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

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OliviaCollins51 (United States) 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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about 1 year ago

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morganstearns (United States) 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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about 1 year ago

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Itz_Jubilee (United States) 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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about 1 year ago

daff g (United States) 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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about 1 year ago

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ghostlyglory (United States) 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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about 1 year ago

axhlyn (United States) 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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about 1 year ago

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sophism (United States) 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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about 1 year 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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about 1 year 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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about 1 year ago

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LoveToWrite+Read (United States) 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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about 1 year 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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about 1 year ago

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YayaZ (United States) 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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about 1 year ago

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Julius Caesar (United States) 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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about 1 year ago

4

Neishadatbhadd (United States) 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...

about 1 year 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...

about 1 year ago

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Aryan Chadha (United States) published:

The Janitor

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

There he was
Wrinkled face reeked of failure
Stone-cold eyes said nothing
They were dead
He stared into my eyes and I stared into his
His eyes said nothing
I wonder what mine did

What he did do
To get here
What was his life like before
Maybe he was handsome
Maybe he had a future somewhere
Maybe he was destined to end up here
​I guess I’ll never know

He's gone
Through the hallways I shout
"Where is he!" ...

about 1 year ago

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creativejuices09 (United States) published:

I lose hope

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I lose hope
I fall down
Get up again
But i drown
What's the point
Trying to turn that frown back around
 

about 1 year ago

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Isla-Grace Davies (United Kingdom) published:

April Showers

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

A brief ice shower to start the month
It's a fleeting glance at panic,
Just one short meltdown and then back
To Busy and Smiling and Manic.

And hail is whispering close now,
I’ve forgotten my umbrella,
Duck under candy plastic sheets
To postpone a minute dilemma.

Ensure I stay out of the way,
Stick to my neon galaxy,
I’ve already nailed pathetic,
Won’t someone please fetch me fallacy?

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about 1 year ago

Caitlan McLerran (United States) published:

What If?

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

When we are born, we are given a pen
A pen embellished by our mothers and fathers,
A pen that we will hold in our back pocket until the ink runs out,
Allowing us to construct with rich vocabulary the life we choose to live,
And As we grow we can scribble in shaky lettering 
How much it angers us that our mom made us eat peas,
How our dad put us in time out,
Or how that one...

about 1 year ago

Isla-Grace Davies (United Kingdom) published:

April Showers

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

A brief ice shower to start the month
It's a fleeting glance at panic,
Just one short meltdown and then back
to Busy and Smiling and Manic.

And hail is whispering close now,
I’ve forgotten my umbrella,
Duck under candy plastic sheets
To postpone a minute dilemma.

Ensure I stay out of the way,
Stick to my neon galaxy,
I’ve already nailed pathetic,
Won’t someone please fetch me fallacy?

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about 1 year ago

neo7v (United States) published:

Pop Culture of a Migraine

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Will my headaches ever go away?
I feel like they should;
I feel like I’ve suffered enough hours of constant pain,
harassing my mind until my vision jumps and zooms and freezes-
a camera roll cracked on each frame of its existence.
My every thought is consumed by the knocking on wood.
It hurts.
    It hurts.
        IT HURTS.
The words are like a drumbeat in my mind that never stops.
The pain hums in a loop of ...

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over 1 year ago

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michael.brown (United States) published:

Everything

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

After everything else,
and all that you said
Did you honestly think you could do this again?
Like we did for a while,
A tongue in a cheek,
A language we learned but forgot how to speak,

You've been stuck in a haze,
A pattern displayed,
By a life that we had but you let get away,
'Cause you held it too close and kept it inside,
A fire you want but you’d never ignite.

You were right

After everything...

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over 1 year ago

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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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over 1 year ago

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audbooth (United States) published:

Doubt

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Holding the bow firmly,
I aim for the heart,
Knowing in my lungs
It will rip it apart.
I’ve dreamt this before,
Know the target’s every spot,
Hearing the winds breathe
I know I’ll make this shot!
I can feel the sun’s rays,
Know it glistens in the sky,
Here to celebrate with me
As I make my bulls--
                            No.
What?
What did you say?
The clock keeps ticking
Aren’t I aiming the right way?
         ...

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over 1 year ago

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BookwormAddict (United States) published:

In Between

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Often, my face hurt from smiling too much.
Other times, my face has no expression.
Occasionally, tears stream down my face.
Once, I was crying and smiling at the same time.

My heart changes often,
I have no control.
It is a free bird in the sky,
With a thought of its own.

My mind goes to places, 
To places, I didn't realize I know about.
It is restless,
And wanders where it wants.

My whole being lives in between; ...

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over 1 year ago