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Poets and The Poetry Contest

I have been writing poetry, fiction and short stories for many years and have completed a book of poems. I also enjoy comedy writing.

The Poetry Contest

The Poetry Contest

There they go again

Judging my poetry of pain

The words I express are not for monetary gains

Nor or they to be treated like a scrabble game

Don’t place a measly price on my craft

Reading hundreds and thousands of pieces, then neglecting and rejecting

Too much for you to read with understand, to read with appreciation

You don’t understand the craft or its foundation

Making money of the poets desperation

To be recognized in his nation


Taking money to read poems is pathetic

Then the poet goes into despair when her piece is rejected

Now she questions her skill and wonder why she is neglected

Then launch a symposium and charge an admittance fee

For the poets to come and listen their own piece

I see your emails intruding in my mail box

Telling me to submit and earn cash

But I place them in junk and leave them there

For a poetry contest, this poet has no care

I will write, I will publish even if I alone give them a read or two

But to enter a poetry contest, that I will never do.

© 2019 Clive Williams

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