ForumsArt, Music, and WritingOfficial Poetry Contests - Theme: Sunshine (Due: May 31)

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Devoidless
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Welcome to the newest contest on ArmorGames!

This is the new and improved version of both the Periodic Poetry Contest and the Haiku Contest. From this point out, both contests will be combined into one massive contest for everyone to enjoy! And as such, each user is allowed to enter is both contests with separate entries if they so desire, effectively doubling the odds of winning.
Each contest (One being general poetry and the other exclusively haiku) will have one winner every month. Every month, two winners (one from each contest shall be chosen and receive a merit for all their hard work. Show it off to your friends, gloat about it to your enemies! Tell your parents about it and confuse them! It's a win-win-win-win-win scenario, folks.

Rules

General Poetry Contest:
- It must fit the theme if the month (same theme as the Haiku Contest).
- It must be submitted by the deadline.
- It cannot have inappropriate language in it.
- It cannot be stolen (if you plagiarize, we will find you).
- The poem must be created for this contest
- A user cannot win twice in a row (though everyone is welcome to submit every month!)
- Only one submission per user will be accepted

Once a month a winner will be chosen from all the received entries. To begin, the Moderation/Administration Team will act as judges and choose winners. Subject to change depending on how well things go.
The winner will then make a comment on the ContestWinners profile to receive a merit.
(Original idea by ubertuna, itemized rules by DragonMistress, modified by Devoidless)

Haiku Contest
"A Haiku is a Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons."
Well, that said, here are the rules:
- It must fit the theme of the month (same as General Poetry Contest)
-The haiku must be original (no plagiarizing)!
- It must be submitted before the deadline
- It must be created for the contest (no using works previously written)
- One submission per user
- The same user cannot win twice in a row (but they are welcome to submit!)

Once a month a winner will be chosen from all the received entries. To begin, the Moderation/Administration Team will act as judges and choose winners. Subject to change depending on how well things go.
The winner will then make a post on the ContestWinners profile to receive a merit.
(Original idea and itemized rules by Maverick4, modified by Devoidless)
First Themes
The first themes to kick off this contest shall be:
- The theme for the General Poetry contest this run is "Touch of Truth".

- The theme for the Haiku contest is "Broken Bond".
Submitting an entry
Since there are two separate contests, users are required to mention in the post which contest they wish to use the entry for. Any entry without this is subject to not being entered into either contest.
Examples of how to clarify which contest an entry is for:
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This poem is for the General Poetry contest

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-This is for the Haiku contest

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I'd like to enter this for the General Poetry/Haiku contest

Remember, each user is allowed to join both contests!

Alright! Looking forward to seeing what you all can create! Good luck, and have fun with it!
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Saphire24
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If the theme is the same for both, Here is my entry for the haiku

I gave you a chance
but you threw it in my face
Now all trust is gone

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My general poetry entry

My last chance i throw
Into the jaws of tomorrow
It can wait another day

I run around, scared
Left unprepared
The time has just run away.

I take one last look,
at that poor empty hook
why couldn't you just stay?

The black box you're in
couldn't save you back then
while fire burned all around

You needed a break
so a plane you did take
and you left us without a sound

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My Haiku entry, since I forgot to do one before:

What have we done here,
The path we were on was clear,
Now there's no last chance.

SirLegendary
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My haiku entry,

Fifty two weeks close,
Fifty one weeks done and gone,
Using this last chance.

Gantic
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Tomorrow is the absolute last day of the last round.

Frank_Frooton
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My last chances poetry entry:

Though I was able through all the past year
I used up my chances, wasted my tears
I gave up the right to speak and to write
And instead used my time to bicker and fight.

Now all I'm left with are bruises and scars
The ghost of my passion has gone to the stars
For this new year I can only hope for the best,
Yet I know deep down, I'll waste it same as the rest.

Sorry it's so short.

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Tomorrow is the absolute last day of the last round.

No more after this?? There were a lot of entrees though

Gantic
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This the only round the entire year with so many entries. Every other round was severely low.

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This poem is for the General Poetry contest

Two Week left
Time I have

Seven Red X’s at a glace
One week to go
Time aplenty still.

Five more days
That’s not bad
I rather play

Three More days Now
I Don’t want to think about it
Hey that looks interesting

Two More days
Think of it as 48 hours or 2880 minute
But, Later I say

One Day
I feel ill
Thirteen Red X’s haunts my dream

8 Hours or 480 minutes
Better think of it as 28,800 seconds instead.
Oh, Who is calling me?

3 Hour, 180 minute, 10,800 second
I feel my stomach rolls
My hand shakes
Pules racing, heart pounding.

Better start now
Every Second Needed
Tick Tock, Tick Tock
Last Chance

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at all of the entries.

Happy New Year!!!!

Saphire24
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And to you too, nice poems (on your thread)
I wonder when they will post the results...

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This is part one of two for all entries before December. I wasn't expecting more than a few entries for December, so this part will be posted first and December later.

CLICKETY CLACK

I hear him knocking at my back
Clickety clack
I hear mocking at my back
Clickety clack
I always sit here with this knack
Clickety clack
To do whats happ'ning
only that.
Clicket clack
One and more we start to stack
Clickety clack
Side to side, and front to back.
Played again like an endless track.
One more time, and I fade to black.
Clickety clack
Clickety clack.

Working warehouse or backroom job stacking boxes with a micromanager or safety compliance officer writing up evaluations by clicky pen or perhaps keyboard. I love the image of repetitiveness here in an inkjet printer-like fashion or something machinelike as in an assembly line. I am unsure of the apostrophe in the seventh line or why it's split. The rhythm is wobbly and breaks in lines 7, 13, and 14. This could be a great poem if it were more polished.

BOLD

She has calm and beautiful eyes as a full moon.
Her smile is warm as the morning sun.
Her heart is clear like the morning dew.
Girlfriend.

This doesn't seem to be relevant to the theme "Bold". Co7mparisons to the moon, sun, and morning dew are cliched. The ideas of warm smiles and beautiful eyes are also cliche. There aren't any strong images here.

QUEST

I want to be the very best, like to one ever was.
To locate them is my real quest, to earn them is my cause.
I will travel across the site searching far and wide.
Teach Armor Games to understand the power that's inside.

Armor Games, it's you and me. I know it's my destiny.
Armor Games, you're my best friend on a site we must defend.
Armor Games, a theme that's true. Our gaming will pull us through.
You quest me and I'll quest you.
Armor Games! Gotta earn them all! Gotta earn them all...

Every quest along the way, with courage I will face.
I will earn them every day to claim my rightful place.
Come with me. The time is right. There's no better theme.
Arm in arm, we'll earn the quests. It's always been our dream.

Armor Games, it's quests and me. I know it's my questiny.
Armor Games, you're my quest friend, on a site we must defend.
Armor Games, a quest that's true. Our questing will pull us through.
You quest me and I'll quest quest.
Quest quest quest.
Gotta quest quest questing quests.

This is largely a parody of the Pokemon theme song. Even as a parody, this is mostly material from the original source. The changes aren't that different either, except there is less rhyming than the original, but the meter works the same as the original.

Going on a epic walk
destroy up some jerks dumb *** ring
haters come steal dat bling

Comedic and simple but it's kind of like the plot to The Lord of the Rings. It doesn't show so much as it tells, though. Maybe that in itself is commentary on the superficial nature of such endeavors, particularly ones in MMOs.

The men took up arms
From lands afar
They swore by their blood
And steel their blades
However as time fades
There came a flood
No man was left ajar
as they died in open arms

All this for some land
A small barren land
Not a tree in sight
It was a blight
All those bodies
Left for nobodie

I like the rhyme scheme here and the change in spelling of nobodie. I also enjoy the consonance in the rhyme scheme from blood > blade > fade > flood. This use of ajar is not common and sticks out, though. Grammatically, this needs punctuation, and the tense does not agree in lines 5 and 6.

UNREQUITED

Oh, but you are vain,
With a match in your hand and
A flower between your lips!

Tell me the truth!
Tell me what it is you want from them!
Tell me that you are vain and
That the sun is not enough!

Oh, unrequited life, unrequited
Death, unrequited birth between your breast,
For vanity and greed come with want--

Come with spurn.

You were never my child.

Absolutely love the meter and the pacing here. There is emotion. There is oomph to the punctuation. One line flows into the next. You cna feel the edge of the words that cut. It encapsulates a sense of spurn.

a smile and step, and down the aisle
a listless gaze and all the while
you’d see the sun but not the dawn
and by the time the red is gone
that gaze has turned to milky glass
gilded, turned to grey-black ash

Good color imagery and rhythm and rhyme with this entry. It sets up a scene at a wedding, perhaps lavish, with whites, reds, golds, and blacks. There is a mixing of these colors as the gold ring is put on the bride in the white dress that unified with the groom's black tuxedo to a smear of gray.

NOVEMBER

A month to be recalled
For what, it's beauty?
A tricky month I seem to overlook

Do great oaks spring up then?
Does time pass just the same as all the rest?
Snow doesn't fall that often

I guess November's just a gentle month,
Not like the cackle of October or the bitter shake of December
Not like the revelrous newness of January

There is a contrast here between autumn, winter, and spring with the nebulous nature of one of those in between months that aren't as strongly associated to a season. It shows an uncertainty in answering the question "What is November?"

November, I'm a Member. Eating turkey, in a hurry. I'm going to be late for my meeting. Gotta go, quickly. We have joy, Turkeys have death. To praise the awesome month of November. Giving thanks, to all who brought, Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving. In the month of November. there is joy, there is death. all the death might actually be worth it. To praise the awesome month of November. And when the day comes, Thursday, November 27. It's time to celebrate, while they are running. Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving. In the month of November.

This starts off well showing urgency and haste in the hustle and bustle of daily life, but in the middle it loses a sense of itself with longer sentences that don't seem to add to the sense of motion or slowing down. Instead, it just gets lost in a chain of thoughts that repeats itself.

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The winning entries belong to Darkfire45 (Theme: Quest) and Isigna (Theme: Unrequited). Congratulations on your shiny new quests.

Since there is some interest in continuing this, the next theme is New Beginnings due January 24th, 2015. If there aren't enough entries this round, then it will be the last round.

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Congrats @Darkfire45 and @Isigna!!!!

It's amazing that we had more submissions this month as the rest of the year, I'm excited to see to who wins, and what you think about each poem.

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Thank you! So proud of myself tbh. I wrote that on a whim and inspiration, didn't think it would make it. So I'm pleasantly surprised!

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@Gantic is it too early to post a poem for the next round?

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