All writing published for Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021. See Competition

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C.M Wilson (United States) published:

Orchid

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

Fragile and simple and easily broken,

Little do they know that they have all awoken
A strength inside my grounded roots.

They think I’m hard to care for and cannot grow.
Without them, they believe I’d never learn to show,

but they overwater me and down me out
Of my beautiful nature and without a doubt
Are the ones who make my leaves welt-
Are the ones trying to be my safety belt.

You may be an orchid too
Full...

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about 1 year ago

Daurydejesus2 (United States) published:

NEW YORK CITY

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

about 1 year ago

mansha (Singapore) published:

THE TREE OUTSIDE MY WINDOW

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

THE TREE OUTSIDE MY WINDOW

Gaea today, I saw a leaf being born
A delicate little green thing
With intricate veins adorn’d
Clinging with all its might
Against the harsh wind winters bring

Gaea today I saw the little leaf grow strong
Dark green like her brothers
To an ancient family she belong
Oh how you can look and tell
The pride she wears is her mother’s

Gaea today I saw the proud leaf waver
Not for longer than a...

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about 1 year ago

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A. Penderwick (United States) published:

They Don't Define You

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

You are not defined by their
                                words
                 not defined by what they tell you to be

    It only goes
        skin deep
    Because you are so much more than that

    your culture
            your life
                your world
    transcend their fragile understandings of
     who
               you
                        are

    You are not defined by their strikes
                                       their lashings take a toll on your body
                                           but do not take your identity

    You can see the sunrise
                        you can see beyond their selfishness ...

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about 1 year ago

1

Ady (: (Canada) published:

Hour Glass

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

Why is it so hard
All the pressures 
That sinking feeling in your gut when you achieve less than perfect
like gritty quicksand has taken ahold and is swiftly dragging you under
How does one
Get out of the quicksand
When in a world so rabid is rampant and rapidly changing and you find yourself sinking
Why is no one there to lend a hand until someone else is in the quicksand too
And then everyone rushes to the rescue...

about 1 year ago

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bhumi (United States) published:

Whirlwind of change

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

swooping, scything, sailing 
     sucking, swaying, screaming
                            the sirens blare
                     the swings creak
                 the sea howls
the tree moans
    and the branches snap
                but nobody’s here 
                    but everybody’s here
                    the sun goes out 
the birds cease to twitter
sending down shivers
    on a bright wintry morning
                    the gas lights flicker
            leaves turn to ghosts
mindless beings
              swirls of cinnamon
            waft through the bakery
            abandoned and still
a wolf howls
                or is it the wind ...

about 1 year ago

2

melsong (Australia) published:

floating

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

when I fall in love, I fall in hard
pushed off the edge of a cliff, no hazard signs or fences to stop me
into the haze of this mysterious mist, don’t know which way i’m going but i’m free

butterflies fill my stomach at the sound of your name
and they rummage through my veins when i see your face

It’s not graceful or pretty, it’s painful, pathetic and ugly but so so crazy

Will my angel guide my...

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about 1 year ago

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melsong (Australia) published:

floating

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

when I fall in love, I fall in hard
pushed off the edge of a cliff, no hazard signs or fences to stop me
into the haze of this mysterious mist, don’t know which way i’m going but i’m free

butterflies fill my stomach at the sound of your name
and they rummage through my veins when i see your face

It’s not graceful or pretty, it’s painful, pathetic and ugly but so so crazy

Will my angel guide my...

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about 1 year ago

1

Dandelioness (Germany) published:

The Tides of a Failure-Man

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

The Sailor-Man's, Failure-Man's heart longs to sink
You left him, oh left him so long on the brink

        The brink of the wreck?


The brink of the wrath!
Where stormy the seas and salty the streams

        The brink of the deck?

The brink of despair!
Where darkened the days and destructed the dreams

My faith does dictate the absence of purpose
So, he shall perish at hurt and grief

        No, he shall flourish at ink and paper
        And thus...

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about 1 year ago

1

melsong (Australia) published:

floating

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

when I fall in love, I fall in hard
pushed off the edge of a cliff, no hazard signs or fences to stop me
into the haze of this mysterious mist, don’t know which way is up or down but i’m free

butterflies fill my stomach at the sound of your name
and they rummage through my veins when i see your face

It’s not graceful or pretty, it’s painful, pathetic and ugly but so so crazy

Will my angel...

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about 1 year ago

3

Mackenzie (United States) published:

alternate realities

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

i.
    we passed on my way to work
    you looked at me offered a terse smile
    that didn’t reach your eyes
    coffee in hand you turned and
    kept walking
ii.
    there’s nothing better than a meet-cute
    and when you reach down to grab
    your bag from the subway it’s
    like an inside joke and you smile
iii.
    bitter rivals can’t meet outside 
    the field of battle 
    there’s rules about these...

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about 1 year ago

3

Writerinspiredbyjomarch (Canada) published:

The Trip I Take

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

  
I see house after house, person after person, each one with a story, a dream, a reason. 
The crossing guard passes a nod in the direction of our driver, and turns back to serve others. 
Our bodies jostling and tossing, from side to side, speedbump after speedbump.
Nobody panics, this is usual for us. 
Ears filled with little deliverers of music, eyes focused on screens.
Others on what lies beyond the window to the world.
Heads rest, some against...

about 1 year ago

3

Caeden Reuter (United States) published:

If I were White

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

If I were White
If I were white perhaps I would know more about my roots and from where I originally grow
If I were white maybe I wouldn't have to swivel in my chair to make sure the person behind me can still see despite my big hair
If I were white, maybe I wouldn't need a yard sign to say my life has value
We matter
If I were white perhaps I wouldn't have to fear if the...

about 1 year ago

4

clair de lune (United States) published:

silver tongue

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

soliloquy, prelude.
i love you, he says, half a lie.
the lilt of his words is pleasant, as if honey under his tongue and
        an almost-melody in his throat.
(did you know that tragedies are when the greatest of men fall?)
this is how it begins:
        with his touch
against the fluttering pulse of his dearest,
        with your hands clasped at your dynasty’s crown,
with the serpentine empress kneeling before a tyrant, compliant.
the fermentation of power, acid in the...
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about 1 year ago

2

Michelle Ruff (Canada) published:

Woe's Departure

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

Woe has left
Mind long gone
But soul just so

Leaving behind love
Alone, consumed by grief
As woe once was

Violets
Though withered they were
Mark her grave

Mixed with rue
They tell of sorrow
And great loss

Tears form a weeping brook
In which she drowned; drowned
Embraced by song

Though woe has parted
Dead and gone
The willow weeps

about 1 year ago

1

livpalmbos (United States) published:

the itsy-bitsy spider: a children's tale

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

i. "the itsy-bitsy spider went up the water spout / out came the humans and wipes his species out"

bare rocky expanses for miles
no life, no creatures
a dusty chalkboard wiped clean
no itsy-bitsy spiders to be seen
"where did they go?" I ask my mother curiously
maybe they're just hiding
or maybe they're never coming back

ii. "out came the sun and dried up all the rain..."

baked ground, cracked 
sucked dry of moisture
polar ice caps
drip- ...
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about 1 year ago

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Mpm#1 (United States) published:

Under the Sea

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

I had a dream 
that I was sitting
at the bottom of the ocean 
looking up at the sky.

A thousand fish 
swam above me 
some flitting about
others lazing along. 

We did not disturb each other
the fish and I. 
We all belonged there 
in the quiet cool blue. 

Accepted into the ever silent sea
I watched in silence
as the green kelp swayed 
and the sand rippled along the seafloor.  

It was heaven there. 
As I laid on my...

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about 1 year ago

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Sunday (United States) published:

The Secret of Waking

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

Sometimes it just reminds me of Chicken Run —not that awful scene, 
where the chickens are trapped in the pot-pie machine—
but when
to defend her compliance a hen
says, "It's a livin'."

Well, if this is to live, then to laugh is to lie.
If this is to live, then there's no grief to die.
For laughter is joy and there's none in this shadow.
Death's endless rest, and as this work rings hollow,
we'd welcome relief:...

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about 1 year ago

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ur.sh3h (Australia) published:

Unexpected

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021


The unexpected always hurts
 
Like running into a pole
where the pain springs suddenly,
leaving you breathless.
Or the parasite that wiggles
and squirms and rolls
in the heart, the stomach, the entire body.
Still, you force a smile and nod
to a decision you’ve had little choice in.
 
The unexpected is followed by change.
Like watching, as your home
is dismantled and packed away into
tiny cardboard boxes and put on a ship
and people you have...

about 1 year ago

2

Renegade_Writer [ChildOfGod] (United States) published:

Vieux Monde Autrefois Aimé

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021



I. Confusion
Finding truth outside seems to be like deciphering
Puzzles. We're force-fed diluted doses of
Reality. As the red sun blisters vulnerable
Skin, We are forced with the decision to 
Swallow, Told it is a choice, but controlled
Anyway, Every breath aligned with the unseen 
Plan, and the Rebels are subdued.

II. Peripherals
I feel
Watched.
Sometimes.
Not like
Those blushing glances traded,
Smiles flirting with timid mouths.
And not a comfortable
Sense of protection,
To be looked after, ...
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about 1 year ago

2

Sparthens (New Zealand) published:

I Finally Fell Asleep

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

I finally fell asleep
When the earth shook every mountain
Every river and house on the streets
Where the mailman used to sneak
Words undelivered and unheard of
To windows flashing open
In the dead of night 
Each day of the week

I finally fell asleep
When the earth called out my name
She sang it like a lullaby
Through the voices of people I knew
Loved ones weep it softly
Lost loves melody from afar
And even those who...

about 1 year ago

4

Soumyajyoti Pal (India) published:

Better Tomorrow; a play of perspectives

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

Change will never come
One of the biggest lies I’ve ever heard is that
We will build a better tomorrow 
Odor of destruction shall persist
And no 
Fragrance of harmony shall be smelt
Sit back and watch the world being engulfed into a dystopian oblivion
Don’t 
Act upon hope and try to bring about change

Fight wars with guns and cannons
Don’t
Advocate for peace and love
We must give up
I don’t think 
We can build a better world ...

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about 1 year ago

Sunday (United States) published:

The Secret of Waking

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

Sometimes it just reminds me of Chicken Run —not that awful scene, 
where the chickens are trapped in the pot-pie machine—
but when
to defend her compliance a hen
says, "It's a livin'."

Well, if this is to live, then to laugh is to lie.
If this is to live, then there's no grief to die.
For laughter is joy and there's none in this shadow.
Death's endless rest, and as this work rings hollow,
we'd welcome relief:...

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about 1 year ago

Net_02 (Canada) published:

Life's A Journey

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

Life's a journey
Of delight and despair
As time flies through the air
Enjoy every bite
Because every journey has a beginning and an end
There are good chapters and bad chapters
Filled with obstacles and adventures
You are the traveller in your journey
What do you choose?
Remember, the path you choose
Leads you to your fate

You fall
Deep into the black hole
It swallows you whole
You swing your arms wildly in panic
Hoping
Hoping someone would...

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about 1 year ago

Mitsuri (United States) published:

parking lot

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

falling so very far into this mess,
like an upside down puddle of water,
born from the weeping rain in soft caress,
or so I whisper as I dare falter,
when will I be done wandering this world,
could I at least question that if not this?
I'm lost in my blanket, securely furled,
on top of my bed, deep in reminisce,
of a memory of only today.
did time have to runaway so quickly, when I was finally home,...

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about 1 year ago