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"A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language." - W.H. Auden
  





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Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:53 pm
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to the ones who have come and gone, but more importantly
to the one who has come and stayed

@GeeLyria
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Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:40 am
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Irony:

1. Scattered thunderstorms
with a cloudy patch of sky
and one ripped open with rain

2. Slums juxtaposed beside
Marble mansions and
gated communities

3. The hands of God
Pouring blessings into one’s lap
While leaving the beggar’s pair
of hands, outstretched, bare
with No crumbs for today or tomorrow.

4. Landfills languishing with uneaten food
while every three seconds a child dies from hunger

5. 1% of the world controls 90% of the wealth.

6. Poverty.
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Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:25 am
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fraey says...



This seems like a spin-off "definition poetry" and I like this format. It's a sad but truthful message that comes across very clearly. Nice start to NaPo!
farewell, once, amidst a wave.
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@fraey Thanks!
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Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:33 am
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Ooh I love the theme here where you're pushing the definition of poetry. Is that going to be running through the whole month or is it like the thing you're doing today?
"I've got dreams like you--no really!--just much less, touchy-feeley.
They mainly happen somewhere warm and sunny
on an island that I own, tanned and rested and alone
surrounded by enormous piles of money." -Flynn Rider, Tangled
  





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Honestly, I don't know if it was meant to be a theme. It was just coincidental I guess in reaction to today's events in my life. But it could be something I come back to. We'll see. XD
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morning ritual of a 20 something year old

in your 20s, you will get used to vacancy:
a vacant house, vacant bed, vacant heart
sometimes, you will wake from dreams
rusted in Technicolor, searing your eyelids

you will blink it away as if you stared
at the first light streaming through
the crack in the curtain for too long

restlessness churning in your bones, buzzing
like a hive of bees with their stingers ready
but you are used a honey-combed existence,
a hive consciousness packed into every brain cell

you will down a cup of coffee as you
head out of the door and for one
moment, its warmth will be enough
to dissolve honey-combs into sugar cubes
and the buzzing will quiet
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Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:50 am
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Ventomology says...



Hey hey you you!

You can keep on pushing through!

I'm excited to see what you write next!
"I've got dreams like you--no really!--just much less, touchy-feeley.
They mainly happen somewhere warm and sunny
on an island that I own, tanned and rested and alone
surrounded by enormous piles of money." -Flynn Rider, Tangled
  





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Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:27 am
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Thanks @Ventomology. Trying to do my best to catch up. Just have a lot going on.
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Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:19 am
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the hardest ground to stand on is no man's land
straddling the borders between two regions
i still haven't gotten used to navigating

as a kid I didn't know we were broke
my parents took the brunt of each blow
for those first ten years

we were just like everyone else
living in a rusted trailer on a street
that you didn't want to drive down
even in the middle of the day

police and ambulance sirens were
the first lullabies we heard
we went to bed every night
with red and blue light shows
that we watched from a safe distance
(Our parents taught us to
stay away from the windows)

fists boomed like the stereos
blaring late into the morning
it was never to early to see
teenagers armed with grins
strolling down the streets,
gun holsters protruding from waistbands

we called these people neighbors
and we called this place on home
even if the Coast Guard recruiter
that came to my high school senior year
came to recruit some people for much
desired (and needed) tuition money
said she worried more about driving
down the wrong street than being
killed in another country

we lived on the wrong street
but as kids, we didn't know it
we live on the right street now
a house, twice the size of the trailer
that miraculously accommodated 4 people
in its limited 900 square foot frame

i no longer fall asleep to the boom
of fists and music or the keens of
sirens or a blue and red light show
it's quiet now and I can even stay by
the window for as long as i want to now

but when we first moved in, I couldn't
sleep because it was too quiet
As I laid awake, I saw the shadows
of the neighbors sliding across my
window like wisps of smoke and
for one moment, I was terrified

as if they were Hade's Furies
somehow coming for me
they were just walking home from
a neighbor's house party but when
you grew up on the wrong street,
that word means very little when
someone can shoot you in the back
and smile before pulling the trigger

there was no reason to be afraid
but it takes years to unravel the
gnarled strands of fear encoded
into your DNA that kept your family safe

i still feel eyes on my back
trailing me like a shadow
and my didn't like me going to the mailbox

it's been six years now since
we left that place but I never forget
that compact 900 sq foot trailer
or the sagging floors bowing under the weight
or the thin metal walls that simmered in the summer
or froze us like we were stuck in a morgue

we didn't invite many people over
for company, probably cause they
would have taken one look down that
street and turned the other way, and
maybe it wasn't the first place most people
would choose to raise their family, it was
the only option my parents had but
when I navigate the gray landscapes
of my mind, that trailer will be the first
thing I recall when I am lost in
no man's land territory, suspended
between poverty and middle class now
I will use that memory and it will guide me
home, whereever that may be
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Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:22 pm
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AvantCoffee says...



:O I love this last poem <3
If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.
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Thank you so much @Coffeeism!
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fraey says...



All of these poems are nicely written, and I think the third one does a really good job of getting into the speaker's head and seeing from one's innocent vision. Sucker-punch of emotions, but I liked these a lot! ^^ Keep up the good work!
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