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a book for lovers

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition

A book for lovers; chapter one.

the pages are new and white
no stains, no sunspots
no signs of late night reading,
no long, long nights of rapture,
this chapter, I call him Wolf 
when I was foolish and lost in the wood

chapter two is a short time after 
this one is called Dragonfly
or sometimes Lotus
the pages become slightly yellowed from tea stains
her favorite is jasmine
i drink it anyway

three announces itself with the...

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a banana

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a banana fell in my shoe today
it was rotten
it got all over my shit
 
 
and then I ate it
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lili (United States) published:

a love note to myself

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You are jasmine bubble baths 
double dipped in honey 
baked in the oven you built, 
stone by stone 

caffeinated dreams and all nighters 
the deepest brew can be bitter 
can be an acquired taste 

but you, you are strength and fire 
tea leaves scorned and scalded 
it is not your fault that your boil burns their tongues 
let them remember you are not for tasting 

maybe your name will die as an echo 
but an echo sounds the same 
from...

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lili (United States) published:

then, in the water

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Do you remember
me, standing in the bathtub,
Dad's pocket knife my toaster oven
as I burned a hole through myself

Do you remember me,
so tired and heavy,
I just wanted to fly 
I saw the ladder to the roof and I reach for it...

Do you remember coming home
To find me beneath stony waters
the pool! you thought
The one thing you hadn't locked up

When I was small
You called me guppy, I didn't want to get...

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Poetry and Spoken Word Competition

a book for lovers

A book for lovers; chapter one.

the pages are new and white
no stains, no sunspots
no signs of late night reading,
no long, long nights of rapture,
this chapter, I call him Wolf 
when I was foolish and lost in the wood

chapter two is a short time after 
this one is called Dragonfly
or sometimes Lotus
the pages become slightly yellowed from tea stains
her favorite is jasmine
i drink it anyway

three announces itself with the wheels of a suitcase
lame as they rattle over airport tile
with a self importance that lets you know 
they are home.
here is the first rip in the book, we call him Summer
and it ends without punctuation

the fourth nearly kills the author;
nearly burns the book with its first touches of flame,
and ember
Cambria, with hopes of Harvard
dreams with me, in the dark
convincing herself it is scholarly

five was supposed to be the...

a banana


a banana fell in my shoe today
it was rotten
it got all over my shit
 
 
and then I ate it

a love note to myself

You are jasmine bubble baths 
double dipped in honey 
baked in the oven you built, 
stone by stone 

caffeinated dreams and all nighters 
the deepest brew can be bitter 
can be an acquired taste 

but you, you are strength and fire 
tea leaves scorned and scalded 
it is not your fault that your boil burns their tongues 
let them remember you are not for tasting 

maybe your name will die as an echo 
but an echo sounds the same 
from one voice as one thousand 
you will be passed between the mountain tops 
the hillsides will bloom at the sound of you 

do not forget, in good or bad,  
those nights you spent 
erupting and reforming over and over 
the prehistoric times you stayed through 
a pangea of meteoric proportions 
all of it, 
without a case of amber in which to hide 

because you do not need to hide 
let them see 
the ink and dirt in your bones 
and...

Open Prompt

then, in the water

Do you remember
me, standing in the bathtub,
Dad's pocket knife my toaster oven
as I burned a hole through myself

Do you remember me,
so tired and heavy,
I just wanted to fly 
I saw the ladder to the roof and I reach for it...

Do you remember coming home
To find me beneath stony waters
the pool! you thought
The one thing you hadn't locked up

When I was small
You called me guppy, I didn't want to get out
the water was warmer than the air
and I knew I'd drown sooner in the world

than in the water
 

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