Poetry competition CLOSED 21st November 2019 11:02am
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JohnnyBlaze
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Poem of the Month - November 2019

summultima
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Dangerous Mind
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Does The Postman Really Ring Twice?

“My migratory songs are on wings,
Seeking their nests in thy voice.” Tagore
“There is nothing as beautiful as a burning book.” Anon


Quietude
Counting branches on rust tree
Breeze stirs stain from cup lip,
Remembering 1979 summer
Circus came to town
Acrobat slipped and broke her neck
Clowns carried her away in toy ambulance.

Drifting
Into audience of theatre nap
Book spined spread on lap
as butterfly flight.
Paper proscenium arches
& folds Freudian dream:

Enter stage left> an Elvis-Alsatian hybrid
All shook up, barking suede shoes.
Pope Luciani wrote on my bedroom wall
‘When in Rome…..don’t feed the lions.’
Exit stage right<

Sleep surrenders to kitchen-sink
Drama of a dripping tap,
Falling angles in L Shaped room shadow’ings
Move slower than traffic behind multiple crash,
On radio dead pop star sings
Of that thing called love.
Sometimes needle
Remains in the groove.

Postman
Bemoans ‘social media murdered
The delight of fleshed ink’ ~    
Forty four letters from home
Bills to unsettle paupers
Life insurance for 99 pence a day.
Numbers on a door worn by all lived here,
Ghosts in brickwork, learning ‘to become’
In other narrowing doorways and steeper staircase.
 
Tamilian sheaf breaks letter-box hinges
Smells of Kumari Kandam mountain fountains,
Tender as a baby wave skimming stilled stream.
Unwraps itself on my bed.

Each volume inscribed sensually
As gifted red to blue pearls
Stringed words thread around harbour
Lighthouse : lighthouse contains library :
The library holds yellowing manuscripts
Stacked in our cranium corners
Adrift on a ferocious infernal tide.
Know me by my words.

Painted night can wait until day sinks
Into peach flavoured wetness,
Moon parachutes will float silvery
Ribbons to the ground –
Don’t forget to catch them.  

Whispers to candles have
Extinguished another diary,
Had my cake & eaten it,
Only tongue can tell in the
Taste of tomorrow winds
If it going to merely be
A good year for the roses.
It is on the verge of lisping
Everything and nothing.

Roundabout maybe full of cars
While violets could be crumpling in rain
Silence drowns the sound of a distant train
Derailing the lives of one hundred and fifty?
I used to think watercolours
Were self-portraits left out in rain.

Stood on stone-dusted cliff edge
Window ledge for all oceans
Leaning back against smashed glass
Felt delicate bones of dead chicks
Who never flew that summer
Who never used their wings.

From years stood at shores
I now understand that
The sea is a woman.

Civet musk creeps o’er jasmine petals
My vision falls inward
As a an unroped church bell
Crushes polished pulpits.

Blue & Green eyes meet marbling brown
Glaring blaze of a roaring oak pyre
(Bonfire of no vanities).
If Christ’s last temptation
Was mystery shrouded
Then no longer do I need
To explain my personal crucifixion.

Above and beyond, the
Disparate mist spread
All I see is you.
Written by Trouble_Loves_Me
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Razzerleaf
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wallyroo92
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The Poppies Grow

A hundred years ago.
Under skies so foreign to you all.
Who could have known?
That so many would heed the call.

I hear your names.
And pray for your souls beyond the fold.
The most dangerous game.
Mankind has got to learn before we’re too old.

Brave men of my country.
You pass the torch to me.

The poppies grow.
In Flanders Fields where men did die.
And row on row.
The crosses planted side by side.
The seeds we sow.
Grow in the dark to shine a light.
The poem echoes.
Those words again into the night.

A father and a son.
He stepped into a war to serve the crown.
And victory won.
Through sacrifice, many lay in that ground.

And so I stand.
I face the memories you all left.
As we place another wreath.
And pray that it won’t happen again.

Brave men of my family.
You hand off the torch to me.

The poppies grow.
In Flanders Fields where men did die.
And row on row.
The crosses planted side by side.
The seeds we sow.
Grow in the dark to shine a light.
The poem echoes.
Those words again into the night.

Through the wind and the cold and the rain and the snow.
We’re carrying on through the quarrel you raised with the foe.
We stand and honor you all one more time.
Close our eyes and listen to those lines.

The poppies grow.
In Flanders Fields where men did die.
And row on row.
The crosses planted side by side.
The seeds we sow.
Grow in the dark to shine a light.
The poem echoes.
Those words again into the night.
Written by Madcinder
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Jade-Pandora
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Persimmons

 

How long had it been?
No matter, as she grew,
she dreamt of children.

Even as an only child
born of an only child;
where she was in life,
she wanted girls.

Not just one - to raise as
an only child and still be
alone in one’s mortality.

It was a time of war
when first conceived.

The streets were grey
and rubble-filled
in stillborn drifts of snow.

She had conceived
during a time of war;
she knew she’d have a girl,

when prayers would echo
from ruins of rooftops,
for God is great
’Allah akbar’ in the smoke.

What a beautiful child,
born when there should be
flowers & ripe persimmons.

She knew she’d have a girl;
it was a time of war—
how long had it been?

Written by Heaven_sent_Kathy
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Heaven_sent_Kathy
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Fire of Insight
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File of Sin Eaters

Spread thy deuterium wands upon the glass  
we both have gathered many grays
the gold of the ancients still tug you back  
held firmly, we remember the touchstones  
one by eye, two by mind we meld within   
were worlds welded despite fractures in time   
 
Woe with ritualistic meals we share the pain  
collecting cost spread betwixt conclave   
none say, none know , which sin is delivered  
shadows of the past coat over ghost-like from the veil   
meats of flesh brought torn as delicacy  
juice runs salted down the bent arm  
I remember he did, once in that old town  
 
Was it sin that brought his smile down low  
to that I will never know  
as the rifle goes off without hitch  
forward, file like in ordinary number  
no that wasn't ever true  
but here humbled and all packed up  
the dish is on with a glance to the sides  
 
Poppy sits empty, forlorn and hungry  
not once has he forgotten their youth  
the ties held bonded by blood  
forged by the first times and the last  
kin is time, well within familiar absolutes   
the only question is will he see him again   
 
 
 
 
 
https://youtu.be/FrZboFisCPo
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The winner of this competition and any runners up were decided by public vote.

Thank you to the following members for voting:

Rachel_Lauren, LunaGreyhawk, Poetrybydhyana, Andiew, sunsettown, AspergerPoet56, Stoney223, LunasChild8, nutbuster, _boybrains, David_Macleod, slipalong, Josh, flowergirl, Tallen, inechoingsilence, Sky_dancer, Ahavati, snugglebuck, Heaven_sent_Kathy, Lagertha, Inkognito

Inkognito
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Congratz to the winner. :)

Ahavati
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Whooo hoooo! Congratulations, Johnny! Well deserving! <3

Sky - yours was amazing! Congratulations on the placement!

JohnnyBlaze
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Ahavati said:Whooo hoooo! Congratulations, Johnny! Well deserving! <3

PR - yours was amazing! Congratulations on the placement!


Holy hell! I wasn't expecting that. Thank you for the nomination! ❤📝

And thank you to everyone who voted for it. ✔

Way to go PoetsRevenge!

butters
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big 'grats, johnny!
so... sky-dancer's runner up, right, nominated by poet's revenge? did i get that right? if so, YAY sky_dancer!

Ahavati
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butters said:big 'grats, johnny!
so... sky-dancer's runner up, right, nominated by poet's revenge? did i get that right? if so, YAY sky_dancer!


Oh shit! Yeah! My bad! I screwed that one up! Sorry Sky!

JohnnyBlaze
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Oh, shoot! Way to go Sky Dancer!

Sky_dancer
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Well done JB! I thought your poem was a good rocket up the arse. A call to stop bitching and work for the results you want. A good reminder to myself to get my head down and work hard.

Thanks for the nomination PR (hand on heart wish it were you, your poem was/is stunning. I love your work!!!) and vote(s) to youze guys :)

LobodeSanPedro
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Congrats on your win JB!

PoetsRevenge
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JohnnyBlaze said:
Way to go PoetsRevenge!


Sky_dancer said:
Thanks for the nomination PR (hand on heart wish it were you, your poem was/is stunning. I love your work!!!) and vote(s) to youze guys :)

Congrats to Johnny and Sky Dancer for winning, I'm so happy to have nomimated a runner up entry, that's so cool I'm happy for both of you, great nominations  :)

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