The winners of our affiliate's,
's, The Best of You Poetry Contest are... First Place
The Best of Yougingerly
i trace your frozen features
with trembling fingertips,
i remember this day well,
so very well;
your typical smile curling
the corners of your mouth,
and that ever present
in your almond eyes,
the way paint splattered
every available surface
of your over-sized clothes,
even your explanation for
wearing those still echoes
like yesterday in my mind;
"how can an artist create
or express himself,
if he cannot move freely?"
those scattered escaped dots
of red and yellow p
by ~Lady-Yume Second Place
metalsweet melody, unconditional autonomy;
break my bones and cast them in gold.
pour oil in my veins. make it bleed.
i don’t need a heart.
i don’t need feelings.
i don’t need skin and muscle.
fire me, pull me, bend me to perfection,
vicious raw power. mould my vision
i am something more than human.
tendons of electricity ripple, flex
breathe in no air, no sound
aside from a background buzz -
i am the best of all, the best of
my kind, your kind, every kind
i will not be kind.
by =dirked Third Place
Unexplainable feelingThis cryptic feeling that I’m feeling inside
I don’t know its meaning but it has caught my eyes
I’ve only felt it once, but it’s been made very clear
That since the first time I met you I’ve hold you dear
And it’s so vivid; it’s strange but also great
It’s close to unexplainable, and gentle as a dove
But only few, barely anyone could relate
That the best of her is that she showed me love
by ~GentlePeace Honorable Mentions
The Moon is HumanThe moon understands what it means
To be human
Are open to our criticism.
And yet the wolves howl
At its beauty and strength.
The wolf understands what it means
To be left out
To belong in a pack,
Having to carry their own weight.
And yet the moon shines
To make the trip less lonesome.
Is life about finding the wolf
That howls the loudest
And the longest?
Is life about finding the moon
That shines the brightest
And the farthest?
The human understands what it means
To be hurt by words
Keeps them divided.
And yet the friend supports
When feet seem disfunctional.
Anas platyrhynochosi think i’ve found the best of you
“ducks mate for life,” you said,
which might not even be true
but we pretend that it is
just to believe that something out there doesn’t die
we make geography in the meniscus of the sea
which might not even exist
twin mountain ranges stretching
away from a single point, never touching
the loneliest hills
and in the end
we haven’t disturbed anything more than a breath
in the sunlight i see your colors
the grassgreen shadow on your neck
which might not even be there
some trick of evolution
and your bones are filled with something
more like air and le
Suicide LetterA pencil can t w i r l as fast as your eye can w a t c h it.
As l o n g as you k ee p it in control you have no fear.
I watch mine r o l l past my cold fi ng er s.
T w i r l
the b r i c k walls of my mind it
f o t .
l a s
Alice in her rabbit hole never got t h a t f a r.
Neither will what I try to write for you
but if I try
if I try
and fail like I always do
will you still read it?
I'll get n o w h e r e without my b r e a t h .
But I will get f a r
The Best of YouI love the dimples that frame your bright smile.
I want to just enjoy the best of you for a while.
You've always known just what words to say.
No one else could ever make me feel this way.
I love the way your iridescent eyes shine.
It's beautiful when they reflect the love in mine.
I love hearing you quietly whisper my name.
If someone else says my name it's not the same.
I love listening to the sound of your voice.
If I was to pick again you would be my first choice.
I love the way you listen, love, and care.
You're the kind of person who will always be there.
You love me for not who I've been or what I will be.
You simply love
A bottle, a piece of paper, some wordsThings that remind me of you:
The night sky.
The rumbling of thunder that follows lightning.
When my music, for some reason,
is on shuffle and I hear a song
that I used to listen to
two or three years ago.
Dark blue, grey and black.
Black, yellow and grey.
How my fingers get harder to move,
yet still I carry on typing,
and the muted excited happiness
that moves under the keys.
… … …
I think of you day to day
and how you crumble under my
hands in the strangest fashion –
not beautiful, but something like it.
I can watch the shards fall for
and every time I blink you’ll
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Why, hello there, darling.
Had a feeling you'd come.
Have a seat. I've got tea.
Got lots to catch up on,
You and me.
I hear you've got troubles.
Got a thorn in your side,
Got a stick in the mud,
Why, I'm sure, my sweet one,
Got a feeling you're sick
Of an ever-looping sad song.
Oh honey, let me tell you,
But chock full of vitamins
And some other not-so-convenient things.
I hear you've been rushed.
You wanna make a name,
Make a change, but dear,
My dear, my dear,
I hardly understand where you're going
in such a great hurry.
All that worrying about the future
And worrying about the past…
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