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Current poetry writing competition Poetry Writing Competition no 24: Write a dialogue-only poem of one half of a phone call
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(#5330749) Competition no 19: Write a two-verse poem with a marked difference in mood between the two
Posted by HeatherN on 13 Jan 2022 at 6:54PM
This won the poll for the next contest. You are required to write a poem of only two verses - no more no less. The poem can be on any subject but must feature a marked change in mood between the two verses.
The mood changes could be between optimism and pessimism; happy and sad; afraid and brave.
The only rules are:
1. The poem should be two verses long.
2. The length of each verse should be no longer than 12 lines; therefore a maximum of 24 lines, but the verses do not have to be of equal length.
3. There must be a recognisable shift in mood between the two verses.
Style, rhythm and subject matter are your own choice, and it doesn't matter whether you end with the more positive mood or the more negative if one of the moods is usually seen more negatively.
As an example, I am posting a poem I wrote a couple of years ago.
His back against the playground wall
The voices say this is his place
He watches them play with a ball
The voices say he can’t lose face
He watches, he’s not one of them
The voices say “you don’t belong”
The kids are having so much fun
The voices say that he’s not strong
He’s butter fingers; He’s too slow
That’s what the voices always say
And he’s left out which goes to show
The voices know he’s here to stay
When next day he walks to his wall
He hears some voices shout his name
These voices, outside his head, call
“Come, we need you in our game”
The fun he had made him forget
The voices he’d heard every day
The voices that would never let
Him run around, have fun and play
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