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

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2

Eliza (United States of America) published:

What Comes Next

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

What comes next?  
The question looms in bold thoughts.   
 Distant. But close.  
Close enough to linger on the back of ones mind like a class final hanging off the edge of a pen-stained calendar marking birthdays, piano recitals, and soccer practices.  
What comes next?  
A curveball the captain of the baseball team cannot hit.
A pitch the sterling scholar cannot sing. 
A grade the valedictorian cannot reach.  
A question.  
What comes next? 
They pretend in turn to know 
but...
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6 months ago

lyrathunder22 (United States of America) published:

no friend of mine

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

look at her eyes
shuttered against me
i thought we were allies
but even you can see
how she never considers
my side the truth
how i'm always the liar
making too much ado
how she swallows my words
spits them out mangled—
tangled—
so i dam them
imprison them
behind clenched teeth
i pause and pull back
rewind and retreat
but it makes no difference
for i myself am the offense
so damn her too
i've committed no crime ...

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6 months ago

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allistillman (United States of America) published:

jinx.

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Here’s the thing:
    I’ve never – knock on wood, would you?–
    experienced death.

I’ve never – maybe that’s a strong word –
    faced a day where my eyes brimmed with inky tears
    & my mouth dried with the loss of air
    & my hands longed for a paucity of love.

I’ve never – I knock on my head in the absence of tree stumps –
    missed someone so appreciably that I cannot live
    another...

7 months ago

Aleenam (United States of America) published:

Why I Choose Free Verse

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Perched atop of my bed pondering poetry, 
Reflecting on the past poetry brackets analyzed in class, 
My mind is meandering with uninspired and unassertive thoughts. 
Condensing contemplation into a tight amount of time 
Al I need is a structure showing some sense. 
My thoughts are birds thinking twice about flying into a fire and eventually incinerated. 
Let’s turn nothing into something, I tell myself. 
Following poetry guidelines is an author’s prison, 
Why...

7 months ago

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r_m_s_writes (United States of America) published:

Bangs

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

My thoughts are all jumbled,
My hair falls in tumbles.
What to do, what to do?
I don't feel like me, I don't want to see you,

Maybe if I'm up?
Maybe if I'm down?
Maybe if I shake, maybe if I dance,
Maybe if I flop or if I prance,

Maybe if I scream, maybe if I shout,
Maybe you will hear me and help me out.
Even if I walk past every mirror today,
Tomorrow will I see...

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7 months ago

1

Bisan Allan (United States of America) published:

Why Am I Still Running?

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

1. They tell me what is meant to happen will happen, that I shouldn’t try to rewrite what is already engraved in the stars
2. They tell me I’m in a safe country, “the safe place” they say. No war, no violence, the land of the free, the home of the brave
3. When I question it they just say, “Because that is the life you were given, the life you are so blessed to have.” But why couldn’t that...

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7 months ago

1

carsen.codel (United States of America) published:

The universAl lAnGuAGe

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

TATAA

TAC

no mATTer whAT speCies
plAnT
AnimAl
bACTeriA
ArChAeA
Any livinG ThinG on This eArTh
knows ThAT ThAT line of Code siGnAls The sTArT of A Gene.

A sTArT of A senTenCe.

A messAGe follows.
eACh one unique,
sprAwlinG forwArd in A Gush of insTruCTions
for CreATinG life.

The speAkers of The lAnGuAGe Aren’T AlwAys perfeCT.
MutatiONS matERiaLiZE aNd erRoRS eMergE.
The lAnGuAGe ChAnGes, TweAks.
new words form.

yeT, wiThouT These misTAkes, new life Couldn’T be formed.
nor CAn...

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7 months ago

1

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 this designation from fate,
avoiding where we'll end-
Well...
I avoided it.
You returned Cupid's...

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7 months ago

rhp0962 (United States of America) published:

My Pencil and My Dream of My Mountain

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Since I was little,
I go to school,
and I use a 
pencil.

I have a pencil, 
a pencil has a lead.

sharp and pointy lead.

Like any other mountain I see in my dreams, 
it's also 
sharp and pointy.

Everyday, 365 days of my life,
I ran out of leads, 
and I'm yelling for another one.

Sometimes, my lead gets dull and 
I sacrifice with the negative emotions
and
keep,
keep 
writing with that 
ugly dull lead

Next...

7 months ago

1

C Cou (United States of America) published:

Some Call It Home

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Some call it home.
    I call it shame.
This place I live is where people are open to discrimination,
A place where peoples actions are defined by the idea of a southern nation.
The people here are legally empowered with the ability to discriminate if you are not straight. Be careful because, if you are yourself you might be a victim of a crime of hate.
The canton of the flag bears stars and bars, these bars that...

7 months ago

AlaynaK (United States of America) published:

Happiness

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Happiness.
We all strive for it.
But what is it?
A distraction from our worries,
Or a brand new way of life?
Is it confidence or pride,
Or smiling at your neighbor?

We see smiles everywhere.
On our timelines, 
and even random strangers.
Happiness is more than just a smile.
Happiness is waking up and saying,
”Hey I’m going to be okay.”
True happiness is a way of life. 

True happiness is rare.
In a world full of such hate. ...

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7 months ago

1

rebeccayan156 (United States of America) published:

Ellispe

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

By Rebecca Yan
As the dawn comes, the sun is soon to vanish
And you
Like the sun, left as darkness arrived
And yet
As the sun rose and a new day began
You, like the sun came back into my life
Day after day
Wanting my love, my attention, my everything
And as the sun vanished
and returned
Shining its glorious light on the world
You, like the sun came back
But no light was received when
You
Bruised...

7 months ago

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mellifluousnessie (United States of America) published:

the impenetrable youth

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

here we are with our blue-stained tongues and hands
dyed from popsicles which drip down wrists and chins
wooden sticks sweating corn syrup because we talk too much
no time to finish licking up colored sugar
we’re too busy expressing ourselves with words and hands

we are the impenetrable youth
sticky fingers picking bug bites till they bleed
sweet blue sugar words melting in our ears and mouths
loving the taste of living: our quiet rebellion

you can try to...

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7 months ago

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Sarina Adeline (United States of America) published:

First Communion of a Mestiza

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Rain on Easter Sunday,
Children play in the pews,
Singing songs of rebirth
With pastel juguetes and wicker baskets.
Adults sit with backs crucified
To the wooden benches.
 
En este momento, I dance on the bridge
Between Navajo Reservation and Gringolandia,
Arizona sand at the seams.
I am grown from white man’s flesh and brown
Woman’s womb, raised by deities unseen like
Asdzą́ą́ Nádleehé: the woman who changes.
But my heart longs to know la otra mitad, and...

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7 months ago

Anjali (United States of America) published:

tell me

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019



 

7 months ago

Eva Iskhakova (United States of America) published:

why do we love?

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Why do we love? 
Strip ourselves down to nothing, 
but our relentless hearts, 
baring all our deepest desires, 
for a simple and yet, 
powerful, four letter word, 
coined by authors and poets, 
and frankly overused, 
by everyday people like us. 
Some may say that love, 
is worth the pain it causes, 
and that without it, 
humans would be 
despairing useless creatures, 
searching aimlessly for 
an inkling of hope in life, 
but the way I see it, 
life, and love, 
are...

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7 months ago

1

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.
...

7 months ago

1

My Little Writing Corner (Latvia) published:

Translucent thoughts

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

The empty road, and neon signs,
Reflecting on the sidewalk.
The "Please don't hurt me" on my lips
Still waiting to be said

My eyes that shimmer in the dark 
And pen that writes these lines
I sit and wonder, how and when
My life could have been different
The people that I could have met
I don't know what I'm saying

And if you're reading this, forgive me,
Dear stranger, please forgive me!
Am I a stranger to myself? ...

7 months ago

Maggie_russo3 (United States of America) published:

Always

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

We fight and we fight and
We fight and we fight
Nothing changes
And we can’t make it right

My friends always ask me why I can’t just leave
I tell them the reason and they just won’t believe
They call me naive
But I still love him
No matter what he does to me
I still love him
I don’t know why they can’t see
I still love him

He can yell
He can scream
He can shut the...

7 months ago

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Gupdoodle (United States of America) published:

​An Ode to Spring

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

An Ode to Spring
beautiful playful flowers
sky a canvas of blue
singing birds perched upon a fence taunting each other
everlasting lushes forest a burst of green
bike rides that are so plentiful and astonishing it's almost fake
Nothing about you is artificial it's naturally sweet
your like every vibrant color in the rainbow splashed onto your landscape
The life and joy you forecasting around the world in a warm embrace
The feel of your sun beating on my...

7 months ago

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ellie22 (United States of America) published:

An Ode to the Patron Saints of Girls in Pain (or: This One's For Lucy, Agatha, and Maria Goretti)

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

The woman with hay, unlit, at her feet
Laughs at the men who, dumbfounded, gape
At this witch that won't die--she stares daggers back.
All, listen to Lucia, the virgin on trial:
"Your oxen are weak, your chains useless!
Only two things can defeat me: my faith,
And observing this pathetic show any longer."
Praise to the woman with blue orbs resting in her palms; with them,
She watches the girls who look out for themselves

                and she...

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7 months ago

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Scott.Mcgavery31 (United States of America) published:

Show Me How

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Show me how you live.
I'm intrigued to see how you are different from me.
Your religious practices shape you, but so do mine.
We both breathe
      eat
          drink
              sleep
          think
      love
So show me how you live
And what puts you at a higher standing to tell others what they can and can't do?
How they ...

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7 months ago

isabelle13 (United States of America) published:

Look Up

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Around the world
There is a disease
I don’t know if it’s twirled
With such a strong breeze
To the place where you are surviving
But I’ll assume that it hit
Because one alone can’t stop it’s thriving
And bit by bit, people can’t quit.

The pictures and the texting
Are always ruining the moment
But no one can stop looking down at the ring
That makes the instant stolen
No one even realizes that the small machine
Is now...

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7 months ago

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summerrose (Australia) published:

i am

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

and so the rain falls
to the pitter patter beat
of my heart.

droning on
like a silent echo-
i am.
        i am.
                i am.

and to this
day. i am
unsure, of what
it holds behind
this single phrase.
yet it echoes on
in my mind. for
i am
        i am
                 i am.

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7 months ago

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Hannoodle (United States of America) published:

The World in Lilac

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Purples
From grapes
To rotting cherries
A color that is everywhere
From the sky above the setting sun
To the bruise on the peach you bit into this morning
the smell of lilacs and lavender blossoms fill the air
They take you on a journey
Around the world in 80 seconds
Until you meet up with sun falling into ocean
Gone until it swings around again when it's time to wake us all
But by the time it does you...

7 months ago