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I apologize, but I forced to reduce the number of prizes... the circumstances...
The theme for Steemit Poetry Contest #15 - Night
First Place - 6 SBD
Second Place - 5 SBD
Third Place - 4 SBD
Fourth Place - 3 SBD
Fifth Place - 2 SBD
Sixth Place - 1 SBD
Entries will be accepted within five days from the date of publication of an announcement!
Deadline - February 16 3:30 PM UTC
The winners of the Steemit Poetry Contest #14
1st Place - "Three to's, three too's, or three two's?" by @Lymmerik
Our words are conflicting, when spoken or written,
A study in depth you will find.
There’s to, and too, and two; this, of course, is your clue,
So be wise and keep this in mind.
When speaking this sentence, it just can’t be written,
So don’t even bother to try.
And with pencil to paper; you’ll use your eraser,
This is how words go awry.
It’s just how they sound, when not written down,
Which one do you actually use?
You can’t write this sentence, you’ll find it a menace,
Three to’s, three too’s, or three two’s?
2nd Place - "Pirate Words" by @isteemithard
All hands hoy, heave ho or shark bait for the sea,
swashbuckling seadogs, blow the man down, an eye for an eye.
Avast ye now batten down the hatches, there's land we see,
feed the fish of Davy Jones' locker, walk the plank, aye aye.
Hornswagglers get a hempen halter ye hear,
so we pillaged pieces of eight until the conch shell blew.
Blimey lad, cleave a buccaneer to the brisket with this cutlass here,
no privateers nor scallywag landlubbers, just old salt sailing the blue.
Up in the crow's nest, the lookout keeps sight for low tide,
strung high from the mizzen, a black flag of Jolly Roger held tight by knot.
Run a rig, run a shot across the bow, keelhaul ropes tied,
bring a spring upon'er, the shallows we go not.
3rd Place - "Where Words Go To Die" by @chrisroberts
Across the sea of doubt, beyond the hills of mystery,
There is a place where old words go to die.
"Misconstrued, misunderstood and mystified are we,"
Say words long past, "We cannot tell a lie."
The time has been when stroke of pen could lift a million souls,
But so much goes unwritten now by choice,
Their time is gone, and words move on; the parchments, papers, scrolls
Have vanished, and now silenced is their voice.
Longing for a renaissance, renewal of the word;
The ones who seek the truth will always try
To stop the censors' silly game, the madness they've inferred.
Let words live on in peace and never die.
4th Place - "The Strangest Thing" by @brokemancode
Words are utterly complicated
"Dip" and "deep" sounds the same but are not related
Why does "q" always needs the letter "u"?
Why "big" and "huge" are similar but different too?
There are words that are short like "I" or "a"
Or as long as the word "onomatopoeia"
Tired of hearing the word "love" being said?
You can try hundreds of other languages instead.
Words are such strange things
But are also powerful just as a supreme being
For without it there are no songs,story and poetry
These letters mean nothing and you cannot understand me.
5th Place - "The Signified and the Signifiers" by @ecoinstant
They say that pen is mightier than sword,
when used to resonate with brain wave chords.
And I hope you'll not think me too unt'ward
for considering each and every word.
Using words properly, our mental test,
Understanding symbols is of int'rest.
Our words signify reality's depth;
defining concepts is a mystic quest.
Light philosophy that floats on the breeze
or heavy leather tomes filled with treatise,
since the ancient times of wise Socrates
words have been used to bring men to their knees.
6th Place - "Word Cloud" by @danmaruschak
“How's it going?” you ask in greeting.
“How are you?” said with a smile.
You ask these questions without meaning
To dredge up what is deep inside.
Fine! Good! Doing great!
That's what I'm supposed to say.
You didn't send your words with weight
Just noises made in cheerful ways.
But asking questions makes me think
My real answer: scraping by.
But I'll suck it up and follow the script
While wishing you had just said “Hi.”
7th Place - "Words" by @diebitch
Lost in thought when I can’t speak
Strung in lines to make me strong
They lose their way if I don’t weigh
and fail me if I am wrong.
The music, to which my heart beats
Paints a picturesque swan song
My love forever, binds on sheets
Remembering me, when I’m gone
What’s the magic?
8th Place - "Inaccurate" by @bennettitalia
Slippery fish in an ocean of sound
Little ones, big ones, floating around
Some scream, some whisper, one sings like a lark
Here's a drab one, a fancy one, a glow-in-the-dark
Here's one: you have to experience to get it
Another's ineffable (don't try to eff it)
One says different things to different people
Another sounds good but is actually evil...
I did find the right one, but it slipped away
Leaving me grasping at straws all day
So here's a replacement that doesn't quite fit
The meaning I needed: "inaccurate"
Rules of The Contest!
Only one entry is allowed.
Your entry-post must be tagged both #poetry and #poetrycontest
The Title must be "SteemitPoetryContest #(with the number of the actual episode)" + the name of your poem.
You can use any types of rhyme - End rhyme, Cross rhyme, Internal etc.
The size of the poem - three quatrains (one quatrain = four lines).
Do not steal! The contest is only original works!
I wish everyone good luck and creativity!
Let's make STEEMIT more interesting and varied together!
Sincerely, Terry Craft.