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Ananyaa (India) published:

Christmas | #festivities

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Here comes December,
And brings along evening amber.
Snow, ice and hail,
Also some chilly gail;
And the most awaited—
Christmas!

Christmas— with its decorated Xmas tree,
Home décor and shopping spree!
Gingerbreadman, cakes and cookies,
Stockings hung on the mantelpiece,
Waiting for Santa to fill them with gift and keys
Which open to boxes of luxuries comfort and ease.
Bells, carols and wreaths,
Gift for the relatives.

Here comes December,
And brings along Christmas treat!
 

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Okapi (United States) published:

An Angel

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

This morning you were fine 
Lovely and divine
But now you’ve gone
To where I cannot follow
And my heart has filled with such sweet sorrow
Now you cannot suffer
No pain or any other
I know that this is best
Now you can rest
Alone no more
In heaven at last
 

 
 

12 days ago

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JELLIBELLI (New Zealand) published:

My World

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

My world, the alarm that greets me as I wake.
My world, the morning sun that strokes my sleepy face.
My world, the family that hugs me as I leave.
My world, the friends that smile when I'm seen.

My world, the classes that I attend during school.
My world, the boring times when I think about "Acul".
My world, the people I look forward to seeing at lunchtimes.
My world, the opportunities I'm taking all around.

My world, the...

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28 days ago

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Okapi (United States) published:

An Angel

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

This morning you were fine 
Lovely and divine
But now you’ve gone
To where I cannot follow
And my heart has filled with such sweet sorrow
Now you cannot suffer
No pain or any other
Now you can rest
I know that this is best
Alone no more
In heaven at last
 

 
 
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about 1 month ago

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alex-bandong (United States) published:

Overwhelming

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Thanksgiving Day. 2018.
Enter a room full of family.
All eyes on you.
 
You stand still.
Voices fill your ears.
 
"Are you ready to graduate?"
"Ready to leave?"
"Ready for college life?"
"Ready to achieve?"
 
"College is important"
"Where are you going"
"College is difficult"
"Won't be easygoing"
 
"Have you thought of the future?"
"Thought about the past?"
"Thought about your friendships?"
"Think they will last?"
 
"What will you do after?"
"After you leave?"
"What...

about 1 month ago

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ReadtoWrite (United States) published:

Don't Forget Me

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I was not
Different
Because I was Indian
Because I was a girl
Because I was smart

I was not
Different
For all of the reasons
That I was
Unique

I was
Different
Because I waited
Because I laughed
Because I cared

Not superficially
Not in fake smiles
In brightly distant eyes
In Instagram comments
In manufactured flowers

I was
Different
Because I was there
For you and
For everyone else

Because I gave it my all
Recklessly
Completely
Passionately ...

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4 months ago

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Danielle Amir-Lobel (United States) published:

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4 months ago

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Elizabeth Hansen (United States) published:

Purest Winter

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Red leaves turn to brown
As sap swirls and hides away
Slowly moving around
To hide from the world, so cold and grey.

The world is emptied, cleansed, freed
As sleep clears the fog from minds
Winter removes all that impedes
Happiness, growth, the ability to strive

Then storms clear
And leave the world so pure
A sky so crisp (and full of reindeer.)
And beautifully azure.

But winter fades
And then comes April
Flowers spread through the glades
Bright,...

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5 months ago

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Drishti Bhatia (India) published:

Please don't be like others!

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Lend me your sorrows and I'll gift you a smile,
you'll never roam alone be it the farthest mile,
I'll make you perfect, refine what you lack, 
But please in return never turn your back.

I'll wake overnight if you don't sleep,
And wipe your tears whenever you weep,
I'll hold your hand and lead the way,
and bring your wandering raft to the shore of bay.

I'll bear your torch when it is dark.
When your thoughts gets clouded,...

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5 months ago

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Katie Jezard (United Kingdom) published:

Our Gain

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019


Can you hear the lions roar
As the metal sinks into its skin?
The poachers trying to settle the score.
Even though the lion did no sin.
Even though the lion has cubs nearby
That she is was trying to protect
Can you hear them cry?
As the hunters start to inspect.
 
Can you hear the monkeys shout
As the trees get destroyed
Their is nothing they can do about
The empty void.
That used to be the rainforest. ...

5 months ago

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francesflem16 (United Kingdom) published:

beach

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

warmth seeps
through the hot red sand
a splash of laughter
dripping as the pebbles swim
garish stripes
fold-up chair

quiet boats bob
sharp injections of cold
arriving in waves
drone of a bee, drone of a boat?
monotonous
distance silhoettes 

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5 months ago

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Blotted Ink with a Broken Quill (United States) published:

Growing Down

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

He begins with, 
---
"Thirteen
Opening here, yet somehow not began, haven't started, new lifespan.
Writing lines, black as coal, broken heart, mending soul.
Go to sleep, find light rest, open pages, it seems as though I'm the guest.
Twelve
Countless hours, spent inside, painting backwards, without a guide.
Puzzling pieces, shoved apart, finally fit, perfect art.
Simply honest, yelling loud, hitting pillows, no longer cowed.
Eleven
Padded snow, stringing words, laughing silent, singing birds.
Reclaimed thoughts, back outside, rushing...

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5 months ago

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Ryder (United States) published:

The Forest Scholar

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

A man
In the forest dwells
Fills paper
Empties ink wells

A lady
Whose life was ill-fated
He writes of her
His life dedicated

When he was young
Twenty summers or less
He met a farmer's daughter
She wore a red dress

She was the fairest
He had ever seen
Wanted her
To be his queen

Another also
Wanted her
A wealthy lord
From ancient Ur 

Promised her gold
Diamonds and silk
He wanted the maiden
With skin like milk
...

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5 months ago

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books_and_rooks (United States) published:

The Invisible Life with All-Seeing Eyes

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Laughter erupts across the room,
The joy of companionship in full bloom
They chatter, loving memories they rejoice
Of all the times they spent together, embracing one another's voice
Sun-bright smiles, star-shining eyes-
All to cover the obvious lies.

To whom, you may ask?
Who is the one able to peer behind the candied mask?
Why, it is only I;
The girl, quiet and oh-so shy,
Presence thin as a knife,
Secrets blatant to her, the invisible life.

Sitting with...

5 months ago

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Thebudgiewriter2019 (Australia) published:

Salvation

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

 
When all else fails, Lord
You stay strong.
When the lights go out
You're the light that stays on.
 
You stay by my side in the
Storms of life.
And you hold my hand
When I'm in strife.
 
You never left when I thought
You'd gone.
You've been here with me
All along.
 
You had a plan for me
And you didn't give me up.
You gave me another chance
When I thought my time was...

5 months ago

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Casual_Creations_ (United Kingdom) published:

Cliches and Old Days

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

This is how kids are raised,
we're praised for not eating for days.
All stuck in that phase
of thinking our bodies are displays. Make-up painted on our face, 
thinking of another way
to make us look better than yesterday. We delay our grades and essays 
cause being dumb is the new craze.
I'm dying to go back to the old days
the cliches. 
You ever hear of that phrase
"I miss the good old days"
I miss the good...

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5 months ago

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Snowflake501 (Canada) published:

Where I am From

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I am from the blood that was spilled in a fight for my freedom,
From the endless conflicts that raged throughout our history.
I am from many victories won with swords and arrows,
From the cheers of heroes riding back home,
From the weeping of widows who only see a slab of stone.
I am from the clip-clop of a horse’s hooves,
As they ride through a bloody war,
From the soil, they help plow after things settle down.
I...

5 months ago

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Ali S (Australia) published:

Pink

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Pink

Sweetest,
I am sure I dream in colour
and, tonight, I dream in pink.
I dream light and fluffy and giggly and girly.
Dreaming of marshmallow hugs and butterfly kisses,
of primrose lips and the flush of your cheeks
As we run through field upon flower field.
We’re holding hands because no one’s there to see.
We’re two idiots who know better than to dream
of the future. I’m dreaming
pink like little-girls' dollhouses,
like daisies and fairy-wings,
like...

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5 months ago

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Newt (United Kingdom) published:

Attack

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Her breathe quickens,
lungs tight,
like they're trying to stop air from entering 
She can't breath
Her chest heaves
as the noise of her own thoughts deafen her.
Everything seems very loud and very close and yet very far away and muted and it's all spinning and collapsing around her and she cries tears that add to the whirl pool she's drowning in.
Waterfalls fall from her eyes.
Tears of sadness and shame, 
tears of hurting and how come everyone...

5 months ago

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nicolerae (Singapore) published:

The Dying

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Oily water, rusty cages,
a paw through the bars.
Dead man found trapped in a
dead circus.

Yellowed teeth, black keys
of an orphaned gila monster.
Last notes of Tosca’s wails smothered
by the fifth horseman
of the apocalypse.

Unseen killer in the aisle of the train;
Hot breath, stale whiskey.
Urine in his clothes, rot in his skin.
Open graves, raw meat.
Like Death come to life.

The love of my life.

I am shaking, lonely,
too far from...

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5 months ago

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100041573@ccisd.net (United States) published:

I Love My Sober Mom

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I love my mom. 
My sober mom. 
The other mom that slurs her words, I don’t know her. 
I don’t want to know her. 
 
I avoid all contact with her like she’s an enemy. 
The vodka takes control over her, and she’s not the same woman I knew her as, 
when she was sober. 
I pray to get over the feeling of hatred I have for her when she’s like this, 
but for some strange reason it’s all happening...

5 months 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 it’s going to be okay.”
True happiness is a way of life. 

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

5 months ago

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Kaitlyn Hanson (United States) published:

Survival

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I fight the urge  

To shout, "I love you!"

I fight the urge

To wrap my arms around your neck

I fight urge  

To laugh at every joke you make

To smile when you smile,

To complement your eyes,

Or your brown highlighted hair

I fight the urge  

To not look you in the eye

Because of just one look  

And you would see that I love you...


If only she'd known then

maybe if id...

5 months ago

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Theia (India) published:

Letter to love,unknown. ...

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

You see me,
A mirror, the perfect self 
II reflect
But beneath the silver 
There's a different surface left. 

I am crude and calm 
To you, 
I am just full of charm. 

You  love me  
I know, 
But my core's unloved, 
Which you have not known. 

Beneath the silver 
Lies me, 
By you, unseen. 

Myself,if i'd give to you 
As I am, your love 
You will know 
Is for someone else. 

I can't be a lying self, 
You can't love...

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6 months ago

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Eliza (United States) published:

What Comes Next

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

What comes next?  
The question looms in bold thoughts.   
 Distant. But close.  
Close enough to linger on the back of ones mind like a class final hanging off the edge of a pen-stained calendar marking birthdays, piano recitals, and soccer practices.  
What comes next?  
A curveball the captain of the baseball team cannot hit.
A pitch the sterling scholar cannot sing. 
A grade the valedictorian cannot reach.  
A question.  
What comes next? 
They pretend in turn to know 
but...
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6 months ago