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Gahddess_Worship
Osomajestuoso
Tyrant of Words
United States 38awards
Joined 21st Aug 2013
Forum Posts: 838

21/30

Mass Approbation

“Look ma no hands,”
Is taken to extremes.
It's evolved into,
“Look world, nothing's
private,” it seems.
A constant hunger for  flattery
to charge our self-esteem battery.
The value of Accomplishments,
opinions, art, even
that we exist is measured
in quantities of thumb's up,
likes, followers, and friends.
What's more disconcerting,
is asking the entire
cyber-race to rate one's appearance,
am I beautiful, desireable, run of the mill, or repugnant.
Laying bare ones ego
to lascivious flirting
and malicious bullying.
How can we teach
children to genuinely
love and respect themselves,
if they show no resistance
to screen name cloaked
messengers bent
on defining our place
In societies strata
or the worthiness
of our very existence.

Unique word count: 96

LunaGreyhawk
Dangerous Mind
United States 19awards
Joined 8th July 2019
Forum Posts: 902

21/30

Brain Zap

In and out, moods stay cycling
up and down, and in between
overlapping at every raw edge,
tendrils of madness weaving
Itself into the fabric of my mind;
I am just a giant Venn diagram of
self, diagnoses, and hormonal imbalance
will I ever know where bipolar begins
and ADHD ends; where an
estrogen scarcity creates anxiety,
and why my brain is fogged out
on perfectly sunny days?
will I ever be myself again?



wallyroo92
Tyrant of Words
United States 151awards
Joined 11th July 2012
Forum Posts: 1830

21/30

Persistence

Show up everyday
Both in body and in mind
With dedication and attention to detail
Is sure to give you intrinsic rewards of a different kind

Be present in the moment
Take part and contribute to the world
Even small routines are steps toward a dream
Applying the experiences and knowledge you have learned

Try to not get too distracted
Time flies by fast as does motivation
But being determined with the everyday task at hand
With a well thought out plan you’ll never lose your aspirations

Stay fruitful and productive
Because not every can be the same
Practice mindfulness then you’ll avoid idleness
Showing up everyday and being persistent will level up your game

87 Unique
115 Total

Isgyppie_
L.C. McQuillen
Thought Provoker
Australia 4awards
Joined 17th Dec 2015
Forum Posts: 62

21/30

Existential

I used to spend my days
Outside of my self
But the world was just as
Disingenuous

And when there is no safety
Inside or out
When trust is absent from
The internal or external
Aspects of existence

I wanted to combust

But instead I shrunk
& disregarded bits and pieces
Of who I was
And what the world had taught me

But abandonment
Felt lonelier than
Treacherousness

It was only when I experienced
All encompassing love
I found my way back

That’s when I learned
That I always knew truth
It was just misinterpreted

Twisted unrecognizably
Fragmented existence

Wicked’s going to come
And
It’s all going to be okay

{75 unique words}

SatInUGal
Kumar
Dangerous Mind
United States 25awards
Joined 31st Dec 2015
Forum Posts: 940

21/30

SUPPRESSION

The cat nips me again
And I chase him
With the spray bottle

“NO BITING!”

I stare at the ceiling
Feeling closed
When I want to feel open

I am clothed
Though I desire
To be naked

Senses dulled
Despite my yearning
To be more alert

I take cold showers
So I can feel
More alive

I dispense teaspoons
Of precious water
To tiny potted plants

I think I know things
But I have no ability
To translate my cat

“BUT I LOVE YOU!”

He tells me with his teeth
And my instincts
They tell me to suppress

(70 uw)

Cipher_O
WarlordoftheWrittenWord
Tyrant of Words
United States 20awards
Joined 7th Mar 2021
Forum Posts: 281

21/30

Art/&/Soul

Finding pathways of: The way
Each day having a say in ears which hear
A sight in eyes which see

A light – In minds being the-being of: To be

Where my heart becomes a meeting place of soul/&/ art
Art
&
Soul: Seeing

&

Being
Information into formation/slash: Fruition
Fruition-sent/to flames of fire
Matrix of strange exchanges/exchanges-of: Strange
Fantastical magical perceptual paradise of marvels upon which to marvel

Times sands – Structured in shimmer

Grooves
of

Movement

Everything moves: Everything grooves
Finding-pathways/of: The/Way

Moving within the-grooves/grooving-within/the moves
Declarations
inside
of
Presentations
Tiered-tears

&

Lamentations

cabcool
Guardian of Shadows
Jamaica 14awards
Joined 27th Feb 2014
Forum Posts: 782


21 of 30

Theme 3:  Attitudes of Life
april song 21—all my fears

some days i hide behind my pillow, scared
of phantoms that have mocked my life and jeered.
i tremble when cold night begins to creep
into the quiet recess of my sleep.
for shapes and sounds are not what they appear:
their minion songs and dances are severe.

but bogey man shall die a sudden death,
for i shall strangulate his parting breath.
my father says his substance is surreal:
gross emptiness is easy to repeal.
tonight, i shall be waiting in my bed
to show him who’s alive and who is dead.

© cab♫

UWC 73

Ljdynamic
Dangerous Mind
United States 15awards
Joined 18th Aug 2017
Forum Posts: 341

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Thetravelingfairy
Fire of Insight
United States 15awards
Joined 12th July 2017
Forum Posts: 286

21/30

Who Took my Book and Smashed it?

Who took my book and smashed it?
Tore each page one by one
Chapters of love, anguish, sadness, grief
Bold capitalization and italics printed delicately
Illegible to naked eyes, I know that
Nobody reads my meaningless words
That hold each pound of my weight hardback
Someone stole my prized possession
I don’t have much, no.. but writing gives my sacred soul a microphone
It screams, I hear it miles away
The shredding of past memories
Dreams once had, or to be
They’re charred in a fireplace, or tossed into the streets
I feel the bloody ink run down my spine
It’s cold and thick
Who actually cares? It makes me sick
Sometimes I wonder who owns the mess
My own problems transcended a bookshelf
Into the wrong hands
I overshare, secrets leak
That novel was my only source of comfort
In a world of illiteracy
Now, someone stole my book and taped it together
I am nameless and altered, at the expense of a thief’s hand.

DCLXVI_1989
Garrett Asa Hughes
Thought Provoker
United States 4awards
Joined 17th Aug 2017
Forum Posts: 88

21/30

Abyss

Digging in the depths to find a clue
Something to anchor onto
Drifting with the wind yet again
Driven into the rocks

Splintered and withered
Rusted and deteriorated
Broken and soaked
Frozen and cold

Lifeline stranded
In need of attention
Seared and branded
Boiling unmentioned

Drowned out
Sunken bottom
Weighed down
Forgotten

Skull
Bones
Shattered
Ship
Hull
Battered

ClovenTongue34
Nathaniel Peter
Thought Provoker
United States 7awards
Joined 20th Mar 2023
Forum Posts: 137

22/30

Do you think that’s air you’re breathing?

Convenience craves control
We are cogs in the mechanics enslaved
Blueprints for consciousness in the drafts of experimental AI
Past the point we can be saved

We are mastered by computers in the name of technological advance
Following algorithms to patterns after the network of digital romance

Minds undone as we plug in
Reworking perspectives of the news that’s sold
What do we believe in
Indoctrinated by the narrative of everything we’re told

What is the source behind it all
The collective coding, the programming of another’s ideal
Lucid fantasies on the screen
The mind incapable of distinguishing the false from something real

Networks of our social illusion
Pretending like we know ourselves as we sell our lives
Caught in the web of the evolution
Linked in as if our lungs are made of hard drives…

AspergerPoet56
Tyrant of Words
Scotland 32awards
Joined 4th Dec 2018
Forum Posts: 1889

22/30

A Fool?

still
no guarantees
when hearts fall
love's a
cruel mistress
sometimes

photagraphic
memory
keeps repeating
framed through
rose tinted
lenses

romantic notions
wrapped in
chocolate
melts under
fierce
rejection

unrequitted
heartc.ache
stabs deeper
at wounds
already
hidden there

whiskey
never drowns
these sorrows
rubber ball heart
bounces on
regardless

waiting for
attitude
changing
is like an
ice age thaw

damn slow



Unique Words 61

Josh
Joshua Bond
Tyrant of Words
Palestine 41awards
Joined 2nd Feb 2017
Forum Posts: 1797

22/30

TIME PASSAGES

Time passes by like pictures in a dream
searching for a stillness in my heart
expanding present moments in the scene

Behind it all I wonder what it means …
it cannot be that life is ripped apart
with time adjudging pictures in a dream

And influential people gun the theme
that robot humans need AI to start
expanding present moments for each scene!

Divine connection flow has always been
our birthright freedom, living as an art
though time flit by like pictures in a dream

As sovereign rulers, be we king or queen
time’s our servant, tested counterpart
contracting present moments in the scene

Our living acts are polished to a sheen
until our turn to quietly depart —
the time passed by like pictures in a dream
expansion of a moment in the scene.

LunaGreyhawk
Dangerous Mind
United States 19awards
Joined 8th July 2019
Forum Posts: 902

22/30

Freedom

and now free of her cage
she flies…and falters
so much time preparing,
surrendering what she
knew for sure, for a solid
belief in in not knowing at all,
instead allowing the force of
all that is, call to her
invite her
to worship among them,
soar alongside;
no one talks about the shifts
of the wind when climbing
to new, ecstatic heights

Honoria
Tyrant of Words
United States 66awards
Joined 22nd July 2019
Forum Posts: 203

22/30

Dissolution of Their Union

Jagged breath-
The oxygen
feels like
shards of glass
Piercing
her
lungs.

Separated-
individually seated
at long
cold tables
legal documents
spread
all over
each
surface.

Needing-
to establish
division of assets,
visitation rights,
boundaries,
before things
get under way.

What does
this mean,
she wonders?

Why-
did it come to this?
How-
did it come to this?
And,
where does she go from there?

Crying silently.

57 u/w

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