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

Published writing

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 masquerades as the only sustenance to be found.
The mother dolphin mourns for her baby as she watches...

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about 1 year ago

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KR (United States) published:

Puddle Portals

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

My clicking bootsteps
are showering, splashing
making hissing plumes
scattering by,
seafoam flecking,
like waves at sea-
An ocean,
when I walk on the sky.

An iridescent petrichor
fills the air,
matching the wan rays
of sunlight that shimmer,
filtering light around me
like cheshire-cat smiles-
A fairytale,
when I walk on the sky.

Clouds, stratocumulus perhaps
are whipped by a wicked wind,
molding the tumultuous sheet
as one crafts with clay,
shaping and reshaping
the troposphere-
A newborn storm, ...

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about 1 year ago

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Mira Jiang (United States) published:

Too Young

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

They say we are too young
Too young to be depressed
Too young to know what we stand for
Too young to protest
Too young to know ourselves
Too young to know pain
To understand death

And they are right
We are too young

We are too young to be afraid of bullets ricocheting off school windows
Too young to watch them rip into our classmates
Our friends
To watch someone who was living and breathing mere seconds ago
Collapse...

about 1 year ago

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PunsandPoses (United States) published:

Polis

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Iced coffee brew
Cars in a monoxide stew

Wind on a pigeon's back
Paper pierced by a tack

Tapping feet, concrete floor
Spray paint on the decor

Cold air swept in lungs
Gum rolled across sugar tongues

Change in a rough hand
Canned tomatoes, name brand

Pillars scraped by the sky
They stare down, eagle eye.

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about 1 year ago

Mira Jiang (United States) published:

Too Young

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

They say we are too young
Too young to be depressed
Too young to know what we stand for
Too young to protest
Too young to know ourselves
Too young to know pain
To understand death

And they are right
We are too young

We are too young to be afraid of bullets ricocheting off school windows
Too young to watch them rip into our classmates
Our friends
To watch someone who was living and breathing mere seconds ago
Collapse...

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about 1 year ago

Quilling Leaves (United States) published:

But, Sweetheart, We Cannot Be

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019


But, sweetheart, remember, I was borne to tide.
I don't know the caressing tide to shore,
this heart was weathered by storms.
The craving waves never relenting,
the honor and courage of the sea.

I'm familiar with celestial beauty,
the endless horizon and blazing sun.
The sea salt wind whisked through hair,
taut and raw of years.
The ocean is a wild place in my eyes,
but upon traveling its tide, beauties are discovered.

Oh, Sweetheart, your gracious words of land.
Upon rolling and...
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about 1 year ago

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BeTheChange18 (Australia) published:

Because You're Worth It

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Your deplorable, horrible, despicable, ignorable.
You reiterate, evaluate, desiccate, and exacerbate.
Can’t you accept the way you look?
Why don't I look like that princess from that book?
Cause. you don't. belong.
And honey,.. your body is just so wrong

Hold up, let's take it back a notch.
I am not a parking ticket looking for your validation.
You are no longer allowed to park for free in our nation
I conform in this society,
To be surrounded with variety. ...

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about 1 year ago

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TearfullFateFighter (United States) published:

It Haunts Me

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019


The scary, unexpected events.
The body not falling on me
but turning to ashes as she stabs.
The sights of the house
inside and out.
The tingly feeling
of the knife in my leg.
The sights of the
process of the stitches.
The love of my life
suffering this as well.
The needle put to us.
How possessed I feel.
It haunts me.
She haunts me.
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about 1 year ago

Mae-li (Canada) published:

The Tell

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

In the city, out windows, I fit my
face onto other faces and look
away before it fades. My eyes

for one more glimpse, August.
(The rough tear of cotton, the lace
and wire, a harness of clinging

still on my fingers.) I skirt
abjection, drag my nails across
the hours. Each time I try to—

here I come again and I'm
describing; context. The key
sticks and all that's left is

a line of e's. I hit the board, ...

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about 1 year ago

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EM (United States) published:

Burnt Toast

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Sundays are complicated.
    He wears his crooked smile everywhere; his dark hair framing his face.
We abandon our breakfast to explore the forests
    of a place we once knew:
        a backyard somewhere far away
            but far too close for comfort.    
Scream a little louder, my mind says.
    Scream so loud that you cannot comprehend any other noise.
Leave me alone to my thoughts, dear!
    Sick and tired of burnt toast.
        Why do we let the ashes take what we love...

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about 1 year ago

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ForgottenFates (Canada) published:

Boycott Love

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I never once asked you for anything.
I never once backed down from your dare.
I never once asked to be pushed to the forefront.
I never once asked you to care.

But platonic turned to something greater.
Something fast, a rush, danger.
I thought we would last forever.
Now I look at you and see a stranger.

You think you can get away with your lies.
I see through you, you can't fool me.
Everything you touch always dies. ...

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about 1 year ago

HolisticDetective (United States) published:

The Poet's Lament

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I should write a poem that's emotionally deep;
I stay up late trying instead of going to sleep.
I'm like ninety percent sure I have emotions and stuff,
But they won't go on the page; I'm finding this pretty tough.
With all the important topics in our world today,
You'd think I'd be able to write on one, some way.
See, why would anyone want to read a poem this bad?
My own lack of talent is making me pretty...

about 1 year ago

EM (United States) published:

Burnt Toast

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Sundays are complicated.
    He wears his crooked smile everywhere; his dark hair framing his face.
We abandon our breakfast to explore the forests
    of a place we once knew:
        a backyard somewhere far away
            but far too close for comfort.    
Scream a little louder, my mind says.
    Scream so loud that you cannot comprehend any other noise.
Leave me alone to my thoughts, dear!
    Sick and tired of burnt toast.
        Why do we let the ashes take what we love...

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about 1 year ago

Iris J. (United States) published:

Bubbles

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Dripping 
The tears steam down my face
Silently in pain
No one understands 
No one cares 
No one hears my voice
Even if it is the voice that knows best
That should be amplified the loudest 

Everyone believes the other ideas, 
The wrong ideas
No one hears the facts 
From those who know

Judgement rings in my ears
I can’t tell everyone 
Because no one will accept me
I’ve always been different 
I’ve always been judged by those looking at...

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about 1 year ago

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EAurora (United Kingdom) published:

kiln

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

fifteen years old, school bag bending
her back, she watches her childhood
burn. the storm-eyed bears and
rounded, plump-cheeked girls, tumbling
from regiment to ruin in the blackened
echoes of her fantasy.
the patent leather shoes are swallowed next,
the photographs and paintings, the
pinecones rising forgotten from the sand
of some holidayed beach and screaming, a
descant to the raw heat that can only be
preparing to take her too.

letters spread their wings from a table
that folds...

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about 1 year ago

AlaynaK (United States) published:

Happiness

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Happiness.
A distraction or a lifestyle?
Greeting the day with a smile,
Or laughing at a joke?
Happiness is different for all.
For one it is buying a new phone,
Others a chance to meet friends,
And others finding a nickel.

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

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about 1 year ago

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Riley Bentson (United States) published:

Vanished

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

The sun rises and sets
La lune a ses phases--The moon has Its phases
Snow falls &
cris d'oiseaux--Bird calls
Laughter coats the air by the children in the frost 
Mais la douleur de ceux qui ont été perdus--But so will pain from the ones lost
It’ll always be there but


Au fil du temps, vous trouverez la vie--As time passes you’ll find the life,
Has vanished away with your memories
Mais n'oublie jamais les harmonies--but never forget the harmonies

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about 1 year ago

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

Norah (United States) published:

Interplanetary Loan

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

chalk has already become antiquated,
like statues and ghost stories,
mountain passes—human in their arrogance  

chalk—if only because the dust seeps into the walls,
the floorboards caked with pastel nebulae,
crushed candy hearts—also out of business.

when the map to our lives burns up in another planet’s
atmosphere
when we are gone
the mountains will have changed
and I will miss the chalk
on the warm bricks outside my old home

my fingerprint—no longer mine,
caked with color

like...

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about 1 year ago

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PunsandPoses (United States) published:

Polis

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

Iced coffee brew
Cars in a monoxide stew

Wind on a pigeon's back
Paper pierced by a tack

Tapping feet, concrete floor
Spray paint on the decor

Cold air swept in lungs
Gum rolled across sugar tongues

Change in a rough hand
Canned tomatoes, name brand

Pillars scraped by the sky
They stare down, eagle eye.

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about 1 year ago

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Emily❤ (United States) published:

The End

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

The sun is shining, birds are chirping. Day One!
The sun is dull, the birds no longer sing. Day two!
The sky is orange, the plants are dying. Day Three!
The sky is crimson, our last moments inevitably coming closer. Day Four!
Everyone has accepted it, all we do now is wait. Day Five!
Everyone is gone, the last few slowly dying. Day Six!
This is it, this is the... 

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about 1 year ago

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Saadia (United States) published:

The Bag With My Name

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

I walk into a house that I've never known
With my trash bag filled with all the things that I own
I meet the cousins I didn't know I had
Who pretend that they don't know what happened to my mom and dad

I'm shown to my room that I will now share 
And think of my family as I say a sad prayer
As I talk to my aunt I try not to cry 
But all I want to...

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about 1 year ago

Kingsflame (Sweden) published:

Seasons

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

A fall of snow 
everything covered in white dust,
Icicles on gutters
will later turn to rust,
Nick frost in the air
breath of a dragon,
Plates of cookies
waiting for Santa's wagon.

Blossoms and buds 
rain in the masses,
The sun coming out
get the white wine glasses,
Dandelions blooming 
ready to be wishes,
And baskets full
of picnic dishes.  

Swimsuits ready
checking pool hours,
Going on long walks
in fields full of flowers,
Ice-cream in hand 
sun making...

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about 1 year ago

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zeeberzz (Canada) published:

to no avail;

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

that was me trying,
couldn’t you see?

    that was me making my peace signs
        and grinning, because
            that’s what i have told myself to do,
but that was me trying.

i want to be proud of myself,
    but it’s so much easier to be mad at myself
        for either not being sad enough
            or for being too sad,
                not being strong enough
                    or driving myself mad
because i don’t know when to stop.

this is me trying.
    i’m writing emails...

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about 1 year ago

Aloha (United States) published:

i am the universe

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

you think you can define me,
That I'm a tick in just one box,
like my being is a door,
That a single key unlocks,
But let me tell you something,
I have the universe inside me,
I hold an untamed ocean,
With a consistent changing tide,
I'm home to endless mountains,
With tips that touch the sky
Flocks of sophisticated migrating birds
And deserts harsh and dry
I house the wildest of rivers
And host sweeping of plains
I...

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about 1 year ago