Aug 05
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Igniting Writing ‘Explore’ Contest 2019, Submission by Nina from Lake Erie Ink

We have our second entry for our Igniting Writing 2019 ‘Explore’ teen creative writing contest, which is being run in tandem with Lake Erie Ink, Young Writers Project and Fighting Words! This one is a poem submitted by Nina, a member of the Lake Erie Ink teen creative writing group based out of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, in the USA. Nina’s submission is titled ‘Nothing But Black’ and features some brilliant imagery and descriptive language. To read Nina’s contest entry, just have a read below:

Beauty

Beautiful colours

Like a rainbow

That’s all I see when I’m looking at you.

My mind is a kaleidoscope of colours

When you look at me

 

All I can ever draw is

Roses

Pastel

Roses

Pink

My heart hurts

For you

Cliché

 

The door closes

I’m exposed in

Red

To you

All I am to you is

Nothing

 

All I can ever dream is

Hurt

The hurt you gave me

Burns

Burns like fire

Your fire burns me

Orange and warm

Colourful

It hurts me

 

All I ever see is

Stars

The stars you gave me

Mark my heart

When I close my eyes

My eyes see stars

Stars

Suns

Burn there

You burn in my eyes

 

Behind my eyes

Stars burn

The sun

Burns

For you

 

Every time

I move

I grow

Vines close

Closing around me

They grow green

Green

Green hurts

I get to thinking

More than anything

Growing hurts

Hurt hurts

Growing from

You

 

You

Gave me

Myself

But you’re gone

Do I still have you?

Me?

You gave me

Me

But are you the same

One

That gave me

The

Tears?

The sad

Deep

Blue

Ocean

Weight

I carry?

 

I carry all of this

The

Hurt

The

Burns

Scars

And

Pain

 

But now

With all that weight

Pressing

And

Pressing

Down

Down

I grow strong

I gain something more than

Ache

Sorrow

Damage

I gain

Power

So what if you

Made

Me?

I am

Me

I feel

Now

The power

The

Strong

Knowledgeable

Flourishing

Purple

Power

 

The

One thing

You didn’t give

Me

The

One thing

You feared

Was

Living

Inside

Me

 

Inside me

Purple

Grows

From

Pain

I am

Completely

In

Control  

Of

This

 

So when the purple fades

Like it does

 

Then

There’s

This

 

The dark

 

The hollow

 

The nothing

 

No color

 

No

Hope

 

You

Are gone

 

And you took

Everything

 

You took my

Kaleidoscope

You

You left

You left me

You left me with

 

Nothing

But

 

Black
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