The criteria for the poetry category was: write a poem about grief, loss, or/and sadness. I definitely have a few of those in my writing collection, so it was a blast to pull them out and bring them to life again for the contest! I submitted multiple pieces, and one of them WON!
Down the hole is where I lost my soul.
I was looking for my life, when I lost my soul.
Enchanted by my hate, he watched me lose my soul.
Those girls are two peas in a pod, smiling and hugging like they will be sisters forever. Unaware their friendship is the Titanic minutes before it hits an iceberg.
Their conversation turns gruesome becoming snarls of a wild lion protecting its dinner. Like the countdown to a new year, their friendship is over and viewed by onlookers who stare like kids watching fireworks.
Their friendship becomes a sunken ship, only creating ripples of water when they pass in the halls. Their companionship forgotten, just like the one-hit wonder who sang Achy Breaky Heart.
Drum roll, please…I’m excited about THIS ONE winning, because it’s a poem I’m using in my novel! [One of my MC‘s is a teenage girl who loves to write, and to help me find her voice I pulled out some of my own teenage poetry from 2001-2003.] Sometimes the words you wrote long ago will still be the words you use today.
Thrown into the hole with no bottom, I grasp for leverage between my sobs of failure. There is no way for me to survive, but only fall with the tears forever. The hole continues to pull me faster, I see my future never changing, never being successful. I only continue to cry because there is nothing I can do.
Until, I met you. Until, you changed the hole into a sea of comfort. I no longer fall down this dark, damp hole because your strong hands pulled me up. I can see bright rays of sunshine, your eyes staring at me with assurance that my future is no longer non-existent. You saved me.