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  1. Banzai

    Banzai One-time Mod, but on the road to recovery Contributor

    Mar 31, 2007
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    Reading, UK

    Weekly Poetry Contest (234) - Nocturnes by the Sea

    Discussion in 'Bi-Weekly Poetry Contest Archives' started by Banzai, Apr 8, 2013.

    Poetry Contest
    Two Hundred and Thirty Four

    Back on schedule!

    The Rules
    • All entries must be on the set theme.
    • Only one entry per member.
    • No editing of entries once posted without my express permission (i.e. PM me and ask).
    • Poems must be titled
    • Entries must not have previously posted on the forums, and are not permitted to be posted for critique until AFTER the contest is completed.
    • Any violation of these rules will result in disqualification of entries, and possibly infraction.

    The entry stage will be open for fourteen days (extended as I'm going to be sans-internet for a while), closing on Monday 22nd April 2013.

    The voting stage will begin immediately and will be open for three days, ending on Thursday 18th April 2013.

    And this week's theme is: (courtesy of Nee) Nocturnes by the Sea

    The next (235th) contest's theme will be (courtesy of Lance Millenium): Mind of the Insane and it will be opened on Monday 22nd April 2013.

    Be imaginative, have fun, and get writing.


    PS: If you have any questions, please feel free to PM me. I don't bite (much).
  2. Sword

    Sword Member

    Apr 23, 2012
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Slack Key Guitar

    Slack key guitar strums softly through the night,
    an undertone to a perfect sun set.

    Nocturnes whispered softly on quiet winds,
    pierce the veil of beach side tranquility.

    Take me back to those days on Oahu,
    where waves roll and caress the smooth beaches.

    Slack key guitar was the cure to my woe,
    in those happy days of long long ago.
  3. Darkkin

    Darkkin Reflection of a nobody Contributor

    Jun 21, 2012
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    Following the footprints in the sand...


    A heady, dark pulse.
    Stones, polished castanets, marking...

    Always pale, aloof...
    Drawing in, casting out.
    Sway...She holds.

    High and sweet and clear.
    Crickets, reeds, and peepers...
    Hum...Choirs in the night.

    A single voice.
    Lilting and clarion...

    To a nocturne given.
    A siren on the shore.
    Words...Of wonder.

    A tide of song.
    Such is the glory of the sea...
    Symphony...of nature.

    Just as a tide should be...
  4. ChaosReigns

    ChaosReigns Be Still and Know Contributor

    Mar 20, 2013
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    Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom
    Natures True Beauty

    A night to remember
    An hourglass sat beside the beach campfire
    Friends talking amongst themselves
    Staring at the ships out to sea

    Toasted marshmallows and hot cocoa,
    Life would be perfect if it were this simple,
    A humming of tunes and stark laughs,
    Delight filled the air

    The stars shine bright,
    Bouncing off the water
    Reflecting onto the cliffs
    Creating a myriad of patterns
    A rare sight to behold.

    The surf, Natures true robe
    Lit up at night
    Making for special moments,
    And a night to remember.

    Friends and lovers together
    Sharing stories of wonder
    They may part ways
    But forever will remain those stories

    We are but smoke and mirrors
    Reflecting on the sea
    The night is where we come alive
    And the time to realise
    How natures true beauty
    Reflects in everyone,
  5. seelifein69

    seelifein69 Active Member

    Jun 20, 2011
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    SW Florida
    The Seafarer's Strife

    An atonal whisper sounds around
    Near where the sea does meet the ground
    Unheard to the laymen of the night
    They shy away and call it fright

    So leave me be, to hear, to see
    Music that’s accessible to me
    To settle in amongst the sand
    Taking me to dissonant lands

    No major, no minor, no maestro
    Mother Nature is the motif
    Yet this orchestrated tune of life
    Is the opera called ‘Seafarer’s Strife’
  6. Quoux

    Quoux Member

    Apr 8, 2013
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    Some undefined mental state
    Nocturnes by the Sea

    Notice the wind's whispering wail,
    Or the soothing shift of the sea.
    Could another curious creature exist
    To have delivered such a mighty, shattering, midnight melody?
    Unknown to the night's
    Revolution to day,
    Never would it have thought that a creature might stay
    Ever so often though it may,
    Singing by the shore's melodic sway.

    Because birds bid goodnight
    Yonder sea t'would it tell.

    Testing the tide with it's toe,
    hoping to hide in the sky when it's low,
    Ever so softly singing its song.

    See, you never would notice at night walking along
    Every single small, simplistic, detail of
    A soft sight of nocturnes by the sea.
  7. edamame

    edamame Contributing Member Contributor

    Apr 5, 2013
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    I stand and cannot hear the waves today
    They have calmed in the aftermath of a great icy wind
    The moon rises in the silence, glimmering
    The light dimmer than the stars
    Of that summer we shared
    Cold are my hands and cold is my breath
    The sharp pain in my chest dulls;
    Like an ember smothered,
    A nocturne by the sea tells it to rest.
  8. tomfoolery

    tomfoolery New Member

    Jul 13, 2012
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    Every Morning After Watching the World Burn
    Every morning after watching the world burn
    when the smoke still trickles out of the cracks in the pavement
    and a faint trail of embers still lingers on the sunless streets,
    I hop in the shower and try to wash the soot
    from my fingertips, try to rinse the resin from my hair.
    I change into clothes that still smell like smoke and
    drink a cup of coffee that tastes like coals going down.
    Ashes fill the sky, falling from charred palm trees and
    landing on the waveless ocean, now reduced to
    a sort of teal color that blends with the clouds
    and smudges the horizon line into and endless mass of
    rolling smoke, and off-color blue.
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  9. Admin

    Admin Contributing Member

    Aug 9, 2011
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    Nocturnes by the Sea

    Nocturnes by the Sea


    The heavy, lazy bass chord from the left –
    The wispy, flighty solo notes – the right:
    Drag the schooner ever sooner to death;
    Lift the mist into the pitch of the night.

    The heart harrowing vibrations sink;
    The fleeting trilling of tugging tears climb.
    As the gull dives into the darkened brink,
    The raptor glides upon waters sublime.

    Away it’s played upon the vessel’s bones,
    And away it carries the listener’s soul.
    Into obscurity, it sails from shore
    To land upon the porch of blackened doors.

    The Nocturnes by the Sea have taken thee –
    Oh why does light and land forsaken me?
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