Valentine's Day poetry contest

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Winner: Valetine for a friend

By: Amy Ge 

 

there are rumours

the boning

under your skin

was cut by lonely 

men 

 

who stripped rotting wood 

from a crippled oak

and fashioned

it into shelter

 

you

stand,

a house,

in your modest plot

dreaming of bare feet

 

pattering along 

your 

floorboards

at all hours of the day

 

winter winds

shrink your 

frame and

whistle

through your ribcage  

 

moonlight

spills through crevices

ex-lovers

could not patch

 

i hope the next one’s

love extends to 

every inch of

you

even to the

little crow

nestled

in the 

attic

 

Finalists: You’re Tops 

By: Caela Fenton 

 

I climbed your stares

           many a month but

                      never reached

 

                                     two I’s

                          for lashes make poor

                                                    handholds

                                                        and my grip

                                                    slips on your tears

 

                                                      the tears in my ropes

                                                                    aggravated by salt

                                                             and my arms are my ropes

                                                                                                    my dear

 

Romantic Disdain 

By: KJ Leahy 

 

I like to watch you bend.

 

your rules,

your back,

 

In spite of my vacant body 

and twisted mind. 

 

I want to push your buttons 

and get under your skin 

in all the ways that there are.

 

But don’t blame your vanity

you can blame proximity

for why you’re so angry—

 

For why you’re so thirsty.

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