“The Sun Has To Rise (homage to Bukowski)” by Natalie– FitW Winner!

“The Sun Has To Rise (homage to Bukowski)” by Natalie– FitW Winner!

Congratulations, Natalie!

You are the next winner of the Fachucha is the Word: DPL Poetry Contest! This is Natalie’s second win. Way to go!

Natalie Lima

The sun has to rise (homage to Bukowski)

during my darkest nights
with the back pains
or heart pains
after losing
my job
or in another
drunken relapse
I felt an inner peace
because
I knew
the sun has to rise

so when it got pitch black
and honest

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“Dear Daddy” by Magnolia– FitW Winner!

“Dear Daddy” by Magnolia– FitW Winner!

Congratulations, Magnolia!

You are the next winner of the Fachucha is the Word: DPL Poetry Contest!

Magnolia Hallie

Untitled


Dear Daddy,
I know you’re sick
There is an illness seeping in your blood
Deep in your mind
With tentacles like fire
And a mind as cunning as a fox

Dear Daddy,
Why did you say those words to me
Please don’t touch me there
Stop hitting me
I don’t like it when you yell
Put…

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“How It Happened” by Ryan– FitW Winner!

And the next FitW Winner is: Ryan! This a Ryan’s third win, CONGRATS! You can read Ryan’s winning poem “How It Happened” on our blog.

Congratulations, Ryan!

You are the next winner of the Fachucha is the Word: DPL Poetry Contest! This is Ryan’s third win, woot woot!

Ryan Lencki

How It Happened

I bit my tongue to catch its final lie.
Licked the sweat off the cold glass of yesterday,
and spit it into tomorrow.
Learned to sit with a breath.
Took the red animal Sun for my pockets.
Found a peacock with bravery hand stitched to…

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“First One” by Angelica– FitW Winner!

And the next FitW Winner is— Angelica! Congrats! Read her poem about the “first time”.

Congratulations, Angelica!

You are the next winner of the
Fachucha is the Word:
DPL Poetry Contest!

Angelica Villarruel

First One

Grew up believing
The first one
The first time
Would be
This magical
Joy ride

A mixed concoction
maturity and unpretentiousness
Of self
I knew not
What I would get into

Grew up believing
The first one
The first time
Would be
This magical joy ride

Aghast…

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“Touched” by Natalie– FitW Winner!

“Touched” by Natalie– FitW Winner!

Congratulations, Natalie!

You are the next winner of the Fachucha is the Word: DPL Poetry Contest!

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Natalie Lima

Touched

All I need is to be touched,
To feel some skin on skin
Because psychologists say that humans need
At least ten significant touches a day
To be healthy.

Or do I need to be touched
Because it’s been a week
And the Santa Anna winds are picking up,
Whispering in my ear
That I…

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“Untitled” by Sammy– FitW Winner!

The next FitW winner is… Sammy! Read Sammy’s poem about an interaction with a stranger:

Congratulations, Sammy!

You are the next winner of the Fachucha is the Word: DPL Poetry Contest!

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Sammy Winston

Untitled

Had I known
I would know her,
I wouldn’t have ruined my life
just prior

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Our last writing prompt was: “Write a poem about an interaction you had with a stranger.” To view the next writing prompt selected by our winner Sammy, visit the contest page at: www.dapo…

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We have a tie! -FitW Winners!

We have a tie! Congrats to our TWO FitW winners: Ryan & Michael! Read thier poems at

Congratulations, Ryan & Michael!

We have a two-way tie! There is no real need to break it, so, BOTH of you are the next winners of the Fachucha is the Word: DPL Poetry Contest!

This also makes Ryan a two-time winner and puts him on a two-win winning streak. Wooohoo!

Without further ado:

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Ryan Lencki

Dock

As a kid I’d walk to the dock
drop gummy bears down to the fish
and wait for the…

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“Peacock” by Ryan – FitW Winner!

Congrats to Ryan, our next FitW winner! Read his winning poem “Peacock.”

Congratulations, Ryan!

You are the next winner of the Fachucha is the Word: DPL Poetry Contest!

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Ryan Lencki

Peacock

Footprints near tides is what I know how to best to be.
Leaving something for a moment beautiful,
but not permanent.
Hands a second clock on a timeline.
I’m not always who I need to be,
just who’s expected.

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Our last writing prompt was: “Write a poem about a…

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“Look!” by Maximilian – FitW Winner!

“Look!” by Maximilian – FitW Winner!

Congratulations, Maximilian!

You are the next winner of the Fachucha is the Word: DPL Poetry Contest!

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Maximilian Reid

Look!

She pointed to the night sky,
And she gasped,
Look!
Look at all those stars -
That MOON -
Look at how big it is -
It’s like -
It’s like going to the IMAX -
No – the OMNIMAX!
Isn’t it awesome?

And I tripped on the sidewalk
And I laughed
And I put her on my…

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"Almost" by James - FITW Winner!

And the first #FITW winner is James Jackson! - Read his winning poem “Almost” here:

Congratulations, James!

You are the winner of the Fachucha is the Word: DPL Poetry Contest.

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Almost

by James Jackson

From a distance approaching, I see the green bright;
A familiar yet haunting expression of light.
The yellow is welcomed, though brief in its presence,
I draw close to the gleam and grim incandescence.
My guess is forgotten, my hunch is amiss.
To pass through successfully…

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