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

Published writing

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Bisan Allan (United States) published:

Why Am I Still Running?

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Body, I’m sorry I constantly criticize you and all your curves and shapes. I’m sorry that I constantly want you to change and do not take care of you the way you deserve to be taken care of.
Body I’m sorry.
Mind, I’m sorry I push away the optimism and positivity you constantly are trying to feed me. I’m sorry I’ve been replacing them with negativity and unnecessary anxieties. I’m sorry I have not been giving you the things you...

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about 1 year ago

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SadBirds R BlueBirds (Australia) published:

A Mind That's Not My Own

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

"I hate you."
When the stars in the sky fell, these words consumed me.
When hope and joy filled my heart, these words dripped like acid and 
Hurt me.
Hurt me with knives and torches,
these words that strive to deprive me of joy.

See I grew up thinking,
"Nothing is ever good enough,
Because you can always do better."
People hold expectations like their an infestation with roots in their mind,
And when I cry, these tears will fall...

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about 1 year ago

Flaw (Malaysia) published:

Nocturnal Habits

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I don't bother to sleep early anymore.
I don't want to sleep early anymore.

Something about the deep far reaches
Into the night keeps on drawing me in.

The pitch-black that wraps around me, comfortingly.
The silence that permeates my ears in a lullaby.
The moon and the stars that,
Although hidden by the clouds,
Watches over me from above.

I lay motionless yet restless in the satin tendrils of my bed.
Sleep stays for only four to six hours. ...

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about 1 year ago

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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 already...

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about 1 year ago

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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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about 1 year 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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about 1 year ago

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soumiavellanki (United States) published:

Salvation

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019


Salvation
 
My knight prevails through the night
replacing sleep with spreadsheets.
Fluorescent lights on the brink of fizzling out,
drained from constant use
just as he runs on fumes.
 
Heroic elephant, he tiptoes
through glass shards.
Underneath floorboards shriek
in awe of the pounds of his feet.
Bracing for his impact
 
Deadlocks atop his zipped up lips,
he shields my peace. An eclipse.
Fireplace fingers rock me awake
with a “Bangarum” (gold) to
band aid plaster over...
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about 1 year ago

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mo giddy (Australia) published:

One point awarded to each

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

One point awarded to each
 
Words lash out 
When not finding home
Fall to the
Ground
To be collected later.
She regurgitates anger from two days ago.
He wipes the sticky memory from her chin
And crouches at her feet to sweep the words from the tile floor
Under the fridge
 
He said she looked pretty when she cried
Swollen lips
Sparkling sheen beneath her eyes
Eyelashes clinging to each other lest they be 
swept 
  a        w ay 
 
by     the  ...

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about 1 year ago

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adlyn (United States) published:

Nervosa

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

It fills me with a
SQUIRMY
nothingless.
The void has something inside,
Somehow.
Worms.
That’s it-
writhing worms-
Jerking in my stomach,
Crawling to my chest,
Invading my hypothalamus.
Apprehension-
Hysteria-
NotthisagainpleaseGodno-
Expulsion.
Worms battle and
My mouth opens.
Release.
For a moment,
The nothingness is
s t i l l.

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about 1 year ago

Cavendon (United States) published:

Anxiety

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

When it comes to you
I only ever know how to breathe, 
When I feel your presence
all the air in my lungs disappears, 
I don't know how I'd live without you,
but do I really live when you're around?
I hear you when my mind clouds over,
I hear you when my heart begins to palpitate
and beats a hundred times faster.
I see you when everything goes black
and I forget to breathe.
When everyone wonders if I'm...

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about 1 year ago

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Opal Drop (United States) published:

Elixir

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Burning
Agony
yet soothing..
Palliating.
Such is my sorrow
Such is my paradise

Liquid anarchy

Made from intricate petals of
the most fragrant rose. 
Fashioned from the glass
blown from the finest sands.
Adorned with the mystical
temptress of amethysts.
Buried inside is a spice
that blooms with flavor.

That strikes with malice.

An ephemera of sorts.

Not even the coarse sugars of Sheqer
Not even the rippling honey of Ezti
Can sweeten this torturous potion.

Still..
Still I...

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about 1 year ago

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Chill (United States) published:

Black History Month

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

For once a month I am celebrated.
My mothers and fathers faces in the T.V.
My shampoo at the front when i walk into a store.

For 29 days I am black excellence.
My Afro used as a crown.
People telling me I should touch nothing but gold.

For 336 days I am worth as much as dirt.
That thing on the top of my head looks nappy and dirty.

For 11 months my fathers and mothers are gone from...

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about 1 year ago

Chill (United States) published:

Black History Month

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

For once a month I am celebrated.
My mothers and fathers faces in the T.V.
My shampoo at the front when i walk into a store.

For 29 days I am black excellence.
My Afro used as a crown.
People telling me i should touch nothing but gold.

For 336 days I am worth as much as dirt.
That thing on the top of my head looks nappy and dirty.

For 11 months my fathers and mothers are gone from...

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about 1 year ago

oliviajcastro (United States) published:

fashion industry

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

fashion.
expressing through looks
appealing to the eyes of others
trying to please
yet always doing as you wish
fashion.
expressing how you want
whether to please or not
it’s always for you
fashion.
you spend time and money
on the most visual and outward of expressions
brings you together
brings joy and happiness
gives you confidence to be yourself

about 1 year ago

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LittleWolf (Australia) published:

Love is an Abomination

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

There you are,
An animal of my own creation,
A child of my mind and soul, and yet
As I watch you grow and fester I find what you really are...

A monster, abomination.
You hunt the innocent for fun,
Killing them sweetly, but leaving them better than they started.
But in leaving them you injure me,
Your mother, creator.

I can't stop myself from falling,
For you, to my knees, in agony.
All three work in this current situation. ...

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about 1 year ago

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luluwrites111 (United States) published:

love is cold

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

It holds your hand wherever you go
wraps around your feet at night,
and sprinkles pepper on your nose.

Fingers trail up your spine,
hands breeze through your hair, 
icy kisses land on your red cheeks.

A possessive partner
that never leaves your side.

For even under the covers,
the cold creeps in.

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about 1 year ago

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acastiglione14 (United States) published:

This is what I believe

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I believe things happen for a reason.
We all have a purpose,
But we all don’t live up to who others expect us to be.
 
I believe God will never give you more than you can handle.
Every struggle,
Every obstacle,
Every moment you go through has a purpose.
It makes you stronger.
God knows your limits,
Do you?
 
I believe I’m invincible.
Well,
I used to believe that.
But deep down I know any
day,
hour,
minute, ...

about 1 year ago

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Riley Bentson (United States) published:

Vanished

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

The sun rises and sets
La lune a ses phases (The moon has Its phases)
Snow falls &
cris d'oiseaux (Bird calls)
Laughter fills the air
Mais la douleur aussi (But so will Pain)
It’ll always be there but


Comme le temps passe, Vous trouverez (As time passes you’ll find)
It’s has vanished away with your memories
Mais n'oublie jamais les harmonies (but never forget the harmonies)

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about 1 year ago

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NikhithaN (United States) published:

Made In

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

On that small flimsy white tag
Attached to the back of your shirt
Tiny black words run across
    Reading

Made in India 
Made in China 
Made in Indonesia 
Made in Taiwan 


If you look carefully inside
The shoes you're wearing
In faint letters you might 
Find

Made in Pakistan
Made in Japan
Made in Nigeria
Made in Iran


That soft rug or carpet 
lying beneath your feet
will be accompanied by
the description

Made in Somalia
Made in Oman ...

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about 1 year ago

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Living My Life Through Writing (United States) published:

The Face

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

You are here
In this place
When you look below the ocean welcomes you
And the green trees behind you support you
Here to see a beautiful face rise above
Above a sky drenched in gray colors;
And painted with stars 

For if that face can rise above all
It will give you 
a new beautiful life

You stare;
You stare at the beautiful gray sky
and just then 

The face of brilliant reds and oranges
Uses it's happiness to...

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about 1 year ago

Rowan Jupiter (United States) published:

introducing the ocean

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

the ocean is alive, her heart beats in the echoing crash against the basalt slabs

the ocean is a creature,
she lives in the daylight
soaking up the sun

she hunts at night, to fill her belly
and sleeps when she's full

the ocean dresses in greens and greys and blues and blacks

she's always changing clothes

the ocean gives and takes away
life, homes, and joy

the ocean is more powerful than man can fathom

with her mighty swells...

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about 1 year ago

pringleduckmaster_64 (United States) published:

Perception

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

You can be ‘good’
You can be ‘bad’
You can be ‘happy’
You can be ‘sad’
A bundle of truth
A shadow of lies
One word for all
Isn’t ever advised
There are pieces to each story
Steps towards each mile
It takes time to get there
While the journey may be vile
Is it really worth it?
Are you wasting all your time?
If ever, will it end?
That time is never mine
Will we ever make it
Reach...

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about 1 year ago

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Reynaldo Olivera (United States) published:

Her Memory

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Loving you is about the bravest thing i've ever done
Following you on to a tightrope
Suspended hundreds of feet above the ground
You telling me not to look down
And my dumbass decides the first thing i have to do
is look down
And in an instant my confidence trips and falls off the rope
And I'm left
Hopeless
With you no longer in sight

Like water
I tried to hold you
But you just slipped away
And all...

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about 1 year ago

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Rebecca de Broglio (United States) published:

Lunch Time is Over Forever

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

The clock ticks,
And the clock tocks.
Someone’s socks
Stink.

Peeling my orange,
Bright flame against
Gray lunch table.

The clock ticks,
The ammo clicks.
Laughing with my friends.

The clock tocks,
The locks are locked.
Death’s coarse cloak
Grazes the cafeteria.

The clock ticks,
The gun is sicced
On a screaming crowd.

The clock tocks,
And we are locked,
Little fish in a barrel.

When the bell rings,
No child will sing
That lunch is over.

They are all...

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about 1 year ago

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HeyThereRose (United Kingdom) published:

Stars

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

They say when you look at stars that you are actually looking back in time that
The stars that look back at you
Are light years away and could be 
Dead
Exploding now but we will not know that until 
A million thousand years on and
Sometimes I look into your eyes 
And wonder if there is a place a million light years away where that light has already stopped 
And oh in your eyes I see the stars
The...

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about 1 year ago