The following poems are the winning entries in TYWC's
held to celebrate World Poetry Day 21st March 2004. We hope you enjoy them.
Writersdomain, Rebekkah Laeuchli & _faith_
Chicchick89, Nicole Braganza & Witless
K K P, Nessa Pippenger & Tatua
thank you to our Judges.
Sides of War
THE MAIDEN When the soldiers march out To their deaths And they know Their fate is at hand We watch them fall Through pitiful eyes Brimming with tears For their bravery and fate All hope is lost What can we do? Who will we turn to for help? When the armies of evil March forward Slowly advancing The approaching danger Is now evident All protection Has fled No one to turn to And yet, We are left Expected to cope With the fact That there is nothing we can do To help them And we are kept behind walls Even though they need us Out on the battlefield A withering beauty Watching our people die before our eyes With us knowing we cannot help them We are on our own What fate will befall us now? What hope do we have to live on? If only they would have taught us How to defend ourselves To fight for freedom Maybe this land wouldn't have fallen THE SOLDIER Marching into battle We are outnumbered There is no hope No escape The clanking of armor The snorts of horses All is quiet Too quiet We all know our fate That our fate is death All are grim The memories of family back home Whom we are fighting for Drive us into battle Then enemy advances As do we Closer, closer we drag ourselves forward To our deaths The enemy line halts As does ours A moment of silence before the battle The army breathes sparingly For those breaths may have just been their last The horses grow restless At the tension in the air 'If we die, we die for our people and we will die honorably' think the army "Charge!" shouts the captain Their lines charge Our lines meet with the fury of horses The clashing of swords Many have fallen Many will fall If we fail all is lost for our family and people What a burden a soldier's task is To know all depends on you And if you fail… It could be the end for everyone, and everything you love and cherish What hope is there? For those who march out today To their deaths What a burden it must be To know you have not the strength to save those you love To stand helpless Without control And watch you people die CONCLUSION Which is harder? To stand behind walls and watch you people die Or to ride out knowing that no matter how hard you try You will not save your people Which is a heavier burden?
look! do you see it? a spirit, a human spirit elusive yet tangible like the wind transparent, yet full of color like an instrument being played it shimmers with emotion and thought perhaps if you could touch it you would feel beauty for you see beauty as you stand here, distant and watching maybe you shouldn't go nearer it would hurt you to see a spirit, a human spirit close beside you with its horror and its filth crying in pain, lashing out at relief the colors broken the strings of the instrument cut and shuddering in the wind yes, go forward! go and look you must see it your own soul will throb and your heart scream in recognition as the beauty dissolves and the ugliness your ugliness appears
they say we all have one, but we hide our skeletons in soft casings of lavender-cream scented skin, we allow our small perversions safe haven in the small dark airless places inside us, while outside we are shades of ivory, cinnamon, copper, chocolate, obsidian skin. judge me not by this, the wise man said, but by my actions. the wise man was also a fool because we are all alike- humanitarians and tortured artists and petty criminals. we are one because inside us, darkside sleeps and dreams its demon dreams. lightside lies awake and wonders how long he can smile, how long he can say have a nice day before this postcard perfect façade cracks, leaving him naked and exposed in his sin, in his humanity.
I ponder Staring off Wondering, confused Wondering, confused She looks at me Asks me whats wrong Sees my perplexed expression Sees my perplexed expression I shake it off Smiling and laughing For my sake But more for hers But more for hers I get through the day Get Home Do what's needed Do what's needed Late at night Thoughts rush back to me making me dizzy and confused Making me dizzy and confused I break down wondering how Wondering how 1 simple conversation Changing my friendship Changing my friendship I hoped It would help But how far from the truth My assumption was My assumption was I wonder how It happened like it did... It happened like it did... I'd hoped to help her She rejected my offer Keeping her Self boxed up Keeping her Self boxed up Her true self Hidden inside Hidden inside Never showing It to anyone I wonder why I ponder I ponder Staring off Wondering, confused
Hiding my face within the pages Of a book. I am a free spirit, Bound by nothing. I can laugh and cry and smile, And the soft whisper of turning pages Comforts, calms my rebellious soul.
The Sun and the Moon
Lady of the Silver Wheel Three times you cursed your Son That shame was too real When you stepped over a Magic Wand Dylan died in Govannon's sea While the Nameless-one lived on This second child you knew not to be You didn't know of your other son Gwyddion had stolen him quick away That boy grew and needed a name In disguise they came to you one day Then were revealed and renewed your shame Llew Llaw Gyffes he was to be known Dubbed by you, vindictive Daughter of Don For he killed the wren with his stone "The Bright Lion with the Sure hand" was your son Arianrhod, you wouldn't leave him alone Twice more you cursed the Son God Twice more your curses were thrown Yet that final solution was rather odd Arms were given when you denied them And a woman of flowers was made for Llew When you forbade the embrace of a real woman Now he flies along with you O Arianrhod, Lady of the Silver Wheel Forever cursing your Son God, Llew Mother and son, so surreal Heavenly bodies, spinning for You
K K P
Hear Through My Static
I get closer and closer. And it's torn apart. I stand aside and it runs ways. The roses decay, When I forget to stand away, Or move closer, When our moods sway. Keep your distance; it'll ruin us. Hold me, I need you right now. Throwing the darts blind, Playing telephone, As if you could give it a cliché name. Or like there is anyway to kill Feelings of misled guilt.
Stranger in Disguise
when he kisses me all I feel are lies because I am no longer kissing you but a stranger in disguise
Day & Night
Luminescent, shimmering rainbow sheen, Soft colors dancing in myriad patterns, Blues and grays blurring softly as one, Moonlight's steady gaze stroking earth, Bathed in its luminescent, silvery sheen, Coated with its shimmering rainbow slither. Lit by moonlight as obscure and distant, As wavering as uncertain flames flickering, Dancing in and out of quiet being, In a dance of dim, incandescent splendor. (Night, 'tis but a fading lullaby) Soft lights of dawn coating horizon, Dim, shimmering moisture filling air. Incandescent, serene beauty of faded night, Seeming so distant, so obscure, so bleak. As it fades and drifts, slowly replaced, By the echoing laughter of oncoming day. The sky alit by teasing fire, soft and But a gentle stroke of comfort, warm. Life is reawakening as death fades, Day replaced by the shimmering moonlit night. (Say goodbye to night's now fading lullaby)
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