poetrypulse poetry competitions uk

free monthly competition - July 2018 
(15 entries)
A waterfall from the sky
Showers are on
It's raining outside,
Let our raincoats and umbrellas be born
As they are bored inside.

It's pouring and pouring
And everyone is excited,
As summer is ending
And the plants are sprouted.

The smell of the soil is splendid
And the plants are dancing,
Hurrah!! The sun is atlast defeated
And the trees are worth glancing.

The farmers are joyous
And their families too,
The scarecrows are an annoyance
For the crows and some animals too.

Paperboats are set afloat
By the cute little children,
The twisting and turning of the boats
Make their hearts run.

It's hazy out there
And the climate is cold and cool,
Take proper care of your health little one
Or will soon be drowned in a medicine pool.

© Rashi Pajwani 2018  India

Flying off
Handel could not
let his singers breathe ‘til
every valley was exalted;
making all the words
fit in? Their problem.
His only care was banging
in my head, twisting the bit
between my chest and throat.

A song and dance
is what he makes of one Amen.
Two thrilled syllables charged at;
modulated. Filling three fat minutes.
(It's, like, so Amen.)
It’s like my nineteen-volume Hallelujah
penned for you when I didn’t have
the time to say, “Please breathe”.

But choruses will find
their level; swallowed words
that stick in throats, will join
sensations chests cough up. Settle,
sing and bring up violins. Roughen places;
make a mountain of all this.
Climb up. To my head
with Handel.

© Matt Chamberlain 2018  England

Dementia
Are you in there or far away
Eyes that once shone through hues of blue and pearly shadow
dead and grey they rest
searching for your babies nest
You know us all to be your kin
I wonder how long
before your brain empties like a bin
I hate to see you crumpled in a chair
I want to run
I need to breath in air
I wonder what you dream at night
Or what you feel or know to be right
I think there's bits of you left inside
I silently scream I want to hide
You are my Mam
this much is true
I'm sorry Mam
I'm finding it hard to stick like glue

© Julie Anne Eve 2018  England

WHEN RAIN LIFE LIFT
In winter when life freeze
During harmattan when life cease
But when spring comes to stay
Raining season starts to reign

When dew fall and morning come
Swiftly disappear for it's time's gone
When snow falls and summer come
Everything disappear for the new dawn

When life's solution cease to solve
In life of a troubled morn
But when a means is discovered
All things shall surely be solved

When showers of rain drops
Splashes on ground of droughts
When life lift it's way into the soil
A new life has surely begun

The dead seed shall rise up and grow
The flowers bloom and flourish a glow
Just with a rain's life lifting
For a beautiful beginning

Old path cleared and a new begins
All failures and hopelessness turned away
Rain on my roof top your life
lift into my dry lands your blessings

Then shall my failures turn to success
My sufferings a thing of the past

© Henry Ayodele 2018  Nigeria

My Memory
The walls in my memory are the worst walls of all
They get in the way of my perfect recall
What happened yesterday you know I'm not sure
It's just like knocking on an unopened door

Some days it's brilliant everything is there
Sometime times it's not and I sit and stare
The oldest memories are easiest to find
Strange that the recent events fly from my mind

So if you see me just walking by
You might notice that look in my eye
I may not nod or say hello
It’s just my memory not your B.O.

© Carole Marston 2018  England

To Dear Father
You give me strength,
When I hold your hand
I get a solid grip,
In the loosening sand.

You hold me tight,
You make me strong
For your loving touch,
Whole day I long.

Your arms are my castle
Your shoulders,my fort,
My ship's beginning to sail;
Your presence is my port.

However stormy the night,
You are my godly light
Under your shadows
I'll soon take a flight

Never let me away
Never leave me alone
To your friendship and warmth
Now used to, I have grown.

© Abhilasha Shrivastava 2018  India

Another Chance?
Put my heart into something
Lost my mind in the bargain,
Said I was okay .
When I was in pain.

What I am going through is far worse
Than one can say.
Bound by this shit , late night .
Sleepless , awake I lay.

Hiding behind those shy hello-s and hi-s
Was how I brightened up my day.
Being the loner , the wallflower I can be ,
There is much more to me than what you can see.

I would have been okay
With you going away.
But truth be told and lets be honest,
It would have been nicer if you'd stay.

Might gotten over you.
Could cheer up in a moment or two.
But the slight haste
Shattered me without much ado.

Perhaps our eyes need to be washed
By our tears once a while.
And every time I talked to you.
I couldn't help but smile.

You might be far away soon.
Maybe a million miles
But that don't mean its too bad for me .
I'm not that juvenile.

I wish you could think this over .
And for my sake , could you wait ?
Could we be together for sometime and
Maybe Procrastinate?

I don't want a clichéd happy ending.
I just want some of your time .
Sometimes it's just about the story.
And another chance to call you MINE?

© Aman Kumar 2018  India

I’m alone
I’m alone,

I felt the tears rolled down my cheek as it softly hit my chest
Everything around me was dead silent, not the faintest of sounds or movements could be heard
I laid down on the couch completely bottled up against the world,
I had no one,

The cold hard truth struck as my heart jolted from the stab of pain
Loneliness gripped me, it had my soul locked up in a cage
I heaved with agony, I had never felt a pain like this before
So firmly it gripped me, so deeply it hurt
I gasp for air as the pain became too much to bare
The tears came pouring in like a hot and steamy stream, each tear pouring with a painful sting

I was drained, I felt completely hopeless by it all
The turmoil in my mind was rampant and I was perplexed by it all
I had never fantom that I would have felt so much pain
But here it was, completely draining my strength away
I cried as I gripped for my heart, the void of loneliness was swallowing it whole
I could not stand it, but there was nothing I could do anymore
I cried and cried as I drift ever so slowly into the void
Finally the loneliness claimed me, now I was apart of the void.

© Jada Jackson 2018  Jamaica

I’m alone
I’m alone,

I felt the tears rolled down my cheek as it softly hit my chest
Everything around me was dead silent, not the faintest of sounds or movements could be heard
I laid down on the couch completely bottled up against the world,
I had no one,

The cold hard truth struck as my heart jolted from the stab of pain
Loneliness gripped me, it had my soul locked up in a cage
I heaved with agony, I had never felt a pain like this before
So firmly it gripped me, so deeply it hurt
I gasp for air as the pain became too much to bare
The tears came pouring in like a hot and steamy stream, each tear pouring with a painful sting

I was drained, I felt completely hopeless by it all
The turmoil in my mind was rampant and I was perplexed by it all
I had never fantom that I would have felt so much pain
But here it was, completely draining my strength away
I cried as I gripped for my heart, the void of loneliness was swallowing it whole
I could not stand it, but there was nothing I could do anymore
I cried and cried as I drift ever so slowly into the void
Finally the loneliness claimed me, now I was apart of the void.

© Jada Jackson 2018  Jamaica

Unsullied
thin waters slipping down the sleeping rocks
a stream which never babbles but whispers secrets
its mouth spilling with susurrous whimperings and
lips simpering, ready to speak empty stories with playful insouciance
to the riparian vines
rippling in the shade by the shore
slithering across the dust, firm bellies against the
mealy earth, to the shallow horizon where
the silvery waters come to touch the ground
flinty edge against the cool forgiving shore.

all the while eyes of the stars
bleary with the languor of approaching dawn
peer down, spying through the timid gossamer light.
seeing all the world in labyrinthine opulence
wishing with a dim sadness to be by the thin waters
among the vines and earth in their busy felicity.

© Rachel Shin 2018  United States

Strangers
STRANGERS


Let's be strangers all over again,
And start to know each other one more time.
When your eyes searched only for me,
When your loving hands seek only for mine.

Let's be strangers all over again,
And talk about silly things for hours.
No one else just you and me,
And let's pretend the world is ours.

Let's be strangers all over again,
And go back to when I would stare & you would reply with a smile.
When words were not necessary,
When your eyes staring deeply into mine made everything worthwhile.

Let's be strangers all over again,
And get lost in the sound of music & drive around the night.
Let's chase the sunset down the road baby,
Let’s sit on the edge of a mountain & watch the day turn into night.

Let's be strangers all over again,
When life was simple, before love came our way.
Before the broken dreams & forgotten promises
Before the bitter tears we had to lay.

Let's be strangers all over again,
Where there's no love and pain.

Let's accidently meet somewhere,
Let's fall in love again and again and AGAIN!

Let's be strangers all over again
And think about new ways to talk..
The excitement to meet and explore
The love for rooftop and walks.


Let's be strangers all over again
And correct the mistakes we have done
Lets give us a new beginning
And start our day like a bright sun

You be what you do
And do what you want to be
I am always holding you from behind
Even if you cant see me.


I cant walk by your side
Cause i am your backbone
If i skip even a bit
You'll be thrashed all alone

My life has taken so much turns
I've lost of all i have
I never regret anything though
Cause everything happens for good as someone said

I am believer of time
And i am believer of space
Everyone's life is important to me
Even though i can't be part of their grace

© Bhavya Sharma 2018  India

TODAY WE HAVE NO NEED FOR MONEY
A lisp of moon, a gash of sky,
a quality of cloud, and I can taste
the salt-toned blossoms lathering
the prairie with juice, their skin
dragonfly wing thin, silk and jasmine.

Six weeks of winter still to go,
a bump of dandelions, a stutter in the wind,
slivers of light across wild onion and paw paw.
It’s so warm outside I have to shave.
Last night it rained. I wanted snow.

© Michael H. Brownstein 2018  United States

Linger Awhile
Linger awhile
To marvel
At the
Winged masterpiece
Flitting from
Flower to
Flower.

In its
Brief life
It will
Adorn the
Blank Canvas
Of countless
Mundane lives.

© Rajagopal Kaimal 2018  India

Infatuation
When he's not around, there's an emptiness that cannot be filled by anyone else.
When he walks in the room, he brings with him an aura of mystery and brilliance.
When his deep dark eyes look into yours, they look right into your soul.
When he speaks, you hang on his every smooth and intellectual word.
When he holds you in his arms, the world completely stops for a moment.
When he kisses your forehead, your body crumbles and surrenders to his magic.
You are infatuated with him because he is him. And there's no one else the same.

© Natasha Maddox 2018  England

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