Here’s a brand new way to get your poetry out there, while supporting a message of positivity and peace. Created by fellow blogs – Poetry Channel and Forgotten Meadows, submissions opened 7/16 and there have already been 129 contributors.
To submit, simply write a poem on the theme (outlined below) and comment on Forgotten Meadow’s original post here with the text of your poem (no links or pingbacks). Submissions close August 31.
“In response to the recent unceasing, and, in fact escalating global violence, we have seen and felt a corresponding surge in poetry about it.
We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to share your thoughts and feelings, a piece of yourself, to add to other Poets from around the world. We are hopeful that the combined weight of our collective spirit and wisdom will be felt worldwide as well.
The only restriction is that absolutely no hate is expressed other than the hate of violence. Any and all words will be appended to the running poem. This is not about ego, so you retain the rights to your creation, we are only interested in doing what we can to stop the violence.
Please share your poetry and your platform to spread the word for Poets everywhere to unite in this effort we are calling, “Poets for Peace.”
If you share on social media, make sure to tag #poetsforpeace.
-Jennifer Nichole Wells
I’m posting my contribution a bit later than planned as I had hoped to write something new. In any case, I present this poem, she was the wall, about finding light in the darkness, peace in the chaos. Originally posted here: https://jennifernicholewells.com/2015/09/24/she-was-the-wall/
she was the wall
she slithered through the densely inhabited spaces
more translucent than the wall flower
she was the wall
by choice she moved unnoticed
a silent observer of all one would consider filth
but she saw beauty
in every crevice she found a crystal
in every drug addled alley she found royalty
in every darkness she found a light