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Get Your Emily On

Tyrant of Words
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Poetry Contest

Writing a poem in the style of Emily Dickinson
My poetry professor had us do what she called apprentice poems ... writing poems in the style of a poet or poetess that we liked ... this meant paying attention to the style ... the use of rhyme (if any) ... the number of stanzas ... etc. But it is not just simple parroting ... we had to strive to have some of our own originality in the writing

So get your Emily on ... try writing a poem in the style of Emily Dickinson ... by submitting one poem ... newly written ...

If you don't have access to Emily Dickinson poetry you can visit www.poetryfoundation.org and search there for many of her poems ...

Here is one of my favorite of her poems:

I dwell in Possibility -

I dwell in Possibility -
A fairer House than Prose -
More numerous of Windows -
Superior - for Doors -

Of Chambers as the Cedars -
Impregnable of eye -
And for an everlasting Roof
The Gambrels of the Sky -

Of Visitors - the fairest -
For Occupation - This -
The spreading wide my narrow Hands
To gather Paradise -

Fire of Insight
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When the Silent Crow has Flown

I dance with him, a stranger still—
A figment of my mind
The song a hymn of meager skill—
Composed of words in rhyme

He takes the lead yet I resist—
I know this dance by heart
The words he needs cannot exist
While ink and parchment part

We dance a while
And rest a while
I struggle—What to Say?
The cat has come
And got my tongue
Perhaps another day

The dance goes on and he grows strong—
 My ardor gives him strength
Each liaison gives girth and brawn—
His wit, more class and depth

When the silent crow has flown
Then I’m no longer lonesome
Because my lad has finally grown—
And he's such a handsome poem!

Written by ReggiePoet (Reggie)
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Forever I Roam

I was eighteen and I left home  
ambitious or rather, all roads will lead to Rome,
only if I worked my ass off right to the bone  

Life’s always serene and fair  
I start off as a stage actor with a flair  
Having my strings pulled, there’s never despair
through peaks and troughs, I journey through the valleys  
throughout the days and night, the smell of fresh air, had my soul in harmony  
sunshines from the East, love greets me with a subtle ease  
from dawn to dusk, the lessons I learnt from the West were the best  
as I moved from one continent to another, I embrace everything that were better  
Bitter ales Courage Best, greasy French fries with gravy and cheese  
Never mind the rolling hills of Cotwolds,
or the fresh streams flowing down the Thames,  
the illusion was always the beauty of whatever was greener on the other side of St James!  
Then came the land, way above the 49th parallel,
snowed capped and barren that’s unlike hell  
Yet it the heat came from the hut, sat over the frozen ice,
grilling the fleshy rainbow trout and pepper bells  
then comes July, the summer takes over the long arduous winter  
I see everything that has become greener, brighter and my heart a little lighter  
three decades past and comes the time,
I needed to circle back home,  
gone were the illusions of everything’s greener,
except my desire to forever roam!
Written by XiaoLong
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Tribute to Emily Dickinson, not to be considered an entry  

Beautiful recluse  
How dare you  
Hide your beauty  
From my eyes?  

Teasing me through  
Drape drawn windows  
And locked doors  
With verbs of love  
And adverbs of passion  
Wycliffe broke your heart  
But he could not smother  
Your burning desire  
Let another lover in  
End this dark mourning  
By burning your body  
With fornication scorching  
Wild nights are not  
Our luxury  
They are a necessity  
And all you need do  
Is open your door  
Wide for me and approve
Written by snugglebuck
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Tyrant of Words
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As I Grow Old with Grays

The times are changing
As I grow old with grays
I’m busy rearranging
Closer to my last days –

The years go by faster
As I move a little slow
Not yet out to pasture
But I hear the wind blow –

The words escape me
As I write the truth
For all that shaped me
Withered away in youth –

I count every wrinkle
Claiming each as mine
But also see a twinkle
In the life I still define –

Then I begin to smile
I still have time
It might be a while
It may be my prime –

Nothing is guaranteed
Nothing really stays
Except maybe the verse I leave
As I grow old with grays –

And maybe with some grace
Written by wallyroo92
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Dangerous Mind
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No need to jump the queue

Thinning hairs lost youth
times grey, sent to displease
clouded insights focus blighted
a stature so reduced

The echo's of the graveyard
half forgotten past
shadows cast so uninvited
the last Swallow that dives

Walk a black horizon
no need to jump the queue
the ledger exclamation just a hyphen
 phoenix spirit just candle lit
Written by slipalong
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Fire of Insight
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when i thought poetry
finally died
it coughed a bit

and then just sighed

and then i saw
its spirit rise
like vapor
in this heated lull

to hang in droplets
on the skull

those bones as gray
and thick as cloud
and lightening, bright
and thunder, loud

and then its words
upon my pain
as summer rain
Written by javalini
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Fire of Insight
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Thank you LilDragonFly for hosting this competition!

Thought Provoker
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Congratulations 🎈🍾🎊🎉

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