Here's the second batch of entries to the poetry contest. Check back next Moday for more!
Submit your poem by 4/26. Read the guidelines here.
Charles Pargo, age 20
My frustration is causing anticipation
Because of the decision and hard times I’m facing
Running after something but what am I chasing?
My heart is still but my emotion racing
My thoughts are long and my decisions made
My mistakes and lies have already been paid
But my family I still owe
Because when they needed help I couldn’t open the door
My mind is at a level where my thinking process is higher
I go to sleep warm but wake up cold in a sweat
Thinking about a dream that I can’t forget
I feel pain but I’m not hit
The game is over did I lose or did I quit?
Trying to put my life back together but some pieces don’t fit
I think I’m missing my heart, did you steal it?
Craving freedom but anger I am tasting
Getting past my problems but facing frustrations.
Philip Zyg, age 34
WINTER SPORTS 2
Agonizing laboratory rat in the slush
by a sliding glass door -
a party inside, laughter & cocktails,
he outside, few seconds left
and he dies, with the terminal
image of his female miscarrying -
five poor unborn darlings.
Anonymous, age 17
The man across the room is bending a silver spoon
With his mind
The only thing that flexes is sorrow when I use mine
I take a breath through my ears and the ambiance fills my brain
For a moment it is enough
To convince me that I am not insane
I love you, mid-morning rain
You give me the amnesia to forget away
The struggle of loneliness, the uncomforts of a twin-sized bed
Because only one woman falls asleep here in my head
Call it hopeless or call it foreshadowing
I can’t tell now where I am because my eyes are rattling
There are padded rooms for dangerous people
Holy books in sacred steeples
I remember the faces but I forgot the beautiful people
I have friends here
Around their necks they hang bells
They call this place home
I call this prison hell
It is likely that I am in a mental hospital
But the drugs make it difficult to tell
Matt J Davies, age 26
I think you got the best of me
And kept some for yourself
You took three years of energy
Then left me on the shelf
I wouldnt say i blame you
But youve killed a part of me
I gave too much then lost you
And that Loves now history
The way our friendship ended
Broke my spirit and romance
I dropped my faith in people
And i fell into a trance
I spent a year of wishing
That youd not changed as id feared
I sat at home and wrote a poem
And grew myself a beard
It took a lot to leave you be
And not follow your trail
Or crash your phone and inbox
With texts and long emails
I sent a few of course
No more than 1 a week
But you chose to ignore
For reasons i still seek
I still seek sense and closure
I need to know your mind
How could you leave me sat here
Alone and high and dry
True love waits Thom told me
And for a while i really thought
That maybe i still loved you
Cause moving on was fraught
Everyday for months on end
Id think about your face
Obsessing over little things
And remembering your ways
At times i was so bitter
Angry and so mad
It seemed so unnecessary
That youd treated me so bad
I didnt hurt or harm you
During our 4 years
I only showed you Love
And believed true love was ours
Even when you dumped me
I forgave despite the hurt
And then you promised friendship
And i took you to your word
To be just friends was enough for me
I Loved you as a friend
I was prepared to be your friend
Best friends until the end
On the last day i saw you
When i met your little dog
Things didnt seem that awkward
And i left without a fog
But then you stopped replying
To texts and morning calls
Youd made the choice to dump me
Youd changed and turned so cold
So here we are a year has passed
And im still on my own
I dont get out that much
And i barely use the phone
Im paying the price for meeting you
And giving you too much Love
I simply quite adored you
And thought that was enough
Yet now i must move on
And ive tried to all this year
Its got a little easier
But there something still not here
If you find my sparkle
Can you post it back to me
I hope it reconnects and
Im able to achieve
Achieve the sort of happiness
Of when i first met you
I want to meet another girl
And make her happy too
But when i do i now know
With many thanks to you
Not to get too close to her
Or leave friends out the loop
I cant rely on one girl
To see me through my days
Its obvious that true love
Doesnt last or really wait
So as i end this scrambled page
Of self obsessed old tripe
I say to you my bunny
I wish you a beautiful life
Although you half destroyed me
Youve also made me strong
Despite the fact there was no need
And despite that it was wrong
But wrong or right im still here
And you are where you are
Good luck to you my pretty girl
Jaycee Rose, age 18
I don't know who I am anymore.
I have lost all semblance of logic, of reason.
I feel trapped, a bitter taste on my tongue.
My mind is never where it should be, I am slipping away.
It's so dark all around me and my lungs are filled with dirt and water and everything else that is burying me, so much that I can't call out for help, for a breath.
They see me drowning, but I can't explain just how much.
No one can reach the depths I have reached.
I'm like a recording, my throat scratching and clawing for the truth to come out but when I open my mouth I can only deny.
Deny that I am so scared of myself that I lie awake at night haunted.
That I am afraid to be out with myself because I have lost all semblance of control.
This had made me lose every part of me that I knew.
It's turned me into a monster, an alien to myself.
To the people around me.
I'm so scared of it, and yet it is the only thing that can let me feel in control.