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

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writernxtdoor (India) published:

A Survivor is Born

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

"You're strong, you're powerful,
you're not wak, people don't know what you're capable of.

You're unique, you're spectacular,
everyone's just jealous of your skills, 
your beauty and your words that weave like threads, 
and tastes like sugar.

You don't need to be afraid to show your true colors,
you don't need to hide in a darkened room,
all you need is a little courage, a tiny push,
and see how you will wonderfully and poignantly bloom. 

There will be times...
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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.
Sometimes, I have no expression.
Occasionally, tears stream down my face.
Once, I was crying and smiling at the same time.

My whole being lives in between;
Motion and stillness,
Deserts and oceans,
Thoughts and words.

My heart changes often,
It is a bird in the sky.
Flying high,
Over a world of disguise.

My existence confuses me.
I don't know what I am.
I copy others,
And feel weird inside.

I...

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about 1 year ago

bethanyyy (United States) published:

The Cloud

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

A bright sky glistens in the sky
Birds chirp among one another and wind blows through the trees
All of a sudden a white cloud appears
It’s easy to see through so nobody pays attention to it
But no one realizes that by ignoring it
The cloud flies higher away and gets colder
At first small drops of water is all the cloud has
So it collects more and more water
The cloud slowly expands and turns darker and darker
Now...

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about 1 year ago

Nidhi Mahadevan (United States) published:

Monsoon Music

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Rainy monsoon season waters
the fragile blossom of confidence
which is housed in my gut.
It becomes a sturdy flower,
aiming to reach an audience,
yearning to join the world.
I repot it from a soil
soiled by inhibitions,
as it makes its way out of my mouth
to bask in the glory of Mother Earth,
gracefully gracing my vocal chords
and producing a melody.
As it nears my lips, the world blacks out. 
My mouth opens. 
Every self-effacing sentiment,
once shackled...

about 1 year ago

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Anna Tumanyan (United States) published:

Never Enough

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

You blink at me
With tears in your eyes
I stare back at you
While something inside me dies

I should have known
This happened once before
You told me you wouldn’t
You promised, you swore

The one before you
She said I was a mess
And I'll never be enough
I believed her, I confess
 
I loved you so much
Now you’re telling me
That our love meant nothing
And it’s all history
 
My heart is tearing...

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about 1 year ago

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sophism (United States) published:

Dreamer

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019


Be careful not to get beat   
There's tumult on the noisy street
Don't walk towards the rowdy neighbors   
Your place is with the rest of the laborers   
 
While pandemonium surrounds the towering houses  
Make sure to protect the brand new blouses  
Hand them in without a stain  
Or the snobby daughters will complain   
 
When you turn in your keys and lock the door  
Don't make a sound while they snore  
Otherwise, you face the consequence   
No more money,...
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about 1 year ago

Maria Mendoza Blanco (United States) published:

Carnal Woman

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

The scandal of cicadas drowns your voice, but I still see your teeth flashing in the half-dark.

Your flesh crests above the tight clutch
of your dress,
unmoisturized skin swelling between each thin strap
lacquered with the sweat of a mosquitoed summer's night.
Breaths swelling with the spoiled sweet smell of milk dance thickly 
over my chest, but I look past to an indistinct night freckled with frail stars.

Oh, carnal woman! Your flesh is so dear
to me.
Oh,...

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about 1 year ago

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Ken2220 (United States) published:

The first and last goodbye

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Oh body lying so perfectly still,
In the darkness of the midnight hours.
Waiting on the soul to come back and fill,
An emptiness that is only ours.

When you closed your eyes the soul departed,
Detaching itself from all it has known,
And it left behind all that was started
As evidence of how much it had grown.

Oh how strange it is to see us this way
Not once would I have pictured us like this
But without...

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Devanshi Patel (United States) published:

Woman of Color

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I am nothing to you
except the color of my skin.
You care only for how I look beneath you
but how would you feel
if you were reduced to a piece of meat
and thrown into the street
surrounded by men who claim
they only want a taste.

“exotic” they say, “beautiful”
it means nothing at all
not when you only want my body.
“I don’t see color,” he said.
everything he says is a lie.
but all he...

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about 1 year ago

Maria Mendoza Blanco (United States) published:

Carnal Woman

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

The scandal of cicadas drowns your voice, but I still see your teeth flashing in the half-dark.

Your flesh crests above the tight clutch
of your dress,
unmoisturized skin swelling between each thin strap
lacquered with the sweat of a mosquitoed summer's night.
Breaths swelling with the spoiled sweet smell of milk pass thickly 
over my chest, but I look past to an indistinct night freckled with frail stars.

Oh, carnal woman! Your flesh is so dear
to me.
The...

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about 1 year ago

bridget_marie (United States) published:

Monster

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

The monsters are back.
They lurk in the edge of my vision,
Playing an endless game of hide and seek.
I
Don’t like playing that game with them,
Because no matter what I do,
They find me.
I fight.
I kick and scream as I
Am
Dragged into the dark void,
Refusing to let them take me.
But then there are days like today,
Days when I can’t find
A
Single reason not to let them
Consume
Me.
Because the...

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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.
It’s getting harder.

Harder to stitch close,
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 dust.
Dust...

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about 1 year ago

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Harlow (United States) published:

Sundew

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

The sun caressed the dew
on the soft morning grass.
I savored the flavor,
inhaling ever so slightly 
and letting the scent stroke my nose.

The dew was golden and thick
like honey;
With each step,
it carefully kissed the crevices
of my bare feet.

A bird perched on a birch tree
above the dew-coated grass
and twittered softly,
And the sun caressed the dew
on the soft morning grass.

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about 1 year ago

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Mackenzie (United States) published:

Space

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

You walk through me at all points in the day.
Your hands, your feet, your arms, your legs
You have entered into me, moved around me,
You do not notice me. You do not think of me
You do not know that I have always been here.

I hold you as a lover might.
I bend to your will; not you to mine.
I make way for you; not you for I.
I observe you; you ignore me.
I fill...

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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.
It’s getting harder.

Harder to stitch close,
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 dust.
Dust...

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about 1 year ago

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teorakalani (United States) published:

The Girl With a Flame on Her Head

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019



The first thing you notice on this girl, is the flame on her head
It’s not dyed though many think so
That magnificent color, tangerine mixed with red
This hair, her hair, gives the girls pale skin a golden glow

You might describe her skin as fair, with freckles speckled around her nose
You may find her golden-specked hazel eyes, gazing up at the sky
Her head’s in the clouds, as she smiles her violet rubber bands that catch the...
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about 1 year ago

LEAH ONOSATO (United States) published:

whenhowwhyifever

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

What if I never grew up?
Who would suffer then?
Myself?
My parents?
Who would suffer then?

If I remained a child,
Who would suffer then?
Myself?
My loved ones?
Who would suffer then?

What does it mean to grow up?
What does it mean to be a child?
What does it mean to be childlike?
What does it mean to be an adult?

Is it taxes and dessert for dinner?
Is it singing in the shower?
Is it staying...

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about 1 year ago

Rosie (United States) published:

Springtime’s here

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Springtime’s here 
and flowers swing
their vain
airs. 

It it smells to sunlight; 
fresh grass
and life, she
swears. 

The sky has a queer mood,
though.
Maybe it needs a 
song, 
after the winter has gone.

So bees hum and
birds sing high, 
trying to impress him
Who watches with a 
critic eye.

And yet, how he smiles at their gay tunes! 
They cheer up 
his lonely noons. 
 

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about 1 year ago

Angeline (Singapore) published:

Metamorphosis

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Pinch
Push
Pluck
Pull
 
I’ll make you a whole new you
Close your eyes, go to sleep
It’s like waking from a dream
Like a swan from an ugly duckling
Like a brand-new butterfly unfolding its wings.
 
Knock
Crack
Sew
Inject
 
Fill out those wrinkles, get rid of the fat
Upgrading yourself to a better ideal
Getting rid of the past and starting anew
Like a serpent shedding its skin
Like a hatchling now eagle flying free. ...

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about 1 year ago

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A_Northem (United States) published:

Black is the Color of Hate

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Black is the color of hate
So then why was I created this way?
I tried to rub off my skin to see if there was whiteness underneath
But the dull, brown skin stayed.

Black is the color of hate
I’ve grown up to believe I was cursed.
When teams were picked for games at school
The white men were always chosen first.

Black is the color of hate
I hated my thick hair and my wide nose.
I hated...

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about 1 year ago

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aurora2003 (Bangladesh) published:

School Days

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

At the age of four I was left alone,
In a new home to learn more.

Learning was my priority but I also did something else,
I made a new family whom I loved more than myself.

I trusted them with all my heart,
But the broke it with just a simple task.
They made new friends to enjoy more,
Leaving me to cry alone.

I was broken like a scattered piece of glass,
Promised myself to never again trust.
...

about 1 year ago

thelavendergirl (Pakistan) published:

oh my Beloved! / Rainbow

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

With the rain that comes,
With the light that falls
I find you.
Sometimes you're never there
where you should be
but I still look for you, in agony.

The real phenomena
now being known to me
is connected somehow
like every other thing in this world seems to be.
From the heavens to the Earth,
from life to death.
Almost everything seems to be linked to you

Maybe it's actually my own mind
that thinks like that
Maybe that's...

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about 1 year ago

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markruss_cardan (Philippines) published:

​I Wish I Stayed, I Wish I Could ( A reply to Pablo Neruda’s “Tonight I Can Write the Saddest Lines”)

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I wish I stayed, I wish I could.
To hear the song, the notes we wrote
That night we sat on your windowsill
In your arms’ embrace, you held me still

We wrote the lines of our endless love.
Poured every thought with the time we had.
Under the silver light of the sky above,
I knew full well it’d be our last.

I wish I stayed, I wish I could.
To finish the song, the notes we wrote.
Our...

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about 1 year ago

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Yosi (United States) published:

Forlorn Night

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Sometimes the breeze would feel like nothing,
As if the stars took hold of the world,
Leaving the empty space above them, 
And turned purity into something new. 
Letting light shine beyond the longing range, 
Washing out the sins from the past, 
While eternity rose from it's timely slumber. 

If only the streams would finally awoke, 
Like the midnight dew dancing in flash of lights, 
While the moon would glisten beyond the sky, 
Whispering in a mourning voice,
"I...

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about 1 year ago

Emma Horio (United States) published:

What Are You Worth?

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

The ocean is at war.

Poseidon is at the head of the convergence.
He has battled valiantly,
But one can only fight for so long before giving in.

His trident hangs heavy in his hand.
He is on the verge of surrender.

The sea turtles bury their dead in the soft white sand.
They cannot survive in this habitat, where insidious plastic is the only sustenance to be found.
The mother dolphin mourns for her baby as she watches it...

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