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Through The Alphabet: Letter A

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MadameLavender
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Poetry Contest

Use all the words in the list below , in a poem
For 2019, I’ll be running a series of comps where I’ll give a list of 10 words, places and names, all starting with the same letter of the alphabet, and you need to use them all in a poem . We’ll be going through the entire alphabet, 2 weeks per comp, the next comp to start once the prior one closes.

One entry per person, no collabs, any style or length poems .

Starting off with the letter A, here are the words for our first alphabet comp:

Anvil
Arch
Arlington
April
Anarchy
Amends
Aglow
Appease
Avoid
Apple

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There’s our first list , remember to use all the words in your poem , ready, set , go!  Two weeks, then the letter B comes up!

Have fun!

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Nari
Laura Jean
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The Letter A

(Listening to 808 State - Pacific State (Original Extended Version)  

The Anvil of silence was wholeheartedly attending  
to the Arch of Arlington, while the beach houses were  
panting for your smile into the stark: naked hours of the night  
in pursuit of spring side locality; April no longer with the sun  
in Anarchy chasing us down to make an Amends with  
who we use to be; Aglow: excitement now bending to some  
advancement making good on its promise; mellowing  
To Appease that forgetful solitude prepared to Avoid  
all we’ve ever challenged like
the Apple in your eyes for moon.
Written by Nari (Laura Jean)
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AEMelia564
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Abra Cadabra

Aglow
Loden anvil
of April

I make amends
with the anarchy
of past
beyond surface

Dreaming
In Arlington
I found
The apple
of mine eyes

I appease
my thirst
To avoid
The arch
prisoned
of your eyes

I stand
attone
Pacified

A high tree
(alone)
crowned me
its light


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Tardegrade
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Sounds fun.

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Tardegrade
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Concise and compelling

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Arlington in April

Arlington in April

The white crosses splay across the distance
Across a well tended carpet of green
Like swords planted as mockery to life
To appease ravenous Death.
The showers pause as if to make amends
Clouds as leaden as anvils, impatiently sigh
And the arch of Heaven erupts with thunder.

Anarchy above as torrents rage down
While below, black mushrooms sprout
A sea of umbrellas to avoid the harsh rain.

The apple-cheeked son with eyes aglow
Watches the flag-draped coffin descend
The light of vengeance burns behind
Tear stained eyes
And the cycle starts anew.
Written by Tardegrade
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yelluw_always
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"A" haikus

we avoid the looks  
the arch cherry tree in March  
near-by Arlington  

anarchy aglow
pear tree to nowhere April  
plane trip over lines  
 
avail and anvil  
our apple blossoms smear May  
down in Wenatchee  
 
appease the in-laws  
June eats a plum pie by Lake  
Coeur d’Alene  
 
amends of the heart  
makes the art of July green  
over cherry trees
Written by yelluw_always (Haley Quaquaversal)
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MadameLavender
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Excellent entries everyone —thanks for starting off !

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eswaller
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From the Apple Seed

Like anvil clouds hanging over you
And the bright rainbow in its arch
I am homesick for Arlington, a place
I have never been. Like April showers
The rain is pouring and the anarchy
Is rising from the ashes. Amends are
Not easy to make, but we are aglow
And whole. I am not here to appease
Or please anyone else. I avoid chaos.
I am growing from the apple seed.
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SatInUGal
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ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

I went to Arlington National Cemetery one April when I was a lad, to make amends I suppose for all the gratitude for sacrifice I’d taught myself to avoid.

I went to Arlington National Cemetery one April when I was a lad, to appease the Gods of War who drop their dictums like an anvil from above.

I went to Arlington National Cemetery one April when I was a lad, to see the ghosts of my forefathers aglow, not knowing how to reconcile them with the anarchy of youth.

I went to Arlington National Cemetery one April when I was a lad, to arch my back and pick an apple from a gnarled and knotted tree that grew there. Its flavor was baffling.
Written by SatInUGal (Kumar)
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DouglasWayne
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I did not see the word arch in your poem.  This regards the second entry of Abra Cadabra.

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Michel Lotito: The Man Who Ate An Airplane And Everything Else

He was a Frenchman and certainly not from Arlington.

But in his lifetime he ate about nine tons of metal.
He never swallowed an anvil whole.
He had better table manners.

He had trouble digesting bananas and hard boiled eggs.
So he had to avoid these.

Certainly he had to stay away from the apple.

Had he lived in St. Louis he would have attacked the Arch.

But being in France he ate only a taste of the Eiffel Tower.

Be assured he set himself aglow after consuming six chandeliers.

The anarchy of his life came when he was attacked and brutally knifed,

Sadly, Mr. Lotito passed away in June of 2007 not in April of 2008.

To make amends It’s said that he died of “natural causes." It was surrender and a way to appease.
Written by DouglasWayne (Douglas)
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Great job so far, everyone !  I’m thinking that I’ll send this and the rest of the comps in this year long series, to public vote.  That way , I can still choose who I think is the overall winner for each, and have input from others by way of the vote.  It will keep it less biased and open to more opinions other than just mine, for the winner.

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Old Spirits

I escaped the hustle and the bustle,
The daily rituals that felt like anarchy,
Away from the routines without purpose,
Looking for old spirits who held the key.

So I drove past old Arlington road,
Past the orchards and apple trees,
I stopped at the hidden secluded farm,
The old spirits I had come to appease.

I had gotten away from the city,
Avoiding the noise that doesn’t end,
And on that beautiful April morning,
I’d see the old spirits and make amends.

And as I walked to past the old arch,
I heard the anvil, hammer and the stone,
Suddenly my heart felt warm and all aglow,
I’d see the old spirits and finally rest at home.

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A solders prayer  

Submitted to MadameLavenders
 "Through The Alphabet: Letter A" competition

Please give me forgiveness, for I can not make amends
Let me worship you in your glory, help me appease my guilt
aglow are the fiery battles of my life, extract me
And with the arched end of your anvil Lord
I pray that you shape me in your Holy image
Give me strength to avoid all sin, break our anarchy of faith
"Keep me as the apple of your eye
Hide me in the shadow of your wings "(psalm 17:8)
In April when discharged, bring me safely home to family
and not to rest in Arlington



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