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tess.a.v (United States) published:

Freedom

PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

If freedom is really free 
then when do I really get to see
what its like to walk down a busy street 
without the police staring at me
without strangers judging as fast as they can
hurrying away without a backward glance
because all they seem to see is 
a girl lost without a chance
but maybe 
if freedom can be reached 
if people like even momma 
can sit outside 
and breathe
maybe
that means 
that in freedom we can believe  ...

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about 2 years ago

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theinvisiblehumanbeing (Singapore) published:

Frenzy

PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

                                         There's no stopping once you've arrived, everything is a blur, a blur,
                                             it's a whirlpool, draws you deeper, at once you are enthralled
                                                 by sights and sounds, and yet you are deeply worried by
                                                         what you see, what awaits you with this rush
                                                            that will carry you into many more sights
                                                              and sounds, into...
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J. R. B. (United States) published:

To Her

PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

I should have hugged her tighter, 
taken a deep breath and held it so I’d always keep the moment 
in my lungs; when she was laughing I should have dedicated myself
to memorizing her widest grin, 
how her eyes crinkled and she looked like she was about to burst; 
when we talked about our dreams, I should have listened harder 
and helped her build that ladder to the moon 
so that my arms could ache for her; I should have...

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about 2 years ago

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J. R. B. (United States) published:

To Her

PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

I should have hugged her tighter, 
taken a deep breath and held it so I’d always house the moment 
in my lungs; when she was laughing I should have dedicated myself
to memorizing her widest grin, 
how her eyes crinkled and she looked like she was about to burst; 
when we talked about our dreams, I should have listened harder 
and helped her build that ladder to the moon 
so that her arms wouldn’t ache; I should have bit the...

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about 2 years ago

2

Bear<3 (United States) published:

One Long Sentence

PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

    Twisted at a turn, you seek what you won't find, every single tale is it's very own divine, you can walk on further, but with every step you take, is another minute too long, another minute to wake, those who sleep now will always have their piece, but when it comes to the children, who will be the first to weep, when they find out that the story had an ending, that didn't have their treasure, at the twisted turn...

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about 2 years ago

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WordWieldingWriter (United States) published:

Hi

PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

I'm sorry I hugged you all of a sudden I know it was so sudden and almost too sudden but I just really really really wanted to know how it would feel to have my arms around you even for a second and it felt so wonderful to feel your arms around me because they were just so so so warm and I'm sorry that sounded weird that's weird I'm weird
I'm sorry I looked at you for just a...

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about 2 years ago

3

Korai (United States) published:

A Concept Of Growing Further Away

PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

dissonance between me and the person I used to know
sun-stained concrete between us,
whole feet and meters between us,
then an entire world, after we decide that we should be
apart,
even though it ended up a little too apart,
because 
ex marks the spot where our friendship ended, and now that's all we are
a single letter, two single letters in one word where we are now,
even though we used to be two people who knew each...

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about 2 years ago

3

ruve (United States) published:

True Aptitude

PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

More often than not,
the rain is disapproved,
never truly understood for the beauty it creates,
the life it supplies,
the assistance it brings,
the melodious harmony of its pour,
rather instead,
it's abilities are evaded,
and nothing but the destruction it can cause,
and the drowns it produces are remembered, 
so if only the rain was recalled,
maybe as a needed change,
for what capability it really beholds.
(-5/21/18)

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about 2 years ago

6

Blankitude (Singapore) published:

Happy Ending

PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

when I found out that
it was not you who made 
my heart flutter
but instead,
the idea of you,
the idea of a happy ending;
it broke both of our hearts

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2

Hannah Taylor (Australia) published:

Resistance

PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

I can't stand it, it's something that moves me like a train that doesn't stop, again and again, the feeling that it won't be over and I wont be good enough, ever, ever, ever again, oh please make it stop!

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about 2 years ago

Mariah Maki (United States) published:

May 7, LIFE

PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

i don't really get the point of life... don't get me wrong, i don't want to die. but i just don’t get why we are here. we are born out of nowhere.
forced to go to school. then at 18 you are pushed
into the world without a clue in the world to do. get a job? go to college? have a family?
what do i do?
what if i’m not a good mother or wife? what if no one...

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Hannah. (United States) published:

caléndula

PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

The sun bleeds out over the horizon,
spearing itself on the laced limbs of trees 
(reaching tentatively; summer is here), 
the last sunlit drops of blood are fading, 
the sky is so bled-out and cool, 
cool like dark water and half closed eyes, 
and the sky holds the barest gradient of pale yellow to delicate clouded green 
to dream-dark blue and slumbering indigo,
and venus gazes on me, set like a diamond in the liquid blue, 
stares at me,...

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about 2 years ago

1

Puppet Paint (United States) published:

Transient Belongings

PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

A storm, short yet thick, leaves sighs
as morning rose to silence, and eyes to white skies
paler than the dust of snow
she laid atop last season
with her matted teddy clutched in arm--
both to freeze, both to be gone--
snowflakes melting to her cheeks,
her muscles sunk into the yard
of dirt, where all things must go,
and laid under heaven's blow her eyes
shut to the sky because that was a place
to never be known,...

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nezi_nes (Hong Kong) published:

Saudade

PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

Take a deep breath...

You are standing in a field 
of tickly tallgrass
Holding up a small, delicate daisy in your
small, delicate hand
Your nose brushing against the yellow dots in the centre
Kind of like the yellow polka dots on your white dress

A big, black, gigantic labrador
Lots of fluff and fur
Rolling around and panting, tongue hanging out
from its jagged canines
Running toward you now
You find yourself on the grass 
Blue sky
Feeling the...

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about 2 years ago

1

HollyDays (Japan) published:

Autumn Calls

PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

For some it's September, and on south it is April; 
yellow up on the branches, orange on the sidewalks, and brown
when turned into a pile, 
red lips especially when it's cold and listen; 
feel the whispers
run their wispy voices around your ear, the outer shell
much like the nature-birthed conches, the way they 
mimic the roar of the waves
and the running blood that keeps you alive;
feel the way these times shed their light,
the lives they...

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about 2 years ago

5

shadow+dust (Qatar) published:

Scars

PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

Most scars aren't even visible,
They aren't cuts or bruises, 
Not scrapes across our skin,
The most painful scars are the ones no one notices,
The marks engraved into our hearts and souls,
The words of hate,
that change us,
The scars that are completely and uniquely permanent,
The ones that bring new pain every day.

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about 2 years ago

1

spoons (United States) published:

Infer.

PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

Works of art, with poise and beauty
paint perfect pictures of things unknown,
And compositions of coy yet truly
honest and bold; noises of thousands of things untold,
With fluid and graceful and sharp and cutting
movements of moving bodies,
moving to tell wordless stories of old,
With connotations and alliterations and illustrations with no words,
a writing telling of lies and fantasies, tragedies, telling of other worlds,
Other worlds of old,
unknown,
untold,
and when they fall,
we will...

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about 2 years ago

elaine.louise (Canada) published:

anticipation

PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

An evergreen tree stands strong by a lake, refusing
to bow to a wind gone mad with smoke and
wishes and memories, but the glass water quivers
with regret and trepidation,
waiting,
waiting,
waiting to see if the creatures below and the birds above will
make the same mistakes as their fathers,
waiting,
waiting,
waiting to see if the boat it carries holds promise or
death, and all creation holds its breath for a glimpse of
what comes next, still ...

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Gabriel Goodwin (Philippines) published:

Dissonance at Work

PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

The metal bars twang while city winds whoosh 
As empty blackness twirls its way past the hiss of smoke and pangs of hammers
Dissonance can be found at the heart of the metalwork:
Crash
  
Metal clicks
           Cranking
               Gears are making
         Whirrs
     
Silence stating
                            Thump
 ...

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about 2 years ago

1

KKMILLER (United States) published:

Ancient City

PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

The tall brick buildings stretch up to the sky;
So old, so beautiful,
Like a work of art preserved for thousands of years;
And the sidewalks are torn and cracked,
Worn from years of tireless walkers,
Like a giant spiderweb connecting the whole city,
Keeping it from falling apart;
And this ancient city, worn and weary,
Holds so many beauties 
And so many memories 

about 2 years ago

5

Nonny21 (Maldives) published:

Noise

PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

Hustle and bustle of traffic around me so loud
in stark contrast to my empty, silent mind
as I staggered through, eyes haunted and empty
Get on the bus, go to school, ignore everything

The loud bus wheels and chatters and whispers
the occasional giggles, chuckles and belly laughs
how annoying and loud the students in the bus are
like the bus itself, loud and uncomfortable for me
in stark contrast to my mind, empty and silent

In school I...

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about 2 years ago

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Mariah Maki (United States) published:

May 7, LIFE

PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

i don't really get the point of life... don't get me wrong, i don't want to die. but i just dont get why we are here. we are born out of no where. forced to go to school. then at 18 you are pushed into the world without a clue in the world to do. get a job? go to college? have a family? what do i do? what if im not a good mother or wife? what if no...

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1

Suit of Swords (Philippines) published:

Talentless

PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

Maybe it's got something to do with cherry picking, 
the way that whoever is up above chooses
who gets talents and those who don't,
or maybe it's just got something to do with genetics,
how some people can sing clear, long notes, 
how others can dance and sway all night and all day,
how some can create vivid images
of places, of people, of things
that seem to have a life of their own, but I wonder
how out of all...

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about 2 years ago

1

sugarscribbles (Australia) published:

love?

PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

So I've been told that love is fun and beautiful, but I've seen firsthand how it's not; through parents and friends and people I've seen fall apart because they were dumb enough to put their heart in the hands of another, the hands of someone who might not want to hurt, but end up crushing the life out of that beating organ, the very one I've decided to keep close and on a tight leash, so that it may never...

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about 2 years ago

4

lindsayt270 (United States) published:

Five Sense of Home

PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

Do you love the smell of fire, smoke, and spices,
of wet soil, lush leaves, and wild animals,
of muggy air, car exhaust, and tile floors,
of torrents of rain, of wet bricks, of mud,
of incense, of toast with barbeque sauce, 
the sound of endless streams of cars and cities,
of wild barking dogs loping down the streets,
of slippers slapping against the floor,
of grandparents chatting on plastic chairs,
of little kids running in the courtyards,
the sight...

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