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

Published writing

Write_the_Write_way (United States of America) published:

Unity

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Bear fruit to the barrier
To forever bare 
More sentient beings
Into homely Earth.

Transcend into endless giving
From material sin,
Breathe in
And love all the daises and the weeds,
For all
Breathe out life-
The breath of tranquility-
Breathe out curses 
Release them and 
Let the Earth quake in protest,
Then protect the living of the Earth
And live the true womb,
That from one-
Blooms.

Love your own kind more so,
For you are of each other ...

7 months ago

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lonely_poet_bee (United States of America) published:

Her...

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

She sits by the window, as she waits,
The wind blew tossing her like a piece of paper,
She was weak, she didn't want to feel this way,
As she waited for a day that never came, she opened her eyes,

The day she opened her eyes there was no longer a tornado spinning around in her mind,
For the tornado had become her,
Taking away what she most wished for,
But still she waited,
As she slowly faded away...

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7 months ago

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dreamisms (United States of America) published:

to the one i have wronged

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

i.

this is an apology
for all the times i have dreamt 
of what it would be like
to touch, to kiss, to hold
a boy, a girl

a person.

my heart is a budding rose, 
violent red and burning with passion. 
i have tried to contain it,
but it has grown too strong.
it no longer wants to
obey.

(i'm sorry)

please know
i never mean to fall in love.

ii.

this is an apology
for all the ways in...

7 months ago

xxdani101xx (United States of America) published:

How different are we?

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Different species, yet still very similar.
We can learn, and we can teach.
We can pray, and we can preach.
They can sit, and they can stay.
They can learn, and they can play.
Together we can grow, together we can know.
Overtime we all evolve, learning more and getting strong.
Different species, similar structures.
We may vary, but we function nearly the same.

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7 months ago

Clarissa Pantoja (United States of America) published:

Weekday

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Its 7am 
Waking up next to him is such a blessing, I wake up, go to school and say goodbye. 

Its 10am 
I think about him a lot maybe too much like what is he doing or how is he feeling rather than focus in myself and simply giving myself space. My inner thoughts try to take over me. It’s always about him never about me. 

Its 12pm 
It’s been a long day, he brings me my lunch and gets...

7 months ago

terra0624 (United States of America) published:

She

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

She caught my eye
For the first time
Her presence illuminates her reflection
Her eyes sparkle with determination
Her tough hands bear marks of a veteran
Her allure may seem transparent
Simply beautiful as she is
A long time before she realizes
Watching her fight life’s malicious monsters
Mistakes turn into opportunities to become stronger
Helped her wings
To bear the stings
Disinfect her ugly doubts
That once inflicted pain throughout
Now have met knuckles of calloused hands
On solid...

7 months ago

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Nova (United States of America) published:

Unconventional

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

she sits on the worn bridge railing,
    her feet without shoes
 and her hair astray,
       the breeze withers around her carrying the remains of a crisp fall day,
                    the town records-keeper observes the girl,
a sight so bizarre to his virgin eyes,
                            his suit is pressed perfectly to his toned body,
the leather of his shoes polished and primed leaving stiff footprints across the grass,
       ...

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7 months ago

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OceanViper (Australia) published:

Cyberteens - A Spoken Word

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Teenagers,
a title to ensures we are covered,
Along with many others.
To some we are friends and enemies. To each other we are peers and classmates.
Some are coworkers, and the rest, family members. 
Everyone holds a title, a name tag, the very badge we wear as a class, a 'teenager' is the name we call ourselves yet many call us  'riff raff,' 'technology obsessed,' those are the classics.
Nothing more than an inconvenience, interlaced by a loose thread,...

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7 months 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 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...

7 months ago

Autin Navarro (United States of America) published:

My World

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

               I look around everyone is happy but i always have a frown and always down. Trying to make jokes like I  am a clown but never really works for me I am only happy and alive when I am on the sand and I have nothing to fear but to hear the crashing waves hitting the shore and I am wanting to hear more and it hits me like I am a little  kid like I am four. But...

7 months ago

Autin Navarro (United States of America) published:

My World

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

               I look around everyone is happy but i always have a frown and always down. Trying to make jokes like i am clown but never really works for me I am only happy and alive when I am on the sand and I have nothing to fear but hear the crashing waves hitting the shore and I am wanting to hear more and it hits me like I am a little  kid like I am four. But I am...

7 months ago

Marta Olson (United States of America) published:

Burn

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

The ashes fill the air,
Cover the ground,
Muddy the water.

Everything around me is burning
Charring home after home
With an untamed furry.

Several are dead,
But the flames don’t care.
They only hunger for more.

Feeding off of pain
Choking us out with smoke.
We must not let them win.

The fires crackle outside my door
But they are smoldering inside me too
My blackened heart is lit with anger.

I embrace the flames,
Use their strength,
Their...

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7 months ago

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thechosenonemico (Philippines) published:

How To Remember

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I only know a fraction of him —
a pageful or two of stories from a book worn down by time
and suicidal neurons, a prized artifact from a history 
only he could flesh out.
But even so, most days I know him
more than he even knows himself.

Every time he speaks, his rhetoric is a faded picture, 
bleak, fraught with fear and anger and confusion.
He often speaks of the world from two decades ago,
Sometimes I am "Georgie" or...

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7 months ago

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sofie (United States of America) published:

If

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

If I was a bird,
I’d fly everywhere and see the world
If I was a bee,
I’d sting you so you’d notice me
If I was a book,
You’d see everything about me
And I wouldn’t mind
If I was a mole,
I’d dig the labyrinth of my heart into the earth
If I was still your girlfriend,
I’d kiss you like it’s the last one
Just like I always did

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7 months ago

Rina (United States of America) published:

Bananas

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Sweet, beautiful yellow
Decayed, overripe brown

Hardworking, intelligent, straight A's, extracurriculars
Pressure, stress, depression, suicide

Consumed fresh, in it's prime
Baked into breads, composted, old and nearly rotten

Prestigious college, respectable job
Slow accent, prospect of homelessness

One nearly forgets

Bread outlasts fruit
Filling more stomachs for longer
Compost enriches the soil
Allowing healthier, heavier fruit to grow

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7 months ago

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Athenia (United States of America) published:

Lost and Found

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

they always assume its there 
somewhere in the space 
existing in the same air 
the only time it's consulted upon is when it's needed 
they only ever need it 
so it sits and waits 
the dark corners and static silence is customary 

when someone loses something 
she finds it 
is in trouble 
she hides it 
seems to struggle 
she fixes it 
becoming the consistent carrier of other people's problems 
she is always taken from 
never given a choice about what...

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7 months ago

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lemonwren (United States of America) published:

La Taquería

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

To the Guatemalan boys who work the night shift at the taco shack with the blue roof downtown
and who come to school late or not at all

Nelson,
You slick back your hair every morning
coat it in globs of translucent ooze until it
shines like the sports car you wish you had
Instead, you ride a red bicycle
pedal hard and fast
never signal which way you are turning
swerve so sharply that the road bends for you

By...

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7 months ago

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AudienceOfOne (United States of America) published:

Burn

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Let this city burn,
Inside of me,
The city that governs,
The city that writes the rules,
Let this city burn,
Inside of me,
That tells me,
I'm an outcast,
Forsaken,
And forgotten,
Let this city burn,
Inside of me,
Whose towering walls,
Encase around my heart,
These walls that say no one will ever love me,
No one will ever hold my shaking hand,
Let this city burn,
Inside of me,
That blinds me,
That shadows my eyes,
When...

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7 months ago

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Kate Gardner published:

I've swept the porch (the sickroom)

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019


the ice-pick, the unwelcome visitor
drawn firm across the naves
and the steeple of my sight
-
so skinny as the wrist of a mill child,
watching in the dull heat, a shuttle
and its dust, ever passing back and forth
-
a ladle to a stranger, drinking the
conduit broth, a thing of glazed eyes
and filmy teeth, ground into a warp
-
into a weft of absolution, but only for me
only in the service of a stranger. ...
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7 months ago

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wabisabi (United States of America) published:

Silence

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I live in a house
made of tombstones, growing
lonelier by the hour.

There are stories of
insanity in the face of silence, but I
have long ago memorized
my heartbeat.

The hallway is unfinished, yet
unavoidable. The staircase was once
proud and grand, now
crumbling, in pieces.

I don't believe in ghosts, I tell myself, but
the words aren't mine.
If only I could find the door.
 

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7 months ago

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silverwisp (United States of America) published:

(un)forgiveness

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

all you’ve ever done is doubt me
repeatedly, repeatedly,
as predictable as the tide rolling in
am i supposed to believe you? your sad, 
overused lies echo in my head,
so predictable i could lipsync to your falsehoods

was i supposed to ignore
all you’ve done for me? the
shattering, brokenness
replays in my head,
a sad playlist stuck on loop

maybe the only thing you ever did
was show me that sensitivity wasn’t all
that the picture books made...

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7 months ago

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KingsKestner (United States of America) published:

Eyes of the Innocent

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Comfort, my existence that of love
Peace envelops me, no knowledge of darkness
Tendrils of silver and a faint breeze
My roof of warmth rocks slightly
A chill knocks at the door of my home
Creeping thorns of steel slither under 
Cold, Cold 
Where is my hearth? 
Prickles of ice across my skin, squeezing
An iron grip on my arm, ripping
Pain, splotchy on my young brain
Kicking, crawling, pushing against walls
My home was once of love
Now a...

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7 months ago

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gayatrirajan (United States of America) published:

For the Violin

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I want to thank my father, 
my father who has so much faith 
in melody, who can trust in the invisible 
forces that make dime-store jingles and sonatas.
The diaphanous paths that lead me 
to Mozart and Bach. 
 
I want to thank him 
for the way my fingers flicker 
over a string, the strength of discovering something- 
as if I’d stumbled on a diamond big as a shoe; 
as if I’d found magic in the crannies 
of my closet....

7 months ago

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E.S. (United States of America) published:

Moth

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

It’s a small world she lives in
Massive though it seems.
A web of darkness untouched 
By human or machine.
The surface remains unscathed
Virgin in making. 
The essence of life clings to her folds
Alas! She is waking. 
What beauty is held
Within that dark visage. 
That the smallest of creatures
Should emerge from her tomb. 
In beauty and in color
Born twice anew.

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7 months ago

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tragicbirthday (United States of America) published:

"It goes on"

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Robert Frost
Told us
That life goes on
He's right
Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall
Over
And over 
And over
(at least until winter dies)
When your best friend dies
When you get your first kiss
The universe doesn't care
Maybe it gave up on us
Maybe it doesn't even know that we're here
No matter what
The world around you will keep going
I find comfort in that

7 months ago