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

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condensed_chaos_ (Nepal)() published:

Wishing I was gone

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Wishing I was gone,
To the beautiful realm,
Of fragrant grass,
Of pristine skies.

Wishing I was gone,
To the memorable realm,
Of beautiful people,
Of sweet moments.

Wishing I was gone,
To the immortal realm,
Of thundering skies,
Of rejuvenating rain.

Wishing I was gone,
To the untold realm,
Of countless fantasies,
Of rare encounters.

Wishing I was gone,
To the surreal realm,
Of happy times,
Of actual realities.

Wishing I was gone,
Forevermore,
Out of reach, out of...

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12 months ago

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AtLeilaWriter (United States of America)() published:

Everyday Drowning

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

The sand beneath my toes pulls me closer to earth
She holds me tight against the waves the roll over my body
My head meets the surface and air rushes to replace water
My thoughts are cloudy like the gray, directionless sky
Cold water lapping in time with my strangled breaths
Drowned by the sounds of children swimming in low tide
Maybe if I hold on someone will come for me
I go down again, confusion and panic not showing...

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12 months ago

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TheLittleElephant23 (United States of America)() published:

Poem About The Poet

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

People assume
Everything.

That a poet
Can only write about
Stars in the sky
And rain falling down.

That you can fall asleep to our words
And their tranquil rhythm.

That we follow rules
5 syllables
7 syllables
5 syllables.

Or we write sonnets.

Nah.
Poets change the world.
Go in guns blazing
And actually say
What the heck is wrong
With our world.

We use words
And their raw power.
We use the fact
That words are stronger
Than...

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12 months ago

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thoughtcatalog (Australia)() published:

Weak

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

No matter how hard I try
from the thick to the thin
my blood, sweat and tears
almost filled up in a tin

Eyes blue then black
muffled voices everywhere being said
crying bloody tears of hope
just want a bullet straight through my head

Today, tomorrow or never 
wherever I may be 
the weakness i have felt
in my perspective you will see
 

12 months ago

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avocado (Australia)() published:

My Happy Boy

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Happy boy,
tell me where you hide.
Share with me your feelings,
and delve within your mind.
Speak about your secrets,
and the problems there inside,
but throughout all of these struggles
explain how you've survived.

Happy boy,
I think I've lost my way.
Burrow deep inside me,
and find a place to stay.
If you holed up in my body,
made a home inside my brain
maybe that would wipe the sad away;
make new atop this stain.

Happy...

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12 months ago

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Poppy.M (Australia)() published:

Fragile

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Adolescence. A time of great fragility.
That's what everyone said.
And maybe it was true, she thought,
as tears streamed down her face

Maybe she was fragile.
Like a porcelain cup, on the very edge of the top shelf.
Like a glass sculpture, on display but too delicate to touch.
Like the bones of a baby bird. so easily broken.

Or maybe she was like spider's silk.
Her mind intertwined with silver thread
each thought one of the dew drops,...
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12 months ago

Indi (Australia)() published:

Anxiety

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Anxiety, making my heart run at a faster pace
Anxiety, sending streaming tears down my face
Anxiety, making me fear
The future that is near
Anxiety, taunting and teasing
Anxiety is defiently not pleasing
Anxiety, hurting my head
Anxiety, making me dread 
Anxiety, makes my life hard to live
Anxiety, my torment makes it thrive
Pulsing through my veins, 
Anxiety is all that remains
 
 

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12 months ago

celinechoi (United States of America)() published:

Spectacles

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

All my wishes are uttered in whispers
And I wish I could be a witness
For the 21st century
I want to know what the forest was like
I will have to speak in a forgotten language

The openness of the sky,
With the clarity of the baby blue sun-kissed air and yellow fluffy trees
Which peer at me
Like it is breathing (choking)
Fills me with pure oxygen
I think I'll drown in this clarity
All my wishes are...

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12 months ago

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George Tom (India)() published:

Photons of a G-Type Star

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019




Let sunlight, warm and tingly,
mar your skin.
It has made the journey,
from a sphere of hell,
burning in the firmament,
with the gods.
 
Let the sunlight, warm and tingly,
mar your skin.
it has made the journey
 of eight light-minutes,
deserting the Sun,
In desolation, to meet you.
 
Let the sunlight, warm and tingly,
mar your skin.
 
Ricocheted against protons,
in drunken stupor,
with diminishing energy (and increasing wavelength)
do photons go from Gamma,
to...
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12 months ago

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Georgia Hawthorne (New Zealand)() published:

Boys and Men

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019


Oh joy, oh joy
Off we go
To protect
To fight
To form a future for our boys
Each drop of blood
Each shed tear and horse cry
Join together to form a victory cheer
From Europe to the Pacific
Our brothers fought
From Kharkov to Iwo Jima
Their bodies lay
Never to see the light of day
Will this be it?
Will this be the last fight?
Or will I see
My final light
In a muffled fight
Men...
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12 months ago

Tziporah Dorfman (United States of America)() published:

A Purpose

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I wonder
If perhaps,
My tears had a purpose. 
Every beautiful, glistening pearl
That rolls
Down my cheek, 
Encompassing
Every shattered dream,
Every knife thrust deep,
Every heartbreak. 
'Cuz maybe
It was mine. 
That tear
That salty drop of life,
That fell deep 
Into the crevices 
Of the earth,
And formed a gem:
A beautiful, glistening gem,
Radiating hope, 
Gluing lives back together,
Making someone smile. 
So maybe,
Just maybe,
It was worthwhile.
If my pain
Touched one soul
Gave...

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12 months ago

_Mason_ (United States of America)() published:

Forevermore

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Pride claws and rips at your throat as the girl you love only helps
Your hands burn and bleed as the aforementioned wrath of your past bubble up
Lust for life left long ago as you hesitantly realized it would do only harm 
You take and take until every stores shoplifted dry and the grubby hands of greed pry the hearts of hopeless girls
Envy of tombstones low hanging and the resurrection of the life beneath clutching your chest as...

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12 months ago

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Harlow (United States of America)() published:

Sundew

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

The sun kissed the dew
on the soft morning grass
I savored the flavor
inhaling ever so slightly 
and letting the scent tickle my nose

The dew was golden and thick
like honey or marmalade
and with each step
it carefully caressed the crevices
of my bare feet.

A bird perched on a birch tree 
above the dew-coated grass
and twittered softly
as the sun kissed the dew
on the soft morning grass

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12 months ago

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nehalelassal (United States of America)() published:

angels and demons

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

angels and
                                                        demons
angels
                                        who breathe life into everything around them
    who glow like the sun
                                                                        demons
                                                                                                          whose skin gleams like the
                                                                                                    dark of night
                                                                                who love the taste of power
        angels are
sunflowers
            and daisies
                                    warm spring days
                                                                                        demons are
                                                                                                    obsidian and steel and
                                                                                           harsh winter days
                    angels
    puffy white clouds
                            soft pink peonies
                                                                                                    demons
                                                                                dark
                                                                                                                skies
                                                        raging
                                                                                  thunderstorms
angels
            whose laughter
                                    sounds
                                                    like
                        sunlight
                                                                                            demons
                                                                 whose tears sound
                                                                                                like the end...

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12 months ago

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Christina Peng (United States of America)() published:

Painted Skin

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

A girl in scarlet spills from a giant golden birdcage
Her face white and set as she stumbles toward the sea cliff’s edge
Where below, the water whirls like a wishing well
Oh, for a wish!
She peers over, her frozen white toes curling over the rock blade
Into water teal and chilling
Her tears mingle with the rain
As the wind whips her hair into a fury
Atop her head, a myrtle crown glistens,
DUTY, it bellows
She listens...

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12 months ago

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Juliana (United States of America)() published:

Aim This Anger Into Grace

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Did you hear the rain?
Did you see it comin’ down?
Like a knife, it broke the tie,
took your crown and took your pride.
 
Did you taste the loss?
Did you feel it in your bones?
Let it sink into your skin,
here it comes again.
 
You say I’m controlled because I’ve broke away.
Kicking dust into my eyes, you say “wake up.”
Come too close, but I won’t fight.
Aim this anger into grace.
 
Can...

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12 months ago

Christina Peng (United States of America)() published:

Painted Skin

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Here. Come here!
Now this is what you do.
You see where they’ve marked with their flip-flops that trail in the dirt?
That is the blue brittle star.
You flop in there, and you see me
Through the glitter-pasted corals,
Flapping my fins and peering into a cloud of kelp.
That’s right.
This is the reef.
See the tenacious trouts hiding behind the pearl-white sand?
See the sleeping seashells?
All right, don’t sulk.
Your quadruple chin makes you look extra...

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12 months ago

Danielle Amir-Lobel (United States of America)() published:

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PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

First there were only ingredients,
full of endless possibility and potential.
Then the people came and decided
which ingredients were satisfactory
to societal standards,
and discarded the suboptimal.

Encouraging eggs,
friendly flour,
stalwart sugar,
mannerly margarine,
brilliant baking powder,
and vivacious vanilla.
All were put in a cast-iron bowl,
and society mixed to the desired consistency.

The mixture was then shoveled
into confining molds.
The molds differed,
yet once they were determined,
they could not be remodeled.
The individual had...

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12 months ago

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Ryan Stern (United States of America)() published:

The Unforgiving Cycle

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Spiraling darker, oh how frightening! 
They say knowledge’s a curse, but I find it enlightening. 
The quest for knowledge is a much greater feat,
But not gaining any makes me brittle and weak.
So many questions, but no answers to be found.
I find myself digging ‘till I’m buried in the ground.
I have a thirst that cannot be satisfied,
It cannot be quenched no matter how hard I try.
Insatiable, inquisitive, is there no end,
To my need for...

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12 months ago

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chryos (United States of America)() published:

heart terror

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

the world draws its first breath
before you are born,
but you come before the world, because
maybe maybe maybe,
the world needs you too.
and maybe i’m wrong,
because sometimes
i forget to breathe and no,
it doesn’t hurt,
i think it’s just another word for love.

how long have i loved you?
(before the world has drawn its first breath,
before the sun has climbed over the glistening mountain’s snow-encrusted peak,
before the sea has spilled the deep...

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12 months ago

Hello, Nostalgia (United States of America)() published:

Drowning Out

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

A face in the crowd of people that wash over me,
every day,
drowning me in mixed emotions. 
But I never did learn how to swim.
Emotions came in waves,
one after another,
until I was suffocating under the pressure of social interaction.
Some days,
I can’t inhale without the pain 
cursing canals of coarse breathing.
I hated that I didn't know how to swim,
to brave the oceans of everyone else.
It was an alarming issue that had risen...

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12 months ago

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Mitsuri (United States of America)() published:

Forgotten

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Standing in the doorway,
Memories behind me,
A termite crawls on the door

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12 months ago

kdxt4life (Australia)() published:

Life

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Like the sweeping vines that connects a forest,
Their lives are connected by the fates,
From the nudge on a shoulder to
a literal helping hand.
Yet, so careless are they,
That the flames of life are not
properly cared for.
As hidden in their shadows,
Buried beneath their hearts
And lying in the deepest depths
Lies the hatred, the greed, 
The darkness that yearns
to consume them all.
But with life comes a product
Neither good nor bad,
It...

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12 months ago

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kt_nickerson (United States of America)() published:

Sick

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

stick out your tongue 
i can see the sick
we're in the halfway place 
never seemed much of a fit
art from smudged mascara
pretend you never saw her
tug some lashes out and swear to god you didn't wanna
touch base with your old friends 
did you even know them back then
way back when, in the fulled up place 
never seemed to be it 

so stick out your tongue 
i can't see the sick 
we're in the closed...

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12 months ago

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Phoebebird (United States of America)() published:

JUST KEEP SMILING

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Mirthless laughter spills from my mouth
Contorting; caressing; consoling;
An empty promise,
Lead by your aching eyes
As I sympathize and hypothesize
And I try to distinguish
Between the grin and the grimace
As the blacks turn to green
And the blues turn to red,
And I ask myself:
What good is this world
When it’s all in my head?
Steel eyes become stone
As I wonder and wallow
and wish myself home
But the shelves they go empty
And...

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12 months ago