Poetry competition CLOSED 29th November 2021 6:49pm
WINNER
Northern_Soul (-Missy-)
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RUNNERS-UP: wallyroo92 and Keilani

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Love Thy Poetic Neighbour

ursa
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Poetry Contest

Get inspired by a poem written by a fellow DU member, and write a response poem
Hello Amazing Poets!!

I have been here for (only) six inspiring months and in this time have read some incredible poetry that has prompted me to write a poem in response. That, and I love writing response poems to any writing that moves me!

Guidelines:
1.Write a response poem to a poem written by another fellow DU member (not your own poem)
2.After your title, please give love to your inspiration by stating in italics DU member and title of their poem; example: after Jane Doe's 'Love Thy Neighbor'
3.Please link the inspirational poem at the end of your poem
4. no restrictions on length, do what makes sense to you!

other bits of info:
no erotica
new writes only
only kindness and love accepted
as many poems as you want to write will be accepted
I will pick the winner

November is a heart-warming month for me, and so quite fitting for me to host a competition for the first time. Please be patient with me. If I have failed to suggest something or failed to guide you in the way that you need, please let me know! I will respond as soon as I can.

Most importantly, please have fun.

Hugs and Hearts,
ursa 💜


Northern_Soul
Northern_Soul
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Twenty-One

(After ‘Sixth’ by LaceySpacey)  
      
sometimes      
dreams echo in my veins      
and I mistake them for life      
       
tried to write them once      
and that’s where damage      
was done        
       
twenty-two      
wrists the colour of beetroot      
lassoing a dark moon      
       
glasses full of starlight      
       
eyes      
like black holes      
       
twenty-three      
tor rising from the Earth      
in a green shroud        
       
and their feet walked      
ancient trackways      
to the burial mounds      
       
I know how they felt;      
I knew      
       
I know      
       
twenty-four      
a hymn about dying        
       
hammering fists      
into snow covered trees      
blood running over wet bark      
down into blankets of white        
       
car lights      
broken glass      
       
streetlight madness        
       
twenty-five      
had a capital letter;      
that should have been      
unimportant        
       
twenty-six      
your hands found me      
       
fox snarled gums      
against a bear trap soul        
       
there were small deaths      
never buried, not then      
       
not now      
       
twenty-seven      
walked in high heels        
       
black clasped;    
patent promised    
       
twenty-eight      
revolution in the abattoir      
where death found me    
       
in her eyes      
in his smile      
       
twenty-nine      
ivory lace, cream taffeta        
       
lungs full of nicotine      
on a balcony above a lake      
       
and there was wine        
in our glasses      
       
wine in the cellars      
       
chests like New Years      
firing from the rib      
       
thirty      
I lost her        
again      
       
since then        
needles      
and pinched skin      
every time I attempt      
new growth      
       
thirty-one      
I loved you more        
than I loved myself        
       
I died        
so you might live      
       
don’t think        
you’ve ever really      
heard that      
   
have you  
       
thirty-two      
plane crash gut      
       
whiskey shivers      
       
vomiting love      
into sewers        
       
thirty-three      
& death reminded me        
why I’m scared to be alone        
       
but you’ve known scars      
     
kept them safe      
       
thirty-four      
stood naked under Orion        
       
two stars of belt in my skull      
       
a centre orb burning        
in my third-eye      
like an Opal tear      
       
thirty-five        
takes a moment      
to begin—      
       
learning to breathe      
    learning to breathe      
learning to breathe      
       
thirty-six      
water in the veins      
stained in coal silt      
at the breakwater        
       
floating above        
lost corpses  
sinking in the mire  
       
embracing chaos like a prayer        
       
eternally waiting for a bomb      
I will not hear      
Written by Northern_Soul (-Missy-)
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Poem used as inspiration (my favourite poem of all time here):
‘Sixth’ by LaceySpacey

Link can be found in my author’s note.

ursa
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Thank you Northern_Soul for the swift and incredibly beautiful start to this prompt. What a poem! Thank you for introducing me to LaceySpacey's 'Sixth'; fantastic.  I could not ask for a better start today. Thank you!

_feral
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everytime

(after 'to love is to destroy' by girljunk)
  
 
we meet  
   
a new story  
begins    
   
while  
something  
dies upon  
black    
sheets.
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inspired by girljunk & responded to their poem
'to love is to destroy'

ursa
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_feral thank you kindly for your fantastic entry! Once again I am being introduced to a great poem 'to love is to destroy' by  girljunk; again, thank you

Keilani
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Related submission no longer exists.

Keilani
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I will repost my submission.

Keilani
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New Life

After “Awaken the snow” by Kasai
 
The biting cold is razor sharp  
with edges cutting on the heart  
a stranglehold of wilted stems  
necklace ‘round your shallow breath  
entombed beneath your stabbing grief
 
But slumber swathes its gentle wrap  
assuaging sorrow’s heaviness  
to gently lift and pass away  
and pressing darkness also fades  
 
Mourning finds a kinder light  
seedlings crack through brittle calcite
crystalline frost glistens as gems  
bequeathed by earth for you quietly slept  
in a womb of silence awaiting her  
 
growing flowers upon her return

Written by Keilani
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ursa
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Hello, Keilani, and thank you for creating, and posting your beautiful poem, and introducing me to another beautiful poem 'Awaken the Snow' by Kasai. Sincerely appreciated.

wallyroo92
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A Sestina for Jade

Statics said she didn’t stand a chance
Now I wonder more about why she’s gone
The words she wrote had something else to tell
While on lock down when we were on all indoors
Like a foreboding to reflect on life
As everyone else had to stay apart

And then as we all tried to stay apart
We didn’t know who amongst us stood a chance
While many were very careless with life
The plague swept away and then they were gone
As she wrote about being stuck indoors
Suffering with something she wouldn’t tell

But then again as far as we could tell
We thought we’d be ok while staying apart
I know she must’ve hunkered down indoors
Writing poetry, not leaving this to chance
It’s just that we didn’t know she’d be gone
As her words reflect a beautiful life

I ponder about this delicate life
Fleeting moments as only verse can tell
One moment we’re here and the next we’re gone
Even if it seems like we’re falling apart
With drive we strive to have a fighting chance
Even while in the confines of being indoors

In the creative process when indoors
She must’ve had a different look on life
Her faith was tested but not left to chance
Poetry was the perfect way to tell
Even as the world seemed to fall apart
Writing verse was a way to mourn those gone

And I mourn again now that she is gone
Thinking of all those days being stuck indoors
As society teared itself apart
Clinging to the delicate balance of life
Her unabridged tale is a verse to tell
Like hope for others to have a fighting chance

She was best so I’m glad I got the chance
To have read her soulful verses that tell
On the musings and delicacy of life
Written by wallyroo92
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Inspired by Jade-Pandora's The Full and Unabridged Tale (link in author's note).

gifteth
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Great Pieces

After 'Shattered by those dark whispers' by Aspergerpoet56

... and yet the light of gratitude
travels with an echo
So great
Written by gifteth (AliboTerna)
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thank you Wallyroo92, I appreciate you being here and sharing this beautiful poem; a beautiful response poem. warmly, ursa

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Thank you Gifteth, for being here. A great poem, a great response poem. Thank you!

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I love those poems. Thanks for making my day.

ursa
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DennisSPerkins welcome to DUP. thank you for your comment; I love these poems too. If you feel so inclined please enter a poem of your own inspired by another here on this site (using the parameters outlined above). Looking forward to reading some of your work!

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