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Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:39 pm
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alliyah says...



Spooktober Poetry Challenge



are you brave enough to enter?

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It's Spooktober, the season to celebrate all things spooky. In honor of YWS's Spooktober celebration - we're holding a spooktakular contest!

Guidelines
* Your prompt is simply to write a Halloween themed poem. This can be horror or just spooky, interpretation is up to you! We just ask that there be clear Halloween tones to the piece. Pumpkins, Autumn, Cats, Candy, Bat Haikus, Skeleton Sonnets.

* One entry per person.

* There are no restrictions on poetic type; ie. free-verse and structured are both fine. We just want to see something spooky.

Deadline for entries
*All entries are due by (time & date auto-adjusted for your time-zone)

*Please leave a link to your piece or put it under a spoiler in the thread below.

Prizes
1st Place ---------- 2000 points + Winner's Badge
2nd Place ----------- 1200 points + Winner's Badge
3rd Place ---------- 800 points + Winner's Badge



Further Information
* Poems will be judged by @Clarity and @alliyah, with contest results posted on Halloween.

* If you have any questions about rules or entries please contact either of us or post in this thread. And to get information on the rest of the Spooktober Events, check out the announcement thread.


EDIT: Deadline for entries has passed, winners will be announced soon!
but i don't think i can ever love someone
who doesn't understand that teal
is a different color than dark cyan.


  





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Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:24 pm
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AshTheMystique says...



i wander
In city of dead
Searching for the echoes
Of a soul inside me
I follow the shadows
I follow the whispers
But only his sillage kisses me
Glassy eyes and smoky lips
On Unsteady feet
I look for my kindered spirit
Lilies on a headstone i leave
And in haze I perish away
  





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Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:56 am
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AvantCoffee says...



Not sure what this is but apparently it's a poem

Spoiler! :
Candle wax trickled
like melted toffee
but it couldn't keep you warm.

Here lies
an acid green garden of fake fears
to keep you company, to keep you
(in)sane.
To keep you in.

Here lies
a homely skull to crawl into;
a place to carve a face
and laugh mellifluously
about death.

Here, you were never one to scare
easily. However,
superstition wove a fine web
- a fine line - and soon
your thought corners were full of it;
it kept you looking

out, behind, beyond,

until you saw yourself there - blood-eyed,
cursed, spooked, clawed, shadowed.
And no amount of
laughter
treats
fake fears
or candle wax
could keep you warm.
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.
— René Descartes
formerly Coffeeism
  





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Louisiana15 says...



Spoiler! :
The change of colours
brings about a new change in my life.
For years, that soft phantom haunted me;
his cold touch grazing my skin;
his breath against my neck.
The goosebumps; the shivers.
Can't you feel it, too?
Your shortage of breath--
When you realize you're never alone?
Throat dry, palms sweaty--
You know you're not alone.
-
Don't turn around like I did.
He will touch you gently;
he will call your name
like the wind whispers;
soft, seductive, appetizing.
He is appealing to the body
yet he remains a monster.
Don't turn around like I did.
-
Starving, I turned.
Horror filled me, but I was frozen.
Like a baby suckles its mother's breast,
the wraith fell upon my neck--
nibbling ever so gently
until the metallic came.
Ever since then, every Hallow's Eve,
my shadow comes to visit me.
Can you feel him, too?
That one thought in your mind?
He's there...you're never alone.
  





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niteowl says...



As much as I really want to write a Skeleton Sonnet, I don't think I have it in me lol so have a ghost story.

A Halloween Ghost Watches
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TheWeirdoFromBeyond says...



My worst Fear

A poem I wrote a long time ago, never thought I'd use it for a Halloween contest
I don't act this way to change the world, I act this way so that the goddamn world won't change me!
-Desert Hearts
You don't think I am weird? You don't know me at all.
-TheWeirdoFromBeyond

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SnowMonkey says...



Spoiler! :
He is called the midnight rider
He gallops through these trees
He lived here and he died here
Now he rides with the breeze

He's lurking in the shadows
His laughter's heard in the leaves
He will follow and haunt you
On every hollows' eve

His fog may dance around you
With little hope you'll be found
You'll be lost wandering forever
Until your weary body hits the ground

He is called the midnight rider
And haunts the place he died
So don't dare touch the Big Oak
For it's inside it he resides

So if you dare explore his woods
And follow the midnight breeze
You may see his ghost
Riding among the trees
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alliyah says...



A Spooky Announcement



A huge thank you to @AshTheMystique @CoffeeCat @Louisiana15 @niteowl @TheWeirdoFromBeyond & @SnowMonkey for participating in this Spooktober contest. Seriously, it's always a bit intimidating to host a contest because who knows if anyone will participate - so it really made my Halloween to be able to read all of your poems (which were excellent by the way). I hope you all enjoyed having a chance to write something spooky and read each other's work!

@Clarity and I had a tough job judging this, but were able to come to a decision.

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So without further ado, here are the Spooky Poetry Challenge Winners:

3rd Place ------ CoffeeCat

2nd Place ------ niteowl

1st Place ------ SnowMonkey


Congratulations to everyone! And to the winners, expect your prizes soon!
but i don't think i can ever love someone
who doesn't understand that teal
is a different color than dark cyan.


  





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Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:32 pm
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Clarity says...



alliyah wrote:

A Spooky Announcement



A huge thank you to @AshTheMystique @CoffeeCat @Louisiana15 @niteowl @TheWeirdoFromBeyond & @SnowMonkey for participating in this Spooktober contest. Seriously, it's always a bit intimidating to host a contest because who knows if anyone will participate - so it really made my Halloween to be able to read all of your poems (which were excellent by the way). I hope you all enjoyed having a chance to write something spooky and read each other's work!

@Clarity and I had a tough job judging this, but were able to come to a decision.

Image




So without further ado, here are the Spooky Poetry Challenge Winners:

3rd Place ------ CoffeeCat

2nd Place ------ niteowl

1st Place ------ SnowMonkey


Congratulations to everyone! And to the winners, expect your prizes soon!


Points have now been awarded! @SnowMonkey @niteowl @CoffeeCat! Your badges will arrive in due course (please bare with me xD)
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