November 2023 Poetry Contest - $500 Cash Prize - Page 2

  1. Lost In Time

    I wrote this because I was lost, hurt, and famished for a better life.

    in Lonely Poems

    There are people all around me,
    Yet I can't help but feel alone.
    And although he says he loves me,
    He no longer lets it show.

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  2. It's That Time Of Year

    • By Ann D. Stevenson
    • Published by Family Friend Poems December 1, 2023 with permission of the Author.

    My husband died earlier this year and, although I treasure a lot of happy Christmas memories, I confess that I'm not looking forward to Christmas this time.

    in Christmas Poems

    Christmas here once more,
    hard to ignore, festive
    wreaths on every door.

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  4. You'll Get Through The Day

    As a newly divorced mother of a teenager, I am going through a difficult change, trying to pick myself up and start all over again. Although this is a change I needed, it is quite challenging and scary for me at the moment. We all go through times like this every now and again but it can feel lonely whenever we do. At times like this, it often helps to be reminded that we can find the strength to get through this and even thrive against all odds. I hope my poem does this for its readers.

    in Inspirational Poems

    Child, stand strong holding your head up high,
    Believe me, your life path is far from over,
    For a moment, you may wince in wrenching pain and cry,
    Not knowing you'll soon find your own four-leafed clover.

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    Thanks Ann! Yes, writing the poem has helped me and like you, l find writing poems quite therapeutic. So sorry to hear about your husband's terminal illness. I hope you continue to find...

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  5. Brighter Skies

    The poem is in the form of a villanelle. I wrote it as I am going through a difficult time at the moment, with my husband on chemotherapy, and I thought the challenge of writing a villanelle would take my mind off things.

    in Hope Poems

    When I awake to one more dreary day,
    an empty heart with empty hours to fill,
    I know that brighter skies will come my way.

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  7. Dear Mum,

    • By Rachel A. Rose
    • Published by Family Friend Poems December 1, 2023 with permission of the Author.

    I wrote this poem for my Mum in recognition of what a wonderful childhood we had. With a deeper understanding of all it takes to achieve that since becoming a Mum myself, I look back with a stronger appreciation than ever before.

    in Mother Daughter Poems

    You made everything so perfect, a childhood truly blessed,
    Our hair combed nice and neatly and our clothes pristinely pressed,
    Every meal on the table - breakfast, lunch and tea,
    How did you ever do it all while still making time for me?

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  8. Lest We Forget

    • By Iola J Zaan
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 15, 2023 with permission of the Author.

    A poem for Poppy Day - my grandfather fought in both wars and dedicated a lot of time in later years to the British legion. I wanted to remember from the point of view that men and boys were lost from each side, that to the earth they are all lost and worth remembering.

    in Memorial Day Poems

    On barren land on western field
    Where only sadness war can yield
    On battle sites where none had grown
    In fact the bravest seeds were sewn

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  9. Mary And The Mouse

    • By Trish Moyles
    • Published by Family Friend Poems September 2012 with permission of the Author.

    This poem is about a house mouse my mother could not get rid of no matter what she tried. Her dog Tess, must have liked his company because he didn't seem to bother her!

    in Rhyming Poems

    It started all so sweetly, Mary and the mouse
    It took a while to realize she had company in the house
    And Tess, she didn't worry
    She didn't even care

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    I have been reading this poem over and over again and can't get enough of it. This poem is very vibrant and happy. It makes a good poem to start the day.

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  10. Yesterday

    • By Elizabeth
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 16, 2023 with permission of the Author.

    This poem is about the time I was abused by my older brother. He was controlling and he isolated me so I didn't have any support from the outside world. I felt alone and broken.

    in Abuse Poems

    Yesterday might've gone down in flame
    But I remember the nights spent alone
    I remember your shame I called my own
    I remember you and your twisted games

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  11. Ode To A Princess

    • By Barry J. Robinson
    • Published by Family Friend Poems December 1, 2023 with permission of the Author.

    Princess Diana was such a caring and loving person, who was taken from the world too soon. She could have been such a voice to the under privileged, the sick and the injured. She was never allowed to blossom. This is my tribute to Lady Diana.

    in Compassion Poems

    The first time that we saw you
    That shy angelic face,
    We knew you'd make a nation proud
    With dignity and grace.

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  12. Whenever I See You

    • By Emily J. D'Auria
    • Published by Family Friend Poems December 4, 2023 with permission of the Author.

    When I wrote this poem, I was reeling from a unique heartbreaker. I had loved him silently from afar through a few phases of young life already, and when we finally found each other, it felt like all the stars were aligning. But it was a meteor, practically over before it started, and it took me out. We kept running into each other at bars. With a lot to reconcile, one day when it came "to and through me," I pulled my car to the side of the road and started writing.

    in Relationship Poems

    What does it look like when a heart breaks?
    Is it watery eyes driving the interstate?
    What does it sound like when the pieces fall away?
    Is it rhythm and melody?

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    Good to get it out there. I do hope the writing helped. Even if it didn't help you, I'm sure it will help others. Best wishes, Ann

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  13. A Home Of My Own

    • By Henrietta M. Moyle
    • Published by Family Friend Poems December 1, 2023 with permission of the Author.

    The poem is narrated by the dog. He's searching for a permanent home and telling his future owner how loving, well behaved, and undemanding he is. He explains his basic requirements i.e. needing walks, love, food and water plus a few toys and the love and devotion he gives back is tenfold. This poem could also tell the future dog owner his/her responsibilities should they be seeking to have a dog. This poem could be helpful if hung up on the wall of a rescue dogs home! Enjoy!

    in Pet Friend Poems

    All I want is a home of my own
    I'm not too demanding you'll see
    A bowl of food, the occasional bone
    And I promise I'll be good company

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    A very moving poem. Since my dog died last year a number of people have suggested that I might find a dog to replace her in a rescue home. Best wishes, Ann

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  14. Hollow Words

    The first line of the poem is true, In a dream an Indian Chief said the words of this world has made me bitter, I've lost faith in mankind.

    in Dream Poems

    I had a dream the other night, as I lay asleep in my bed,
    the spirit of an Indian chief came to me, and this is what he said.

    The words of this world have made me bitter, I've lost faith in mankind,

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  15. Waterfall

    • By Mary Green
    • Published by Family Friend Poems December 1, 2023 with permission of the Author.

    I love the natural world, and I am concerned for the loss of species in the face of climate change. But I am also heartened by Earth's capacity to renew itself and embrace life. My poem celebrates Angel Falls and the extraordinary fish that leap over its edge. As a mixed form poem of three stanzas (quintain, tercet, quintain) it includes rhyme, which I hope, along with its irregular rhythm, emphasises the movement of the waterfall and the fish that seem to defy death.

    in Animal Poems

    No shell or mermaid here
    at Angel Falls.
    No sandy castle, flag,
    no lobster, crab,

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  16. Make It Stop

    • By Amy Cutting
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 15, 2023 with permission of the Author.

    I am a Survivor of child abuse and near drowning accident. I have special needs and have a PTSD Seizure response service dog. I want to become a non-fiction writer and poet. I am currently in school to get my associate's in English.

    in Abuse Poems

    his belt hung on the wall,
    in the backroom where he victimized me;
    as mom tried to stop it
    the door slammed shut, click,

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  17. My Reality Within A Dream

    • By Roderick Dupree
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 28, 2023 with permission of the Author.

    When I wrote this I met this stranger who I had the perfect connection with. It was the first time I can truly say I loved someone and actually meant it. From liking the same music to having the same taste in foods. We were just perfect being together in a world where we thought this type of love only exist in a dream and could never be our reality.

    in Relationship Poems

    Something about her was different
    No words exchanged but she was my woman of interest
    It was her eyes that guided me to her heart
    Her mind was the epitome of art

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  18. Who Would've Thought?

    • By Doug W Benson
    • Published by Family Friend Poems December 2, 2023 with permission of the Author.

    I TRULY thought marriage was an impossibility for me. Then at 40 years old I met my sweetheart! We lived in the city, loved city-life, and had dreams of traveling the world and returning back to our comfortable high-rise condo. We did that for 2.5 years. What neither of us wanted was a suburban lifestyle with a yard to mow and a driveway to shovel in the winter. We certainly didn't want kids. Miraculously, we now have all of that and are LOVING IT!!

    in Change Poems

    Who would've thought,
    This forty-yeared soul,
    Would hear the words,
    "To have and to hold,"

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  19. Nonsense Needs You

    • By Iola J Zaan
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 15, 2023 with permission of the Author.

    I always appreciated nonsense poems such as those by Edward Lear as a child. They are a great way to play with words, here is my first attempt!

    in Rhyming Poems

    Did you ever not go to a place you don't know
    And were sure you should visit there more
    Did you ever once feel that a place is not real
    And yet know that you've been there before

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  20. Fernweh

    • By Brad Madsen
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 17, 2023 with permission of the Author.

    All my life I've felt out of place, not content to be still. Yet I long for a place to call home. Fernweh is a German word that loosely translates to "far sickness", wanderlust. The poem is about just that.

    in Hope Poems

    That place you seek to fill the void
    Beyond all you have thus far known
    Sits outside of your soft comforts
    And well beyond the safety zone

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  21. Unforgiveness

    I penned this poem because there is such a need for more forgiveness in our wounded world.

    in Poems about Sadness

    As the empathic moon pales of lustre of life,
    and the downcast stars fall in the hour of lamentation,
    unforgiveness has its own realm of misery.
    Our anger and resentment strickens our lives,

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  22. Just Want To Be Me

    • By Wade S. Boruck
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 14, 2023 with permission of the Author.

    This poem is about life's pressures and each person just wanting to be themself

    in Poems about Life Struggles

    many hating
    always berating
    it's asphyxiating
    and intimidating

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