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Brand New Adventures

Today I decided that it was time to swallow my fears and insecurities and put my words in a publishing format.  It was an interesting adventure to be able to pick the selected poems for a small collection of poetry that had some meaning to me.

It was especially powerful to put some very personal poetry in the collection – ones that I have not even shared on my blog.  Funny thing is that I am not even sure as to why I shared the poems on the collection – something just said “It is time!”.  I swallowed the emotions and decided that I had to follow the direction I was lead to.

Right now, it is in review status and I can feel weird “butterflies” take a hold of my stomach and do magical dances inside me.  I am very excited, nervous and scared to have shared my words in an actual published poetry format, even if just in kindle format..

I guess baby steps is better than no steps and I have to walk instead of just trying to fly.

But, the true reason for writing this post is to give a shout and thank you to all whom have encouraged me, supported me and listened to my poetry with an open heart.

I would also like to give a giant hug and thank you to David M. Green for the publishing information!! You helped me reach a small part of my dream..

God Bless Everyone.. Please look for my poetry book on the kindle library “Wings of Hope”.

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The Truth Version 2

 

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I cannot run from this anymore

Openly I lay my cards out

Who am I?

I do not know

I struggle daily to learn about

What I enjoy?

Truthfully I do not know

My interests fade in and out

What I long for?

I yearn to find my way

Through this rocky water

No more high prices to have to pay

What I know?

This struggle never seems to end

My world is chaotic and unstable

I can never find the words I need to say

Am I worth knowing?

My answer is unclear

I have let people down frequently

The truth of the matter?

I am a broke vase barely pieced together

I am struggling to stay out of the quick sand

Can I handle this journey I am on?

Uncertain I am of my fate

I don’t want to drag those down with me who offer a hand

Only way I know how to cope?

I shut myself off from outside world – always have

Easier to turn off than deal as the pain and hatred

I have for myself is to too raw and too real

How I hide behind the pain?

Working lots and refusing to sit still

Tasks and addictions become my escape

I imagine myself in a better place

Far above the clouds I would soar

Why I end this poem now?

Out of words I have become!!

 

 

 

 

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The Truth

Who am I?

I do not know

I struggle daily to learn about

What I enjoy?

Truthfully I do not know

My interests fade in and out

What I long for?

I yearn to find my way

Through this rocky water

No more high prices to have to pay

What I know?

This struggle never seems to end

My world is chaotic and unstable

I can never find the words I need to say

Am I worth knowing?

My answer is unclear

I have let people down frequently

The truth of the matter?

I am a broke vase barely pieced together

I am struggling to stay out of the quick sand

Can I handle this journey I am on?

Uncertain I am of my fate

I don’t want to drag those down with me who offer a hand

Only way I know how to cope?

I shut myself off from outside world – always have

Easier to turn off than deal as the pain and hatred

I have for myself is to too raw and too real

How I hide behind the pain?

Working lots and refusing to sit still

Tasks and addictions become my escape

I imagine myself in a better place

Far above the clouds I would soar

Why I end this poem now?

Out of words I have become

I cannot deal openly with this anymore!!!

 

 

Retreat

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Soothing waters surround!
Pacifying the stresses
Slowing down the wild thoughts
A revitalizing and joyous time!
Lose track of all time
An awe-inspiring place
Anxieties and stress left far behind!
Slowly let yourself unwind
Entice senses in many ways
Wishing to be able to stay!
Tranquility and harmony
Promoting a spiritual awkening
Drowning the hustle and bustle!
Worries and fears not to be found
Lock out the crazy days!
This is what this moment is all about
Seclusion and seduction of the water
Cleansing your soul and spirit!

 

 

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A Poetry Competion Site I Found

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2013 Poetry Competition

Peer Review Process and eBook Publication

The Poetic Republic Poetry Prize is a process for the selection of poems for publication based on anonymous peer review.

Selection systems are typically driven by judges of repute, celebrities, editorial teams, fan bases or “vote for me” campaigns. Increasingly, celebrity pervades publication decisions.

The Poetic Republic Poetry Prize is different. It is a rigorous process where participants read each other’s work in isolation unaware of other participants’ opinions, comments or identity. It is a neutral space.

Participation is anonymous.

The event is structured so that participants can question their own understanding and learn from others whilst simply enjoying the experience of taking part.

There will be a digital eBook publication featuring the best work from the prize. This will be our second co-created publication where the act of taking part accomplishes the editorial process.

Publication may be under an entrant’s real name or under a pseudonym.

2013 Poetic Republic Poetry Prize

Single poem prize
£2,000
Portfolio prize (two poems)
£1,000

The two prizes may be awarded to the same person. Qualification for the portfolio prize requires two entries.

The Judging will take place over 7 weeks in May and June.

Participants read each other’s work in small groups of 12 poems in a three round process. The combined effect is very powerful. In the final (third) round, everyone reads the shortlisted 12 poems.

During judging, participants have access to groups of poems but poems are not published on the website.

From each group of 12 poems participants select their preferred 4 poems and leave a short twitteresque comment against their choices.

Commenting is a valuable part of the process but it is also fun and fascinating. We have set out some “thoughts about comments” which may be useful.

Participants can read comments left against their own poems after the judging has finished.

The eBook Publication will include 48 poems together with a selection of the best or most interesting comments. To be shortlisted or included in the publication entrants must have taken part in the first two rounds of judging.

The selection of poems for publication will be made by the contribution of all the participants. The published poets will be invited to provide background details for inclusion in the publication. The shortlisted poets will be invited to make the selections of comments for publication.

Any subject. Style: Poetry or Prose Poetry. Maximum 42 lines. Previously unpublished work. £7 per poem.

See poetry competition rules for full details.

The competition is run on a not-for-profit basis.

Poetry competitions are no longer simply poetry competitions!

Closing date: 30th April 2013

Previous Poetry Competitions

In 2012 (the fourth year of the Prize) we received just over 1,400 entries. This has grown from 300 entries in the first year, 600 entries in the second year and 1,000 entries in the third year.

Last year entries were received from Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, UK, United Arab Emirates, USA, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Participants in previous years have said:

“The competition is fantastic in its approach” “The format of allowing participants to comment and judge is excellent” “The breadth of poems was fascinating” “Brilliant idea”

Check out last year’s poetry competition winners.

Check out our first publication: Poems to Talk About.

Thank you to all the participants for taking part and providing constructive feedback and thank you to the individuals and organisations who kindly offered support in the promotion of the competition.

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