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Poem of the Month SEPTEMBER 2022

LunaGreyhawk
LunaGreyhawk
Dangerous Mind
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Poetry Contest

Three weeks to nominate your favorite poems!
You have THREE weeks to nominate no more than THREE of your favorite poems from another DUP poet!

Please note the following guidelines when making nominations:
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1. Self nominations are not accepted. The great majority of the competitions here are about spotlighting one's own work on a particular topic or theme.  This is a chance to nominate that poem that you wish you had written but some other great talent here beat you to it.

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Nomination Duration is three weeks followed by a week of site voting!

Current Poem of the Month Hall of Famers:

2022:
January - Luna Greyhawk
February - AspergerPoet
March - Relic-54
April - Alan-S-Jeeves
May - _feral
June - Nevermindthegaps
July - Indie
August - inechoingsilence
September - Rianne

2021:
January - brokentitanium (k.)
February - SatinUgal
March - X
April - RiAN
May - DaisyGrace
June - Bluevelvete
July - Jemac
August -  Northern_Soul (-Missy-)
September - Joshsam
October - cold_fusion
November - Buddhakitty
December - Particles_of_HerII

2020
January-  NEW BEGINNINGS
February - EDIBLE WORDS
March - MADAME LAVENDER
APRIL - MONKEYMAN
MAY - TIMAGINATION543
JUNE - LEPPEROCHAN (Craic-Dealer)
JULY - STRANGEWAYS_ROB  
August - Daniel Christensen
September - Aspergerpoet
October - Lunagreyhawk
November - Kristinax
December - Ahavati

2019
January - DANIELCHRISTENSEN
February - SOPHIE_ERICSON
March - AUDIOHARLEEA
April - FROM THE ASH
May - MISS_SUB
June - NAAJIR
July - LAYLA
August, 2019 - AHAVATI
September - MISS_SUB
October - HOWLING_WHELMS
November - JOHNNY BLAZE
December - RACHEL_LAUREN

2018
January - LADY_OF_THE_QUILL
February - LEPPEROCHAN Craic in a Box
March - TINABUBUYA (Tee Mali)
April - CROWFLY
May - ATOMIKBOMB
June - MISS_SUB (Missy)
July - MEADOWSWEET
August - LAYLA
September - COLD FUSION
October  - TODSKI28
November - TheMUSE22
December - BENDER

2017
January - VEE
February - CRIMSIN
March  - ONEFIFTYSIX
April - DANIEL CHRISTENSEN
May - ALEXANDER CASE
June - AEMelia564
July - THE_SILLY_SIBYL (Jack Thomas Heslop)
August - QUIETUSQUILL
September - _SHADOE_
October - POETSREVENGE
November - NAAJIR
December - POETSPEAK

2016
November  - JOHN FEDDELER
December - AHAVATI

APissPoorShaman
APissPoorShaman
Ryszard
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A Mosaic of desires (with Reading)

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APissPoorShaman
APissPoorShaman
Ryszard
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Torn Flesh

Studied my painting  
Top layer of flesh removed
It's pretty sky blue
Broken by jagged orange  
The way life is
Positively jarring
Still pleasant a moment later
We sat outside at the cafe
In the passing summer sun
Enough humidity  
Half spoken humility  
We'll always find our way
The poets say so
I'm healing in your presence  
Even with your shades on
Held in your stare
Notations in a notebook  
Back at the Chamber  
Conditional
Some flesh to repair
 
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poet Anonymous

Staccato

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Phantom2426
Phantom2426
Francisco J Vera
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One of a kind

If I had to place    
a label on me
Id brand myself  
a living breathing mystery  
   
Somewhere between  
 a good strong cup of coffee    
before church on Sunday morning  
   
And that lost or lonely Saturday night    
one past too many,  shots of whiskey  
 you just can't keep from pouring  
   
One of a kind    
aging like yesterday's wine    
strolling around with no sense of time    
living like there's no tomorrow  
up here in the mountains of Colorado    
There ain't alot I haven't seen  
 not to much I've never done  
 I'll leave you to your thinking    
while I'm trying to outrun the Sun  
   
Don't worry about me  
 I'm just having some fun    
when it comes to being different    
I swear it's like I'm the only one    
Please try and take me as I come  
   
Just like the wine    
I'm on yesterday's time  
 only one of a kind  
   
Right in the middle of a god fearing man    
and a hell raising boy ....  
is right where I make  
 my stand....  
   
No I wouldn't earn a medal  
 for being a man  
 but either way I'll keep on being    
the way that I am  
   
And even with a lot  
 I wish I can undo    
everyday is another chance to  
 stake my claim among the few  
   
No one's ever called me a saint  
 I suppose I'm real good  
 At not being something I ain't  
What you see is what you get    
once we meet I'm sure you won't be  
 quick to forget  
I'm walking that line    
 just singing my rhyme    
   
as far as I come, I found  
 Im only one of a kind  
   
One of a kind  
Strolling around with no sense of time    
Up here in Colorado    
Living like there's no tomorrow    
Aging like yesterday's wine  
   
There ain't much I haven't seen    
There ain't alot I've never done  
 I'll leave you to your thinking    
While I'm still trying to outrun the Sun  
   
Don't worry about me  
 I'm just having some fun  
 when it comes to being different  
 I swear I'm the only one    
Please try and take me as I come  
   
Cuz' just like the wine    
I'm on yesterday's time  
Only one of a kind  
   
   
My daddy didn't raise no fool  
 Im not considered to be any kind of cool    
 don't spend too much of my time    
on any one Ol bar stool  
   
I come and go like the wind    
as fast as I blew in  
 just like that  
 there I go again  
   
No I won't say sorry    
for the way the Lord made me  
I guess it just adds to my mystery  
   
No I won't change and  
 I'll never stop    
Doing my time    
I'm only one of a kind  
   
Now I've walked this walk for most of the years I've wondered this rock    
   
Love Me or hate Me    
it ain't really your fault  
I'm doing things my way  
 and son that ain't ever gonna stop  
   
There's one thing for certain    
when they draw my final curtain  
Only a few words can be spoken    
about the man and his time    
and that was    
 He was one of a kind  
   
One of a kind  
 aging like yesterday's wine  
 strolling around with no sense of time  
Growing up here in Colorado  
 living like there's no tomorrow  
   
There ain't a lot I haven't seen  
 not too much I've never done  
I'll leave you to your thinking  
 while I'm  still trying to outrun the Sun  
   
Don't worry about me  
 I'm just having some fun  
 when it comes to my kind of different    
You can bet I'm the only one  
Please try to take me as I come  
   
 Just like that wine    
brother I'm on yesterday's time  
I'm only one of a kind!
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Phantom2426
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Francisco J Vera
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The Comfort Of Stigmata’s Pain

Oh, how I wish it would rain
These are the times, when life has the meaning to wash away the calling of stigmatic’s pain
Somewhere I lost my self in the depth of that beautiful ocean  
Only to be reborn again standing against the shore onto myself, reflective in its true devotion  
The pulsate of the heart, found to connect mind to soul, trifold in the meaning of a beautiful piece of art  
Unto man, he shall cleave until the thunder of earth  
Unto the woman, who bears the comfort of his loins who shares the love of his mind and take refuge in his worth  
    
Within the pulsation element of our wondrous being  
Until the skies, let it always remain true, even in the amiss, allow solitude of the intellect to ring  
I hear the soft winds, they cry out for me  
The earth cuddles my soul as sirens embrace my footprints upon the sands that leads me to the high seas  
The water of purification has cleansed the core of my mind  
Forsaken others to journey to the road of enlightenment, we must leave others behind  
Something greater, something higher, there is always honor in silence    
The incantation of my Chakras tells my sacred temple I must leant, I must do  
When you have to make choices as to breathe or live off the land, deemed more important than dinning of non-spiritual food  
   
Is it that moment of epiphany found in humans to become our greatest awakening, yet, our greatest sin  
The sweetest curse, undulated passion, when easing in the passage of glorification, once inside, lost in the exchanging of souls, again, and again  
Where are your roots, have you cut down your own trees  
Refusing to sow your own seeds  
To watch the development of your earthy growth  
Ask yourself, what do offer as you stand on soil, what is your potential, do you stay, do you ask of yourself more as you flow    
Do I close the door to reality only the Heavens truly knows  
   
I have conjured myself in the darkness of my own midst  
Lost my soul in the ocean of the depth of abyss  
Engulfed the ancient secrets not here today, now I have to ask of self where do I fit  
Opening new eyes as I reap the fruits of my labor, where my passion to live, my journey, follow that star as I sing  
Never forget, in life, even the meek must watch out for the Bee stings  
The darker the berry the sweeter the juices, makes this a Honey Queen  
Have the world become color blinded in a fairytale of make believe  
Last night I knelt on my knees  
   
Father, can you hear, I need you grace today  
I am down here praying for the one, who think they have run out of words to say  
I need your compassion, we all need your understand during trying debauchery, scene of unforgivable crimes  
We’re all trying to find of peace, before our existence run out of breath as the sands of time  
   
Selah
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Phantom2426
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Francisco J Vera
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linger

 
uneasy emotion, I feel alone
I don't feel you near
I reach with my soul and loneliness echoes back

a little hope then fade to black
I miss your presence
caressing my darkness with a need of your own

I feel the day to day crowd in
I look out and don't see you
I wonder what wave carried you away?

some unique fascination, maybe
the mundane all too obvious
I got lost among the clothes

I seek your company
I may never know it again
but it sustained me all these years
if you hear me remain stoic

fuck the coming dawn
a ghost of my haunting soul




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DanielChristensen
DanielChristensen
The Fire Elemental
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Dancing with Heraklion Lions

“Though my soul may set in darkness,
it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly
to be fearful of the night.” Sarah Williams

The night decants
Red wine skies from morning breath,
Opera black stillness
Raises from bass depth,
Slowly as a somnolent wreck.

Harbour’s tongue stretch the cracks,
Tides mark the years that have passed
Since the womb became entombed.
There was a tear in his blue eye,
Something religious in the silence.


Alone as the woollen garment in my suitcase,
Lovers’ bracelets jangle as sacks of keys
Decades heavy in my pockets.

Techno-beat from drunken discotheque
Stirs the ancient ocean to a murmur:
Sunken vessel collects eternal rhythm,
Until Lyra strings are fatally broken.

It hurts to breathe in the asthmatic air,
Church of trees > against the nursed night,
Act as lungs for bedded habitat.
Shuffling sheets with a hand, which
Only knows how to paint skin bruises.

Insomnia carries its own dream landscape.
I can feel the tension in electricity pylon wires
As stalking buzzards wait for their daily prey:
Touch the networks, and
Touch the nerves of the planet.

Under bleached sky and cirrus
The day rises like timber in a swell.
Streaks of fishing boats,
Returning as Minoan fleet,
Expose silvered catch to chemical light.

Trail of socks-and-sandals
Plough necropolis ground,
Furrowed are brows of the beloved.
In Requiescat, wasted lives are buried everywhere.

Wildfires beyond horizon, briefly
Turn my summer heart to cinders.
Waiting for the tranquillity & treachery of ice,
Free Santa hats for the bereaved.

Waitress wipes my spoon on silk blouse
Closest to erotic the days bring.
Jimmy Dean plays suitor to Hepburn
Braille film of tenderness, silent seduction.
Cigarette smoke rings
Drift over her head as a halo.
Smiling wryly,
‘Is this how Dad dated Mum?’

// ~ //

Barrels of last words spoken,
Recoil, ricochet, frail fingers on trigger,
Blast, hiraeth, my mouth still bleeds.
Wherever you are,
I hope you’re singing.


// ~ //

Sluiced fish guts on harbour wall,
Haruspication Gods (en)trail,
Fate flies on aluminium wings.
Portrait of afternoon numbness
Framed by the poetics of space.

Attached to the life-support Walkman,
Morrissey takes Cohen by the hand:
Home is a question mark,
Forever, it seems,

Sometimes you get mistaken for yourself.
We are merely scrawled post cards
Waiting to be delivered.

Ink blood bone
Remember me this way…..
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Bluevelvete
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The art of Atrophy

In vernal gardens I walk with Sappho    
given seclusive secrets with woven purpose    
our sandaled feet pirouetting      
lava lulling muses      
      
I speak with Kahlo      
ask her about the wounded deer      
how she bore a canvas      
     
behind her corset eyes      
     
while from her spine      
thorns grow      
how bleeding does      
not stop pain      
     
I hold Vincents left ear      
blow dried cadmium      
from sunflowers      
     
tantrum breaking      
waves burst open      
a lone bell tones      
     
in ink blotted dark      
silence is scalped      
three fold artisan      
     
ten fold silence      
draped in white linen      
crumbling escape      
     
of a single      
red      
rose
 
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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:

PoetSpeak, LtDansLegs, nutbuster, LunaGreyhawk, AspergerPoet56, monovox128, Kinkpoet, nikkimoe, Sandals, S-m-sawyer, Marks, olivia, PAR, MadameLavender

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admin said:The winner of this competition and any runners up were decided by public vote.




Thank you to the following members for voting:


   
      PoetSpeak,
   
      LtDansLegs,
   
      nutbuster,
   
      LunaGreyhawk,
   
      AspergerPoet56,
   
      monovox128,
   
      Kinkpoet,
   
      nikkimoe,
   
      Sandals,
   
      S-m-sawyer,
   
      Marks,
   
      olivia,
   
      PAR,
   
      MadameLavender
   




Thank you fellow poets who voted, its an honor to see my work chosen as poem of the month!!! Many bright blessings all

olivia
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Many congratulations ❤️🎉

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olivia said:Many congratulations ❤️🎉

thank you much Olivia, bedankt voor de woorden Olivia

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Mijn geluk😊 Ik ben erg blij, dit is je eerste prijs.🎉

Rianne
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olivia said:Mijn geluk😊 Ik ben erg blij, dit is je eerste prijs.🎉

Ik doe eigenlijk niet zo vaak mee aan competitions enzo mijn prijs is dat er nog elke keer een gedicht bijkomt maar ik begrijp wat je bedoelt nogmaals bedankst!

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