I’ve been sentenced to prison
For the rest of my life
But not by a Judge or Jury
By a decision I made, twenty years ago
For a pledge, I vowed to uphold

I live in a clear bubble
For the world to see
Cameras are everywhere
But that won’t discourage me

The blood, the tears, the pain, the deaths
The public’s perception, the constant judging

The emptiness, the loneliness
The tears I cried, the pain I felt
The lives I saved, the people I’ve touched
Nobody really knows

I’ve seen many things within this time
My mind just can’t erase
This is the life, I chose to live

But please don’t judge me
For the actions of others
For I am an individual
I am a Police Officer

To my brothers and sisters in blue
Be mindful in everything that you do
Cause eyes are always watching you

Todays poetry contest entry was written by Jamie Winfrey


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My Message To The Man Upstairs

This is to the man upstairs,
One day, I hope to be up there.

Please allow me to do right down here,
Just let me drive and you can steer.

I promise to go wherever you direct me,
I just want to be where I am supposed to be.

It appears to be the right place, I don’t feel stressed,
I have arrived because I am blessed.

So thank you for listening to my message,
Because I heard you through your son’s passage.

God Bless

Todays poetry contest entry was written by Chad Shumate


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It’s a strange thing
But you never really think about it.
All you know is that you’re on the ground
And you aren’t going anywhere.

You could get so high on life that you think
You’re floating, but you aren’t
Trying to hide from it won’t work
Even thinking being invisible will help you get away,
But you won’t.

You want to get away feeling like
You’re alone, but you aren’t.
You aren’t friendless, you aren’t alone.
You’re here for a purpose, for a reason.

Now what is this purpose? What is this reason?
I have no clue, and neither do you.
That is for you to find out though,
But I promise on all existence you’ll find out.

Maybe that’s what Gravity is for.
To help you discover your true colors,
To decipher your path and keep you planted.
Here. To ensure your life’s mission is a success.

That’s it! It is here to help you.
So while you’re here use it.
Take advantage. We don’t have time to waste or be sorry.
Make the most of it.

Now, I know what you’re thinking…

Gravity is weird and strange,
But you didn’t think about it til now.
You know you’re stuck here and now,
You know why

Todays poetry contest entry was written by Jeremy Price


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New Chapter

Eighty one days
Till high school is over and we enter a new maze.
This is when we have no choice but to go our separate ways.
My friend, we won’t see each other for quite a few days,
But even miles away you will never cease to amaze.
I can picture your smile shining with radiating rays,
Wishing you were near so I could look over to catch your gaze.
I hope even miles away you get what you deserve which is praise.
I’m not prepared for this new chapter, this new phase,
But ready or not here comes the craze.
I need you to know that I will never forget the good old days.

Todays poetry contest entry was written by Juhu


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The Fateful Climb

Oh how I try to understand
The chaos clinging to my hand
Past mistakes made
Slowly past memories fade
Wondering where now will I land
Will it be smack flat on my face
Or strong, proud, and full of grace
Only the higher power knows
What in life comes and goes
Yet, I continue to pray for my peaceful place
All the drama, tears, and high stakes
Holding close to stop feeling the shakes
Of the demons inside trying to escape
Lock up the cell, apply the duct tape
Losing control; quickly stomping the brakes
Praying for the sliding to stop
In the devil’s valley, looking up to the mountain top
The journey seems so long and hard
with my heart and soul already scarred
I keep climbing through the muck and slop
Continue to keep my chin up
Counting the blessings that fill my cup
That allows me to smile,
Take time, lay back and relax for awhile
Before my mind becomes corrupt
Knowing the hard work pays off in time
Quit thinking and finish the climb
Stumbling and tripping
Determined and fiercely gripping
Anxious to see my realities with such sublime.

Todays poetry contest entry was written by Allie


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If Only I Could Walk On Water

I used to live on a ship
Looking down at the water below
At a world that I wasn’t apart of
A world different from my own
For 15, nearly 16 years I stayed on the ship
During year 14 I finally acted
That year I packed my belongings
And by year 15 I started to climb off the ship
But I forgot to take into account that I could not swim
Which made it impossible to be in the water
No one on the ship would teach me
It was better that I stay abroad
Just looking down longingly at a world I couldn’t be apart of
I didn’t want any part of my world
I did at first, for a long time
But things are different now
Maybe one day I’ll be able to leave the ship
Though I’m not sure if I’ll be able to swim with the others
I wonder if I could walk on water
And tread on a thin and invisible line
A line that separates my world from their world
It’s not like I exactly fit in with both
The people on the ship wonder why I care so much for the ones underwater
And I don’t know why I do
But I care about them deeply and defend everything they do
And sometimes I feel hypocritical of it
I lived my whole life on a ship
Breathing air, my skin never getting wet
I want something more
But I’m too afraid to fully dive in
That’s why I hope that maybe
I could walk on water
And exist in a place
That allows me to stay apart of my old world
And be close to theirs

Todays poetry contest entry was written by Janice Basile


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My Heart

I think rules are dumb
I just wanna have fun
I don’t like to listen what people say
but I have to everyday
life is not fair
but I don’t care
people who annoy me I’ll give them the stare
the teachers nag me all the time
it’s not like I did a serious crime
we get in trouble for stupid things
teachers get away when their phones ring
teachers need to be taught a lesson
so they should also get detention
teachers need to stop being bullies
or we will throw them down a gully

Todays poetry contest entry was written by Funny


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A Cafe Window

everyone who passes
the blur of wheezing cars
and the somehow sleepy
scent of coffee
your ink
stained hands
and your still
empty notebook
does the moment mean
to them, like it does
to you

Todays poetry contest submission was written by Rachel Braver


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