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

Published writing

3

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...

about 1 year ago

2

Olori (Nigeria) published:

Magical Tragedies

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019


I sit here on the edge of my bed, tear stains prominent against the bright colours of my sheets and tissue spread out in every direction like some bastardization of a halo.
              I feel the erratic pulse in my thumb as I press it against the cold glass of my phone, directly on the backspace key and I watch in morbid fascination as the words erase from my screen.
              I watch as my whole heart translated into ones and zeros...
Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 year ago

2
1

Marerider (United States) published:

A Fire That Burns, Like None I Ever Knew

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I get this feeling,
​It starts in my heart.
​It begins spreading,
​To my every part.

​It's an urge I get,
​A need to create.
And until it's met,
I can't concentrate.

It fills my mind,
​Every little bit.
​I can't leave it behind,
I can't make it quit.

My fingers twitch,
​Needing to write.
​I can't flip a switch,
Though try I might.

​So I'll give in,
​I'll let it start.
I will begin,
My piece of art.

​I'll...

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 year ago

FrostBite732 (United States) published:

What Makes Up a Rose

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

They say roses are red
And that violets are blue
But are they really? 
Upon common belief 
Roses are red to represent 
Love, marriage, and hope 
But what about white
To represent innocence and humility? 
Or yellow, pink, or purple 
That all have different meanings
Assigned to their appearance
And when they say "violets are blue" 
The same rule apples 
Violets could be 
Orange, white, or violet 
Along with the color blue
So after all I've said 
Roses are not...

about 1 year ago

10

Norah Rami (United States) published:

What Ancestry DNA Cannot Tell Me

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I was born after a day’s worth of labor.
My screams drowning out the Beatles asking Prudence to play.
I wanted to be heard as soon as I left my mother’s womb,
My throat testing the guttural calls of my ancestors.
I was born with my heart beating to ancient drums
Bonfires burned in my bloodstream
That night we danced a dance no living man has seen.

I was born to songs to the moon
Prayers to the sun
Blessed...

about 1 year ago

Bhakti Chokshi (India) published:

Satisfaction

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I hope you're okay, now that you know I've drowned.
Can you make your expressions more intense?
Even though, they're fake, you know I feel them wrecking my heart.

Feels like I've mistaken from the start,
But I've no idea of where we started.
You say, you can trust me, you can trust her,
You can trust him, 'We're family'.
Is that a lie that helps you fall asleep at night?
Explains why you wake abruptly at 5.

Making me...

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 year ago

1

Elizabeth-k (United States) published:

When is the Funeral?

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Only a year ago I stood on atop a stage
An exciting story bursting within my heart
But after a look under the veil of the foreign city
I now carry with me a weary traveler’s tale

The blanket I wear as a crimson cape
As I trudge through my pilgrimage
Settles on the audience like a sheet of silence
And through the tiny woven slits of fabric
I see a kaleidoscope of stories

I now see the injustice these...

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 year ago

2

achatterjee (Singapore) published:

blasphemies

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Mama’s blasphemous heart feels every heartbreak three times as strongly.
one for each of her tragedies.

i.
never say I love you unless they love you more
just in case they wrangle your heart. just in case they bruise it.
my grandmother has always been red-blue colorblind in the way
she distinguishes heartbreak from love. Perhaps a century
slowly eroding at what is left of her marriage
mama cries the same kind of blood from her eyes dreading
the day...

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 year ago

5
1

The Dreamer (South Africa) published:

Hero

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Every princess has a knight,
who will slay a dragon for her one night.
who would die before going down without a fight.
who would hardly think once before doing right.

Every child has a mother,
who would put themselves between them and danger, without so much as a shudder.
 who will speak up, even in the face of death, and never stutter.
who would fight anyone who hurts them, even a brother.

Every person has a heart,
which would...

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 year ago

mgcorn (United States) published:

Each Time I See You

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Each time I see you,
Smiling bigger and brighter
For someone not me.

Each time I see you,
Seeking out the company
Of someone not me.

Each time I see you,
My heart tears open again,
Harder to stitch close.

Each time I see you,
Don’t know how much more to bear.
I miss you so much.

I know it's insane,
My obsession over you.
I want it to stop.

I want to leave you,
Leave you behind in the...

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 year ago

1

AlaynaK (United States) 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?

True happiness is rare.
In a world full of such hate.
It is still there,
Though fogs hide it from view.
Laughs and smiles still reside,
No matter what you’re going through.

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 year ago

4
1

Stickbug (Korea, Republic of) published:

Blue Cactus

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

My friend is green.
My sister is green.
My mother is green.
I’m blue.

I bleed blue…
Blue blue blue blood
Bad blood
Blue blood

I look like an oasis.

Animals approach,
Thinking I’m water.
As they take a bite,
They bleed, bodies bloated with blue blood.

I’m a shard of blue glass
trapped in an hourglass.

Not red,
Not green,
Not white.
Blue.

Even my flowers are blue.

I wish I could be an orchid
A blue rose
A...

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 year ago

2

Rukaya (Australia) published:

Farewell Child

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Farewell oh carefree soul
The years you have lived 
And the simple easy role 
You have played as a child 
Will forever be pined for 
Just as you have yearned to grow
And take on the roles
That are now but prosaic chores
Farewell oh carefree soul

about 1 year ago

2

earthstrungheart (Mauritania) published:

Waterbones // First Swim

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

ocean tastes of blue blood, shaken. girl agape. swallowing her
darkness by the fistful. she is toenails drenched in ice-coated

sweat and mother’s drain perfume. tasting citrus and death. her fingers
play numb, melon-charred, grappling for surface, for throes of plasticky pink.

girl afloat. planets ripped out of her spine. space breathing in the
emptiness beneath her soles and corpse-slung grounds. lost. her speech

woven through throttled gasps, seaweed, aching unintelligible. words
clustered in a thread of blubber and bones. ...

about 1 year ago

1

gabriellew (Australia) published:

Slices of Winter

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Hands
wrapped around warm mugs,
milky-white clouds billowing
into faces stained red

Bodies
swaddled in layered jackets,
fingers retreating into sleeves,
over-sized in their comfort and warmth

Toes
slowing thawing underneath
a rainbow of blankets,
hiding from the bitter cold

Lungs
inflated with crisp cold,
the minty morning air,
a pleasant nudge into the awake


 

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 year ago

1

Lozzy (Australia) published:

Haruka

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

The tears roll down my sunken face
The way I look is a big disgrace
I hate the bittersweet taste
 
I know there is nothing I can say
That will make you feel the same way
It is the time it will take
 
The halls are empty without her
The spring scent has gone sour
For this is the thing I assure

Although she won understand me
The traces of her that I see
Her absence has left...

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 year ago

1

Delina Neguse (United States) published:

wake up

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

i've made so many mistakes
why can't you hear me?

i've tried to repair what's
broken
so many words left
unspoken

hate who you are, hate how you 
feel
end of the day, all of it's 
real

mistake after mistake, regrets no
more
bottles and bottles and tears on the 
floor 

so wake up, it's getting late
wake up, not today
wake up, find a way

or don't. 
 

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 year ago

Flowerful (United States) published:

Equiposition

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I write each day for myself
Upon the pulpy cork board of my mood.
With no true regard to you, I’ll preach
That not a soul can die unselfish.

They spend their hours in the old
Community center with the loose bolts and dried people,
Helping warm the hearts of the pale ill,
But I’ll still scream
That not a soul shall die unselfish.

I’ve filled my pockets with good deeds
And given them away like coins to the misfortunate ...

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 year ago

xusianna (United States) published:

Once

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Once,
I read a book
that flowed like river,
words that poured like rain,
ink that flooded
these two-dimensional pages.

I read and read until
I fell into its ocean,
splashed, surrounded,
swallowed, sunken.

And there
I stayed floating
in this story, watch the sky dance,
the stars make their rounds
all around and there I was.
Slowly, softly, smoothly,
waves that lull the soul
into slumber.

In my dream,
I saw birds flying,
soaring away,
and there was land. ...

about 1 year ago

1
1

E.s.L_:) (Canada) published:

Chicken of the Desert

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Unsheltered desert,
A grumpy chicken running,
After the cactus.

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 year ago

4

jewel (United States) published:

orange & asphalt

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

it was as easy as

the soft creamy
off white of the sweatshirt

you always wear
mindless like the gentlest

curls of your dark hair and yet
there's something

so complex so intricate so
perfectly perplexing

about the curves of your eyes and
the twists of your lips and

the lilt in your voice like
the dancing sea rising

and falling and
i didn't realize until

i found myself
finding you

over and over
and over again

who knew feeling ...

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 year ago

4
1

Taja Smith (United States) published:

Life As I Know It

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Messed up town,
Danger never around.
Public school?
No, homeschool's cool.
World famous ancestors?
No, just mediocres.
A wanna-be star
when your chances are behind the bar.
Raised with the greats
but put with the lates.
Opportunity?
No. Flopportunity.
Am I taking a chance
to get brought upon a first glance?
Am I taking a stance
to try and keep my balance?
Am I what I want to be?
Do I execute my life properly?
I accept when I'm known...

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 year ago

1

unfinished symphony (India) published:

Longing, Obsession, Vanquished, Epilogue

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

dew drops and red roses
caramel crush and fuzzy feelings
muffled music and setting suns 
dancing dandelions and splendid skies  
luminescent love and shooting stars
velvety violins and lost lyrics
sweet sighs and perfumed promises
fading photos and empty eyes
restless rain and swift storms  
guilty glass and shattering shouts
separating souls and distant doors
heavy hope and rusty roads
dizzy days and tender tears
soft silk and healing hearts

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 year ago

1

BrownGarlic (Nepal) published:

The Escaping Mind

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

The Escaping Mind

The hues of light drape the moon gorgeous
The acquainted faces touch the warm known hand
The lingering slumber surrounds me with its songs
Those few nights, Call me, Call me back!!
Still is concealed, the escaping mind

Small days- colorful with words- like pebbles
Small nights- spread like the polash forest
The unkept room- the littered corners of my attics
We promised to walk together in the shaded alleys
Still is concealed, the escaping mind

The...

about 1 year ago

22

stravelbach (Australia) published:

Wood and Water

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Late afternoon.
I never knew a whisper, soft and sweet, could sing
In tranquil lapse. The starshine shimmery and waltzing into
Breath. When languid, gold-lined eyes 
Look
Into the sea.

That blue October evening when the spring melts into
Summery wind and
Scarves are not yet abandoned to the breeze

By the bridge a piano hums.
Water on wood,
Velvet on air - 

His fingers dream their song into the lap-lapping of a slur; with a 
Tilting
Lull of the...

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 year ago