Poetry competition CLOSED 8th November 2019 5:20pm
WINNER
wallyroo92
View Profile Poems by wallyroo92
rosette
RUNNER-UP: Ahavati

Page:

Tales Of The Unexpected : Roald Dahl Inspired

Trouble_Loves_Me
Trouble_Loves_Me
Fire of Insight
Wales
3awards   profile   poems   message
Joined 22nd June 2017
Forum Posts: 64

Poetry Contest

Inspired by Dahl fiction
After too long an absence, rediscovered Dahl on dusty book shelves.

Anything inspired, in any form, by his young reader and/or adult fictions.

No length restrictions.
Maximum 2 entries per writer.

https://youtu.be/1M0eMkcc91E

Ahavati
Ahavati
Tyrant of Words
United States
77awards   profile   poems   message
Joined 11th Apr 2015
Forum Posts: 3818

OMG! I LOVE Dahl! This one has my name written ALL over it!

Ahavati
Ahavati
Tyrant of Words
United States
77awards   profile   poems   message
Joined 11th Apr 2015
Forum Posts: 3818

The Champion of the World

Those who recognize Love  
 are lichen to its presence:    
particularly poverty—  
  a pauper in the dell    
  with a cozy caravan  
poached breakfast    
  and mechanical garage;  
   
a widower unshaped  
by societal mold  
  and a motherless boy eager to learn    
is all it took to save the world  
  despite unbecoming behavior  
  of a profit monger—  
   
not the Queen's Guard  
  upholding monarchy rules;  
nor barristers in fancy suits—  
   
but, a wealth of togetherness  
wearing worn, yet clean clothes    
~
Written by Ahavati
Go To Page  

JohnnyBlaze
JohnnyBlaze
Dangerous Mind
United States
16awards   profile   poems   message
Joined 20th Mar 2015
Forum Posts: 1557

Just an elevator?

that only goes up and down??  

~ frown~  

Child, you're lacking imagination  
See you later, Alligator!  
 
As for you, Crocodile ...  
 
~ smile ~  
 
I wish you  
would stay a while;  
take a further tour with me  
Together, we can explore the four  
corners of my factory ( and there may  
even be a room or two or three  
I myself have never seen before! )  
 
We can zoom about in this fabulous  
glass observatory that zips and glides  
and dips but never collides as it flip de trips  
and loop de loops -  
 
Oh! Look down there!  
Let's say goodbye  
 
~ wave ~  
 
to the Gloops!  
 
Hey, Little Bucket Boy!  
There's more to this silly story  
you have yet to read  
and I need -  
 
~ cough ~  
 
and I think  
you would be great at  
keeping me company  
 
~wink~  
 
Charlie, would you take a ride with me?  
 
 
Written by JohnnyBlaze
Go To Page  

slipalong
slipalong
Fire of Insight
United Kingdom
9awards   profile   poems   message
Joined 1st Jan 2018
Forum Posts: 301

Compendium

The door opened and a big fluffy dice jumped out    
And said trust me all, and rolled around the floor    
I am one it said but if I change my mind I'll shout      
The monsoon has brought the snakes out of their lair      
      
Ivy grew so fast and blocked the exit cave      
Just ahead a was a long ladder made out of wood      
And dice said do not be timid we must be brave      
For the boa constrictors are up to no good      
     
For we must climb up to the top      
Our first quest is not to slip or drop      
Trolls with slimy fingers green poke out your eyes      
With poisonous pet frogs in cages by their side      
     
They picked up dice who now was six      
We must sing a climbing song      
    "scratch your head      
    poke out your tongue      
   climb that ladder rung by rung      
   the rain it tastes like lemonade      
   some squares you must avold      
   to step wrong and then you slide"      
     
   The top of the canopy new adventure starts      
   They got there by the shortest route      
   The dice changed to  the ace of hearts      
   Down the slide chased by a great big ball      
          
Do what you want in that  games console    
Jump into the deep just don't push delete  
You are the theme and passion the prize  
Stardust for minds to depths realised

He sat in his shed and wrote as a child
To worlds that only he had contrived
Written by slipalong
Go To Page  

Sky_dancer
Sky_dancer
The Cosmic Dragon
Dangerous Mind
United Kingdom
16awards   profile   poems   message
Joined 10th Dec 2018
Forum Posts: 853

Marvelous Medicine

Evil witch, deserves a brew,
a taste of her own - for her to chew,
I'll mix her a potion, she'll never forget
her eyes will be streaming, and filled with regret

I'll grab a pot and mix things in
The bathroom stash is where to begin
Her wicked ways must turn around
A medicine to make her sound

A bit of this, a bit of that
This'll fix that old, grey bat!
From room to room and to the shed
A glob of this will sort her head

It's time! It's done! Let's dose this crone
Be free of all her discord sewn
A spoon of this and things begin
Her bulging eyes, her neck so thin

Oh no! Oh dear! What have I done?
I didn't want the old hag gone!
She's growing taller, through the rafters
This has become an enormous disaster!

From down the lane come mum and dad
When they see gran they'll both be mad
Mum's face is shocked, and full of fright
But dad's is full of sheer delight

"Fetch the chucks, let's make them huge!
We'll be eating eggs from breakfast til noon
Remake the mix, we've work to do,
Now make a list of all that you used!"

I can't recall each splash for splash
But this and that should make our mash
A second batch, no that's no good
A third, a fourth each one a dud

Until a final batch was brewed
Whilst gran still spits out words so rude
A spoon of it and gran starts shrinking
Relief was ours and too-soon-thinking

She shrank and shrank until she vanished,
Dad turns to me, "That's that. I'm famished
Lad, grab that egg, we'll have a feast
And celebrate the wretched beast

It's nice and peaceful without gran
But I'm still working on a plan
To make a mix of marvellous wonder
And someday I'll become a doctor.

- by George Kranky, aged 8 (and a smidge)
Written by Sky_dancer (The Cosmic Dragon)
Go To Page  

Deborahlee
Deborahlee
Lost Thinker
United States
  profile   poems   message
Joined 15th Feb 2017
Forum Posts: 1

Writers bleed for the ink and scribble with bones

Faux paperback writers fall
etching under shotgun
targeted thumbs,
but lines of psychotherapy spill
dripping from my veins.

Hot sticky droplets
stain my pages
with red prescriptions as
the plasma scribbles
mark the dosage
flowing from my fingertips
into my keyboard strokes.

If heartbeats race and
pulse sparks goosebumps,
my pen etches the smiles triggered
or the teardrops and battle scars.

A pen draws the picture of me my mouth
does not speak out loud,
paper without headlines glows white,
shows no daydreams no screams
and no encyclopedia of yesterdays

edited tropes growl
vomiting emblems on people
masking writer's block and
scratching paragraphs

yellow roses and not blue violets
add perfume to ink in the links of
a sweet sugar coated alphabet.

Fountain pens spread poetry
tied to the heartstrings of the poet
and every poem that's written down
may not rhyme the lines

so do you write with a flow or is it
just all an uphill-climb?
Do not write for me
do it for you or toss pencils
in a circular file with the junk mail.
Written by Deborahlee
Go To Page  

Walt55
Walt55
Strange Creature
Canada
  profile   poems   message
Joined 18th Oct 2019
Forum Posts: 1

Little Weaver

Strands of silver,
Legs like arms,
The weaver did spin,
Some old yarns.

Creating a masterpiece,
As nature's Van Gough,
Which shines in the sunlight,
In ambers glow.

Body of gold,
You create your design,
Like stained glass windows,
in a shrine.

Fang like smile,
Came over your face,
Inspecting each little strand,
And every space.

As nature's winds,
Showcase the artist’s work,
Making an unexpected guest,
Come to Perch.

Causing your work,
To loosen its grip,
Making it wave,
tear and drip.

Fixing your design,
To entice more guests,
With desire and beauty,
in your quests.
Written by Walt55
Go To Page  

wallyroo92
wallyroo92
Dangerous Mind
United States
76awards   profile   poems   message
Joined 11th July 2012
Forum Posts: 911

Pure Imagination

Close your eyes,
Spread your wings,
Accept this open invitation,
We’ll take flight
And go to places you’ve only dreamed.

See the sites,
Hear the sounds,
Feel the indescribable elation,
There you’ll find,
What you heart has always wished.

Clear your mind,
Bare your soul,
It’s truly wonderful sensation,
You’ll feel free,
There are no limits or boundaries.

You are the one,
Who’s in charge,
Take delight in your imagination,
Live the dream,
Where everything is possible and pure.
Written by wallyroo92
Go To Page  

Trouble_Loves_Me
Trouble_Loves_Me
Fire of Insight
Wales
3awards   profile   poems   message
Joined 22nd June 2017
Forum Posts: 64

Despite lack of entries, compensated by quality. I know all hosts say such, but it genuinely difficult to award trophies / ribbons. But competition is competition I guess.

Wallyroo captured the wondrous imagination implicit in Willy Wonka. Always remember my Grandad telling me “they can’t stop you dreaming son.” So true.

Ahavati fondness for Dahl resonates and it was pleasure to read. ‘Danny the Champion of the World’ is oft overlooked in my humble opinion.

“Hey little Bucket Boy.” Adore JB’s word play. Slipalong’s ‘Compendium’ is a clever metaphor. Will never approach game of snakes n’ ladders in same light again. Deborahlee & Walt insights into role of writer / muses and the creative process. Philosophical gems. Ha! The potion of Sky Dancer’s words. As kids we were forever mixing & drinking unholy ‘potions.’ Surprised none were killed!

Many Thanks, Rob

Ahavati
Ahavati
Tyrant of Words
United States
77awards   profile   poems   message
Joined 11th Apr 2015
Forum Posts: 3818

Oh wow! Thank you, TLM!  I honestly was not expecting to place in this one - there were too many great entries. So thank you for not only the honor but the comp! It really took me back home and I loved it!

Congratulations, Walley! A well-deserved win!

JohnnyBlaze
JohnnyBlaze
Dangerous Mind
United States
16awards   profile   poems   message
Joined 20th Mar 2015
Forum Posts: 1557

Whoa! Congrats, Wally!

Ahavati said:Oh wow! Thank you, TLM!  I honestly was not expecting to place in this one - there were too many great entries. So thank you for not only the honor but the comp! It really took me back home and I loved it!

Congratulations, Walley! A well-deserved win!


Good job, Darling! xo

Ahavati
Ahavati
Tyrant of Words
United States
77awards   profile   poems   message
Joined 11th Apr 2015
Forum Posts: 3818

JohnnyBlaze said:Whoa! Congrats, Wally!



Good job, Darling! xo


xo

wallyroo92
wallyroo92
Dangerous Mind
United States
76awards   profile   poems   message
Joined 11th July 2012
Forum Posts: 911

I'm completely blown away by news of this. Congrats to Ahavati on runner up, (you were right, his voice does speak to the inner child). My sincere thanks to the host for the honor on this comp. I'm humbled this nomination, especially by that a piece I've heard for many years always had a rhythm in my head.
Thank you!

PoetsRevenge
PoetsRevenge
Dangerous Mind
United States
12awards   profile   poems   message
Joined 30th June 2016
Forum Posts: 241

Congrats to Wally and Ahavati, these poems were really fun to read, pure imagination..
Now where did I leave that gobstopper?

Page:
Go to: