Poetry competition CLOSED 27th April 2021 9:36am
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Razzerleaf
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KINDNESS

Ahavati
Ahavati
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Main and South

"[He] was beautiful in the quiet way
that lonely, unnoticed people are
beautiful to those who notice them."    
~ C. JoyBell C.  
 
   
There is a man, leaning  
against a street corner  
post bearing the weight    
of loneliness  
 
Rising salt water trickles   
ore a felled dam of bristles  
below his cheeks  
 
He rocks in the bright sun  
before an abandoned building  
with “Shelter” chiseled  
deeply in arched stone    
   
There are symptoms of lack  
that even Vitamin D  
cannot eliminate   
.    
Each of us is limping    
from our history  
 
Show me scars across  
your own experience—  
how Life crippled you;  
 
show me survival skills  
with one arm, a busted keyboard  
and half-written song    
missing its chorus;    
   
I’ll love you more 
   
Because, sometimes    
there is no sanctuary    
from remembrance—  
no "Shelter" from bygone eras  
or deserted sunsets;  
 
no sandbags to insulate joy  
from a violent onslaught    
of cruel circumstance    
   
Life presents opportunity
to offer love to hopelessness  
to extend kindness regardless  
of our own circumstance  
~
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Grace
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Idryad
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Thank you Ahavati for your entry.

DaryaWaters
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Darya Waters
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KINDNESS (OR THE BEST I CAN DO)

Sometimes
It’s enough to live
With the intention of trying to be kind

Once you hold yourself to that standard
Everything else kind of fades away
And you realize that simply being kind
Is the greatest kindness anyone can perform
Written by DaryaWaters (Darya Waters)
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Grace
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Idryad
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DaryaWaters, thank you for your entry.

Grace
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Idryad
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Congratulations to all the winners! After much deliberation these three entries were chosen.
1. Lessons in life (Part 1 Try a little Kindness) by Razzerleaf
2. On waifs and strays by Northern_Soul
3. Main and South by Ahavati
Marvellous entries everyone. Thank you for your participations, and please be with me again in our next competition.

Razzerleaf
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I have loved reading all these poems, Kindness has brought out some wonderful writing. Really appreciate your time Grace and thank you for recognizing my offering. Very much appreciated. Keith

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Razzerleaf said:I have loved reading all these poems, Kindness has brought out some wonderful writing. Really appreciate your time Grace and thank you for recognizing my offering. Very much appreciated. Keith

Thank You!

Ahavati
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Razzerleaf! Congratulations on a very deserving win! Grace, thank you for the honor of placement! I truly appreciate it.  And congrats to NS for her placement! I too enjoyed the poetry of this competition. It brought out the best in everyone, and the poetry reflected it.

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Ahavati said:Razzerleaf! Congratulations on a very deserving win! Grace, thank you for the honor of placement! I truly appreciate it.  And congrats to NS for her placement! I too enjoyed the poetry of this competition. It brought out the best in everyone, and the poetry reflected it.

Thank You!

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