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Amalia (United Kingdom) published:

Once the World Was.

PROMPT: Once the World Was...

Somewhere between Good Omens and a children's bedtime story.

Once the World Was. She was not round, nor blue, nor green, nor lush, nor barren. She was not dry, nor wet, nor cloudy. She was not dark, nor bright, nor grey, nor dim. She was not rough, nor smooth, nor sandy, nor slimy. The World simply Was, for a very long time, in fact, and that sufficed nicely. The World spun on the axis of her sheer existence, and every...

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about 1 year ago

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Dmoral (United States) published:

Once the World Was...

PROMPT: Once the World Was...

Once the world was
put quite simply
gorgeous,
filled with animals,
filled with trees,
filled with clean air
for all to breathe.
Then we came along
put quite simply
'monsters',
because we kill,
because we destroy,
because we pollute
so easily.

Once the world was
put quite simply
empty,
of us beings,
who just be,
mindlessly.
Carelessness and greed
should be our 
enemies,
but are our
family.

what have we done? ...

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over 1 year ago

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Mitsuri (United States) published:

Little World

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Once upon a time, 
As all stories are told,
The world began,
From among the broken glass,
That was scattered about in a little plain,
From which the little wildflowers grew.
And soon,
The glass was buried away,
Hidden admist the little leaves,
With only the little critters for company.
Once every three dreams from each full moon,
And a smile from every sun,
A hero or a villain wanders through,
The little wildflowers crushed,
And the broken glass decorated...

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almost 2 years ago

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Deej (United States) published:

The World In Our Mind

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Once the world was inhabited by a young girl.
She lived a hard but happy life.
Even when her grandma would scream and yell at her,
even when she'd watch her dad lay in a hospital bed clinging to life every other week,
she was happy.

Or she thought that's what it was, anyway.

Once the world was inhabited by two girls.
The new girl took her place as ruler of this world and allowed the girl to forget her...

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almost 2 years ago

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Ldoodle22 (United States) published:

Colors

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Once the world was red. 
There were fires and rocks
Raining down from the sky. 

Once the world was orange. 
It twisted itself into knots
Almost a final form.

Once the world was yellow. 
Life started thriving, working
To take hold and grow. 

Once the world was green. 
Plants grew flowers, and leaves
Swirled in the breeze. 

Now the world is blue. 
Ripe, fast, flashing, with 
Humanity controlling the future. 

Soon the world will be violet. 
But the serene violet...

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almost 2 years ago

The Shadow of a Dream (United States) published:

Once the World Was Perfect

PROMPT: Once the World Was...

Once the world was perfect,
we all would be living in happiness and joy.
Our lives would be perfect,
We all would go to an Ivy-League school,
Get a good job with wealth,
Found our true love and have a great family.
Would we really be happy by then?
Maybe yes, maybe not.
If we achieved all the goals in my life,
 We won't have any more goals.
What is the point of living my life, 
If you got everything...

almost 2 years ago

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The Dreamer (South Africa) published:

Once the World Was....

PROMPT: Once the World Was...

Once the world was greedy,
it sought to destroy and conquer.
It is this thinking 
that has brought us here.
The world has crumbled
because we have destroyed it.

We must change our perspective.

A dear friend of mine once said:
"They say kill two birds with one stone,
but why would you want to kill a bird?
We should all plant two flowers with one seed."

The day we learn 
to build instead of destroy,
to grow together instead...

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almost 2 years ago

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Poohbear (United States) published:

Once the World was Beautiful

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Once the world was beautiful, like a shining, sparkling glass. It wasn't the dirt ground in the country or the cities with skyscrapers made of windows, the world was beautiful because of the people. The people made the world beautiful with the loving thoughts and the effort to help others. People made the world beautiful by serving God. 
   My grandfather told me a story, it was when he was younger and how people would treat a person. He said...

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almost 2 years ago

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Blotted (United States) published:

Once the world was gone.

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Once the world was silent. 
There was nothing to shatter the screaming quiet
of the crashing waves and the yelling of the breeze.
But yet there was not a sound to be heard.


Once the world was colorless.
No crystal waters.
No glowing sun. 
No forest creatures.
No fireworks.
No moonlit flowers.
Just cold, sharp, hard grey lines,
stark against the nothing.


Once the world was dull.
Dampened.
Broken.
Left to toil in the bloody heat
of an angry star.


...

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almost 2 years ago

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majestically awkward manatee (United States) published:

Once the World Was Beautiful

PROMPT: Once the World Was...

Once the world was beautiful
With its tall, strong mountains
And the bright yellow wildflowers 
Dotting the luscious green fields 

Once the world was beautiful
With only the few sharp rocks
Sticking out of the ground to remind us
That we weren't living in paradise

Once the world was beautiful...

Then the world turned cold
The bright yellow wildflowers wilted
Leaves fell from trees
Dancing to the ground

Then the world turned cold
The raging winds howled
The harsh snow fell  ...

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almost 2 years ago

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SparklingEmbers (United States) published:

Delibrate

PROMPT: Once the World Was...

Once the world was of blue skies and fluffy clouds
Birds called bluejays traced the sky. 
Once the world was endured in crowds
Populations growing. 
Now the world is grey and dusty
Smoke pouring out of crusty,
Old factories.
Earthquakes dig deep under
Making sounds of distant thunder
And I weep as I stare out to the skies of grey
And remember
What the world once was

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almost 2 years ago

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AnxiousPanda (United States) published:

Choose Kind

PROMPT: Once the World Was...

Once the World was different. Not different in the way of strange, or odd. The world was full of compassion and love. Of kind words, and kind thoughts. It was safe. A place that you shouldn't feel afraid. The world was home. Plants thrived, the Earth was filled with color. But soon, the world filled with negativity. Slowly, one thought spread amongst everyone. They passed it on, that negative thought. They spoke it to one another, they thought about it,...

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almost 2 years ago

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Unamor_Unavida (United States) published:

Halves to Wholes

PROMPT: Once the World Was...

The first people were what you or I would call bizarre. 
Oddities. 
They had two heads and two sets of arms and legs.
Each had a symbol painted on the front of their bodies
A completed heart or circle.
Zeus was afraid of what power they had
So he split them apart, their symbols halving, and scattered them across the globe.
The now two people spent their lives searching for their other half, their soulmate.
To this day we still...

almost 2 years ago

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AjdinKočan (Bosnia and Herzegovina) published:

How the world came to be

PROMPT: Once the World Was...

Oh, wrath! Spoke the gods and goddesses,
“Throw a curse upon the wretched beasts that we lay down on earth,
Cause a storm in the air that they breathe and evolve a virus in the water they drink,
Make their food sweet so their teeth corrode, make their hand wish it can kill!”
And so it was, because when the goddess spoke the entire world stopped for a minute
And listened to her curses
“Make them two, call them men...

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almost 2 years ago

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AminahMcBina (United States) published:

The World Was Once...

PROMPT: Once the World Was...

Once,

the word was a beautiful place. Every day cotton candy, white and fluffy, filled the sky. Oceans were made from a blue cocktail, the land a green plush. The air was the softest breeze of beautiful aromas, flowery scents and vanilla. The mountains formed the highest thrones...

                    But this was before the beasts roamed.


Now the world isn't such a beautiful place.
Every day volcanic clouds fills the air. Oceans are greasy, oily, and stinky. I choke...

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almost 2 years ago

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Jmontalvo43 (United States) published:

Once the World Was . . .

PROMPT: Once the World Was...

Once the world was . . . REAL
Beauty could be seen through the eyes of the hurting
The woman with the last coin gave all she had
Cracks in the ground swallowed up the water and burst out life
A man cared for least of these and still does
Laughter could pierce the heart of the dead
While the night was brighter than the day
The world was surrounded by love
and is now buried in hate and grief and...

almost 2 years ago

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PureHeart (United Kingdom) published:

Her Dream

PROMPT: Once the World Was...

There was a time,
  When the world
    Was a mere dream.
Dreamt by a girl,
 The girl was mine.
  But she pulled
   At the seam.

   Her memories climb,
    To this day,
     As her dream,
      Was passed away.
       And is on the decline.
There was a time,
 When people
  Remembered.

        
That was a long time ago.

   She dreamt of...

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almost 2 years ago

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megzegzoo (Canada) published:

battleships

PROMPT: Once the World Was...

It is a difficult thing to lean against the bathroom door
when one's knees are ready to give way to the cosmic hole in one's chest
So patch it with a Band-Aid, it'll be okay:
the moment is just that,
momentary,
but it is one of many. Do you not understand?

It is a difficult thing to lean against the bathroom door
when the weight of two vices
(one in each hand)
threatens to shatter every bone in one's fingers ...

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almost 2 years ago

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Mads (United States) published:

Once...

PROMPT: Once the World Was...

Once the world was kind
but since it has hardened in wars past
in blood long dried on the grass

Once the world was fun
but its people have been forced to grow up too quickly
in children who have learned how not to break

Once the world was full of love
but its hearts have long since been broken
hidden within walls built so so high

Once the world was beautiful
but its scars run deep
and its people...

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almost 2 years ago

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PunsandPoses (United States) published:

Lithuise and Beulah

PROMPT: Once the World Was...

Some remember the story of Lithuise, the old widow, 
Who wrung out the galaxies at night and spun stars in the day. 
She wore only a tattered robe, and she scattered planets when she walked. 

She lived in isolation until a child was drifted to her by the little bits of creation around her, 
And she eventually went back to live with the gods and their children, 
Though she always spun and scattered her stars.

Beulah was her child's name,...

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almost 2 years ago

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ProcrastinatingWriter (United States) published:

The World Poem

PROMPT: Once the World Was...

Once the world was the way it should be,
Now tis' ruined because of thee,
Once, the oceans were all blue,
The forest was green and true,
The ground was smooth and rocky,
And people wren't nearly as cocky. 
The deserts were serene, 
And the lakes were clean,
Now it has all changed,
Our terrain has become deranged.
But that may not always be,
For we can change that, you and me. 
 

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almost 2 years ago

Kjevans (United States) published:

Man

PROMPT: Once the World Was...

Once the world was still,

As time went by and the emerald hills lay bare.

Despite the open land that was all around,

It was bleak with no sound.
Until the world decided to grow,

As life evolved seeming out of the ground.

Birds and bee's nurtured the flowers and filled the sky,

As fish and frogs transversed the seas.
As for the ground, and the landscape that was still not enough.

They connected the roots, and stemmed an idea.
...

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almost 2 years ago

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CCReed (United States) published:

The Music of Her Heart

PROMPT: Once the World Was...

The child was supposed to die.

Once the world was finished, Death could take over.
Earth was finished. Had been finished for many years.
This small, squirming thing was supposed to die.

Yet no matter how many times Death reached out to wrap her cold fingers around the child's heart, a warm light pushed her away. How was the child resisting Death? It wasn't even able to breathe right. Death could see the quivering, struggling lungs, filled with liquid. This...

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almost 2 years ago

ProcrastinatingWriter (United States) published:

The World Poem

PROMPT: Once the World Was...

Once the world was the way it should be,
Now tis' ruined because of thee,
Once, the oceans were all blue,
The forest was green and true,
The ground was smooth and rocky,
And people wren't nearly as cocky. 
The deserts were serene, 
And the lakes were clean,
Now it has all changed,
Our terrain has become deranged. 
 

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almost 2 years ago

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elisa (United States) published:

how the night become the protector

PROMPT: Once the World Was...

tw - mention of rape

in the beginning, when the humans began to roam the earth fully formed, there were two gods of the night sky - oxomoco, goddess of the stars and astrology, and hemecox, god of the night and the moon. they kept watch over the darkness, and they took the great crown of the sky when the gods of the day fell to rest.

until hemecox hurt her.

he raped the goddess, they say, on a night when the clouds...
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almost 2 years ago