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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?
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.
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 🤗💕🙂