Poetry Contest

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Poetry Contest

Poetry Contest

Well, we haven't had one of these in a while, have we? Time for a new one, I say! Welcome, resident poets!

The rules are pretty simple. I am the first judge. I will give you a theme, and you must write a poem relating to the theme. Be creative with your interpretations! I will then judge the entries by a set date, and the winner will then be the next judge, and set the next theme. And so on, and so forth. 

The first theme will be... *dramatic drumroll*

Stars! Whether you chose to write about the kind of stars you wish on, or the kind that take the stage, I will be eagerly awaiting your sparkly, shiny, beautiful poems. Have them in by... Saturday, March 18. Two weeks. Sound fair? 

I hope to see your poems soon!

~Booksy <3 

submitted by Booksy Owly
(March 4, 2017 - 8:58 pm)

Thank you, @hawkstar!! :)

submitted by Moon Wolf, age lunars, A Mythical Galaxy
(January 19, 2024 - 12:12 am)

Everyone's poems are beautiful so far :D This poem isn't my best, but I wanted to enter something.

-psyche and eros-

wind riffling the pages

hesitating, reading it again

(mortal characters in a book of immortality)


the light from the candle

he never asked me not to do this, i tell myself



long passages i've come to love

but i love answers more

he'll never know i did this



a cedar door

i hesitate again, looking out the crystal window: moon, stars, garden

a breath of wind that urges me on

heedless girl


deep breath and i push open the door

thoughts abandon me

he's adorable, handsome, wonderful

just a look, just a kiss, then i'll leave again

sweet cupid, why betray me?

why make believe i did not understand you?



wind riffling pages closed again

before immortal tragedy,

just immortal love

myths of sky and stars;

sweet psyche,

imprisoned between pearl pages

submitted by Amethyst, Athens
(January 18, 2024 - 10:07 pm)

Really good poem! I love how you used the myth of psyche and eros.

submitted by Moon Wolf, age lunars, A Celestial Sky
(January 19, 2024 - 12:18 am)

Aww ty :) I love Greek myths, so I thought it would be interesting to base a poem around one of them. Yours of Pandora's box was wonderful too - it was very thought-provoking :>

submitted by Amethyst
(January 19, 2024 - 4:46 pm)

tysm!! <33 

submitted by Moon Wolf, age lunars, A Lunar Eclipse
(January 19, 2024 - 8:09 pm)

@admins, I was worried that my submission was a bit too intense even when I was writing it... is there a specific stanza / sentiment that I could adjust, or is the subject matter as a whole considered inappropriate?

Your poem is still under consideration, waiting for the other Admins to consult on during the work week. My concern is that it may offend some people; it may insult their beliefs.


submitted by Luna-Starr@admina, age they/he, Existential Ponderment
(January 21, 2024 - 8:35 pm)

We weren't a myth,

Were we?

Couldn't have been just another tale to tell around the campfire

To melting marshmallows.

We weren't a myth,

Were we?

Not the rightful heroes of wrong and old,

Now too old

To tell their side of the story. 

We were bright and young, I thought,

When you invited me to the Valentine's Day Dance and

We bopped our heads to the beat of the music and

Talked science.

We weren't just another common usual myth...



hmm ughh 


I thought that


Was the study of  


ok you know what nvm :) coming back later... again...

submitted by CelineBurning Bright, age 4once, Prose not poetry
(January 24, 2024 - 9:04 am)

hm, i'm not really sure how i feel about this one. it's kind of disjointed and rambly :/ i've been in a bit of a poetic rut lately, but this theme was inspiring, so i wanted to submit something. and yeah, i'm well aware that the in the prometheus myth, it's his liver, not his heart, but y'know metaphors and all that so~



i’m always forgetting how to breathe.

it isn’t the same



that i’m used to. 

there’s something more now, 

some sort of knife twist in my gut. 


(it’s worse, knowing that i probably put the knife there myself.)


(though it isn’t my fault i’m so attracted to shiny things.)


(like knife blades & trophies

& glossy magazine-perfect smiles.)


it’s funny, isn’t it, the way we can spin our pain into something so beautiful,

turn blood into rubies & tears into diamonds? 


everyone has the midas touch when every time

they raise a hand on anyone,

the bruises blossom into gold. 


i’m trapped in my head, but not in some

gilded cage like they’d like to think—

i’m chained to the cliffs like prometheus, 

an eagle tearing out my heart over & over & over—

but maybe it’s better that way. 

perhaps it is easier not to feel, even if it leaves

a dully aching hole in my chest.


(it’s okay, they’ll just turn the spilt blood to gemstones

and make me another crown.)


yeah, i stole fire.

i didn't want it;

i just didn't want you to have it.

but i'm not so sure i deserve it myself.

you can have it back


just don't weave these lovely myths about me;

when i’m ready, i’ll shout my ugly truths to the world

from the rooftops.


i don’t want to hear your pretty lies. 

submitted by pangolin, age she/they, Outskirts of the Galaxy
(January 25, 2024 - 7:03 pm)

Ohhhhh.... Beautiful!!! I love it so much, especially the last four lines;

just don't weave these lovely myths about me;/when i’m ready, i’ll shout my ugly truths to the world/from the rooftops./i don’t want to hear your pretty lies. 

You have such a great way with words!! <33 


submitted by Hawkstar, age Purple you, *finger heart*
(January 25, 2024 - 8:57 pm)

aah thank you!! that means a lot <3

i really loved your poem, too! the references to classic myths are so clever, and i love the rhymes! i can never rhyme well in poetry lol, but your rhymes feels so natural! and it has such a fun, almost whimsical vibe~

submitted by pangolin@Hawkstara, age she/they, Outskirts of the Galaxy
(January 27, 2024 - 11:05 pm)

Thank YOU!! your poetry is always so good <3

submitted by Hawkstar, age ARMY-ing, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
(January 28, 2024 - 9:20 am)

Ooo I love it! The feeling and meaning behind it...your poetry is amazing <33

submitted by Moon Wolf , age lunars, A Celestial Sky
(January 28, 2024 - 12:59 pm)

aw, thanks so much :D i really liked your poem, too! Pandora's box is such an interesting, thought-provoking myth, and your take on it was really cool. like Luna said, i love the second person perspective - it makes it more personal and kind of humanizes Pandora, if that makes sense - like, you're saying that anyone in that situation would've done the same thing. you do a really great job with conveying the internal conflict and emotions <3

submitted by pangolin@Moon Wolf, age she/they, Outskirts of the Galaxy
(January 28, 2024 - 3:52 pm)

Thank you so much! :D

submitted by Moon Wolf , age lunars, A Celestial Sky
(January 28, 2024 - 6:12 pm)

All of you did so great, thank you so much for contributing! This was superrrr hard to judge. I wish I could write longer bits of feedback but I'm afraid I'm pretty swamped right now. Without further ado, here we go~

Honorable mentions: 

Hawkstar - I love how fun this poem is! It’s super playful and full of delightful myth tidbits that I recognized. I liked how you talked about all kinds of myths and cultures. My favorite line was ‘myths circle in my head/the past and stories become one’. <3

WildWolf - Aww, I don’t think that was cheesy at all! First of all, it’s super impressive how you made it rhyme, that’s always incredibly hard for me. I also loved all of the allusions you made, from Percy Jackson to KotLC; they really added some extra fun detail to your poem! Very clever of you to rhyme born with alicorn <3


Luna - I love the message that you’re telling in this poem! I wholeheartedly agree, too. ‘The hero, his monster to slay/the gods and goddesses above/and princess fair and just/were just a dream of human perfection’ is such a good line because it’s so true! A lot of myths were glorified accounts of real life or just completely made up and often are very unrealistic. <3


Celine - I really love the narrative part of your piece! I really understand the narrator’s struggle with their relationship. The way you compared the relationship to a myth in all the various ways was very effective. I really like the line ‘sometimes I think we were all playing one big game of telephone/and at one point our luck was sure to run out’. <3


Third Place - Moon Wolf - As a Greek mythology nerd, I really love the way you spun this classic tale! I like how you told it from the 2nd person POV and rhymed it as well. The note at the end about Hope sometimes being translated as Deceptive expectation was my favorite part- it really changes the meaning of the narrative. <3


Second Place -  Amethyst - Ohhh I love the myth of Psyche and Eros! I feel like it’s kind of a lesser known myth, which is silly because it’s so interesting. I like the way you told it from Psyche’s perspective, and the words in italics really added to the effect and message.  I love ‘sweet cupid, why betray me’ and the last line with the pearl pages. <3


First Place - Pangolin - You always amaze me with how much raw emotion you’re able to fit into a poem. Once again your imagery is unparalleled, and almost every line in this poem is one I had to pause and appreciate. I want to quote my favorite lines but they’re basically the entire thing. The way you fit the mythology references in was perfectly done. Literally incredible!!!! Congrats, you’re the next judge! <3 

submitted by Silver, judging!
(January 30, 2024 - 1:12 pm)