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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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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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No. Just get it in before the deadline.

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For the themed Poetry Contest: New Beginnings.

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His hands, his eyes,
Bloodied and torn;

His terror, his cries,
And what we have sworn.

He left, not without sound,
Not without pain,
The way loved ones ought to.

He left, and we stood,
And bawled and terrified

And quiet, but we stood,
And we stood, and cried.

I remember him, I remember;
I can't forget, the look in his eyes--
The terror imbued.

We promised to live,
We promised to survive him,

To survive, in death, and thrive
Our very best to sing the hymn

That he taught us, that he sang us.
His death - his eyes, his hands -
I remember, I remember, I can't forget.

His death is what remains,
All that remains, for new beginnings.

We strive, from Death's own chains,
To build our lifeless lives, and sing,

That hymn, all over again.
Without him.

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My best friend lost his mother two months ago. She was forty years old, in perfect health. Hit her head on the edge of her bathtub and drowned in the bath. She'll never see her son's eighteenth birthday. I guess this is a homage to her, and to my best friend. I realized only after I had begun writing it that I was basing myself on that experience to find inspiration.

If I remember correctly, you can't win the contest twice in a row - unless there are no other entries, or not enough to judge properly. Is that correct, @Gantic?

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@Guest_Pegasus1234, thank you by the way! :P

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I've modified the original rule this way: If there are enough entries, there is a guaranteed winner, but the winner cannot be the same person as the one who won the previous theme. Anyone else can still win a merit based on quality alone. So if you're disqualified from winning or there really isn't enough entries to declare a winner, but you put something of great quality, you will still win a merit, but not first place.

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@Gantic, okay, thank you. I'll keep that in mind. I think it's fair that way.

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Here is my General Poetry Submission for the theme of New Beginnings

(this is a part 2 of the last poem)

Sorrow lingers farther than the eye can see,
Knowing that you will never come back to me.
And every single day is a nightmare at bay,
But my love for you will never go away.

What will prevail on this life on derail?
I'm unsure of the outcome and I'm unsure of the trail.
What did I do, and what could it be?
Sad and confused, I move on reluctantly.

I go outside and I go for a run,
I take a different path then what I have usually done.
I ran on this path not even a block,
I was shocked to see he had left a note on a rock..

"Here is a note that I hope you will see,
If you really love me, why won't you tell me?"
I cried and cried until my tears started to bleed,
Then I read it again wondering "what did he mean?"

I told him I loved him, and we were happy,
I told him so much, how could he not see?
Then comes a woman who I was happy to meet
she says "I knew it all along, I knew he would cheat"

It was only now that I could finally see,
That all along he was never right for me.
Here I am now, alone and free,
I wonder what New Beginnings are in store for me.

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My best friend lost his mother two months ago. She was forty years old, in perfect health. Hit her head on the edge of her bathtub and drowned in the bath. She'll never see her son's eighteenth birthday. I guess this is a homage to her, and to my best friend. I realized only after I had begun writing it that I was basing myself on that experience to find inspiration.

I am so sorry to hear this, hopefully everything turns out very well for your best friend, and his family

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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.

If you pay close attention to the wording, the poem descends into madness rapidly near the end, where "quest" overrides even the meter of the verses and replaces verbs and stuff. I had a lot of fun making that. How can you be so emotionless about something as glorious as a Pokemon Armor Games parody? HOW?!

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My general entry.

I search once again
for what I have lost
but I gave them away
And I don't remember the cost

I know not my name
my age nor my kind
for it was taken by a demon
I have now lost my mind

I know that it was for a reason
and that it meant all my family was safe
but I now know no longer the season
nor the time no, not even the date

for months on end I've been stuck here
Mocked, and hurt and betrayed
I have but two friends who're beside me
and for that and one more reason, I've stayed

But now my one chance has arrived here
My freedom at last is in hand
I sneak with them away, through the portal
and arrive on a beach and on sand.

It is here that I see what I'm meant for
I can travel throughout all of space
and time now will stand still before me
though still I don't know my own face.

My friend, Luke and I, then we parted
for our jobs now were not the same
mine was to heal, help and care for
his was to seek exposure through fame

and though now all was before me
I had skills of no imaj'ning or name
but still I felt nothing but empty
For I still had not yet regained my name

And so I began my beginning
A fresh start with me all on my own
with but just one friend, inside me
Nameless, and yet widely known

I abandoned my past and my future
I lived only for the now and the here
but what kind of life is it to live
to be close, and yet never near

And although I gained a new beginning
I can only feel empty inside
for I can remember no feelings,
not love, not hope, and not pride

I saw what life was without companions
with power, but lonely as a star
a small light that shines in the darkness
always watching, but always so far.

I no longer think much of new beginnings
For life will just follow the trend
and if I again must start over
next time, I wish just for a friend.

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General Poetry Entry:

"New Beginnings"

Why does the sun go down?
Why does the moon go up?
Why does the sky get dark?
And why do the stars light up?

Why do people die?
Where do they go when they do?
Why does it hurt when they die?
Do they sail on a boat with a heavenly crew?

Why do some doors close?
When other doors open?
Why don't they close properly,
When they are broken?

Where did the dinosaurs go?
Why didn't they leave a note?
Why didn't they let me know?
Or step on Noah's boat?

When somethings leave, and another dies too,
The world works this way to begin with something new.
There's a reason for everything, which will come soon,
But for now, just look up, and see the sun and the moon.

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