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Lost Girl
Fire of Insight
United States 36awards
Joined 16th Dec 2014
Forum Posts: 412

house of open yearnings

It creeps up on you, this soft decay. On Tuesdays the words get caught in the dream catchers. My bedroom a litany of strange music and moans. A woman crooning from the Victrola and voices carrying through the wallpaper. Despite everything, there is always ache. All hanging lights and star charts. My mother's face haloed and strange as she reaches to turn out the lamp. We huddle under blankets while the ice thaws in my father's whiskey. Vats of face cream like canopic jars and limbs of broken mannequins bending towards the light. All the brass keys lost in my body's curves and folds, the vacuum bags choked with ash. How lovely I sat in the longing while crosses dangled from my ears and the blinds choked out all the light. I'll remember the moans and Marlboros at your lips, Sister's endless collecting, the wooden trays dripping with candle wax and porcelain birds. The terrible terrible pink hearts of their mouths.

Written by toniscales (Lost Girl)
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Dangerous Mind
United Kingdom 17awards
Joined 1st Aug 2021
Forum Posts: 1043


It's early and
I'm not fully awake.

I slide
and let my feet
penetrate the
variegated surface.

At once
at home here,
I let the water
awaken my body
as it begins to move
in the rhythm
it knows so well.

Delving into the depths,
I discover
a cool, quiet world.
It's just me
and the water.

Time slows down and
responsibilities drop away.
My mind relaxes as
there's nothing to think about
but the arc of my arm,
the cadence of my kick,
the angle of my pinkie finger
as it slices and curves
without splashing.
Written by Wafflenose (Ellie)
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Dangerous Mind
United Kingdom 17awards
Joined 1st Aug 2021
Forum Posts: 1043


Isolating prison:
crushing melancholia.

Fighting motionlessness
in the dark—

s l  o  w  l  y.
Written by Wafflenose (Ellie)
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Fire of Insight
United States 2awards
Joined 18th Feb 2017
Forum Posts: 187

Rock the Vote

ɪғ ʏᴏᴜ ᴍᴀᴅᴇ ᴛᴏᴅᴀʏ ᴍʏ ᴠᴏᴛɪɴɢ ᴅᴀʏ  
ᴛʜᴇ ʟɪғᴇ ʏᴏᴜ ʟɪᴠᴇ ᴡɪʟʟ ᴇɴᴅ
ᴀ ʙᴀʟʟᴏᴛ ᴄᴀsᴛ ᴊᴜsᴛ ғᴏʀ ʏᴏᴜ
ᴀɴᴅ ᴀʟʟ ᴍʏ ᴠᴏᴛᴇ ᴏғғᴇɴᴅs
ɪ'ʟʟ ᴇxᴇʀᴄɪsᴇ ᴍʏ ɪɴᴅᴇx ғɪɴɢᴇʀ
ɪɴ ᴀɴʏ ɪᴅʟᴇ ʜᴀɴᴅ
ᴍʏ ᴠᴏᴛᴇ's ᴛʜᴇ sᴀᴍᴇ ʀᴇɢᴀʀᴅʟᴇss
ᴡʜᴏ's sɪᴅᴇ ʏᴏᴜ ᴛʜɪɴᴋ ɪ'ᴍ ᴏɴ?
ᴀs ɪ ᴇxᴇʀᴄɪsᴇ ᴍʏ ɪɴᴅᴇx ғɪɴɢᴇʀ  
ʜᴇᴀʀ ᴍʏ ʙᴀʟʟᴇᴛ ʀᴏᴀʀ
ᴀs ᴍʏ ᴛʀɪɢɢᴇʀ ғɪɴɢᴇʀ drip.
ɪɴ ʏᴏᴜʀ ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ, ɪ ᴄᴀsᴛ ᴍʏ ᴠᴏᴛᴇ
ᴀs ɪ ᴇxᴇʀᴄɪsᴇ ᴍʏ ɪɴᴅᴇx ғɪɴɢᴇʀ
ᴄᴏᴍᴇ ɴᴇxᴛ ᴠᴏᴛɪɴɢ ᴅᴀʏ
ᴀ ᴛʀᴀɪʟ ᴏғ ʀᴇᴅ ᴀ sᴇᴀ ᴏғ ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ
ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴀʟʟ ᴄᴏᴍᴇ ᴏᴜᴛ ᴛᴏ ᴘʟᴀʏ
ᴀs ɪ ᴇxᴇʀᴄɪsᴇ ᴍʏ ɪɴᴅᴇx ғɪɴɢᴇʀ
ʏᴏᴜʀ ʟɪғᴇ ᴀɴᴅ sᴏᴜʟ ᴀ ɢᴀᴍᴇ
sᴏ ᴛʀʏ ʏᴏᴜʀ ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ɪ'ʟʟ ᴠᴏᴛᴇ ғᴏʀ ʏᴏᴜ
ɪɴ ғᴀᴄᴛ. ʏᴏᴜʀ ᴇɴᴛɪʀᴇ ғᴀᴍɪʟʏ
ᴀs ɪ ᴇxᴇʀᴄɪsᴇ ᴍʏ ɪɴᴅᴇx ғɪɴɢᴇʀ  
ᴄᴏᴍᴇ ᴛʀʏ ʏᴏᴜʀ ʟᴜᴄᴋ ɪᴛ's ғʀᴇᴇ
ᴀs ɪ ᴇxᴇʀᴄɪsᴇ ᴍʏ ʀɪɢʜᴛ ᴛᴏ ᴠᴏᴛᴇ
ɪᴛ's ᴍʏ ʟᴀᴡ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ʟᴇᴛs ʏᴏᴜ ʟɪᴠᴇ.
Written by Michael_Goodridge (Lord-Karma)
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Fire of Insight
United States 2awards
Joined 18th Feb 2017
Forum Posts: 187

Neutral Extremest

What is badness demon tactics
fear and screams laughter in Hell turn Heaven into tears sadness pain
the smell of blood shake the earth walk with death desolate Caribbean soul
Ten rounds man down what do evil? when mother's affection is no more
when gun pebble hotter than fresh brimstone on demand

boredom and provocation idle hands in darkness and depression
the compelling voice of my tranquil soul ready for genocide war and fun

left alone to fester in rejection and hatred to master the devils lectures
a lifetime of black manhood classes it's not me it's always fucking me

to put my thought at ease the blood of my enemies at the tip of my cutting edge
to breathe your last breath and exhale peace of mind before you leave this place

sip my coffee black no milk no sweet just weed and cocaine
time to drink spirits no chaser as I find my idle hands more murder to repeat

Taurus blood the most peaceful fury infiltrate feed and eliminate everything
Heaven passport grave tickets tokens to the underworld complimentary rides to Hell

I beseech myself to run from me and don't trip consumed in total darkness already
who gives a fuck when nothing matters and never felt like it has to anyone just me

let the living dead join the dead for there is no christ in you to rise headless carcass
no war just killing for making innocent victims and victims dead all the same

2023 fuck the fryer and the flame you can't jump if your dead and you know it
slew them physically spiritually and in-between merciless beings without spirit

Neutral Extremest
Written by Michael_Goodridge (Lord-Karma)
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Fire of Insight
United States 2awards
Joined 18th Feb 2017
Forum Posts: 187

Let us find you something uglier than monsters in the depths if Hell
earth's core or under your bed my friend
fairytales are for babies and children I am here
like a cardiac arrest when we touch down
as a hundred legion's descend from above I don't give a fuck
rest my nozzle upon your chest plate then we pless play
brimstone on demand pebble don't miss headspace dismiss
here again my friend let's play don't study where here is
I am here like the vengeance of God upon all existence
you are my main focus as bad brings worse welcome
like a woman's scorn to your own nightmare Karma on pms
with the universe at our disposal It's not a competition
everyone else has already lost and now I am always with you.

Thought Provoker
United Kingdom 1awards
Joined 24th Feb 2021
Forum Posts: 39

Astral Shores beyond the second Sun

Moon and sun merge
To relieve the sleeping night  
lean Nomads wander astral shores
Where  black diamond tides
Mirror the stars lost under the  second sun
Time slows the dawn
Time slows the dusk
Long enough to feel
The movement of the earth

Written by James_A_Knight
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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:

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Thought Provoker
Joined 9th Mar 2023
Forum Posts: 10

Many many congratulations to the Winner and runner up 🎉

Twisted Dreamer
Joined 19th Nov 2022
Forum Posts: 14

Appreciate this. Thank you.

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