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Old 10-19-2009, 05:59 AM
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Default Autumn Contest (Poetry) – Smiles

As the days grow longer, and the trees metamorph into a multicoloured spectacle, we all need some cheer, so this Season's theme is Smiles.
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Members are allowed one entry in the poetry contest. (You are welcome to enter our prose contest as well.) Poetry entries should be submitted as posts to this thread. The competition is open to all members of Writer’s Beat, including staff.

Members are requested to refrain from commenting on entries in this posting thread. Please use the Smiles Contest Comment thread instead. That thread will remain open throughout the posting period and afterwards, and members are encouraged to let entrants know what they thought of their entries.

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Poetry: no limit


Once an entry has been submitted, it cannot be altered. Any work that is edited after it has been entered will be disqualified. If you feel you need to make a small alteration (a misplaced comma, a spelling error), contact a member of staff. If we feel your request is reasonable, we will make the correction on your behalf.

Close Date:

15th December 2009, 12 midnight GMT


Winners will be selected by means of a public poll, so you, the members of Writer’s Beat, will choose the winners.

After the closing date, a voting thread will be posted. Voting will commence on the 16th of December and close on the 27th of December 2009, 12 midnight GMT.
So don’t forget to have visit us over the holidays

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The winning entries will be considered for publication in Writer's Beat Quarterly, subject to the approval of the editors. To increase your chances of getting published (whether you win or not), make sure your document is as error-free as possible!

Also, the member (or tying members) with the most votes will get to suggest the next contest theme!

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If you have any questions about the contest, contact a staff member and we will happily answer them for you. Now sharpen your pencils and your wits and get writing. Good Luck!

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Old 11-05-2009, 10:25 AM
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Take the change left on the counter
Go now, leave and stay away
I'm drunk around your bitterness
I will go find my own way

Cause you now feel like a stranger
And our hearts no more belong
Your smile once perfect is now aimless
And days of our past I long

One day again we will encounter
Another day will pass by then
Your smile will still be blameless
Your beauty I will see again

And none will see what I have pondered
But until that day comes near
Keep away your smile so shameless
Keep away your smile, my dear...
"Anger is a poison. You must purge it from your mind or else it will corrupt your better nature..."
Brisingr (Chrisopher Paolini)
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Old 11-15-2009, 11:14 AM
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Today she’ll walk up the
hill with a smile, a smile
for the world; and her
eyes will shine with the light
of the sun-speckled river and her
cheeks will be firm with the coral
of soft-falling leaves. She’ll walk
past the grey box of knowledge
and into the playground of innocents,
dancing along streets with the
oversized flecks of red pepper
crunching beneath her feet, and when
the children stroll by in their
bright autumn jackets she’ll give
them a piece of herself
through the shape of her lips.
And eventually her legs will carry
her to the summer labyrinth
where one day long ago she
dangled her faint white arms
over the water imagining oblivion,
the purest kind of control.

Today she’ll look back and say
that old self was naïve: the most
dangerous kind of simplicity.
Her smile will be for herself but
her joy will be infinite.

Yesterday she lay in bed in
the dark dreaming light
patterns onto the ceiling and
begging in silence for them
to stop staring. Her mouth
quirked even then, a hint of
apology, a weapon against
the tear-sweet melancholy
of isolated company, and a
sign of healing to come.
Yesterday, in the clutches of
pain and illusion, she grew.

Right now, she says to herself,
smiling at no one, at
emptiness, at possibility,
she is simply happy.
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Old 11-18-2009, 09:03 AM
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Smiles hide my tears,
as I look into your face,
grim and unbending
where once there was love,
but no more, and I
who worship you
do my best to
show you I do not care
although I should –
and I do.
Old 11-18-2009, 03:09 PM
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Painful Smile

My grandfather died of old age,
They say he went peacefully in his sleep,
Pops says he’s in heaven now,
So I smiled.

My girlfriend broke up with me,
She said its her not me,
It reminded me of cliché break up scenes,
So I smiled.

I lost my wallet,
There was my credit and social card inside,
But no cash,
So I smiled.

I was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer,
Doc said I have less than a year,
I said, “Guess smoking didn’t kill me after all,”
And I cried, smiling.
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:55 AM
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i drift backwardly
steadily i tread
From something rather frightening
a Monster in my bed

his skin a vacant white
his heart sounds a barren beat
He yearns for my blood
its my soul that he seeks

looming ever closer
the spell has long been cast
his weapons sheathed behind his lips
his smile will be My last

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There is smiles all around
Its that time of year
Partys frocks come out
Children play nice
To see what santa has put under the tree.
Loved ones come from far and wide
Smiles and hugs are offered
As the party is inside.
No one is nasty
No one is mean
Its Christmas everyone
No BAHUMBG to be seen.
Old 12-07-2009, 09:50 AM
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Icon7 Now I Smile

Dark miserable menopausal days,
life dull, it held no smiles
Before long my baby girl was wed
Looking a picture smiling in the isle

Then loneliness,I felt she had gone
long miserable days, I never smiled
until the day she rang me saying
mum I am with child.

Nine long month I felt so anxious
MY baby is having a child
Then along came our Joshua
So little I smiled and smiled

I smiled, when I touched his little fingers
I smiled when I kissed his nose
Its the smell of new born babies
like a dewy fresh picked rose

Now I smile when he says nana
I smile when he says granddad
The empty days are gone now
all because of our little lad

His little eye they are my diamonds
his rosy cheeks a flower bed
his hair a mass or curls
Make me smile when I touch his head

My little Grandson, my life all happy
holding him makes me smile so
I love this little baby
more than Any one could know
Old 12-13-2009, 12:32 AM
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she sits on the fence
kicking back on the wood
like she doesn’t care,
watching me trying
to make her smile

I catch a glimpse
of the sunlight
at her mouth as she smiles
- but then it’s a sad one,
and she doesn’t really mean it

hers is a sad story,
but there’s hope yet.
I’ll make her smile;
maybe traces of a hidden laugh
she’s been storing away
since she lost herself to grief

the rain is falling down
and it’s like 1984:
but we don’t care,
and I stand here
not wanting this to ever stop
Retired in a journey elsewhere.
In a desperate search for integrity, I fall short of morality.

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They love bleeding hearts... they love clean hands.
Their directions wander without tragedy pending,
chasing a disaster piece with a feel-good ending.
Sometimes they feel they're in pristine lands.

A life with no time to touch... no time to feel.
My drive is powerful; the rip in the ocean,
so I go through motions with no emotion.
Sometimes they seem like they're real.

A species that dates to love... loves to date.
Intoxicated on cheap highs; infatuation,
a wedding, a lover, a child's graduation.
Sometimes they feel the touch of fate.

Happiness is a facade conjured to linger.
I have seen their smiles; superficial,
fades to greys and other shades of dismal.
Sometimes they need to point the finger.

I love to murder... they curse this purpose.
Their eyes close... their expression fades.
Just another case of depression saved.
Sometimes they feel that my smiles are worthless.
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Ode to an Egg

The Sundrop sitting on his cloud looked around and smiled
For the sky was blue the breezes soft the weather warmly mild
Oh My he called to a passing cloud what a simply perfect view
What What joy it is to have all this and be a Sundrop

The passing cloud smiled sadly puffed a finger and replied
Make the most of it dear Sundrop for far below a man just died
And the law that governs Sundrops and the poor sad human race
States that when a man dies down below a Sundrop takes his place

Oh come now cried the Sundrop I know the law is for the best
And after a life spent down below each soul deserves a rest
But there are layers of Sundrops all around far deeper than the sea
So it's hardly very likely that Great God will pick on me

The midst the swelling sound of trumpets came a golden telegram
Informing Sundrop very kindly his time had come to be a man
And that the law decreed no matter how he might beseech and beg
He must serve his life's apprenticeship as a small but perfect egg

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Old 12-14-2009, 06:20 PM
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A Final Disposition

I saw a Cheshire grin as sweet as sin,
Golden in Glasgow when it first began;
A forced smile wider for a friend
Than lips would part for me again.

I saw a renaissance grin of smug delight
Enlightened by an ephemeral sign;
A worse smile had at my expense
Than I would ever see again.

I saw rapacious grins as black as night
Take to my person like a deadly tide,
Their smiles betrayed their intents, alas
What I saw next was what I saw last:

I saw bullet-teeth in a leaden grin,
Golden halos around a violin,
Or silver coronas like the angels’ wings.
And it was a fitting passage to Heaven’s end,
More than I would hope to receive again.
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