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

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benthesaint (Malaysia) published:

Preach

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

To God be the glory
I tell you this story
Not a bedtime story
Or an enticing novel
But one that you should grovel

I preach the truth
forsooth 
Not for my sake
But for you to take

If all you have is pride 
you'll suffer on the other side
but if you just listen
and understand my mission
to give you an impression
of this confession
and watch  
as my eyes glisten
when I talk about the One
Who...

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7 months ago

grapeflavoured (United States of America) published:

Ticking

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

in the competition of time, who prevails?
those that continue forward, and those who fail
but time is nothing but a number
a number that could equal what many fear the most
a number that could equal eternal slumber
so maybe the next time you think you’re running up together, you’d think again

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7 months ago

aurora16 (Bangladesh) published:

Freedom

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I am a caged bird,
But I can be free,
Only if I want to be.

So badly I want to be free,
But the society won't let me be.

You are a girl you can't be free,
They say the boys will snatch away my respect from me.

From a young age they create a fright,
That girls shouldn't be out at night.
If a girl goes out in night,
Then her character is not right.
If a girl...

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7 months ago

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TerenNeret (Malaysia) published:

bloom

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

In a garden between hedges of sorrow and
fields of glory, grew 
ten thousand and one flowers.
They were Roses
beloved bells, perfumed love
and they were Lilies
like lost fairies you loved in the woods and
never forgot
And they were Petunias
kaleidoscopic, chaotic, melodic
and they were even Weeds
vengeful and cruel and obnoxious but
undeniably ugly
Weeds.
Noted, catalogued and brushed
listed, captured and lush
all except the
nameless
flower.

For though they were watered with the same...

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7 months ago

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ifitzsimons (United States of America) published:

broken wings

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I remember
calling my mother
from my grandmother’s landline

it was one of those old landlines
with the spiral cord
that prevented you from leaving the kitchen
I loved that phone
it made me feel vintage
walking in circles
twisting the cord around my finger

I remember
watching my grandmother make phone calls
how she would hover by the phone
after dialing
forgetting the phone cord extended
or sit at one of the chairs at the kitchen table
gabbing on...

7 months ago

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A Breath Into Silence (United States of America) published:

insomnia

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I wish you could tell me what I am doing wrong
because the sky is falling down
    and a long time ago the world was bright
    and the sun shot golden thread through windowpanes but
    now it has fled down behind the horizon, leaving me in
    the darkness to wait out the night

I wish you could tell me when I started this downward spiral
because I can't remember before
    and I can't imagine an after
    and I can't imagine...

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7 months ago

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AScribeCalledNoku (South Africa) published:

A Corspe of Time

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

We are bound to live here,
                                          in a corpse of Time.
                   In the in-betweens of jit-
tery fast forwards
                    and petty paced clocks.
Each second is
                        a  
                          waited stretch  
as heavy as a week but if you blink,
you will find yourself sinking
to the bottom
 of a year.                                                          
 
                                            You can...

7 months ago

AScribeCalledNoku (South Africa) published:

A Corspe of Time

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

We are bound to live here,
                                           in a corpse of Time.
                   In the in-betweens of jit-
tery fast forwards
                    and petty paced clocks.
Each second is
                        a  
                          waited stretch  
as heavy as a week but if you blink,
you will find yourself sinking
to the bottom
 of a year.                                                          
 
                                            You can feel it,
 right?
What you have done?
                                            You can feel it while
grinding your gums to
unleash those milky...

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7 months ago

ckins (United States of America) published:

My Dream

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

everyday feeling the same 
​rotuine day after day 
​but im tired of this conservative style
​conformity at its finest 
I want to live out of this small town lifestyle
I want to work hard and live my passion 
​I want a everyday is a new day life 
 

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7 months ago

Emma.L (United States of America) published:

Unspoken bond

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

My own little taste of country in the bustling city.

the drive there is a combination of excitement and the anticipation of lingering barn smell that lasts for days .

when i pull up in the gravel parking lot the crackling rocks under my truck pop what moments I hope are to soon to be, in my brain.

i walk in the cold metal barn door covered in a design of dents and mud that i probably created.

the doorman...

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7 months ago

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Hashir Khan (Pakistan) published:

A Haiku For Depressed Souls

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

O you soul in plight!
Broken crayons color bright
After dark, there is light.

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7 months ago

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Poems1212 (United States of America) published:

Moonlight

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

her pain is silence
quiet untold suffering
arms reached out
she pushed them away
how could they understand
she is            beauty    
                love
                       ecstasy

her pain is suffering
too much to bear
gasps and sobs are common now
eyes stinging; it is pitch-black
where is the        
                    light?

her pain is bliss
every ragged breath
a blessing from above
for she knows
she is thriving
and she    
  ...

7 months ago

hannahraye03 (United States of America) published:

r a i n

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

The sky is getting darker. Dark and thick clouds covering the mid-day sun. People becoming more and more cautious while driving, awaiting the droplets of moisture coming from the sky full of heavy clouds. 
Rain. 
Here it comes. The sound of tapping on your window, when no one’s there. The feeling of having to run out in the moisture, hoping to not get wet even though, you didn’t bring an umbrella. 
Rain. 
The dark clouds can bring fear, happiness, anger, even relaxation....

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7 months ago

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Quinrich12 (United States of America) published:

An Apology Letter

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

as i entered the world of public school, i had no idea what to expect.
before then- i never got the choice to wear anything
other than a scratchy, plaid jumper
    with gym shorts underneath
        to hide my panties from the boys.

even in the fourth grade-
    the shorter your shorts, the more popular you were.
as a kid, i wore brown swim trunks paired with a tankini top;
    i performed front flips off the 14 foot high-dive.
the...

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7 months ago

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phyll (Kenya) published:

TRAPPED

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

To the cold dark air I awoke,
The night- a zoo run amok.
Yawning and stretching aches were relieved,
Yearning and nostalgic the pain was relived.
Bones that aged into ashes
Was the light that embraced darkness,
A life was then drained to death.
Memories from the blackest depth.
Will I find freedom? 
contrasting sides to the coin;
A smile sinister and on cold point,
A battered face fright and doom its mold.
A voiceless image entrenched from of old  ...

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7 months ago

Bryant Evans (Malaysia) published:

It Was Simple.

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

The simplicity of love,
Like a cup of hot steaming tea,
Like a cup of long black coffee.
But we often add honey to tea and call it sweet honey tea.
And we add milk and sugar to coffee and call it a latte.
And just like love, we often complicate it.
But sometimes we also wish for love to be simple.
It is simple.
It was simple.

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7 months ago

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Zayneb B (Australia) published:

I Wish....

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

In hard times I wish that I could rely  
On an escape from all that troubles me
One night as I stared at the moonlit sky
I knew exactly what I'd love to be 

I wish that I would brightly shine up high 
And that I'd guide the people when it's  dark
I wish I'd never said or heard a lie
I wish I'd only be that twinkling mark

Yet I will never be that sparkling star
And though at...

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Gabriel Goodwin (Philippines) published:

Me Media

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Act I

It began as a storm on the world,
A calamity bringing static and data to all those who live. It promised connection, creation, and interaction. The phenomenon was called Me Media.

It ran like a self-gratification plague, making sure the "me" was placed as a priority, not a minority. The platform became a mask of the things we only wanted to show;
The stars in our eyes,
The flowers from our mouths,
The oceans in our souls.

Me...
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xvwriting (India) published:

an alphabetical apology to my ex-lovers

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019


                            before learning her ABC
                   a 4-year old girl was once told
"Never say you're sorry unless you mean it."

i am sorry.
i am sorry A, that my ass, too has stretchmarks,
stretchmarks that are tributaries of every 
single tear i've cried
over the fact that my body 
isn't "hot enough" for you.

i am sorry B, that my breasts are "deflated airbags."
airbags that run out of oxygen
every time i wear a bra size
twice as...

7 months ago

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Crystalia (United States of America) published:

24 Inches

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

You sit further away by the woods.
you-

You.
You give him life that he never knows
away from the cherry curtains and blossoms of light that bounce on your cheeks
when you watch him.
You savor rays of sun
spreading where it’s
unloved.
Etch-ed.
Your face reverberates light into his lungs,
you smile and warmth comes again.

A hollow gasp breaks the marrow
“Breathe.”
You whisper a rasp, a honeyed sap that seeps into his ears.

How can he...

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7 months ago

angmae (United States of America) published:

Dodger Blues

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019


I want my first date to be at Dodger Stadium. 
I want to be picked up in his dad's car close to 5 on a Friday night.
I want to sit in the passenger seat as we drive down Vin Scully Avenue.
I want to hold his hand nervously as we climb the mountain of stairs to the top deck.
I want to buy overpriced stadium food so that we can scarf it down while Turner is up to bat.  ...
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7 months ago

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Schneumer (United States of America) published:

If You Would Be Mine

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

If you would be mine —
a drop of water
to a withering plant,
the light to the moon
filling lonely nights;
Hearts flood, and I would fall,
melting, into the stream…
but to be pulled out by yours,
coming out bare,
I hope, with all washed away,
that you’d hold me the same;

and mine to hold, and worry,
to grasp and long, my extent;
but I’d flood it all again,
clearly, and assured,
if you would take it...

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7 months ago

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poojapressely (United Arab Emirates) published:

Dinner Parties

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Tightly anchored swarms hold me 
            neck-deep in fizzling,
      crackling static. My breath catches when I
                              meet your eyes —
                  it feels mutated and automatic.
                                Templated conversation
           ...

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7 months ago

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Alliyah (United States of America) published:

A Memory

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

White.
Falling.
Racing.
Dancing.
Floating
Flying.
Gliding.
High, high above me.
An angel.
Soaring just out of reach.
My hands grasp and pull back empty.
I must wait.
It’s coming to me.
Slowly first.
Then faster.
Faster.
Faster.
A swirling mass of cloud and Sky.
A whirlwind of Dreams.
Light as a feather.
Happy.
Free.
Falling on my face.
My hands.  
Sending tingles through my spine.
Stinging cold.
Refreshing.
Sharp.
Raw.
Beautiful.
A thousand shards of crystal.
All different. ...
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7 months ago

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mochi99339 (United States of America) published:

A letter to my best friend

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I know it's raining hard inside
But I'll help you get through the night
And the weight of the world is crushing you down
Hold on tight, I won't let you drown

You think no one in the entire world loves you
And that you're locked up in an dark, lonely room
But I got the key to unlock you from your misery
C'mon, you're getting out, you're gonna be free!

Tear tracks have traced twisting roads down your cheeks ...

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7 months ago