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

Published writing

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Hazelnut (United States of America)() published:

The color red

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

The color red
The burning color of a rose
The way a heart beats
The light kisses of the sun
The soft flicker of a candle
The blush that heats your face
The way the sky lights up at night

The (book) ending
Have you ever had that feeling
When you’ve been sent back to your own world,
Where reality is suddenly thrust upon you,
And the things you’ve cared about are ripped away and
You’re left sitting there in...

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8 months ago

Hazelnut (United States of America)() published:

The color red

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

The burning color of a rose
The way a heart beats
The light kisses of the sun
The soft flicker of a candle
The blush that heats your face
The way the sky lights up at night

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8 months ago

spw (Canada)() published:

Silence is the Loudest Cry

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Silence is the loudest cry,
After she's been hurt. 
Pain and rage fly to the sky,
And wither beneath the dirt. 

The quiet air can suffocate,
It rings on in your ear.
The sound of nothing is full of hate,
Starting after a single tear. 

A scream or shout are not as loud,
As the stillness wrapped around. 
For her silence isn't announced aloud,
She doesn't dare make a sound. 

You've stabbed her back and twisted the knife,
A pain...

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8 months ago

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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 of their 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...

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8 months ago

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KATIE FREEMAN (United States of America)() published:

your body is your home

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

It's a mental struggle. I am making myself sicker by the day, shoveling immense amounts of food into my overworked stomach. I can feel my body rejecting me; I spin in fatigue as the pressure in my abdomen doubles and it's not that I want to die, but I don't want to endure this pain anymore. I wonder what it would be like to not have a body, just to be a free spirit roaming the earth unchained of pain,...

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8 months ago

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Camila (United States of America)() published:

The Sun in Her Hair, a Halo

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

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There was a blizzard, they said, when the gift came. Just white upon white upon white and here, a miracle. Somewhere, a dream being born. Miracle for something to come alive in the stinging cold--at the center of a bleached world. Miracle, and a gift, for a dream to be born a hair shy of the bells tolling. Counting down to the end
2.
of this life. When the snows melted back into clouds. Into the colors of eggs...

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8 months ago

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aubree_taylor (United States of America)() published:

Awakening

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

The golden hour- where everything changes.
In a moments time nature turns from monotony,
finding itself embraced in the radiance of light.

Trees turn their face to the warmth.
Every inch lit,
humbly blushing a deep emerald.

Fields, whose only noticeable quality had been that of being yellow,
    turn to liquid gold-
flowing... dancing...
rejoicing in the light that brought them such beauty and pleasure.

But the sky- the sky awakens.
Fading into fire.
Bleeding without pain,
    blending without water. ...

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8 months ago

A Breath Into Silence (United States of America)() published:

insomnia

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

 i wish you could tell me what i am doing wrong
because the sky is falling down
and a long time ago the world was bright
and the sun shot golden thread through windowpanes but
now it has fled down behind the horizon, leaving me in
the darkness to wait out the night

i wish you could tell me when i started this downward spiral
because i can't remember before
and i can't imagine an after
and i can't imagine...

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8 months ago

Kennedy W. (United States of America)() published:

Fast Food Desert

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

It all started with a proposal
of expansion,
no one thought anything of it
until things started to disappear.

These just weren't any ordinary
things,
they were well established businesses,
buildings with personality,
and seemingly reliability.

Reliability that would guarantee 
that your soul
and your stomach would be filled up,
with the tasty satisfaction that it deserved.

These buildings vanished
off of the side of the road,
some left as mysteriously as they arrived,
while others left with parting notes.
...

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8 months ago

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Eva Cheney (Jordan)() published:

Drama

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Drama 
Some think of it as a person,
Or a subject,
I like to think of it as a knot,
We are all strings,
It offers you social riches,
Friends,
power,
You agree,
But you are no more free,
You are trapped in a knot,
If you struggle it tightens,
It pulls you helplessly it to the knot,
You could fight,
And end in deeper trouble,
Or you could ignore it,
But either way you end in the ever tightening...

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8 months ago

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Bisan Allan (United States of America)() 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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8 months 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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8 months 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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8 months 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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8 months 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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8 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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8 months ago

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soumiavellanki (United States of America)() 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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8 months 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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8 months ago

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adlyn (United States of America)() 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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8 months ago

Cavendon (United States of America)() 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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8 months ago

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Opal Drop (United States of America)() 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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8 months ago

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Chill (United States of America)() 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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8 months ago

Chill (United States of America)() 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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8 months ago

oliviajcastro (United States of America)() 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

8 months 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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8 months ago