MAG Poetry Competition 2011 - search for new poems

About 44% of the participants in the 2011 poetry competition wished their poems to remain viewable on the website. Check these out here:

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Your simplest you is you

by Adriano Antonio Macedo Basto de Carvalho

Your gods lay dead, buried,
past, forgotten, while
the greater God patiently
awaits your return, in

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Chronically connected and severely distracted

by Adriano Antonio Macedo Basto de Carvalho

I open the blinds and see the world; in turn, what
does the world see? It sees me and all my splendid, split
personalities, living these amazing times of amazing
pleasures, in which we tweet tweets and post posts re

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The secret of freedom is courage

by Adriano Antonio Macedo Basto de Carvalho

Our star, of feathered life, slept,
ever since ever, in wired, caged,
silvered walls.

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Awareness (level 5 of 7)

by Adriano Antonio Macedo Basto de Carvalho

Thoughts are merely a tangle of non-conformant
chemicals in an ultra-responsive setting;
echoes of scarcely delayed feelings,
millimetrically placed and ready to be felt;

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Life, vastly cryptic, within

by Adriano Antonio Macedo Basto de Carvalho

Life, vastly cryptic, within, gradually,
as drips on glass, descends,
towards gravity, till fate.

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The sun is almost up

by Adriano Antonio Macedo Basto de Carvalho

We live in a world of noise,
of parallel and asymmetric movement,
where nonchalance has become the norm.
Sweet, melodious, and pleasing

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Blindness is not darkness

by Adriano Antonio Macedo Basto de Carvalho

In retrospect we see
with eyes we do not have.
Blindness is as frequent
as breathing, or more.

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We are all hidden

by Adriano Antonio Macedo Basto de Carvalho

If you judge me by the masks I wear,
you will be guilty of duplicity,
for the masks you judge me with
mask the masks you judge.

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I close my eyes and see no more

by Adriano Antonio Macedo Basto de Carvalho

I’ve seen innocence playing, and then learning, and then growing till it is no more;
Babies sleeping on undeserving laps of cataleptic and lifeless parents who can’t see an inch beyond themselves;
Souls crippled and mutilated by an almost perpetual chain of senseless, co-dependent, and self-seeking conduct.
However, in all honesty, I must absolve them all: man only wounds when wounded.

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Life is (pause) beautiful

by Adriano Antonio Macedo Basto de Carvalho

Under a sea of stars,
in aching memory,
of lost ones and loved ones,
I am forced to remember,

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