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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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Maverick4
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+1 for getting it was not a joke.

Reton8
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Blue

I am blue.
Yes it's true.
I am blue through and through.

In the streets, where I wander,.
People see me and they ponder,
"Why is Reton looking glume?
"I'll talk with him to cheer him some."

Thus I hear the people say,
"Hey, Reton! Why so blue today?"

But I tell them that, "I wish not to talk."
Yet they continue to press me as I walk.

"Is it because your inbox is full of spam?"
"Perhaps that job you wanted didn't land?"
"Did you get run out of your house by rats?"
"Did a neighbor run over both your pet cats?"

"No, no, no!" I reply .
"If you are so curious I will tell you why."

By this I will tell you too,
The reason why I am so very blue.

There is a website that I oft go,
With a poetry contest that I love so.
Today, as I visited the contest thread,
I noticed that it was rather dead.

Therefore, I am blue.
Yes, I am blue and it's true.
I am blue through and through.

TackyCrazyTNT
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I haven't done one of these in a while.

her colors

you could have seen the red of her smile

you could have watched the pink buds grow
as you held hands amidst the green
and held fast against your lips to keep

that red of her grinning cheeks

you could have began your day with gold
fanned hair spun fine as thread
spackled sunlight on her skin

maybe the only hue youâd see would be
the light in the sky
the scarf on her neck
her eyes
her eyes

the soft colors in her words

instead of the lonely grey of empty sheets
you wouldnât have made her eyes run
watery black

and seen her vibrant hues fade from you

Reton8
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Fixed an extra period and a spelling mistake.

Blue

I am blue.
Yes it's true.
I am blue through and through.

In the streets, where I wander,
People see me and they ponder,
"Why is Reton looking glum?
"I'll talk with him to cheer him some."

Thus I hear the people say,
"Hey, Reton! Why so blue today?"

But I tell them that, "I wish not to talk."
Yet they continue to press me as I walk.

"Is it because your inbox is full of spam?"
"Perhaps that job you wanted didn't land?"
"Did you get run out of your house by rats?"
"Did a neighbor run over both your pet cats?"

"No, no, no!" I reply .
"If you are so curious I will tell you why."

By this I will tell you too,
The reason why I am so very blue.

There is a website that I oft go,
With a poetry contest that I love so.
Today, as I visited the contest thread,
I noticed that it was rather dead.

Therefore, I am blue.
Yes, I am blue and it's true.
I am blue through and through.

OperationNilo
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Red.
Rose. Blood.
Courage.
Death.

Maverick4
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Love is Clear

What vessel am I,
That can be filled to the top,
And rendered empty?

Nurvana
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I draw this thin blade,
Across these pulsing blue lines,
A trickle of maize

I made this with my brain in the Tavern.

Gantic
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Next theme will probably Crumbling Walls.

Gantic
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I find the attachment of meaning to color interesting. Red is anger, passion, danger. Yellow is happiness, cowardice, warning. Blue is sadness, calm, depth. Green is growth, greed, jealousy. Orange is... that bright color sort of with the happiness of yellow and the liveliness of red. Purple is a wealth. Black is dark, death. White is pure. Brown is earthy. Gray is blah:

Mirror, razor, hot cold tap,
Cold spoon, cold bowl, foil warp
Concrete, asphalt, cloudy skies,
Granite birdbath, statues' eyes,
Signpost, guard rail, silver Benz,
Wristwatch, white hair, mirrored lens,
Headlights, flood lights, parking blocks,
Staplers, three-rings, hollow rocks,
Chef knives, ladles, pots and pans,
Light bulbs, hand tools, soda cans,
Nickel, quarter, seven dimes,
Sidewalk, step stones, clinking chimes,
Key ring, door knob, AC vent,
Freezer, fridge door, elephant.

or is it? Colors mean different things in different cultures, but I wasn't surprised when I found most submitters followed the Western color meanings.

POETRY

her colors

you could have seen the red of her smile

you could have watched the pink buds grow
as you held hands amidst the green
and held fast against your lips to keep

that red of her grinning cheeks

you could have began your day with gold
fanned hair spun fine as thread
spackled sunlight on her skin

maybe the only hue youâd see would be
the light in the sky
the scarf on her neck
her eyes
her eyes

the soft colors in her words

instead of the lonely grey of empty sheets
you wouldnât have made her eyes run
watery black

and seen her vibrant hues fade from you

I applaud the use of multiple colors, bright vibrant colors, to &quotaint a picture". What color is her scarf or here eyes, I wonder, but I guess he wouldn't know. The metaphors confuse me. I don't know if it was unintentional or to suggest objectophilia or maybe they're both objects so it isn't objectophilia. "spackled sunlight" is an odd phrase given that spackling is used to cover holes, cracks, and other minor surface defects. Would the subject find himself waking up next to a chipped/cracked porcelain doll? Did Ken fail with Barbie where Sir Gawain succeeded with Dame Ragnelle?

I am blue.
Yes it's true.
I am blue through and through.

In the streets, where I wander,
People see me and they ponder,
"Why is Reton looking glum?
"I'll talk with him to cheer him some."

Thus I hear the people say,
"Hey, Reton! Why so blue today?"

But I tell them that, "I wish not to talk."
Yet they continue to press me as I walk.

"Is it because your inbox is full of spam?"
"Perhaps that job you wanted didn't land?"
"Did you get run out of your house by rats?"
"Did a neighbor run over both your pet cats?"

"No, no, no!" I reply .
"If you are so curious I will tell you why."

By this I will tell you too,
The reason why I am so very blue.

There is a website that I oft go,
With a poetry contest that I love so.
Today, as I visited the contest thread,
I noticed that it was rather dead.

Therefore, I am blue.
Yes, I am blue and it's true.
I am blue through and through.

Those pet cats must be pretty useless if there's a possibility off getting run out by rats and owning two cats, but maybe it's the rats that caused the cats to be brought in. I like the rhyme scheme but I find the rhythm jarring, especially towards the fourth stanza.

Red.
Rose. Blood.
Courage.
Death.

Red is the blood that runs through our veins, our hearts, our wounds, but this poem relies too heavily on already established connections.

HAIKU
Love is Clear

What vessel am I,
That can be filled to the top,
And rendered empty?

What I like most about this entry is that it doesn't rely on tried and true meanings associated with colors. However, it does rely on the title to provide context. Otherwise, it is very concise, incisiveness, and Zen-like.

I draw this thin blade,
Across these pulsing blue lines,
A trickle of maize

I don't know what to make of this. The Flag of Alaska by way of the dancing aurora and the Big Dipper interpreted as a sickle or maybe the blue threads of the flag flapping in the wind? Perhaps a meteor shower against the Big Dipper and aurora?

The next theme is Crumbling Walls, due October 24th.
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I don't know what to make of this


He's a Michigan fan, and wrote it after Michigan went two weeks barely beating overmatched teams at home. Notably winning by one against a 1-5 Akron team.
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"Welcome!" the man said
"Come get a cookie!" he said
Then it fell apart

The thing made me cry
I haven't slept in two weeks
Now I sit and drink

I can't drink them gone
I suppose I should redeem
My poor, lost cookie

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He's a Michigan fan, and wrote it after Michigan went two weeks barely beating overmatched teams at home. Notably winning by one against a 1-5 Akron team.


University of Michigan College football for those not well versed in USA sports.
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University of Michigan College football for those not well versed in USA sports.


Or possibly University of Michigan basketball or hockey. I'm not really too into sports myself. Sorry if I just made it more confusing.
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He's a Michigan fan, and wrote it after Michigan went two weeks barely beating overmatched teams at home. Notably winning by one against a 1-5 Akron team.

That makes more sense. I don't follow college sports.

Or possibly University of Michigan basketball or hockey. I'm not really too into sports myself. Sorry if I just made it more confusing.

Neither one. Hockey didn't start until this month and basketball season doesn't start until next month.
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Michigan lost to Penn State last night in Quadruple Overtime, just a heads up. :P

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