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

Published writing

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Eri_09 (India) published:

ATARAXY

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

As I arrange my minds’ nebulae-&-planets,
I sedate all the angry asteroids and comets
The thoughts a moon with many phases,
The soul scouring each of the multiple mazes.

Few of the opinions leave me in the dark,
While in few I see a great glowing spark.
My mind’s very own Sun, I should say,
As more notions come to lead the way.

Rising with every breath is the atmosphere,
When shall I but draw the conclusion near?
With swirls-&-twirls,...

about 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. ...

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 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?
         ...

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 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; ...

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 year ago

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Grace Croken (United States) published:

Lily

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Open your eyes,
My fresh water lily,
Commander of the
Water that falls from the skies,
And take in the sweet syrup,
That strengthens your 
Petals of ivory and gold, 
And wear your crown,
Proudly, My fresh water lily 

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 year ago

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AudienceOfOne (United States) published:

Burn

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I know,
For a fact,
Things won't always be perfect,

I know, 
Without a doubt,
Everything won't always go my way,

I know,
Indeed,
That my world won't always be select,

But I know,
I can try,
To make it seem okay,

Walls may crumble down beside me,
Creating disarray,
But I must look beyond these falling walls,
To make everything seem okay.

Fire may burn inside my heart,
Pain and hurt in swordplay,
But I can't let the heat...

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about 1 year ago

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grief-bacon (Australia) published:

A Little Bit of Darkness

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

But by the sky and the stars,
the endless night that shrouds this haunted castle,
there is a voice that fills the cracked and broken land,
it sings like the nightingale and almost touches distant Mars.
 
But by the sun and the moon,
the forever land that circles this catastrophic humanity,
there are thousands of broken people,
they weep like the waterfalls in Niagara and hum to their broken heart’s tune.
 
But by the deep and the dark, ...

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 year ago

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I Write Occasionally (United States) published:

Verschlimmbessern

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

dipping your toes in
the deep end-
how much love
your heart could
hold

kiss me like you are the moon,
says your mother,
with her ragged pelt
and sharp teeth-

you are her only child
to survive the sunrise-

she bathes you in starlight
and cuts your skin,
weans you on her tears,
so you love her-

and you have never feared
the dark-

drunk on sunshine,
your feet tangled in
the meadows
where you were
born

here the...

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about 1 year ago

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
It is my only respite

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

When the constricted boxes allow ...

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about 1 year ago

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Vin (United States) published:

Crushed Wings Can't Fly

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

So I guess there’s a war
I have to win.
I guess there’s this void
I have to fill,
or maybe it’s time to go down to the gates
of hell
and beat on them until someone comes,
comes to tell me my lot,
how many battles I have fought,
how many I still have left
to lose.
Maybe from the lips of a demon
it will not seem like so much,
and I will take the leap,
the plunge, ...

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 year ago

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muppet (United States) published:

Music's Too Sad Without You

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

 You can be the queen of your own world
(If you close your eyes hard enough.)
 If you picture the cogs of time resetting, you may be transported.
 We’ve both been here before –on the tip of my tongue lies the villa
 L’cafard does not matter.

I am not allowed to ache for things I cannot miss, but I do anyways
I am allowed to mourn you in my own right.
To picture at once, a fluorescent night,
Hot with...

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 year ago

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a sprig of pink (United States) published:

wind-up

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

my world
is silent
and safe
i rest in the seas of tranquility, smattered with 
the golds of Buddha
of which i am
most likely unworthy
the sea sometimes
is rocky, 
jagged points splay out upon my
world
people are the points
smooth as mahogany
bright as marble
but there 
are the ones that are gone
they are the nubby rocks
that seagulls use 
as comodes
serves them right
i linger in between 
half finished bottles of manzana
laid out...

about 1 year ago

alexj2002 (United States) published:

Half Whole

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

They call it a break up but I don’t feel broken 
I think I cried more during the movie then over this 
Maybe it’s because I expected this turn of events 
So I was able to build up new walls before everything came tumbling down 
Or maybe he never had my heart in the first place
After all, I am quite heartless 
It’s the same old story with a new antagonist 
“It’s not you it’s me”
“I never meant to...

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about 1 year ago

mardremock (United States) published:

Dreams

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019


Like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,
I, too, have a dream.
But it is not a dream for the people
Or a dream for the world.
It is a dream for me and for my future.
This dream is a dream beyond high school
A dream beyond college
A dream beyond graduation.
But this dream is not a revolution;
It is an evolution.
 
My dream is one that cannot be replicated.
My personality
My dream
My brain
Uniqueness is...
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about 1 year ago

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ApplePi3.1415 (Canada) published:

dissolve

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Why is it so dark
In the middle of the night?

So the whisper-willows can flicker flicker flicker
And whisper whisper whisper
That you aren't good enough not strong enough not brave enough not smart enough
While you stand by, trying to stay tough?

Why is it so bright
In the middle of the day?

So the diamond-bird can shimmer shimmer shimmer
And twitter twitter twitter
That they should look at all your flaws fix yourself you're so weak who...

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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.

I swear we're now friends,
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- ...

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 year ago

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paige_perigo2004 (United Kingdom) published:

sleep

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

we loved,
then he left 
thought he made me cry
though he only made me smile
he cared 
he loved back 
he had thought that i was sad 
thought i never really cared
we took too long 
too long to realise
we were in love all along 
only truly noticed when we had to say good bye 
now we might never hey again 
once the realisation had dawned
we all had to leave 
now i dont know who he is ...

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about 1 year ago

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YetAnotherHuman (Australia) published:

Ocean Storms

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

 
 
Wild be the waves that crash down upon us

The ocean will bare its teeth in fury.

But now there is still a maddening lust

This must be the storm of the century.
 

Howling be the wind that blows through the air

Gusting over the frozen cold water.

Twining round the waves to the seashores' lair

Blowing hard toward the trees it may slaughter.
 

Foamy be the waters of the dark sea

Icy as the snow...

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 fall
decaying feathers slipped past me into the abyss
as I fell
                and fell
                                and fell.
Is this pain? This burning ache across my skin?
I don’t like it. I want to go back.
my skin burns and my wings burst into impossible flames as I fall
to...

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about 1 year ago

Breanna Jury (New Zealand) published:

Damnation

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Artemis.
Moonlit maiden,
Goddess of the eternal hunt.
 
“Turn away from the company of men.”
But I am no man, and when I kissed her
My tears were made of starlight for weeks.
 
“Join the eternal hunt.”
And when I held her hand
We ran through the forest until not even the dawn could reach us.
 
“Accept the blessing of immortality.”
And when I touched her
I dreamt of wolves tearing the sky itself apart.
 
-...

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about 1 year ago

Potato_Chips (Australia) published:

The Gunman

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Dark choking black, white moonlight shines weakly yet blares.
Cold metal turns hot. Flashing brightly
Dry ground becomes wet, silence shatters. Ground undisturbed becomes shifted.
A mass collapses on the ground, the thump inspiring silence to everything.

Smoke clouds the air, blood soaks the ground. Waning moonlight telling us of their presence.
Soon people will weep, people will reap and one of them is getting paid.

The silence is howling. The people grow silent.
Silver carving red and red was all...
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about 1 year ago

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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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about 1 year ago

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cha1133 (Australia) published:

Different but the same

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019


One stone here
One stone there
There are stones everywhere!
Everything looks the same
Yet entirely different
This world
So complicated
I feel so lost
I'm far from failure
But not close to success
Argh! So frustrating
So close yet far
But there's a solution
With any problem at all
All I have to do
Is give it my all
 
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about 1 year ago

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cha1133 (Australia) published:

Different but the same

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019


She calls my name
But she's not beside me
I hear her laughter but she's not laughing
I feel her touch
But she's not touching me
Her presence is with me
But she's not beside me
I'm walking in a bubble
With you're presence beside me
The ache inside me
Is bigger than me
Now that I don't have you
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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!" ...

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 year ago