rust

Knocked out in a coma
Where everything was a blur
I think I saw a being-
But I'm really not quite sure.

I think it was tall, towering above
The tallest of the trees
With one big eye of yellow
Staring back at me

It whispered cryptic comments
And never seemed to stir
It drew me in...

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about 21 hours ago

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Vannah Mills (United States) published:

Up And Down

FREE WRITING  | GROUP: Poets and Wordsmiths

Two small children, bounced together.
Up, and down.
Up, and down.
Up, and down.
Their giggles, and horsing around,
Brought joy to their warm faces.
Bouncing, and hopping all around,
On their trampoline caused silliness to spread,
Like the black plague. 
Up, and down.
Up, and down.
Up, and down.
The children
hopped,
hopped,
hopped.
Up, and down.

 

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about 22 hours ago

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Vannah Mills (United States) published:

Giants And Naps

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    Early in the morning I leap from my bed, and scratch at my door. The stupid giant is laying on her big bed, sleeping. Who's going to let me out? I really have to pee. And sniff flowers, and hunts birds. I have a long list of things to do. My name is Empress, because I rule this fortress, but my people call me Cleo, and pat my head, because I am such a magnificent ruler. The stupid...
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about 22 hours ago

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Vannah Mills (United States) published:

Hallelujah

PROMPT: Word  | GROUP: Poets and Wordsmiths

Hallelujah.
Ten thousand praises.
A word so simple,
yet so meaningful.
Hallelujah.
It rolls off the tongue with such ease.
And fills your heart with joy.
Hallelujah.
It reminds you of  the king of kings.
Hallelujah.
A word that can be used in so many ways.
Hallelujah.
It's a word that you can't get enough of.
Hallelujah.
Hallelujah.
Hallelujah. 
Amen.

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about 22 hours ago

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Vannah Mills (United States) published:

Wooden Floorboards

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In memory of Anne Frank.

1943
 Dear Journal,

      The floorboards squeak beneath my feet. Hushed whispers flood this attic. There is no where to go up here. I'm never alone. I think I'm going mad! There's only one place for me to go to be alone. I go to my writing, and get lost inside each page. I forget I'm here, in this hell. I forget that Hitler is look for me, and every other Jew. I forget I'm in...

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about 22 hours ago

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Vannah Mills (United States) published:

Wooden Floorboards

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In memory of Anne Frank.

1943
 Dear Journal,

      The floorboards squeak beneath my feet. Hushed whispers flood this attic. There is no where to go up here. I'm never alone. I think I'm going mad! There's only one place for me to go to be alone. I go to my writing, and get lost inside each page. I forget I'm here, in this hell. I forget that Hitler is look for me, and every other Jew. I forget I'm in...

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about 23 hours ago

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CCReed (United States) published:

Firefly

PROMPT: Creature View

A small firefly wakes up to the sight of a setting Ohio sun against the rolling farmlands, the tip just barely visible above the hills. Most of the sky is dark, with a few stars starting to glimmer in the Eastern sky. Wiggling its body out of its hiding-hole, the bug lifts itself into the air and starts letting of its blinking light, drifting lazily between the tall blades of grass. Suddenly, the bug feels massive hands gently wrapping around...

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about 24 hours ago