February 2024 Poetry Contest - $500 Cash Prize

Published: February 7, 2024

February 2024 Poetry Contest Semi-Finalists

These poems have been submitted to the February 2024 Poetry Contest. Below this list you will find the semi-finalist poems.

Dates:

  • February 2024 Poetry Contest, Prize $500 Cash!
  • Submission Deadline is February 29th. CLOSED
  • Semi-Finalists Published here March 1 - March 6th.
  • Winner Announced: March 6th
  • The Winning Poem is - Trapped Under Evil's Demise by Jenny M. Frye Congradualtions!

These poems have been submitted to the February 2024 Poetry Contest.

  • Just A Vapor by Jeaninne Stokes
  • A Salute To Survivors Of Life by Doug William Benson
  • Dear New Boob by Rosie Barrett
  • Acularium by Leif W. Eriksen
  • Still Loving You by Susan A Capozzi
  • Tell Me Why by Philip Jorgenson
  • Different by KATHLEEN Thompson
  • My Dearest Cody by Linda Grantham
  • Special Friend by Pauline Faller
  • Sounds by Sue M. Mazzoni
  • Trapped Under Evil's Demise by Jenny N. Frye
  • The Darkness That Surrounds Me by Ralph Quinonez
  • Awakening by Mary Denise Lyons
  • Awaken To Love: Remembering Your Worth by Julie Batchos
  • In Denial by Alex Sarich
  • Save A Kiss by Fairytalefun
  • Time Is A Thief by Johnnyboy
  • Life's Journey With You by Lyndee Champion-Ivey
  • The White Dove by RAMAKRISHNAN
  • I Was Raped by Carissa
  • Angels Of God Are Speaking To Me by Marcia A. Newton
  • Baby Steps by Luann Winkle
  • In Harder Times by James Sadwick
  • It's Hard To Say Goodbye by Caleb Burphy
  • Canyons by Walker R. W
  • It Is Time by Nastacia Linton
  • Hello by Seawolf
  • A Neurodiverse Symphony by Demi
  • Hell Is Other People by Wilbur M. Scouten
  • Monster by AlishaPiggy18
  • How Much Do I Miss You by Kim L. Arruda

The poems below have been selected as semi-finalists for the February 2024 Poetry Contest.

We look for poems that have a clear message, Are heartfelt, Appeal to a wide audience

Our Editors determine the winning poem based on content, but you can let us know your top poems by rating, sharing, adding to your favorites and commenting on your favorite poems.

View our Previous Poetry Contest Winners

11 February 2024 Poetry Contest Semi-Finalists

  1. A Salute To Survivors Of Life

    • By Doug W Benson
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 13, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    To all those who are survivors of stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury or any other complex medical condition that required inpatient rehabilitation. You inspire me each day. This poem is dedicated to them, their caregivers and support systems, and my amazing colleagues who would join me in this rally cry!

    in Courage Poems

    When half of your body
    fails to respond,
    And words and phrases
    are there, but then gone...

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  2. Baby Steps

    • By Luann Winkle
    • Published by Family Friend Poems March 1, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    This poem tells the painful story of confronting one of the myriad of tasks that I had to do after the death my life partner. In this case, I attempt to pack up and dispose of his personal items, beginning with his shoes. What seems like a simple task unleashes a slew of memories and emotions. In his closet, an unexpectedly intimate space, the sights, sounds, smells, and memories of my partner collide to create a poignant and painful scene that balances the figurative with the literal..

    in Husband Death Poems

    I tell myself I need
    to take baby steps
    beginning with his shoes.
    Plastic bag in hand I enter the closet

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  4. Trapped Under Evil's Demise

    • By Jenny M Frye
    • Published by Family Friend Poems March 1, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    Starting at the very young age of 6 years old, my innocence was robbed from me. But my story doesn't end there, because I was not only sexually abused but I was also physically abused, as well as mentally and emotionally abused. The two people whom I was supposed to feel safe around, to trust, and to keep me safe, were my worst nightmare as a child. I was forced to grow up too fast. I was a slave to my adopted parents evil gratification. I was trapped under evil's demise.

    in Hope Poems

    I was just an innocent child, so pure and so fragile,
    Unaware of the darkness lurking, ready to defile.
    Trapped under evils' demise, in a world so vile,
    Where shadows danced with malice, leaving me frozen in fear.

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  5. Time Is A Thief

    • By Johnnyboy
    • Published by Family Friend Poems March 1, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    My cousin has 3 children, one is 4 and the twins are 2. She shares photos of them growing, picnics, walking, birthdays, etc. She made a comment that time steals all the memories. I said I can do something with that!

    in Children Poems

    Time is a thief, in the night so silent,
    Stealing moments, tender and vibrant.
    From cradle's first cry to the first step so bold,
    In a blink of an eye, the story of growth is told.

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  7. Hello

    • By Jack Elliott Jr.
    • Published by Family Friend Poems March 1, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    A love though sweet is not always meant to come to fruition. The hurt is painful but gratefully does not last. Sometimes the pain makes you stronger and leads you to the one love that is much sweeter and meant to last forever.

    in Goodbye Love Poems

    The smell of smoke and alcohol
    And poker in the back room
    Ice clinking in a glass
    And the lure of cheap perfume

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  8. A Neurodiverse Symphony

    • By Demi White
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 8, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    Navigating the maze of life as a neurodiverse soul, I share the struggles and triumphs, embracing my uniqueness as a badge of honor in a world that often demands conformity. This poem is a reflection of my personal symphony, where every note echoes the strength found in being beautifully different.

    in Inspirational Poems

    In life's symphony, my note dances astray,
    A unique tale unfolding, forging my own way.
    Within the labyrinth of conformity's grip,
    I defy the mold, embracing my own script.

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  9. Just A Vapor

    • By Jeaninne Stokes
    • Published by Family Friend Poems March 1, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    As I get older, I am losing a lot of family and friends, and each time someone close to me dies, I am reminded of how short life is and to take full advantage of the days I have remaining on earth to live. I wrote this poem as a reminder of the brevity of life, and to be sure we are living according to the purpose and plan God created each of us to do.

    in Faith Poems

    Life is but a vapor
    Life is but a mist
    We are merely moving shadows
    At best, we are a breath

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  10. How Much Do I Miss You

    • By Kim L. Arruda
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 7, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    My story is about the pain of living without my son, who had just turned 18. Everyone wants you to go on like nothing happened; life must go on; how does one do that with a heart that is broken and feeling as if you have no purpose,

    in Son Death Poems

    I miss you more with every day passing.
    I thought it would get easier and not everlasting.
    The hurt and pain that my heart cannot take.
    Just another day that I just must awake.

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  11. In Harder Times

    • By Sadwick
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 8, 2022 with permission of the Author.

    In harder times we get tired. We get tired of fighting, hoping, loving, etc. We are strong. We are meant to endure. We are meant to see the future. This poem was written during 2020 when the world felt like it as falling apart.

    in Inspirational Poems

    I know the screams sound like thunder
    I promise we won't go under
    I know the heart feels hollow
    There will be blessings behind the shadow

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  12. Special Friend

    • By Pauline Faller
    • Published by Family Friend Poems March 1, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    I wrote this verse for a person who has been a friend to me for years. she has always been there for me throughout the past twenty years, although we don't see each other that often these days, I know that she is always only a phone call away, that is a true testament to a good friend.

    in Life Long Friend Poems

    This verse is but a token
    to express just how I feel
    for showing me a friendship
    that's solid, true and real.

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  13. Monster

    • By Alisha Ford
    • Published by Family Friend Poems March 1, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    My dad was a monster, he sexually abused me for 3 years. This poem is a part of my healing journey

    in Abuse Poems

    I saw a monster, I promise he was real,
    A presence haunting with a touch you could feel.
    His footsteps echoed like a beast's heavy tread,
    A roar of laughter that filled me with dread.

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