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

Published writing

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_spacecadet_ (United States of America)() published:

Roses

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Roses from afar
Are impeccably exquisite
As they sit perched
On forest-green bushes
Like a woman
Sitting for a portrait

Moving closer, you find
That the roses are guarded
Protected by thorns,
Locking themselves away from you
As if they have experienced pain before
And don't want to know it again

Roses are forced
To be something they aren’t.
Told to conform to a society where
There is no odd one out

Roses are delicate.
Most likely because
They have...

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9 months ago

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Angeline (Singapore)() published:

Metamorphosis

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Pinch
Push
Pluck
Pull
 
I’ll make you a whole new you
Close your eyes, go to sleep
It’ll be just like waking from a dream
Like a swan from an ugly duckling
Like a brand-new butterfly unfolding its wings.
 
Knock
Crack
Sew
Inject
 
Fill out those wrinkles, get rid of the fat
Upgrading yourself to a better ideal
Getting rid of the past and starting anew
Like a serpent shedding its skin
Like a hatchling, now an...

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9 months ago

Anushka kumar (India)() published:

'LIFE' IS THE WAR IN YOUR LIFE

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Life is an apocalypse.
Your heart is apocalyptic.
And your mind is the weapon to save yourself from the apocalyptic heart and shield yourself from the apocalypse waiting at your life's doorstop.
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R.PAT (Australia)() published:

My Rosella's

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I wonder why the birds don’t sing to me anymore?
Is it because of the rain the other day?
Or the tsunami that came last year?
Either way, they don’t talk to me anymore.
 
My lovely birds, they still see me.
A quick fly past me is enough to spark a hope inside me.
Wondering maybe this time I’ll receive one of their beautiful chirps.
But yet no such luck.
 
I envy the branches they gather and the...

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Emma Horio (United States of America)() published:

What Are You Worth?

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

The ocean is at war.

Poseidon is at the head of the convergence. He has battled valiantly, but one can only fight for so long before giving in.
His trident hangs heavy in his hand.
He is on the verge of surrender.
The sea turtles bury their dead in the soft white sand. How are they to survive in this habitat, where insidious plastic masquerades as sustenance, only to poison them in the end?
The mother dolphin mourns for her...

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christinexro (United States of America)() published:

Fill in the Bl_nks

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I told my parents I would do this. If I win -- something,
Anything -- then it's The N_w School.
Nothing... UC_ it is.

I tell my parents I won't do it, I want my choice back.
Mom snaps, You can go to college in h_ll, for all I care.
Father screams. Forget your choice, it's my money!

I come out of the bathroom _0 minutes later.
They don't talk to me. I don't talk.
I write:

It's The Now School. ...

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Pocahontas (Philippines)() published:

Juan Bautista

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019


the squiggly scraggly television screens
the stars of Christmas day comedy special
the single lightbulb swinging through the crack
in the ceiling
the swarms that sail
in the ocean of next door’s electricity

the sand on your slippers
are home before you

sh sh sh sh sh

you hush the door hinge the way
you see your wife do to your hairy,
teething, hurricane of a two-month old:

like please please please please

lorena is lighting a candle on the...
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9 months ago

Poorva (India)() published:

ACCEPT

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

  ACCEPT
Accept the right, Accept the wrong,
Just keep learning from them,
You will surely be strong.
     Accept the situations,
     Accept the circumstances,
     Just stay attentive with the things,
     You will grab many chances.
Accept the mistakes,
Accept the flaws,
Just keep on probing relentlessly,
For striving hard, you will get a cause.
      Accept the hardships,
      Accept the tribulations,
      Just accept and...

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Anjali (United States of America)() published:

tell me

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

what image can you show me that will make me believe in God.
what is the thing that changes your mind, makes you think, "its not all bad"
because each 
starving child
suicidal teenager
trapped man
and contained woman
thinks otherwise
so which rainbow was it that made you believe in God?
what magical ray of sunshine did you find?
tell me your secret.
tell me why you believe in anything.
tell me.
because i have not yet heard a...

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9 months ago

CamdynR (United States of America)() published:

Submerge Me and Hold Me Under

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

“ I lay in bed these increasingly late nights and unhinge my jaw like a starving and emaciated anaconda
I let out a scream of anger and resentment but no sound produces
Because my body is as broken as you have left my heart
The endless days and hours I spend reminiscing over the fond days are shattered upon the realization
You’re probably with Him again


He that emerged from the water and sunk me like a damaged steamer with...

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Carpizza (Australia)() published:

I swear we're now friends

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I swear we're now friends,
Our laughter is the song we sing in time, 
As your smile grows, crescent moons take the shape of your earth eyes.
Our friends find us a spectacle.

Yet, explaining us is like drawing up a map of the universe,
and you call me the sun-
your sun.

I swear we're now friends
Since our first date, 
was in a sleepy orange sunset,
aligning how we got here,
avoiding where we'll end-
Well...
I avoided it.
You returned...

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9 months ago

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Red_Rose_Blooming (Australia)() published:

Alone

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Oh, autumn tree, so bare, so cold
Where are your loving leaves of gold?
You stand her, lonely and betrayed
Through waves of solitude you wade.

One night a ruthless gale blew
Your family away from you
And left you with a shattered heart
Upon this lachrymal depart.

But don't despair, my dear tree
For I shall keep you company
Our memories will resonate
And more to come lie in await.

For spring shall once again be spring
And birds...

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FragmentsOfTheUntold (United States of America)() published:

Shatter Me

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Brick
By
Brick
I built up my walls again
Until I was safe
But then you, alone
Knocked them down

No
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I promised myself this would never happen again
I’m scared
I can’t let another person make 'love' an empty word to me

You reach out to me
I pull away
Your fingers gently graze my heart
I am frozen
Exhale

You know exactly how to shatter me
And I wish...

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A.M (United States of America)() published:

Open your eyes...

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Open your eyes
look around.
We're blinded by these lies
left with an open wound.

Listen to me
follow the sound of my voice.
Cold and painful,
tell me what you see. 

The light that falls
will soon disappear,
leaving us to the shadows.
The desolate dark that nobody shows.

We see the rose
and ignore the thorns.
It's until we are pricked
that the pain starts to storm. 

Let me show you
Let me sing to you
Let me...

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MyaKeys (United States of America)() published:

Father

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I lie awake most nights
With salty tears carving a way down my face
You were never there for anything
The sports I played
You never once came to a game
I would try my hardest for you father
You werent there for anything
All my awards and achievements
For me to sit on your lap
All the times I fell
and scratched my knee
You were the one who wasn't there
To comfort me
All those times I was...

9 months ago

halcyon (United States of America)() published:

The Great Going Home

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Our Teacher, perpetual conveyor
of knowledge and bitter life-lessons
told us that death is far less humorous
at its approach, counting stair-step years
until it knocks on crumbling oak door.

Teacher, dear Teacher, how can I
explain that the End is not the
dark, sour-rotting taste that
taints the books you have assigned 
in Advanced Placement Literature.

Death is heavy, but not quite 
so terrifying to me as you say
it will one day, eventually, be.
For Death is the...

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9 months ago

ApplePi3.1415 (Canada)() published:

dissolve

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019





Why is it so dark
In the middle of the night?

So the whisper-willows can flicker flicker flicker
And whisper whisper whisper
That they hate you now you’ll never be anything why would you do that
While you self-destruct, living in the past?

Why is it so bright
In the middle of the day?
So the diamond-bird can shimmer shimmer shimmer
And twitter twitter twitter
That you’re so stupid look at you why are you so sensitive you’re a child ...
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Bi (Portugal)() published:

our wild plethora of minds

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

They have been losing their words
Between the valves on the stoves
With clumps of dread
Falling off bald heads
And I wonder if your hair
Is also clogging the drain
If you too became a smile
Lost at a carnaval fair
Trying to look less insane

I have been selling my words
To buy bucolic stoves
And I wonder if your stance
Is still starched at the spine
Or if you gave the floor a glance
And your back,...

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kassuperr published:

Dreams

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019


monstrous seas and howling winds
that is what I dream about
i dream of soaring skies
and daring leaps
that lead to a new side
of the world we have never seen

but between you and i, i don’t
think those dreams are worth the
chase, because who would
follow a dream you imagined over
an image assigned to study
in your fifty dollar history book

why follow waves higher than
any man made tower we know,
or ships that...
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Christy Wisdom (United States of America)() published:

Stars

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

we always told ourselves
we wanted to be stars
maybe we'd be shooting comets

spectacular-
if only for a moment.

then we'd be remembered
by some
though forgotten
within a couple days

maybe we're part of the 
milky way
our names may fade
with time
but we'll still be there-
a basis for many to come
a legacy left behind

or maybe we'll just
stay suspended in the 
inky fluid
of the night

we will be lanterns
to those 
swallowed...

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9 months ago

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neekabadi (United States of America)() published:

Mother to Daughter

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

You are a sapling soon to become a tree.
You begin small,
Fragile,
And sensitive.
But soon,
Soon you shall be doused in water and sunlight.
And,
Although your growth may be impeded
By a gelid winter
Or a dreary drought,
Remember that these events,
While difficult to endure,
Will only result in a thicker, stouter bark
That can withstand any storm.
So next time you feel as if the wind is too strong,
The rain is too cold,
The...

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evvilyy (Australia)() published:

bite me [please]

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

you don't leave an apple half eaten
unless it's bruised and rotten;

i'd like to think i wasn't that,
that you'd taken only half of me 
because i was 
too sweet,

but i know it's just a dream i have 
when i miss you.

though i'd make you sick and every bite you'd take would make me less whole,
you'd of taken me all;

but alas you didn't,
you'd taken only half of me
because i was
too sour,

and...

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9 months ago

Nethyh13 (Sri Lanka)() published:

Think beyond....

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

What did you see then?
what do you see now?
Your sweet smile?
your sparkling eyes?
or the pimples you're worried with?

You and I are the same...
we find ourselves looking at
that reflective object...
we don't know...is it just staring or looking
But...
Have you ever thought..
what might your reflection mean?


 

9 months ago

CCReed (United States of America)() published:

DUST

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I've been broken;
Burned away into nothing but
Brittle.
Ashes.
A hardly discernible substance,
That lingers on your shelves,
The surface of your desk;
Each memory of me hovers in your corners.

Every.
Single.
Time.
You try to brush me off,
Throw me away.
But I always come back.

Relentlessly; defiantly, almost,
I stay;
Sticking to the edges of each framed memory;
Every moment captured on a camera,
And printed out;
You see me.

Day after day,
You try to...

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9 months ago

Nicole Bula (United States of America)() published:

How I See

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

How I See
Eyes aren’t the only things that let you see,
I prophecize that one day we’ll comprehend our existence ,
That there’ll be an end to the constant acceptance of how others define your limits,
My limits,
These development of doubts,
From which born a child of accumulated voices
fabricated by surroundings,
That child is me,
My thoughts and reasoning,
Those of which I’m not allowed to share,
Because for some reason you care,
You care enough to...

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