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

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Perc Joshua (United States) published:

I See the Struggle

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

When you were little, 
You were taught to hide your skin,  
Because shorts and a tank top, 
Meant you wanted them 
 
As you get older, 
Guys glance at your butt in school. 
They see it and smack it, 
Because they think its cool. 
 
Your personality, likes and dislikes, 
To them, they’re foggy 
Because all they want from you 
Is your body. 
 
As your body grew  
And mature, 
You realized nowhere is safe 
Everywhere you’ll endure 
 
Men...

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about 24 hours ago

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Danielle Amir-Lobel (United States) published:

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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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6 days 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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8 days 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. ...

10 days 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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14 days 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, 
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"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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16 days 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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16 days 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...

16 days 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...

18 days 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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20 days 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...

23 days 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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25 days 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...

27 days 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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28 days 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...

about 1 month 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. ...

about 1 month 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...

about 1 month 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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about 1 month 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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about 1 month ago

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lyrathunder22 (United States) published:

no friend of mine

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

look at her eyes
shuttered against me
i thought we were allies
but even you can see
how she never considers
my side the truth
how i'm always the liar
making too much ado
how she swallows my words
spits them out mangled—
tangled—
so i dam them
imprison them
behind clenched teeth
i pause and pull back
rewind and retreat
but it makes no difference
for i myself am the offense
so damn her too
i've committed no crime ...

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about 1 month ago

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allistillman (United States) published:

jinx.

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Here’s the thing:
    I’ve never – knock on wood, would you?–
    experienced death.

I’ve never – maybe that’s a strong word –
    faced a day where my eyes brimmed with inky tears
    & my mouth dried with the loss of air
    & my hands longed for a paucity of love.

I’ve never – I knock on my head in the absence of tree stumps –
    missed someone so appreciably that I cannot live
    another...

about 2 months ago

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Aleenam (United States) published:

Why I Choose Free Verse

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Perched atop of my bed pondering poetry, 
Reflecting on the past poetry brackets analyzed in class, 
My mind is meandering with uninspired and unassertive thoughts. 
Condensing contemplation into a tight amount of time 
Al I need is a structure showing some sense. 
My thoughts are birds thinking twice about flying into a fire and eventually incinerated. 
Let’s turn nothing into something, I tell myself. 
Following poetry guidelines is an author’s prison, 
Why...

about 2 months ago

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r_m_s_writes (United States) published:

Bangs

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

My thoughts are all jumbled,
My hair falls in tumbles.
What to do, what to do?
I don't feel like me, I don't want to see you,

Maybe if I'm up?
Maybe if I'm down?
Maybe if I shake, maybe if I dance,
Maybe if I flop or if I prance,

Maybe if I scream, maybe if I shout,
Maybe you will hear me and help me out.
Even if I walk past every mirror today,
Tomorrow will I see...

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about 2 months ago

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Bisan Allan (United States) published:

Why Am I Still Running?

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

1. They tell me what is meant to happen will happen, that I shouldn’t try to rewrite what is already engraved in the stars
2. They tell me I’m in a safe country, “the safe place” they say. No war, no violence, the land of the free, the home of the brave
3. When I question it they just say, “Because that is the life you were given, the life you are so blessed to have.” But why couldn’t that...

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about 2 months ago