Welcome. This is a silly contest for serious poets or wannabe-poets. The intention is for you to both have fun and yet also stretch your writing abilities.
Every two weeks, this contest's theme will change and prizes will be awarded. This week's theme is "Demonic Love". Interpret that as you wish.
There are a few additional requirements: You may not use the words "A," "An," "The," "I," or "You" (or any words which mean the same thing, or their grammatical variants, such as 'myself' or 'yours',) in your poem. Why? To stretch your mind. This requirement may change from cycle to cycle.
...I need judges! Please PM if you wish to be a judge. If you are not someone whom I know, please include either a sample of what you consider to be a 'good' poem, or else describe your criteria for what makes a good poem.
0. Use normal font size and color unless you have a really good reason not to. If I have to squint to read your poem, or you post it in pink, which I can't read at all, I won't read it.
1. Use spellcheck.
2. Use the dictionary (dictionary.com) if you don't know the meaning of a word.
3. Do not angst. If you angst, I will laugh at you.
4. Know your s**t. This means that if you write about real things, make sure you actually know what you're writing about. Factual innacuracy pisses me off, especially when we have google.
5. Be courteous to each other.
6. Don't get pissed off if I critique your poem negatively. It won't do you any good for people to pretend you're a delicate little flower whose feelings can't possibly be hurt or dooom! I offer critiques to be helpful. If you don't want a crit, either say so in the first place, or else don't post.
7. Tell me if English isn't your first language.
8. What if you're late? I'm not evil, but you know when the deadline is. If I'm asleep at the deadline (hah!) I'll accept anything that's been submitted when I wake up; otherwise, you have about a 30 min. grace period. If you're out of town or hosed or whatever, this isn't everyone else's problem and they shouldn't have to wait for prizes to be announced because of you.
9. Follow the prompt and do not use the words "A," "An," "The," "I," or "You" in your poem. Or any of their grammatical variants, or try to trick me into accepting them. I am not stupid.
We, he, she, it, our, they, themselves, their, etc. are all acceptable. As is y'all, if for some reason you wanted it.
Unusual and creepy, though love will not stop me.
Please, lend me you're hand, and Ill send a carrior dove.
Thy love someone else, but please forget.
Its nervous, around love, but thy makes me laugh.
Just for the sake of winning, I'd recommend running this through spellcheck, using contractions properly, (you're=you are; Its=posessive of It,) and using 'thy' correctly. (It means roughly 'your', not 'you', which would be thee or thou.)
Also, you used the word "I" (contraction form, "I'll"wink and since you obviously are using 'thy' to mean 'you', I am going to count it as such. I am not stupid, after all.
Which is why I'm advising you to use spellcheck rather than saying, 'Nurr, you misspelled something, no cookie for you, nurr.' I do like people to follow the rules, but I'm not going to be mean about it.
PS: to quote rule 6: Don't get pissed off if I critique your poem negatively. It won't do you any good for people to pretend you're a delicate little flower whose feelings can't possibly be hurt or dooom! I offer critiques to be helpful. If you don't want a crit, either say so in the first place, or else don't post.