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After the Parade

Hi everyone. Exciting news today! I’ve written and submitted four short poems to the Vocal After the Parade Challenge.

What happens after the parade?

The Prompt:

Write a poem reflecting on the world and your place in it. Our prompt begins after the parade.

When the party is over and we wake up, in our beds, in our own private, funny, painful and complicated lives. Pride, for example, is about being yourself. But it’s often difficult to write ‘pride’ poems without subconsciously writing ‘on behalf’ of others. We feel a sense of responsibility and as a community, we are so often asked to write about our sexuality through a public lens, as if our lives consist entirely of defining moments: protest, agony, celebration. But what about all the other moments? And everything in between? The nuances of our relationships? A family dinner on a Wednesday? What happens then? In those other months? As a person, living? Whatever you’re obsessed with, whatever you’re going through, whatever your place is in this world—write about that, in the style that most excites you.


This theme seems to have really caught hold of my muse 😉

I’d love to know what you think! And I would be delighted if you could read my competition entries and leave a like. To like and/or comment, you’ll need to sign in to Vocal, which is free to do.


At the End of the Road

Warrior Woman

We Get But Once



I also submitted a poem from last year to the challenge …

This is Home to Me (Some of you may remember this from last year, when it was awarded Top Story in the Homecoming Challenge. It also sneaked into my new book of poetry, lols.)


Thanks for all your support! Hugs 🤗💕🙂

20 Comments on “#AfterTheParade @Vocal_Creators #Poetry challenge #WritingCommunity #readersoftwitter #ReadingCommunity

  1. Raw and emotional poetry Harmony. Very heartfelt. Warrior Woman was a telling truth! We get but once, so true. Buck up men! Love your sad poetry. P.S. I signed up to comment, but it still wouldn’t let me. All I could do was click on the hearts. <3

    • Thanks so much for trying to comment and for signing up! I’m thrilled the poetry spoke to you, Debby. Hugs 🤗💕🙂

  2. Hi Harmony, four excellent poems. I left comments on the originating site.

  3. All powerful poems, Harmony, each in their different way. I felt each one.

  4. I love these, Harmony. I will head over to Vocal to leave some hearts and share as well.

  5. Awesome poems, Harmony. Though all of them are powerfully written, I was especially roused by Warrior Woman. We’re clearly on the same page there! And At the End of the Road was moving. I can’t seem to comment or like at Vocal, so giving you much kudos here. Well done.

    • I don’t know why Vocal won’t let you like or comment. Are you signed in? If not, that would explain it.

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Diana. Those two poems seem to be the most popular! Hugs 💕🙂

  6. These are wonderful poems, Harmony. My favorite of them is “At the End of the Road” because I hear a speaker who doesn’t appear to be strong in the physical sense but sounds as kick-arse as a superhero.

    • Brilliant! I’m so pleased that came through. Thanks, Priscilla 💕🙂