Poetry competition CLOSED 11th March 2021 5:36pm
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RiAN
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Baby You've Come A Long Way!

Insiderew
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a Villanelle Just A man

It must be hard to merely be a man    
to be stuck forever inside maleness,    
being a part of this whole world wide gang,    
      
Boney fists, ready,  to be curled by hands      
having to wear the male badge on the chest,    
it must be hard to merely be a man.      
     
Unable to take joy in self's, song and dance,    
to have no access to femininness,    
because he's part, of this, unruly gang,    
     
And, I despair, that any changes can    
be made, out of this, warrior like mess,    
if, its really hard, to be, a mere man.      
     
Forever fearful, of being unmanned,      
but needing to be clutching at a breast,      
but, still show, that he is part of the gang.    
     
     
And here, I propose, a most cunning plan,    
start young, teach boys, lots of femininness,      
I commend men to your sane hands, woman,    
because it is hard being, just a man.
Written by Insiderew (Rew)
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Ahavati
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Thank you, Rew for your respective entries and Happy International Women's Day!

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cheers Ahavati and the same to you

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Ice and Roses

 
Quantifying heartache on the scale of time
All the firsts reopen the wounds
And occasions can only be so special without you

Despite theoretical hopes
My faith's will to reminisce
Imagination is all I've got
But my mind can't fake true happiness

Relapse in sadness
I medicate as I live in madness
When the heart is lost for withdraws
And the pages are my vice
I'll write a thousand letters to you
But you're the missing part of a moment's paradise

Good advice given to lull the absence
All the beautiful sentiments of death bedside cliches
I can't find the color in the sky behind these clouds of gray

You're alive in a place of eternal light
I'm dead beneath the rays of the shadow sun
Un-dead I walk to destination home again
Till the souvenirs of our sorrows are undone

These memorial words I write
As I echo these emotions that refuse to fade
Two days after my first birthday without you
I designate this moment to think about every memory made

Another few days till we grace the aisle
You are the unspoken undertone in every tear shed and smile
Amidst our joys I cannot help but think as we quote our vows to endear
Part of me will weep as I think "I wish my mom was here"

And so she is so they say in the spirit of comfort
With references to the unseen witness of my life
But the thoughts don't replace the physical presence of you
When I'm who I am today because of you and my beautiful wife

What's to be said of all it took to come to this place
When I think of death as we wear our masks of red
Resealing our vows amidst ice and roses
Let love mend our soul's and lay to rest the dead...
Written by cloventongue89 (Nathaniel Peter)
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Thank you, cloventongue89, for your entry.

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The Real G

 
Ruth was an icon, she was the real G
Bader was crusader for women’s rights
Ginsburg fought for justice and equality
Taking on battles, shining a bright light

She was a rockstar when she’d disagree
Flexing muscle - just check out her arm curls
And her dissents were very legendary
Schooling you till you clutched your pearls

Her influence enhanced our society
I think she was a badass in retrospect
Don’t believe me, read up on herstory
She truly deserves some mad respect

R.I.P. Dear Notorious R.B.G.
You are a hero and a champion all the way
You created an incredible and lasting legacy
We celebrate you on International Woman’s Day
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Thank you, Wally, for your entry. Love the image; she was indeed a queen.

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Woman

The greatest thing    
that a god ever did    
      
 
with a spare rib      
     

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Bravo, Wilber!

E'ry one; you have less than 24 to enter! Get yo feminine or feminine admiration on!

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Tick tock! Two hours!

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Faithmairee: Proud To Be A Woman

Hi, Faith! Thank you for your entry.  Bravo on your perspective. I loved that despite what anyone else may offer you in regards to your worth, knowing the value of yourself is enough. This indicates the independence of your spirit! While tributes in forms of notes, poetry, and praise are all very lovely to hear and receive; it is your belief and how far you come that is the determining factor in your worth.

This was fiercely independent! Thank you for entering!

MaryWalker: The Fish Bitch Song
Hi, Mary! I LOVED your perspective as well. You are one proud lesbian and you go girl! As much as I love Johnny, I do hope that in a future lifetime you will get to emerge in the body you desire. I will always contest you are the twin he absorbed.
As for your poem, it was spot on proud of who you are despite what any man would think or how they would judge you. I loved the clever play on words and ocean metaphors.

Swim on, girlfriend, and congratulations on your placement.

Razzerleaf: Burn the house down
Nice to see a man honoring women! I really enjoyed this perspective, particularly how many men do perceive women as the weaker sex, i.e. - expect you need to be led, et al. Strength is defined in many various ways; and it's not just the physical attributes which determines such.

The flip from docile to dominant through the power of her voice vs physique was a wonderful twist! There is something about a woman's voice that can not only be fearless but commanding as well. It can definitely send a shiver down the spine of the strongest of men, while reducing him to a puddle of mush!
Well done!

RiAN: Woman

You had me at moon tribe! LOL! Seriously! I love the spiritual depth of this poem: rib and bone/wise and wild. . .

The alliteration in that latter combination is wonderful. Contoured embroidery! Floating womb! The corset of my gender! Anima mundi ( omg! I haven't heard that phrase in a bit ).

It just goes on. . .and on. . .it's fluid and indeed does voice the voids of our ancestors, strong women: "May We Know Them, May We Be Them, May We Raise Them."

Congratulations on your win with such a deserving profession of womanhood from her inception.

Anna_grin: bitter herbs

This was a very sobering write and I feel an expression of a part of womanhood that is not often portrayed nor celebrated as necessary. The emotional punch was palpable.

The imagery and metaphors are stark and adequately portray not only the process but the emotional involvement. There are times in life that we disassociate from reality in order to save ourselves; I feel this was such a time.

It took me a bit to get over the emotional impact of this when I first read it. No; it's not the celebratory tone I expected; however it's a testament to the power of women to survive.

Thank you for entering and congratulations on your placement.

RiAN:  I am crone

This one dropped like a minute through a lifetime! I loved what the imagery evoked! Again, your language: volva/vulva, lyre of lucifer, ovulating orbits, silver streaks! All wonderful examples of perfect alliteration!
Maybe it's because I am the crone that I related to this one so much; but, I absolutely loved it. It's effortless and light as a feather with a very heavy presence of wisdom!

Thank you for this second entry. I always enjoy your unique perspective and magic with words.

Insiderew: Sonnet to, No!

A sonnet! This was fun and straight down the line as far as your law! What I enjoyed about this was how it expressed YOUR desires! Historically women have been chattel—something to own and use at will for pleasure ( or a punching bag ); to sell or exchange for peace between countries. Of course we've come a long way, and one of those ways is to draw the line and set the boundary on what WE want to enjoy from a sexual encounter!

It made me smile and nod! Well done and thank you for entering.

Insiderew: Just A Man

As a mother and nana, I applaud this concept! Men do indeed have their own plethora of issues in today's world. While it has historically been a man's world, and men historically have felt in such control that their actions went unchecked; the times they have changed, my friend. It's almost to the point that men cannot innocently flirt or pursue a women without fear of being called a sexist or stalker. Of course there's a line which determines each, and that line is intent. However, intent cannot be proven in a court of law.

I often wonder how much different things would be if men were allowed to follow their honorable intentions vs refrain from lack of accusation and prosecution.
It's true that just as we must teach our daughters to be fearless warriors, we must also teach our sons to embrace their feminine balance.

Thank you for this perspective and second entry.

Cloventongue90: Ice and Roses

As one who has lost their mother, I can fully relate to this entry. It's filled with a deep resonance of absence throughout your spirit, as though a part of you has died with her. And, in many respect, or, from my own experience, a part of us indeed does go with them; however, just as true as that may be, a part of them also lives on with us—thus is the cycle complete.

I love that you honor your mother ( and subsequently wife ) with who you have become today with such genuine professions of gratitude. Let Love mend our souls indeed.

Thank you for this heartfelt entry.

Wallyroo92

Rock on, Ginsburg! You left no stone unturned when penning this tribute, Wally. She was fierce and yet compassionate; she was dedicated and yet flexible; she was steadfast and unwavering in her convictions. This has an unyielding power to its essence; and she truly was a heroine for the cause of women.

Thank you for a wonderful tribute!

wilberfloss: Woman

Ha! This is a true testament to how powerful minimalistic poetry can be!

Thank you for your entry! It was like the final nail in the coffin!


Thank you all for your wonderful entries celebrating women and congratulations to the placement holders!

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thank you a, i didn’t honestly expect a look in on this one . when the celebratory feelings are strong I’ll come back to the prompt in some way x

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Thank you so much for choosing my entry or entries as winning pieces , Ahavati. I am really proud of this trophy because of the topic  Female spirituality is something i care a lot about. Without this competition I would not have written these pieces. I think in the crone poem I have written from a more personal perspective. I too am a Crone, I thought this stage had to be centered with a poem. I appreciated all the feedback you gave.
Congrats to Anna and Mary!!!! Greets
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You're very welcome, anna and RiAN. Both were very deserving entries and wins!

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