What to Submit?
The example I am showing you here was written by a sixteen year old boy in 1939. This is just a snippet from his write. What I would like you to do is write a conversation with your self as young, elder and dead. You can go back to one or the other if you feel it will add effect, just label every change so we know what part of you is talking. Verses must be labeled Youth or Elder or Dead--Must be free verse--each stanza can be any length but control yourself with length because I tire easily unless of course you are just too awesome to tear away from. Here's the example.
It’s hard to believe, not knowing, day to day
The first day’s end, nor starting of the next,
Nor through dawn mist to catch a glimpse of evening…
The tawny sands we tread in this short life
Washed in the surgings of Eternity
Can never hope to rise above their state
Of calm submission to the seas of fate.
The time of Youth is but as the sun that sails
Behind the clouds of time – or a flickering light
That leaves the earth as soon as it has shone
And memory dims with the coming of age and greyness –
Yes, and the time will come
When you will shuffle with laden feet
And you will sweat in an effort to recall as one
Who reads a book at night by candle-light
And stares at the black print until the page is blurred…
We who are wise beyond your dreams of wisdom
Watched our “immortal” moments fade like grass,
Our visions deadened with the weight of years.
We have gone forth beyond your bounds and borders
Our dwelling is now in eternity.
We learned our lesson in the day we died –
Life’s not a game of money, banks and houses
No mere pretense that plays at love and mating
Of cheeks gone sunken and glad hair gone grey –
There is a subtler meaning in existence
Who can but look on the stars and not believe?
1 original, poem on the theme of .............
Free verse only
Whatever is merited--glory
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Poems should be in English. Poems translated from other languages are not eligible, unless you wrote both the original poem and the translation.
A Note to Poetry Contestants
You are welcome to enter this contest, whether or not you won a prize in one of my previous contests.