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Indie
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Poetry Contest

"Just once it might be instructive to pretend you're accepting an award for failure, just to see who you would thank." Robert Brault
As the quote above instructs, write a poem about where you're accepting an award for failure. How do you feel? Angry? Indifferent? Sardonic? Relieved? Ashamed? Excited that you've found a niche where you actually get an award? Who would you thank and why?

Rules:
One poem per poet
No epic poems please
No porn, senseless violence etc.
No thread chatter please
If you like someone's poem, pm them.
If you have a question, pm me.

Have fun

13
Dangerous Mind
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this is not actually 'accepting an award' but in a way it is sort of an award. if it doesn't apply to the comp please discard

Eulogy of a failure


Welcome to the funeral of your dreams.
You may place your candles before the casket, but please refrain from sobbing until the burial.

Here lies, aspiration and dedication,
perseverance and commitment.
All the blood, sweat and tears of years of diligence, wasted.
What you sought to be is now history.
What you ought to be is still a mystery.
With nothing more than depression to fall back into, you are fucked.
A gross affirmation to the dull, unrewarding life you've led.
Your toil achieved less than your desires craved and you slumped, in your impotency, to self preservation.
Discarding your soul to exist as nobody, once again, was brave of you.

And so we bid farewell to one of your coveted futures,
before family and friends and whatever power you may, now, believe in.
Forget, here, now and forever, what you though you could be and be reborn - deprived, into mediocrity.
Despondently.

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Mitochondrial
Will lou White
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Drunk speech to myself
--------------
Harsher realities
have been bestowed
but this is
one i'll forever hold
In my mind and
in my sternum
for we all know
we're all just learnin'
and everyone fails
one or twice
not every cat
can catch mice
unless they practice
with some trail and error
and i guess this
is only fairer
to the others so
they could learn,
so i'll accept this
award that i have
earned
for the purpose
of getting smarter
so i might not
just be cannon fodder

Indie
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Thank you 13 and Mitochondrial for kick starting this comp

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Indie
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thank you Alxszx for your submission

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Indie
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thank you Stillborn for you submission

jaspersilence
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    For An Inspirational Loser
    F   A    I                   L
Let us expose the failure.

It's not like he's unseen.

Congratulations loser.

For not much of anything.

Let us quickly lift the curtain,

Let shine his naked soul.

For all that he has given us,

with nothing there to show.

So keep trying failure.

The humor in our lives.

Keep telling us,and yourself,

someday you'll get it right...

Indie
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Thank you Jaspersilence

mjs211
MikeTheEngineer
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congratulations
me, a 23 year old
fucking genius
for completing
the best years
of my life
already.

i gracefully accept
this gold wristwatch
so that i may
always look upon
my new master.
he has raised me
without my knowledge
and now makes
himself manifest
til death
do i part.

i have myself
to thank
for turning away
from more good days
at such a young age
and starting this
graceful spiral
into stooped
irrelevance,
bent down
around my old
nostalgia.

i accept this
honorary degree
which only i can see
that i will hang
over my diploma
so it's all i will see
when i gaze
into the frame.

thank you all
for coming
i now understand
the creases
in all your faces
when you glance
at the master
ticking on your wrist
clucking disapprovingly
so let's just adjourn
and be on our way
(til death do us part)

Indie
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Thanks Mike, for your submission

lightbaron
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I must first thank        
the fear of success        
   
and the interaction        
between narcissism        
and low self esteem        
that has brought me to this bedroom.        
       
The bedroom of my childhood,        
the one I left fifteen years ago        
with the wind to my back        
and the stars aligned to my shadow        
       
but then decided to turn around and piss,        
to take the kismet of the constellations        
for granted        
and to laugh at the vacuums behind them.        
       
I would like to thank        
childhood naivety        
for pulling every fire alarm,        
and misjudging the extents of lunacy.        
       
Lastly, any shred of decency        
forbids me from thanking her      
       
oh no, that steaming pile of praise        
is for me alone        
       
because it is me        
who is blessed with sleepless nights        
compulsions towards any escape        
and the coup-de-fucking-grace,        
       
my mania.        
       
A single tingle given,        
can make a sewage worker        
feel like an artist.        
       
That is my true love        
the thanks for which, can not be transcribed

Indie
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Thank you LB

poet Anonymous

Falling short by mikimoondancer

Please, remain seated
Grant me silent applause
Let me humbly accept this merit
and validation on falling short

For my lack of achievement
in social acceptance
Like the way I speak freely
but come off as offensive
Or the methods I use to be up- front
and honest-
make me look like a bitchy,
egocentric non-conformist

For that, I will thank those
with low self esteem
Who ask for your opinion but
"stroke my ego" is what they mean
Credit also must go to the social performers
Their world is a stage but only backstage is honest

For my lack of perfection at school, home, and work
I simply tip my hat to all who never gave a fuck...

For the ways I have failed as a Daughter and Sister
I must thank the brain, so neurotic and twisted
You can all get a book on Abnormal Psychology
That's where I'd say, all my reasons are listed flawlessly

For not being perfect as a Wife, or a Mother
I have no-one to blame, nor to thank , or uncover
I will simply bow down and show my regret
for not knowing then...still not knowing yet

For not being a charming, sweet, adorable girl
For talking too much, or too little, or too loud
For straying from proper, for being so odd

I raise my glass and say "Fuck it"
I blame you all






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