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Weekly Poetry Stuffage > Week 330 (October 5-11) Poems Topic: Dying to Live

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message 1: by C. J., Atm Seeker in the "Lin Kuei" (new)

C. J. Scurria (goodreadscomcj_scurria) | 4216 comments You have until the 11th of October to post a story and from the 12th to the 16th of October, we’ll vote for which one we thought was best!

Please post directly into the topic and not a link. Please don’t use a poem previously used in this group. Only one submission per person is allowed.

Your poem can be of any length!

This week’s topic is: Dying to Live

Thanks goes to Rachel for suggesting the topic!

The rules are pretty loose. You could write a poem about anything that has to do with the subject/photo but it must relate to the topic somehow.

Have fun!

message 2: by Ryan (new)

Ryan | 5334 comments Thank you, CJ. You're doing a wonderful job of keeping the ship afloat. It's appreciated, mate.

message 3: by Ryan (new)

Ryan | 5334 comments Mother's Hands

Strong enough to lift me
each time I couldn't rise. Soft
as cotton wool, washing
dirt from scrapes and tears
from eyes. Firm enough
to model clay
and boys, to bowls
and men, yet fine
when stroking ivory keys--
Für Elise and Clair de Lune.
They'd curl through each long evening
around her only vice, in a holder
like Audrey's, that never left her side.
I'm thinking of her hands now--
strong and wild and free; missing
her hands now, as I watch ashes
blow to sea.

Ryan Stone

any feedback welcome

message 4: by Edward (new)

Edward Davies | 1727 comments Title : Life Is Hard
Poet : Edward Davies

Life is hard
Life is cruel
Sometimes hard to face
Life is painful
Life is tough
The world’s a wicked place

Life is strange
And unfair
Good deeds aren’t rewarded
Life can lead
To disarray
When acts are not applauded

Life is bitter
Sometimes awkward
Sometimes it’s a chore
Life is humble
Life is dull
Life can be a bore

Life is all
Some people have
All they have to give
Life is life
For some it’s death
Some would die to live

message 5: by Ryan (new)

Ryan | 5334 comments Nice one, Ed :)

message 6: by Edward (new)

Edward Davies | 1727 comments Cheers Ryno.

message 7: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Heinen | 134 comments Dying to Live
by Rachel

The small things scare me.
I’m supposed to just get over it.
But how are you supposed to ignore
something which seems to be etched into your bones?
It’s just a person, an office, an unnoticeable task.
Everybody can’t do it.
Why can’t I?
If I were afraid of anything else.
I wouldn’t need to change.
It’d be fine, normal even, to fear.
But instead I’m afraid of
You and Them
and everything in between.
And I want to give up on myself.
Just stop trying.
Lock myself away where the fear
will never be a problem again.
But I can’t.
Because as much as it terrifies me,
living, that is,
I long for it.
Thirst for it.
In every sense of the phrase,
I’m dying to live.

message 8: by C. J., Atm Seeker in the "Lin Kuei" (new)

C. J. Scurria (goodreadscomcj_scurria) | 4216 comments Ryan wrote: "Thank you, CJ. You're doing a wonderful job of keeping the ship afloat. It's appreciated, mate."

Thanks, Ryan! :)

message 9: by C.P., Windrunner (last edited Oct 11, 2016 10:29AM) (new)

C.P. Cabaniss (cpcabaniss) | 639 comments Feedback welcome.

Quiet Life
by CP Cabaniss

said you were
dying to live
the perfecr life,
out of a dream
full of all
the wonderful things
the world could give
and here I am
living to die
at the end of
a quiet life
just one more girl
placed in the ground
another name on stone
lost to time's brutal touch
but I live the truth
while you live a lie

message 10: by Neal (new)

Neal Syrette | 80 comments C P wrote: "Geedback welcome.

Quiet Life
by CP Cabaniss

Hmmm, geedback huh?.... hmmm well,...

In this poem you're not dying fast enough...

(Neigh, dare I say it maybe too fast; someone who has already resigned themselves to give up on life.)

Seriously though, if I am interpreting your words correctly, this poem has the "girl" dying alone. Is this the truth that she lives? (hence the title, "Quiet Life") While to live for one's dreams is a lie...

Or angst at getting left behind...

(thought provoking poem none the less)

message 11: by C.P., Windrunner (new)

C.P. Cabaniss (cpcabaniss) | 639 comments Ha, corrected that geedback...

Thanks for your thoughts, Neal!

message 12: by C. J., Atm Seeker in the "Lin Kuei" (new)

C. J. Scurria (goodreadscomcj_scurria) | 4216 comments The polls are now up! Go ahead and vote for your favorites!

message 13: by Edward (new)

Edward Davies | 1727 comments Couldn't help noticing that, even though the structure doesn't appear to rhyme, Rhyno did a rhyming poem this week! Yay Rhyno!

message 14: by Ryan (new)

Ryan | 5334 comments Thanks, mate! I've been playing around with internal rhyme and slant rhyme a fair bit lately. Really appreciate your comment, thanks for noticing :)

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