Poem - About a Poetry Contest

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It all began in this November, truly a month for all to remember
With paper in hand every woman and man was fanning their brains' dying ember.

It's the writing they find that boggles the mind and doesn't appear always easy
To those who have fears and find through the years their stomach turns out to be queezy.

To write what they think without taking a drink and showing the story within them
Is a process you see that allows them to be the poet that gives us a true gem.

There are so many stories that surely bring glory to poets who know how to write
But the depths of the story may not bring the glory and that is the poets real plight.

So to write what is needed so it will be heeded by judges who read what is wrote
Is a job not exceeding the things they are reading
To make them be sure to emote.

With words that would'nt always come they wondered when they would be done
Would they run out of time while they fashioned their rhyme
To try to be chosen the one.

They wrote of things scary to make you feel wary of all that is hidden and likely forbidden
And gruesome and gory to tell you their story
Of all of the monsters they'd ridden.

Love and sorrow abound and more can be found in all of the poems they have written
If you stick around and read what is found
You may turn out to be smitten.

There are so many stories that surely bring glory to poets who know how to write
But the depths of the story may not bring the glory
That shows us the poet's real plight.


Emma - the fairy
Emma - the fairy | Source

To write of the things that thoughts always bring may soothe the poor poets dilemma
But when it is wrote do the thoughts sure evoke
The reader to think of poor Emma?

The fairy they knew that sang songs old and blue to those who would listen and care
To know she is fiction and and all of the diction is aimed at not leaving a glare.

Does her story come through when they read it to you and leave you without any doubt
That this is a lady beloved though she's hazy
This poem will give you a shout.

It's the tale of that lady who isn't too shady but loved by the mind who created
This story for you of a shrew that was true
To the writing that leaves you so bated.

Pages fly with thoughts unending.
Pages fly with thoughts unending. | Source

But on with the quest to write what is best to prove that they really are potable
And take the dear reader so his words can lead'er
To poems that are truly notable.

The day follows night no matter the fight they find with the paper and pen
So they try and they try to bring life to their words
As they write them again and again.

If this poem goes round and round and round and round again
Try reading all the in between your bound to find and then
When paper's filled with all those words jumped from their mighty minds
The writers tears may fill his beers while thoughts flow out in kind.

The deadline nears and writers fears begin to rear its head
The palpitations start to grow as writers always know
Their nights will see that they might be without the words that grow.

As time goes by and pages fly filled with their thoughts unending
They know it's time to fight the fight with all they have depending
On what they know will surely be the poem of the ages
And all the pages show their work with thoughts that show their rages.

The contest ends with days run out for all of them who took the route
It's over now and with clear brows they stop their marathon
And know that all is done for them, it's time to move right on.

This poem was written for a poetry contest. It is a humorous look at what writers go through as they attempt to write poetry, especially for a contest. Their hopes, their efforts, and what they think you might find as you read it.


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jami l. pereira 5 years ago

OMGoodness! this was awesome! ,amazing ,brilliant and i ran out of buttons! Bravo! have a wonderful day and best of luck to you! this is a great one!:) I loved it!:)


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DarkSinistar 5 years ago from North Carolina

Great poem! best of luck in the contest!


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Wish you could see me blushing ;) Thanks Jami - I'm really flattered you thought enough to push all the buttons - that pushes my buttons :) It really means a lot to have you praise my work and you too Dark Sinistar! Nothing beats having your peers like your work.


jami l. pereira 5 years ago

You earned it ! this piece was great! I love dit or i wouldnt have pushed them :) you should be proud of this one ! :)


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Thanks again Jami. It was fun to write.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Attagirl. I liked the verse pattern. It's great to read something that flows so well.


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Twilight so glad you enjoyed it.


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ThePracticalMommy 5 years ago from United States

Love it! It's amazing what a poetry contest will do to us, isn't it? ;)


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

Such a clever rhyme - well done!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

voted up funny and awesoome. I don't usually like rhyming poems, but I loved this one and the rhythm. If I don't win, I hope you do!


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Practical, REdElf and PDX...a contest can get the juices flowing. Of course we all want to win, but it would be nice if each of us could win! Good luck to all.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

Wow! This is fantastic!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

ya, as long as people are writing, the contest is a success, IMHO


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Your HO is correct IMHO!!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

excellent. I enjoy being right


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cyncags 5 years ago

I felt the sweat running down my face as i read this piece :-) it was also funny and I could definitely relate! Good luck with the contest!


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Cyncags...that's how I write poetry, with sweat and tears ;)


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This is brilliant, awesome and funny.

Good luck in the contest


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Thanks for the luck Rosemay, always appreciated!


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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

I enjoyed the mindset and the great humor of trying to please the judges of the poetry contest.


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Thanks sligobay, a good way to write a poem for a contest don't you think?

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