All writing published for Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019. See Competition

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C Cou (United States) published:

Some Call It Home

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Some call it home.
    I call it shame.
This place I live is where people are open to discrimination,
A place where peoples actions are defined by the idea of a southern nation.
The people here are legally empowered with the ability to discriminate if you are not straight. Be careful because, if you are yourself you might be a victim of a crime of hate.
The canton of the flag bears stars and bars, these bars that...

about 8 hours ago

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AlaynaK (United States) published:

Happiness

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Happiness.
We all strive for it.
But what is it?
A distraction from our worries,
Or a brand new way of life?
Is it confidence or pride,
Or smiling at your neighbor?

We see smiles everywhere.
On our timelines, 
and even random strangers.
Happiness is more than just a smile.
Happiness is waking up and saying,
”Hey I’m going to be okay.”
True happiness is a way of life. 

True happiness is rare.
In a world full of such hate. ...

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about 13 hours ago

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rebeccayan156 (United States) published:

Ellispe

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

By Rebecca Yan
As the dawn comes, the sun is soon to vanish
And you
Like the sun, left as darkness arrived
And yet
As the sun rose and a new day began
You, like the sun came back into my life
Day after day
Wanting my love, my attention, my everything
And as the sun vanished
and returned
Shining its glorious light on the world
You, like the sun came back
But no light was received when
You
Bruised...

about 20 hours ago

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mellifluousnessie (United States) published:

the impenetrable youth

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

here we are with our blue-stained tongues and hands
dyed from popsicles which drip down wrists and chins
wooden sticks sweating corn syrup because we talk too much
no time to finish licking up colored sugar
we’re too busy expressing ourselves with words and hands

we are the impenetrable youth
sticky fingers picking bug bites till they bleed
sweet blue sugar words melting in our ears and mouths
loving the taste of living: our quiet rebellion

you can try to...

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Sarina Adeline (United States) published:

First Communion of a Mestiza

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Rain on Easter Sunday,
Children play in the pews,
Singing songs of rebirth
With pastel juguetes and wicker baskets.
Adults sit with backs crucified
To the wooden benches.
 
En este momento, I dance on the bridge
Between Navajo Reservation and Gringolandia,
Arizona sand at the seams.
I am grown from white man’s flesh and brown
Woman’s womb, raised by deities unseen like
Asdzą́ą́ Nádleehé: the woman who changes.
But my heart longs to know la otra mitad, and...

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1 day ago

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Anjali (United States) published:

tell me

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3 days ago

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Eva Iskhakova (United States) published:

why do we love?

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Why do we love? 
Strip ourselves down to nothing, 
but our relentless hearts, 
baring all our deepest desires, 
for a simple and yet, 
powerful, four letter word, 
coined by authors and poets, 
and frankly overused, 
by everyday people like us. 
Some may say that love, 
is worth the pain it causes, 
and that without it, 
humans would be 
despairing useless creatures, 
searching aimlessly for 
an inkling of hope in life, 
but the way I see it, 
life, and love, 
are...

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3 days ago

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morganstearns (United States) published:

Tomorrow

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

One day you were there,
Filling me with
Promises of Tomorrow.
I had watched over you
Most of my life. 

Until the moment
You left me,
Now it is my turn to leave.

My heart filled with
Tomorrow's promise.
With my goodbyes said
And the memories shared with
With a single look.

I had lived a thousand years
And I will live
A thousand years more.
May not be now,
But I will live again
With the promises of
Tomorrow.
...

3 days ago

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My Little Writing Corner (Latvia) published:

Translucent thoughts

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

The empty road, and neon signs,
Reflecting on the sidewalk.
The "Please don't hurt me" on my lips
Still waiting to be said

My eyes that shimmer in the dark 
And pen that writes these lines
I sit and wonder, how and when
My life could have been different
The people that I could have met
I don't know what I'm saying

And if you're reading this, forgive me,
Dear stranger, please forgive me!
Am I a stranger to myself? ...

3 days ago

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Maggie_russo3 (United States) published:

Always

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

We fight and we fight and
We fight and we fight
Nothing changes
And we can’t make it right

My friends always ask me why I can’t just leave
I tell them the reason and they just won’t believe
They call me naive
But I still love him
No matter what he does to me
I still love him
I don’t know why they can’t see
I still love him

He can yell
He can scream
He can shut the...

3 days ago

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Gupdoodle (United States) published:

​An Ode to Spring

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

An Ode to Spring
beautiful playful flowers
sky a canvas of blue
singing birds perched upon a fence taunting each other
everlasting lushes forest a burst of green
bike rides that are so plentiful and astonishing it's almost fake
Nothing about you is artificial it's naturally sweet
your like every vibrant color in the rainbow splashed onto your landscape
The life and joy you forecasting around the world in a warm embrace
The feel of your sun beating on my...

4 days ago

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ellie22 (United States) published:

An Ode to the Patron Saints of Girls in Pain (or: This One's For Lucy, Agatha, and Maria Goretti)

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

The woman with hay, unlit, at her feet
Laughs at the men who, dumbfounded, gape
At this witch that won't die--she stares daggers back.
All, listen to Lucia, the virgin on trial:
"Your oxen are weak, your chains useless!
Only two things can defeat me: my faith,
And observing this pathetic show any longer."
Praise to the woman with blue orbs resting in her palms; with them,
She watches the girls who look out for themselves

                and she...

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5 days ago

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Scott.Mcgavery31 (United States) published:

Show Me How

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Show me how you live.
I'm intrigued to see how you are different from me.
Your religious practices shape you, but so do mine.
We both breathe
      eat
          drink
              sleep
          think
      love
So show me how you live
And what puts you at a higher standing to tell others what they can and can't do?
How they ...

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5 days ago

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isabelle13 (United States) published:

Look Up

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Around the world
There is a disease
I don’t know if it’s twirled
With such a strong breeze
To the place where you are surviving
But I’ll assume that it hit
Because one alone can’t stop it’s thriving
And bit by bit, people can’t quit.

The pictures and the texting
Are always ruining the moment
But no one can stop looking down at the ring
That makes the instant stolen
No one even realizes that the small machine
Is now...

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5 days ago

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summerrose (Australia) published:

i am

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

and so the rain falls
to the pitter patter beat
of my heart.

droning on
like a silent echo-
i am.
        i am.
                i am.

and to this
day. i am
unsure, of what
it holds behind
this single phrase.
yet it echoes on
in my mind. for
i am
        i am
                 i am.

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6 days ago

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ALangford (United Kingdom) published:

last supper 05/02

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

how can I commemorate you except in your own strange
confessionals: a tread as light as insect wings,
the whisper of your cool thigh on mine, black jeans
and pleated fabric catching at the seams,
filling empty space.
 
honesty spills through the silence between us
like light through split curtains
and i am thinking of times foregone with age.
the way you held me, swung me into a
ripening sky – and the way you reach for me now, ...

6 days ago

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Hannoodle (United States) published:

The World in Lilac

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Purples
From grapes
To rotting cherries
A color that is everywhere
From the sky above the setting sun
To the bruise on the peach you bit into this morning
the smell of lilacs and lavender blossoms fill the air
They take you on a journey
Around the world in 80 seconds
Until you meet up with sun falling into ocean
Gone until it swings around again when it's time to wake us all
But by the time it does you...

6 days ago

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Write_the_Write_way (United States) published:

Unity

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Bear fruit to the barrier
To forever bare 
More sentient beings
Into homely Earth.

Transcend into endless giving
From material sin,
Breathe in
And love all the daises and the weeds,
For all
Breathe out life-
The breath of tranquility-
Breathe out curses 
Release them and 
Let the Earth quake in protest,
Then protect the living of the Earth
And live the true womb,
That from one-
Blooms.

Love your own kind more so,
For you are of each other ...

6 days ago

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Rebekkah Beaver (United States) published:

Her...

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

She sits by the window, as she waits,
The wind blew tossing her like a piece of paper,
She was weak, she didn't want to feel this way,
As she waited for a day that never came, she opened her eyes,

The day she opened her eyes there was no longer a tornado spinning around in her mind,
For the tornado had become her,
Taking away what she most wished for,
But still she waited,
As she slowly faded away...

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6 days ago

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dreamisms (United States) published:

to the one i have wronged

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

i.

this is an apology
for all the times i have dreamt 
of what it would be like
to touch, to kiss, to hold
a boy, a girl

a person.

my heart is a budding rose, 
violent red and burning with passion. 
i have tried to contain it,
but it has grown too strong.
it no longer wants to
obey.

(i'm sorry)

please know
i never mean to fall in love.

ii.

this is an apology
for all the ways in...

6 days ago

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Ella R B (United States) published:

You

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I saw you last year. No one told me you’d have your
Throat sliced open to put in the tube. They told
Me you’d be dying so I don’t know why I
Couldn’t look at you, and I don’t know
Why I couldn’t stay by your bed
But I left. I’m sorry.

I dreamt of you last year. You were dressed as ever
Like Leonard Astor when he dies to save Peter Pan. You
Could fly. You flew above your...

6 days ago

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xxdani101xx (United States) published:

How different are we?

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Different species, yet still very similar.
We can learn, and we can teach.
We can pray, and we can preach.
They can sit, and they can stay.
They can learn, and they can play.
Together we can grow, together we can know.
Overtime we all evolve, learning more and getting strong.
Different species, similar structures.
We may vary, but we function nearly the same.

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6 days ago

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Clarissa Pantoja (United States) published:

Weekday

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Its 7am 
Waking up next to him is such a blessing, I wake up, go to school and say goodbye. 

Its 10am 
I think about him a lot maybe too much like what is he doing or how is he feeling rather than focus in myself and simply giving myself space. My inner thoughts try to take over me. It’s always about him never about me. 

Its 12pm 
It’s been a long day, he brings me my lunch and gets...

6 days ago

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terra0624 (United States) published:

She

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

She caught my eye
For the first time
Her presence illuminates her reflection
Her eyes sparkle with determination
Her tough hands bear marks of a veteran
Her allure may seem transparent
Simply beautiful as she is
A long time before she realizes
Watching her fight life’s malicious monsters
Mistakes turn into opportunities to become stronger
Helped her wings
To bear the stings
Disinfect her ugly doubts
That once inflicted pain throughout
Now have met knuckles of calloused hands
On solid...

6 days ago

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Nova B. Williamson (United States) published:

Unconventional

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

she sits on the worn bridge railing,
    her feet without shoes
 and her hair astray,
       the breeze withers around her carrying the remains of a crisp fall day,
                    the town records-keeper observes the girl,
a sight so bizarre to his virgin eyes,
                            his suit is pressed perfectly to his toned body,
the leather of his shoes polished and primed leaving stiff footprints across the grass,
       ...

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7 days ago