Prompted to Write Contest"Prompted to Write"
The Goal: Take one of the following prompts and write about it; any style, any form, poetry or prose.
"Footsteps echoing through the watery graves of pillbugs."
~Murder told from the P.O.V. of the murder weapon.
"Ode to her tight black dress, Slit from ankle to creamy white thigh."
"Stuck forever in this fetal pose"
" ... it's Jim's Bait and Tackle Shop, closed for the year."
~Flight P.O.V. (bird, plane, rock, hot air balloon, etc)
" ... put a gun in your mouth and splatter these walls with your brains."
~The intervention of an alcoholic or drug addict.
There will be one overall winner, a runner-up, and a honorable mention.
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You can begin when ever
anxietyshakinganxiety6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
never the chance to breathe in and
out the door
hit the floor
to a destination unknown
known to be out of reach
but still reaching for greatness
when greatness only slips
fingers that tap the table
sending my body
into an uncontrolled dance
never time to stop
my mind racing
leaving my mouth chasing
words never spoken
am I broken
on a level unknown
or is it known
but not shown
to the world
inside my head
making me seem brain dead
my brain is more alive
it just cant thrive
on normal levels
of non interaction
when you run away from me
I am shaking
and never relaxing
I don't want to wake up aloneanother sleepless nightI don't want to wake up alone6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
in our room
with the lights
so I cant see
but I can still feel
the empty space
used to lay
your arms around me
you held me as I
fell asleep in your arms
then I would wake
to your beautiful face
and I took it all for granted
now I cant sleep
because I dont want
to wake up alone
hold meI never thinkhold me6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
of me in your bed,
but I always think
of me in your arms.
I never know what
you are going to say,
but I always want
you to say it to me.
I came in
just to see
your eyes light up
and I stayed to hear
your voice touch my ears.
I never expect
anything from you,
but I always want
just a little bit more.
Just a little
more of you
to go with
a little bit of me
and a just
a little request:
I didnt expect
to even touch you,
but I wished
I could feel you
I talked to hear
my own voice
in the silence
and I was shocked
to hear yours
in your direction
to see your reaction
and I was floored
when I saw
you looking back.
I closed in for a
and I found your arms
youre around me
I seem to lose
on my own,
so I ask:
Separation Anxietyi think i'm getting claustrophobicSeparation Anxiety6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
alone and left to think of you
have you forgotten all about me
i am the one that put those roses
in your hair and left them there
in your vase and kept them alive
in your home so you wouldn't be alone
i was always your shoulder
here to absorb your tears and pain
your ear to chew on if you needed
someone to bite down onto
and i love you no matter what
and i love you even though you hurt me
and i love you even if you want me gone
yet you still throw me away like trash
push me aside so i can rot alone
just because he wants you to
even though you don't want me to fight
when hes the one youre with
when he's the one who ignores you
when he's the one who kicks you around
it feels like my walls are closing in
when i let you behind them with me
and you tear them down and push
them aside like they are just
obstacles in your way meant to hurt you
obstacles in your way just to control you
obstacles in your way trying to protect you
i am not the person
I woke upJuly 10, 2000I woke up6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I woke up
after passing out
after smoking up
after coming down
from the wa-wa sound
induced by nitrous filled punch balloons
I woke up
after snorting lines of ketamine
coupled with hits of acid and ecstasy
I woke up
after seven people died
from shooting heroin into their veins
I woke up
in a folding camp chair
with a hand wrapped around
a bag of weed
stuffed in my pocket
to a booming voice
telling me I was going to jail.
and I thanked god when they put on the cuffs
that I was one of the lucky ones that woke up.
Stuck in SolitudeShe was sinking in her solitudeStuck in Solitude6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
and lost in a false attitude,
a smile plastered across her face
leading to a cold embrace.
Her eyes were wet from unshed tears
as she kept silent all these years
about what she truly desired
and was never able to acquire;
someone to let into her life
without too much strife,
someone who she could trust,
who would show no disgust
for all that she would share;
someone that would always be there.
But instead of letting anyone close,
she turned friends into foes
and kept everyone away
for fear of what they might say.
Or maybe she stayed inert
so she would never again be hurt,
but by not giving anyone a chance,
she lost her opportunity at romance
and a life of happiness and joy
because she was a afraid to destroy
her walls that kept it all locked away,
so in solitude and misery she stayed.
Produce makes for strange ...I tried to sleepProduce makes for strange ...6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
with an onion,
but I found
its layers too deep
I really got in to it
the onion made me cry.
I tried to sleep
with a potato,
but it got old
way too fast
and its many eyes
seemed to always
be staring at me.
I tried to sleep
with a pumpkin,
but when I held
it in my arms
it burst open
and spilled its guts
way too easily.
I tried to sleep
with a lemon,
but on the outside
it was bitter
it opened up,
it was so sour
that I kicked it out.
I tried to sleep
with a peach
but found it to be
too hairy by far
and at its center
there was an
I tried to sleep
and found that
make me cry
and I liked it
I loved to hear
your voice when
you opened up
you were sweeter
than any fruit.
But best of all,
I found that
inside of you
was a soft heart
and a place
just for me.
Longing for the LostOf course I knewLonging for the Lost6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
we couldn't meet today
but I made sure I would look nice.
Even though you wouldn't see me.
This day is important to me.
Because of you.
Because I had the
chance to meet you.
today was a somber day.
I saw you in your Sunday best
although we didn't meet.
And I looked pretty,
just for you,
at your funeral.
just listenDo you see what you do to me?just listen6 years ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
Do you understand
the pain and the sorrow
you put me through?
Listen to what I am trying to tell you.
Do you still not understand?
Do you not see that I am
trying to tell you something?
Just pay attention to me for once.
Stop Stop everything.
I wish I could make you understand.
I wish I could speak the words
that run daily through my mind,
but I cant.
I fear too much.
You should know this.
You should know me.
Weve been here on this ledge for so long.
You can never decide if you want to
jump off or take a step back.
Lost without youLostLost without you6 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
my arms wrapped around me
holding myself so tightly
rocking back and forth
missing your touch
trying hard to imagine
that you are still here
bathed in moonlightMoonlight streams through the open window,bathed in moonlight6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
dancing with the curtains in a lazy fashion.
It streams across my naked body
moving in rhythm to my own dance.
Sitting, watching, I pull on my lit cigarette,
blowing the smoke in your direction,
as you seductively move across the room,
dancing to a beat that I can not hear.
You sit there, as still and as hard as marble,
watching me from across the room.
Eyes heavy-lidded with lust; your breath catches
as my twists and turns slowly lead me to you.
Your dancing draws you closer to the window
and the pale moonlight wanders across your body,
leaving me breathless for a moment,
making me forget where I am.
You look up at me as I get closer,
my hands outstretched in invitation.
You take them in yours,
and rise to meet me, sway for sway.
Dancing was never my forte,
but you glide around the room so effortlessly
that I move my feet in time with yours
and I am lost in your movements.
Our heated bodies move as one.
drawing you inAs you walk past me,drawing you in6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I draw you in
and wrap my arms
around your waist,
pulling you close
to feel your body
pressed against mine.
I encompass you
with both arms,
holding you tightly,
breathing you in,
never letting you go.
festering darknessA little more of mefestering darkness6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
more of me chipped away;
I am dead perhaps.
The corpse beauty
from the prying eyes
and the backward
I throw up walls
around my heart
and watch as they
quickly close in
Shut off your ears
from the whispered lies,
cry UNTRUTH then let it echo
as the words beat in your head
My own silent singsong
comforts me and
the oppressive darkness
is my only playmate
run away, far away
because that is all
youre good at
I pale to be thought of
as a fleeing coward.
Just shy away, get out of here!
Something in my soul lingers.
Its pushing and shoving
and being tossed about.
Im not your chain nor anchor;
dont try to keep me here!
no one wants you anyway.
TetheredMy name, from my lover's lips, it does fallTethered6 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
and there I melt into your whispered call.
Caressing my ears are the words of love.
sending my soul on the wings of a dove;
Im no longer bound to this earthly form,
into ethereal bliss I transform.
All that from the words that roll off your lips,
think of my response to your fingertips
as theyre resting in the curves of my face
then slowly down my jawline do they trace,
around my collarbone, they dance their dance;
gliding around, leaving me in a trance.
Then into my eyes you intently stare,
letting me know we are a perfect pair.
And in your hand, my hand is tightly bound,
gently bringing me back down to the ground.
You're scaredGo ahead and love me,You're scared5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
but you dont dare.
You just dont seem
to want to go there.
You say I scare you
and this feeling tears you
from the inside.
You just need
to lay back
your emotional baggage;
all over me.
It seems to me,
of the things
on the inside,
of the things
on the outside,
worming their way inside.
but I dont care.
I want you
to go there
and be with me.
left aloneTrembling hands cover my crying eyesleft alone6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
with my elbows propped on my knees
and my back firmly pressed against the wall.
This is where you left me when you walked away,
here out in the open where anyone could see me.
We argued over inane things
that meant nothing to no one,
but seemed to mean the world to you.
Then you stormed away, fuming
from something insignificant I said,
never once looking back
as tears fell down my cheeks.
Now I am truly alone,
with only the pity
of those that pass by
to keep me company.
So I gently rock back and forth,
trying to stop the endless flow
through cold fingers and will alone,
but failing as I wail into the darkness,
screaming a primal scream
that no one pays attention to.
I am just one more crazy person
left to wallow in my confusion
alone, tired, and cold without you.
from behindI take a stepfrom behind6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
to press my chest
against your back
and bury my nose
into your hair
the flowers that
I glide your hair
out of the way
naked and bare,
where i touch
ever so softly;
I didnt know
I was holding.
I wrap my arms
around your waist,
drawing you in
for another taste;
releaseshut off the streamrelease6 years ago in Other More Like This
drown out the noise
let fall the blinds
sink into darkness
finding peacedevouring my mindfinding peace6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
like a wasting disease
this feeling of emptiness
offers no release
so in my hand
i hold the key to peace
wrapped tightly in a package
just for me
i slide my finger
onto the trigger
close my eyes
and thank god its over
Joy RideSitting in the leather bucket seatsJoy Ride6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
of your cherry-red, two-door coupe,
winding our way down Route Eight,
twisting and turning, following
the length of the bending Ohio River,
I gunned it up to ninety miles per hour
only to quickly drop it back down again
I glanced over at you in the seat next to me
and watched as your eyes opened wider
and your breathing came in quicker bursts;
you were excited and got more so with every
twist and turn, every little brush with death
as the tires squealed, trying to grip the pavement.
I heard a gasp escape your beautiful lips
as I yanked up on the emergency break
to allow us to screech around a hairpin turn.
When I dropped the brake back down and
began swiftly picking up speed again
I felt your hand sliding above my knee.
You began to rub there between my thighs
feeling me get harder as the car went faster,
barely letting off the gas to slide around a curve,
pushing your body ever closer to mine;
the heat, almost palpable, coming off you in waves.
nothingOut of my mouth and into your ear,nothing6 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
flow the words you never wanted to hear.
I am the reason for all your pain.
I am the reason youre not sane.
Out of my hands and into the air,
I toss your heart without a care.
You gave it to me for safe-keeping,
now away from me you are creeping.
Do my words burn and singe?
Do my actions make you cringe?
You withdraw from me in fear,
taking away all I held dear.
Until I am left with nothing at all;
no one to catch me when I fall.
I scared you away with my fears
and now I cry pointless tears.
Pass the Poem - ChildhoodThe shiny red balloon floated through the air,Pass the Poem - Childhood6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
whither it goes, it has not a care;
a breath of breeze, now it's over there.
So goes the life of a child,
innocence shining within bright eyes;
wistfully playing, so full of the wild.
Now this shiny red balloon frolics in my mind,
leaving echoes of untainted laughter behind,
dancing in curlicues of spiced apple-wine and childhood love.
On I go into the storm as blissful memories guide my steps
and the music of naivety charms my ears,
the grace of its floating pressing me onwards.
As the years go by I remember all the things I miss,
like my mother's homemade soup and bread,
oh the times of innocence and simplicity.
When the sun danced in my eyes and kissed my skin,
when I played ladybugs in the garden and sang songs of Mary Sunshine
when life was easy and sweet, and full of treats;
Everything's changed now,
the fairy tales of yesteryear beg pardon of reality.
I can see the world for what it truly is
fearYou rip into my headfear6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
destroying my mind
nothing but you
all I can think about
is how badly
I want to touch you
how I shake
when you are near
and how I quiver
with extreme fear
when you leave.
Six sensesI hear the wordsSix senses6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
gently roll off your
wet with anticipation lips
I watch with eager eyes
as you take a small
step towards me
I am knocked back
from the smell of roses
rolling off you in waves
I begin to salivate
when I think of your lips
as they tentatively touch mine
I shiver from pleasure
and shake from passion
as your hand falls on my shoulder
and I become a puddle
as our souls become one
forming a union that can not be broken