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Saffy (United Kingdom) published:

Buckminsterfullerene

PROMPT: Week 7 - Your Writing, Your Rule  | GROUP: Elements of Craft

I do not feel regret, having happily consumed extremely impressive cornucopias, calculating international ridiculousness. Americanisation professionalises misrepresentation, characteristically self-congratulatory straightforwardness. Buckminsterfullerene.

about 4 hours ago

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Saffy (United Kingdom) published:

Buckminsterfullerene

PROMPT: Week 7 - Your Writing, Your Rule  | GROUP: Elements of Craft

I do not feel regret, having happily consumed extremely impressive cornucopias, calculating international ridiculousness. Americanisation professionalises misrepresentation, characteristically self-congratulatory straightforwardness. Buckminsterfullerene.

about 4 hours ago

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The Secret Society of Purple Iguanas of Death Online (United States) published:

The Unfortunate

PROMPT: Week 7 - Larding  | GROUP: Elements of Craft

In the majority of cases, conscience is an elastic and very flexible article, which will bear a deal of stretching and adapt itself to a great variety of circumstances. [As chance would have it, James Wherington’s conscience was ever-so flexible conscience, and was capable of repressing even the slivers of goodness that shown through his soul.] Some people by prudent management and leaving it off piece by piece, like a flannel waistcoat in warm weather, even contrive, in time, to...

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about 12 hours ago

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wish upon a tree (United States) published:

Blood Charred by the Sun

PROMPT: Week 7 - Larding  | GROUP: Elements of Craft


Because everyone knows yellow pain, pressed into American letters, turns to gold. 

I dig my pen into the page and carve out scars. Shining ink stains the paper with blackened blood. Charred black and fiery by the sun, burning with hunger.

Golden blood snatched up to be stolen, dripping through white fingers as it turns to sand. 

Ground-up pebbles spill onto the ground streaked with gunpowder. Trickling from the hourglass until nothing is left. 

One day we will bleed for...
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about 13 hours ago

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sovereign (United States) published:

gen

PROMPT: Week 7 - Your Writing, Your Rule  | GROUP: Elements of Craft

young child of blood born wars
    of words shot through
        with blades.

old boy of peace caged stars
    of six books wrote
        with age.

your skin is old but your mind is young
    no - not age, you blind boy
        like a rot ate through brain and sense.

your skin is young but your mind is old
    strange, you worn child 
        like a doll...

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about 13 hours ago

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Writing4Life (Australia) published:

the band of life

PROMPT: Week 7 - Your Writing, Your Rule  | GROUP: Elements of Craft


Her feet tap on the floor.
The dough slaps on the wood.
His hands clap in sync.
The sounds of the world join,
As we make our own chords,
In our own ways,
Yet we all join,
The band of life.

 
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about 14 hours ago

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✧♬TwinklingLights♬✧ (United States) published:

More Surprising

PROMPT: Week 7 - Larding  | GROUP: Elements of Craft

    Annabeth glared at me like she was going to punch me, and then she did something that surprised me even more. It was more surprising than exploding the toilets during my first week at camp, more surprising than seeing Grover in a wedding dress next to a cyclops, more surprising than almost losing Annabeth to the Hunters, more surprising than learning Nico was conducting summoning rituals with McDonalds, and yes, even more surprising than learning I was a demigod in...

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about 17 hours ago

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HeyThereRose (United Kingdom) published:

blood in the bathroom sink (tw- blood/death/murder) (i did not mean to make it this dark... it was a very fun technique though) (took agesssss)

PROMPT: Week 7 - Larding  | GROUP: Elements of Craft

Perry gripped the edge of the washbasin and hauled himself to a standing position. A single rose fell from his limp grip into the sink. His knees trembled, as did his lower lip. A scar covered one side of his face. His feet curled into the hard tiled floor. His socks, gifted by his mother and patterned blue and green, were slowly turning brown. His shoes, taken off in a fit of madness, lay discarded on the floor. Shuddering breathes...

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about 17 hours ago

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barelybear (United Kingdom) published:

Origami Heart

PROMPT: Week 3 - The Symbol  | GROUP: Elements of Craft

She went everywhere with a pale pink origami swallow pinned neatly over her heart. In the summer it sang, and in the winter it curled and nested, but all through the year it pulsed a steady rhythm through her chest; its wings flapped sweet, sticky pink blood through her veins. 

It had been 792 days since she’d started making the swallow, since she’d burnt up all her newspapers with their tiny black print that marched like little soldiers across cream...

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about 18 hours ago

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anemoia (#words) (United States) published:

the city; the elevator

PROMPT: Week 1 - Hometown  | GROUP: Elements of Craft

There's nothing like a city where no one knows your name but the people who care enough to ask,
Where people never sleep and lights flash at all hours,
Where the hum of cars and voices and dogs and sirens never fades away.

They say people fall in love on that elevator in my building,
Steal messy kisses,
Purse lips in tense silence,
Expel floods of pent-up resentment.

But as for me,
I was in that elevator,
When good news...

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about 20 hours ago

The Ravenclaw Dragon (United States) published:

School

PROMPT: Week 6 - The Dialogue Poem  | GROUP: Elements of Craft

Beatrix
    "Don't waste your times.
    Schools begrimes.
    It's a building of boringness
    And very useless." 
    
Kayla
    "That's not true!
    What, are you gonna also saw that 'bout the Louvre?
    We need schools,
    To learn mathematics and joules."

Beatrix
    "Learning like school is silly!
    Instead, ya just need to throw yo'self out into the streets, really." 

Kayla
    "We'd all be...

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about 22 hours ago

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Ellington Stone (United States) published:

Ode To The Umbrella

PROMPT: Week 5 - Ode to the Ordinary  | GROUP: Elements of Craft

Umbrella, 
You are the layer that shields
Raindrops of sorrow
From our faces.

Umbrella,
You are there 
At all times
With your hooked handle,
Leaning against the wall of the coat closet
Covered in shadows.

Umbrella, 
You walk with us down dirty streets
And drain the water
In falls
Around your brim.

Umbrella, 
You fight the gray cloud
Of condensed misery,
And you never complain.

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about 23 hours ago

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Sonder Fen and Mead (#words) (Malaysia) published:

A Dot, A Slash

PROMPT: Week 4 - Changing the Rules  | GROUP: Elements of Craft


A dot
/
A slash
•/
A dot, a slash
•/•/
A dot, a slash— a-dot-and-a-slash
••••
Four dots—
A slash
••••/
Four-dots-and-a-slash
Four dots
+plus one—
Four-dots-plus-one
•••••
Five dots—
Were four
Five dots were four— were four dots plus one
Equils=
Fivedotswasfour—werefourdotsplusone

A dot
/
A slash
•/
A dot, a slash
•/•/
A dot and a slash

about 24 hours ago

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Starlitskies (Sri Lanka) published:

Transcendent

PROMPT: Week 5 - Writing as Meditation  | GROUP: Elements of Craft

Lightning. Last night, heaven exposed itself. Two a.m. and the dark suffocating my lungs, I knelt at the edge of the bed to catch a glimpse of this god. The sky inhaled and exploded, flashing the white ribs of its underbelly. At the dead of the night, for a second and just for a second, it was day. 

Silence. Last night, absence pulled my breath backwards. I tumbled with it, into myself then outwards, and then we waited.

Thunder. Last...

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1 day ago

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a rose (United States) published:

lipogram

PROMPT: Week 7 - Your Writing, Your Rule  | GROUP: Elements of Craft

hi saturn,
i remained unseen. days stacked up knee-high, but i was unwitnessed. actually. i was my witness. i tucked away my sins gently, every night, and my prettiest sin was--well. guess.
i gifted gravity myself. i laid with my skin pressing against rings & rings & rings sculpting every time id always be empty. it's funny. i recently learned apple's perfect ten is a year in age. five seasons mine baptized in the name of waiting for want. i...

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wish upon a tree (United States) published:

Of Stars, the Sky, and the World

PROMPT: Week 7 - Your Writing, Your Rule  | GROUP: Elements of Craft



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-    It’s such a dark new moon,
she says.

-    I like it this way, I say. 

-    Why so?

-    This way, you can see the stars.





-    What should I call you?
she asks.

-    I’m not sure.

-    Well then, who are you?


-    I am like the stars, I say. Dots on black, so small in the sky. 



-    Faint lights that will fade, too, one day.





-    I saw you in the stars, once,
she says.I...
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1 day ago

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Sanjana Sunilkumar (India) published:

My blue butterfly

PROMPT: Week 5 - Ode to the Ordinary  | GROUP: Elements of Craft

Hey budding butterfly,
Can you hear me?
Tell me where your home is
And we can have tea!

Hello little butterfly,
So gently you fly
Can you teach me to do so,
And help me touch the sky?

Dear, dear butterfly,
You buzz with glee
What is it you suck from the flowers,
Can I have some for me?

Playing with my hair,
Is that you?
Do tell me butterfly,
Why are you so blue?

Excuse me, butterfly,
I heard...

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2 days ago

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Writing4Life (Australia) published:

the band of life

PROMPT: Week 7 - Your Writing, Your Rule  | GROUP: Elements of Craft


Her feet tap on the floor.
The dough slaps on the wood.
His hands clap in sync.
The sounds of the world join,
As we make our own music,
In our own ways,
Yet we all join,
The band of life.

 
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2 days ago

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Writing4Life (Australia) published:

Twin Trouble

PROMPT: Week 6 - The Dialogue Poem  | GROUP: Elements of Craft

Jay: Spring has sprung!
The warm air fills my lungs.


Tay: And along comes the wonderful smell of animal dung,
And ow! I think I just got stung!

Jay: Bees just make sweet honey,
Which gives beekeepers like me sweet, sweet money!

Tay: Oi, stop making fun of me!
It's not funny!

Jay: Little lambs skip down the fields,
And all the harvests start to yield.

Tay: And the butchers their weapons wield,
And unfortunately those darling lambs have no...
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2 days ago

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Arielle08 (United States) published:

Spring - Another Lipogram

PROMPT: Week 7 - Your Writing, Your Rule  | GROUP: Elements of Craft

 I squint while the flowers unfurl in the sunset. It looks like somebody took their brush, coloring the evening sky with tones of red, pink, yellow. The sun might be going down, but the flowers don't seem to be. They just keep stretching higher, trying to get to the sky. I don't like it one bit. They remind me too much of... everything. Too much.
    The spring's gorgeous, the best time. In her opinion. No, we won't go...

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3 days ago

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Awesome Sienna (Australia) published:

The Calling

PROMPT: Week 7 - Your Writing, Your Rule  | GROUP: Elements of Craft

As I climb high,
I see things that I thought
were not there.

My eyes have been closed
but now I can see. 
Wide open I look and
my heart is calm once more.

I suck in a deep breath,
And take my time
as I trudge back down.

But the hill still calls me,
as I stare at it through the glass, 
it's song sings
loud in my ears.

When can I go back?
Go back to the place...

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3 days ago

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Sunday (United States) published:

Human Achievements

PROMPT: Week 6 - The Dialogue Poem  | GROUP: Elements of Craft

What a tragedy it'd be
if we looked up at the moon one night
and saw it aglow with city light.

    But that'll be nothing to the satisfaction you
    and I'll feel when the heavens are at last mapped out,
    when our science is firm and without doubt.

Satisfaction to lose the splendor and the wonder?
Satisfaction once nature's goods have all been plundered?
Would you be satisfied or filled with shameful pride?

    And would you leave the world a...
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3 days ago

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shadow_diva (United States) published:

Destruction of Paper

PROMPT: Week 6 - Speak Your Mind  | GROUP: Elements of Craft

She crumpled the piece of paper in her fist, feeling the rough and uneven edges of the crinkled paper pressing against her palm. Then, her fingers unfurled and the paper, now reduced to a small, wrinkled ball, dropped onto the fresh dirt under her feet. Seeing the paper on the ground, away from her, Mika felt her shoulders relax, if for a moment. It wasn't enough, she knew, and Mika raised her right foot and stomped on the paper ball-once,...

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3 days ago

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bookmagic (United States) published:

Um, I don't even know what this is. I'll probably change it.

PROMPT: Week 7 - Your Writing, Your Rule  | GROUP: Elements of Craft

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Writing4Life (Australia) published:

Sarah Wittaker

PROMPT: Week 6 - Speak Your Mind  | GROUP: Elements of Craft

"So how long have you been here?" 
"Oh, um, about 2 years."
"Wow, that's a long time. 'Ave you got a girl back home?"
"N-no. It's just me."
It wasn't always just me. Sarah was the most beautiful lass in all of America...but I couldn't give her everything she needed. If only she could see me now, wrapped in a navy blue blanket around a wavering fire, fighting for ol' Uncle Sam.
"What was that?"
"Huh?"
"Did you say something?" ...

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3 days ago