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Do you enjoy reading or writing superb poetry and prose? This group is for showcasing excellent works, and improving our writing skills. Submitted pieces are moderated, and we are looking for a few more admins to help fulfill this task!

:star: Members may submit 1 piece per folder per day, subject to vote.
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East and West
You are a dream of a dream,
A shadow of a sunrise
Sempiternal in the east, never daring to quite
Touch the west, as she might
Actually be tangible. Real. Who could dream of a horizon
For you to fall in love with when you’re tired
And who could fathom a second sky to hold the sun
When your arms are weak?
Waiting for you, she’ll catch the stars
When you can’t carry them any longer.
:iconcolouringclouds:colouringclouds 7 7
(I am significant I am significant because)
someone has thought of me
as they fell asleep
and in their dream
they whispered
my name into my ear
so I would always
that when I was younger
my smile showed my teeth
and I sang the songs
of blue jays
on my birthday
he wrote me a melody
called mocking bird
I memorized it
and sing it in my sleep
as a reminder
that I matter
:iconpeppermintpictures:PeppermintPictures 7 9
Wind up my heart, but
let it go.
because it's Clockwork,
and i'm running out of
:iconinnoctemn:innoctemn 68 8
Until next time...
The last reflection I saw that mattered had us staggering mountains and valleys among golden plains,
pressing together skin that glowed from swallowed sun, with feathered wings wrapping fleeting comfort
before goodbyes caught in our throats.
I never looked at our faces
...I was too scared.
Instead, the vision we created, abstract art sans hard lines, flowed through me like wanderlust for you.
My fingertips ached for the remnants of time to once again catalog the contours that felt like some kind of home,
but instead I kissed you and felt dizzy under your skies, feeling the subtle tugs of being pushed away
because goodbyes aren't meant to be held on to.
You were never any good at them anyway.
Copyright © Jen Fowler
All Rights Reserved
:iconbeyondjen:BeyondJen 20 45
Never tell me you love me
I'm not a pebble in your ocean,
I'm not a speck of dust in your universe,
I'm the lava in your mountain,
And without me you're just a canopy of trees,
I make you brilliant, I define power in you.
I make you breathe fire,
I make you speak as though you burn the whole world,
I'm the infinite universe contained in your tiny vessel,
I'll burn you down, scorch you into million constellations,
And incinerate every second of your memories into ashes.
So believe me when I say this,
You can never love me,
You are incapable of loving me.
-Never tell me you love me
:iconmilk-and-pie:Milk-and-Pie 75 38
Dragging Diamonds Down My Skin
I wanted someone to call
me at midnight, out
of breath (out of
luck). Telling me they
need to talk.
But not you.
"This probably comes
three hours too late
but please,
listen anyways."
You placed your tongue
on my throbbing heart,
eager to nurse off
the life of another.
You said: "Shred skin to find the bone",
I had shed my skin, lulled my
bones into a weeping silence
and I still tasted disappointment
in your kiss.
I've heard your eyelids creak
when you open and shut them.
I know what hides behind the glass
and I do not plan
on coming back.
:iconseaboundstars:seaboundstars 87 70
i'll measure my life
in coffee grounds, in summer
freckles and you
:icondaybreaksmiles:daybreaksmiles 76 36
Break of day-
at long last 
I understood
You are not the answer
you are the question
keeping me awake
:iconalwaysraincheck:AlwaysRainCheck 28 30
Proximity burns at the back of my throat
incensed with the smoky taste of your cologne;
You're a mere eyelash away and you
in time with the slow motion thumper in my heart.
I reach for you and nudge my kiss into yours
'til we meet somewhere in the middle
a blur
of emotion and nicotine-tasting adrenaline
that sets nerve endings in my fingers to vibrato
as I hold on tight and kiss to show one
of my feelings for you.
:iconpoetryod:PoetryOD 47 25
Put down the palette,
painter boy,
you’re trapping the world
in eleven-by-seventeen inches
and a window you’ll never see right through
So turn to the door and let yourself out
Run like watercolour
Let your muse stain your clothes
Spin around until the sky blends into
colours too breathtaking for names
and never try to recapture them
Your brush could never know
the stars like the Earth does,
she'll wipe them right out of the sky
Eleven-by-seventeen inches
is smaller once you’ve met space
You’ll never want to get back inside again
:iconpeachloaf:peachloaf 7 9
down and done,
turned to dust, you began to
cease to be sorry, to
deserve the
window of forever
:iconkhaimin:Khaimin 13 10
Go back to sleep now Frank
Frank O'Hara - 1958
The Sun woke me this morning loud
and clear, saying "Hey! I've been
trying to wake you up for fifteen
minutes. Don't be so rude, you are
only the second poet I've ever chosen
to speak to personally
                                  so why
aren't you more attentive? If I could
burn you through the window I would
to wake you up. I can't hang around
here all day."
                    "Sorry, Sun, I stayed
up late last night talking to Hal." 
"When I woke up Mayakovsky he was
a lot more prompt" the Sun said
petulantly. "Most people are up
already waiting to see if I'm going
to put in an appearance."
                                       I tried
:iconalwaysraincheck:AlwaysRainCheck 3 119
i made the universe in a teapot
i made the universe in a teapot.
galaxies frothed into the mug,
stars bubbling up through the sepia beauty.
nothing was left outside, everything at the bronze brim,
the sun's edge in ceramics.
i drank the quickcopper gracefully.
my mind was a biscuit,
the milk as time,
lacing throughout the boiling hot space in that second
of pouring creation.
(alpha and omega at once as steam.)
:iconsea-ebony:sea-ebony 27 33
it was a broken sense of beautiful
his smile was like dust caught
in sunlight; more like a dreamy state
of being than reality, like the half-
remembered yesterday that still haunts your
memories because you
didn't want to forget how it
was just
beautiful --
we'd lie on the floor with
slats of light shot across the ceiling, drinking
in the atmosphere
with windows propped open by
books and yellowed pages,
and by the time
we wandered into sleep, we were drunk instead
on the
smell of roses --
he was a broken kind of beautiful, a
beautiful kind of flawed; love-letters, anonymous
and never sent littered
the dusty floorboards beneath his
bed, memoirs
of what we were before
love found it's way
back around; hours passed in a sunset haze
as my fingers ghosted over words
he'd written half-asleep, ink smudged on his fingers --
they say the music
comes when your heart's about to break, more
like a whimper than a bang; but i've
never heard a song so
sweet, and this sense of lovely has found it's home
inside my bones --
:iconkhaimin:Khaimin 48 22
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copper9lives here with some news from our great community...

The Annual Daily Deviation Suggestion Drive!

:pencil: It's happening this month, and there are FABULOUS PRIZES!
:pencil: Stand up and be counted — suggest MOAR LITERATURE!
:pencil: Go to DDSuggestionDrive to read all about how it works!

My-Soul-Bleeds-Ink's Spread The Love Contest!

:heart: It's on, but it's ending TOMORROW, Sunday, February 7th!
:heart: Go HERE to read about how to enter!

Copper's Community Contest!

:community: I am hosting a contest this month, celebrating COMMUNITY!
:community: I will accept ALL ART MEDIA. This includes literature, folks!
:community: Submit in a :note: by 11:59PM EST, February 29th.
:community: Enter as many times as you wish!
:community: First prize: a custom, handcrafted jewelry set worth $75!
:community: Second prize: a $15 gift certificate!

Copper's Community Contest!Copper's Community Contest
:bulletgreen:Create art celebrating the concept of community, however you define it, and whatever it means to you personally.
:bulletgreen:This contest will run until Monday, February 29th (that's right; it's leap year, folks) at 11:59PM EST.
:bulletgreen:Enter as many times as you wish, solo, or as part of a collaboration.
:bulletgreen:The winner will be announced by the Ides of March (March 15th).
:bulletgreen:The prize is a custom-made handcrafted jewelry set from me, design to be chosen by the winner, worth $75. Please see my gallery at OohShinyJewelry.
:bulletgreen:Second prize is a $15 card, generously donated by LiliWrites.
:bulletgreen:Other submissions that I find are of especial merit (i.e., I had a hard time deciding) will be awarded a digital package consisting of an Icon Avatar, ID Image, and Literature Author Tag. This prize will be to the specifications of the winner, and can be gifted to another dev

ProjectDFC's February Forms Fiesta Challenge!

Writing emoticon Feel like really pushing your boundaries as a poet, while exploring new poetic fixed forms? Go HERE!

Prose-ject's Flash Lit February Challenge!

Death Note Emoticon ver.2 What ProjectDFC does for poetry, THIS is designed to do for flash-lit!

Crowns-of-Sonnets' February Sonnet Challenge!

Crown Emoji This is a CRAZY challenge for those of you up to it...

Changes in the Literature Community Volunteer Group!

:community: Our beloved HugQueen has stepped down, hung up her heart, and likely heaved a sigh of relief; go send her thanks!
:community: kiwi-damnation, after years of coming up with truly devious challenges, has applied for the position of CV! :squee:

Some Prompts for February!

:rose: I never DID get around to writing prompts for January… I was busy trying to save the world from a troll!:shaketroll: 
:rose: For February, let's have some one-word prompts, and a few quotes… submit your entries to the "Theme of the Month" folder!
:rose: Please mention the prompt in your comments.
:rose: I'll feature all of it at the beginning of next month!

One-Word Prompts

1. Scintilla: A spark, or very small thing.
2. Evanescent: Vanishing quickly, ephemeral.
3. Mellifluous: Sweet-sounding.
4. Amaranth: An imaginary flower that never fades.
5. Apricity: The warmth of the sun in winter.
6. Bumbledom: Official pomposity and stupidity.
7. Grandiloquence: A lofty, extravagantly colorful, pompous, or bombastic style, especially in language.
8. Inglenook: A cozy nook by the hearth.
9. Psithurism: The sound of the wind, rustling through the trees.
10. Pyrrhic: Success, with heavy losses.

Quote Prompts

Candle  “Heroes didn't leap tall buildings or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn't wear boots and capes. They bled, and they bruised, and their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving. Heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, they could untangle someone else's. And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back.” 
― Jodi Picoult, Second Glance

Candle “What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” 
― Kurt Vonnegut, Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage

Candle “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.” 
― John Donne, No man is an island 

Candle “The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks & feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.” 
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Candle “I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap.” 
― Ani DiFranco

Candle “If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life's exciting variety, not something to fear.” 
― Gene Roddenberry

Candle “One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn't as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps help them find self-confidence and inner healing.”
― Jean Vanier, Community And Growth

Heart-2gif  “I no longer believed in the idea of soul mates, or love at first sight. But I was beginning to believe that a very few times in your life, if you were lucky, you might meet someone who was exactly right for you. Not because he was perfect, or because you were, but because your combined flaws were arranged in a way that allowed two separate beings to hinge together.” 
― Lisa Kleypas, Blue-Eyed Devil

Heart-2gif “I have a history of making decisions very quickly about men. I have always fallen in love fast and without measuring risks. I have a tendency not only to see the best in everyone, but to assume that everyone is emotionally capable of reaching his highest potential. I have fallen in love more times than I care to count with the highest potential of a man, rather than with the man himself, and I have hung on to the relationship for a long time (sometimes far too long) waiting for the man to ascend to his own greatness. Many times in romance I have been a victim of my own optimism.” 
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love 

Heart-2gif “The very essence of romance is uncertainty.” 
― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

Heart-2gif “When love is not madness it is not love.” 
― Pedro Calderón de la Barca

Heart-2gif “Never close your lips to those whom you have already opened your heart.” 
― Charles Dickens


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Ahborson Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Howdy I'm looking for a poetry group that's active and functional is anyone alive and posting these days?
StarryFire89 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Student Writer
You can definitely ask around. We do have some affiliates that are poetry based groups.

I'm active on some days for our group, since I have not heard anything from copper9lives over the past month or so... Let me know if I can be of any assistance to you!

Ahborson Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks I'm really just looking for an active community to join and participate
StarryFire89 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Student Writer
Hey all!

I am back temporarily through for the weekend before finals week at my new college. 

For those who don't know me, this happens to be my new dA account, but still the same Crazy0ne. The old account that I had got lost in the dark abyss, thus I can't recover it. If you want to get to know me better, send me a message through here or as a note, and I'll try to respond asap.

checkyeschloe Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
when are you doing prompts for December? 
copper9lives Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Professional General Artist
I'm so sorry… I needed to focus on my jewelry business to stay afloat during December! I'm back, and doing my best to clear out my inbox, so I can write some more prompts!

Do you have any prompts you'd like to suggest? :hug:
Crazy0n389 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for adding me as a contributor, copper9lives ! :) I look forward to working with you alongside the fellow admins here!
copper9lives Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Professional General Artist
copper9lives Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Professional General Artist
Honey, you're a GREAT addition to the team! :hug:
ShadowWorldRed Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015
Hi! Welcome to the team! :handshake:
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