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

Published writing

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blinder476 (United States of America)() published:

Hollow

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Swimming in quicksand,
We are the ones who must pick up the pieces.
Hollow she felt, she yearns for more hell.
Burns up the world and shimmers like gold
Scours for more resources,
Poisons the trees, and heaves up the soil.
Hollow she felt, she yearns for more hell.
Neon signs and roadway lines,
Direct us to rot, she spreads and contains
The secrets inside that deceive the people.
She builds up the walls and seeds the dissent.
Hollow she...

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8 months ago

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agustdv (United Arab Emirates)() published:

ouroboros

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019



epilogue; the world is an ouroboros. you begin at the end, judgement before examination, burial before birth. a tongue to the skull, i do not understand this. i do not want you to understand. i believe in loose ends.

cheekbones; i'll cut you in half if you don't stop talking. of course, i don't mean what i say. deviant, distant, detached; i observe. specimens on glass slides, lifetimes reduced to a statistic; this is the travesty in war. this is...
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8 months ago

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Peggyisthebest (Australia)() published:

The terrors of fur farms

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

The rows of cages lined the shelves
Darkness creeped through the deathly halls
the dead lined in rows of twelve
there was no escaping these dark walls
the creatures whimper and cry
as coats are taken from one and given to another
as all of the innocents begin to die
To try to break free, to save one other
is alas impossible, for those who fall are in deep rubble
stand against this fight for the humane
or perhaps, we...

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8 months ago

FayS (Ireland)() published:

Out of the closet

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Exiting the comforting blanket of secrecy;
I opened the door of the closet 
Spilling in;
Warm hearts and open arms, cascading down upon me.
Love brings hate.
Relentless believers shoot darts into my heart
Shaming with their words;
words of God and abnormality 
Hate brings love
Unblinded by the blind, support crashes down on me in waves,
Holding my hand;
Shooting daggers at those who dared to shame
Love brings hate
Though I am guarded in front, 
the words creep...

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8 months ago

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The Notebook (Canada)() published:

The Stars

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Do you ever just watch the stars fade away?
Oh how they drift from your view ever so softly,
So sweet, yet so far from your reach.

"Just one last dance",
That's all you mutter out;
Asking the stars to stay a little longer,
To dance with you one last time before they part.

You don't want to be alone again,
The stars,
They're your only friends,
They keep you safe,
They keep you strong,
They keep your heart beating, ...

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8 months ago

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AudienceOfOne (United States of America)() published:

Burn

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

In this world of smoke and fire,
Here we try to play,
Telling ourselves behind the flame,
Everything is okay.

We know this world is far from perfect,
Yet we force ourselves to say,
Despite the storms that break us down,
Everything is okay.

Flowers may wilt before our eyes,
China will break like clay,
But we must push beyond these grievances,
To make everything seem okay.

Towers may fall and waves will crash,
The sun will slip away,
Yet...

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8 months ago

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RedWriter (United States of America)() published:

Collective

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Why don't people
Write more about the day?
Why is that people forget the sunshine-
The bright rays of wrath and wonder that flow down, transcending space and time?
Where at least everything is open, in all it's grime?

Why don't people write more about the flowers?
The meadows and fields of nature
When everything is so guarded and vague in the earthly world
Why not think about the flowers?
Those little bursts of color?
-
The spots on your...

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8 months ago

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luckychances (United States of America)() published:

All That I've Suffered

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

My momma once told me
“You must wait by the tree,
wait for the apples to fall”
And I did that as others played ball
Seasons pass by
Time continues to fly
But when the apples came down,
Oh how I rushed into town
I took a bite with haste
But it left me with a bad aftertaste
And so I went
To my momma in the broken-down tent
She was picking cotton
As she told me the apples were...

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8 months ago

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Lissie (United States of America)() published:

A Kite

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I thought I was a kite.
I thought I could fly.
I believed in a world so bright
I’d never doubted the sky.

I believed many falsities,
Like my distance from the ground,
And Fairness’s equality,
And rain that never drowned.

I had never thought so many
Terrible things could bother me
Until the day I knew I had no wings,
And it suddenly rained the sea.

This heavy pull had thrown me aside
Like some dragging invisible wind
Or...

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8 months ago

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-writinginhopesofsomeday- (United States of America)() published:

Ink - The Story of Writer's Block

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

                I have spent a few years,
traversing the roads of life,
                        (I’ve tried to stay sane).
        All the time I’ve been alive,
        and longer,
                on the questions
                on all the pages before me
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                                                                   to the wind,
Notebooks,
        and school things,
                and online,
                        and on the back of my hand,
                                or memorized in my mind.
Categorized with the letters       ...

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8 months ago

OliviaCollins51 (United States of America)() published:

The Storm Inside of Me

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I can feel it brewing within me, 
I can feel it surrounding my heart squeezing it, tearing at my soul
I can feel it all around me, in the air, in my lungs
I say to myself, control it, put your walls up 
I say to myself, don't let people see the storm brewing inside you
I say to myself, hold it in, press it deeper down, down, down inside you
Don't let it slip from your tongue
Don't focus on...

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8 months ago

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morganstearns (United States of America)() published:

Tomorrow

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

One day you were there,
Filling me with
Promises of Tomorrow.
I had watched over you
Most of my life.
Until the moment
You left me,
Now it is my turn to leave.
My heart filled with
Tomorrow's promise.
With my goodbyes said
And the memories shared with
With a single look.
I had lived a thousand years
And I will live
A thousand years more.
May not be now,
But I will live again
With the promises of
Tomorrow. ...

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8 months ago

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Itz_Jubilee (United States of America)() published:

Hear My Cry

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Hear my cry,
i am a loner on the face of the earth looking and longing for someone to love me. each day people walk past me, yet my saddened eyes are only overlooked draftily.

Hear my cry,
For I am a poor man yearning for a place to call my own. Many surround me on the dark street nights yet I am all alone. Poverty stricken, sickened, with cardboard as my bed
"Anything will help!" sign glued to my...

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8 months ago

daff g (United States of America)() published:

Flowers of Beauty

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

1 The dainty daffodils
swaying by the valley
always very fragile
and make me smiley.
5 The crimson rose
with all its pride
so far as that goes
before they're dried.
9  The dazzled dandelion 
that runs with the breeze
nothing like a lion
it lets go of all dreams.
13  Flowers are a beauty
and to be is there duty
that's how it's always been
and always will be.





 
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8 months ago

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ghostlyglory (United States of America)() published:

my haunted heart

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019


that twisted hand is my greatest fear
i do not know how to live

in this house stained in red
i try to move elsewhere

but it follows me down the street
an unwelcome spectre that paints the walls

a color i do not like carpets the floors
when i hate carpet

and splits my brain in two--
the dead is mad at me

or this is all the taste of my own shuddered lungs
i am haunted by unsteady...
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8 months ago

axhlyn (United States of America)() published:

Glazed, Glassy Eyes

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Walking into a space
Crowded by glazed, glassy eyes
My palms sweat profusely 
And my cheeks bloom full-flush
Their stares penetrate 
My isolated thoughts
Rendering me unguarded
The tap on my shoulder
Sends my neurons ablaze
My heart beats faster
With each micro-movement
Facing my approacher 
With second and third thoughts
Only to be greeted by
A lively gaze
These fresh eyes
Set me back to comfort
Abandoning my panic for 
A rather refreshing feeling
Understood by a soul
Lacking...

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8 months ago

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Uma Bhat (United States of America)() published:

Dreamer

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019


Be careful not to be beat   
There's tumult on the noisy street
Don't walk towards the rowdy neighbors   
Your place is with the rest of the laborers   
 
While pandemonium surrounds the houses  
Make sure to protect the satin blouses  
Hand them in without a stain  
Or the snobby daughters will complain   
 
When you turn in your keys and lock the door  
Don't make a sound while they snore  
Otherwise, you face the consequence   
No more money, no more...
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8 months ago

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chirpy (India)() published:

The Last Page Of My Notebook

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

From the riddles so lame,
to my crush’s name.
From the dreams of fame,
to the sorrows of shame.
 
From the maths calculation,
to the FLAMES tabulation.
From my friends’ sketch,
to my own character sketch.
 
From that hilly scenery,
to my garden’s greenery.
From that self-made jingle,
to the sights of tingle.
 
From that cornered desire,
to my fantasized attire.
From that sinister nightmare,
to my valiant acts of dare.
 
From the words you don’t...

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8 months ago

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Jackie Huang (China)() published:

Astray

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Behind the walls of a hopeful heart
A helpless soul laid
Her mind was entrapped, forced to be silent
As needles pricked her from night to day

She smiled a fake smile
She laughed a fake laugh
They were formed by her tears

Life shot her daggers
Spears hurled over her way
Skin made of paper, a heart made of glass
As a part of her slowly rips away

The locks hung still in her forbidden mind 
The key, held...

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8 months ago

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LoveToWrite+Read (United States of America)() published:

Seeds

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

                    I walk in a garden of hope.
                    The gazelles, they run and lope,
                    Into another garden,
                    And I suddenly can't cope.

                    The ground sinks in,
                    I hold up my chin.
                    I seek help, but none is offered.
                    And that was when it begins.
    
                    I sink down to a hole,
                    And it takes a toll,
                    -Only my dreams,...

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8 months ago

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Breanna Jury (New Zealand)() published:

Damnation

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

“Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?”
Yes
I raged and burned as bright as the sun.
I reached for stars and solar systems and galaxies to slow my plummet
decaying feathers slipped past me into the abyss


as I fell
                and fell
                                and fell.
 
Is this pain? This searing ache across my skin?
I don’t like it. I want to go back.
my soul shreds and my wings burst into impossible flames as I fall ...

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8 months ago

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YayaZ (United States of America)() published:

The Bond

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I lent my first kiss  
To Worry's quivering lips,
Will I get it back?

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8 months ago

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Julius Caesar (United States of America)() published:

Fake Smiles

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Fake smiles often hide 
more than any fake
personality ever could.

A person walks, smiling at the sun,
the way their lover had done before they left. 
You would see a smile of appreciation, 
when really it was a smile of pain,
 holding back the tears of abandonment


A person talks, discussing the events of the past, 
claiming that they are better now, 
that everyone has been so helpful, 
smiling at the end of their words, 
sealing their confidence. 
Behind...

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8 months ago

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Neishadatbhadd (United States of America)() published:

I’m not the petting zoo

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I hate when people stare
Like this is something new
They look and touch and feel
I'm not the petting zoo

They think that I am strange
They do not want me around
They make me feel like this species
That they just and found

They never ask any questions
About what they need to do
They'll be scared and then assume
I'm not the petting zoo

I hate when people pity me
There's no need to feel bad
I've...

8 months ago

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Empress Unosha (Nigeria)() published:

My Only Respite

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

In a world of
Unexpressed views and pent up opinions
It is my only respite

In a place where
Fettered minds and shackled wills abound
It is my only respite

When the existing norms are
Bottled in feelings and concealed anger
It is my only respite

When the status quo is
Chained emotions and restricted feelings
It is my only respite

When the pigeonholes are simply
Prevaricated visages and counterfeit miens
It is my only respite

When the constricted boxes...

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