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Earth Angel
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25 posted 12-15-2004 08:09 AM       View Profile for Earth Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Earth Angel's Home Page   View IP for Earth Angel

"I AM"

I am creative and loving.
I wonder about the inequality of birth.
I hear angels sing when I am happy.
I see crystal castles reaching up into the heavens.
I want man to put down his arms and pick up each other.
I am creative and loving.

I pretend I am a fairy and can wave a magic wand.
I feel lighter than a spring breeze
I touch the Face of God when I touch that of a childís.
I worry that my days will end before I have done all that I want to do.
I cry when a child cries.
I am creative and loving.

I understand that there are lessons to be learned through adversity.
I say that happiness is a state of mind. Think happy ~ be happy!
I dream of my children making this world a better  place than the one they were born into.
I try to do my very best at whatever I attempt to do.
I hope that I never cause otherís to feel sadness or pain.
I am creative and loving.
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26 posted 04-20-2005 01:01 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

I am a devilís child, a conduit of answers.
I wonder why I live their pasts, while I seek only my future?
I hear voices of the dead on lips of the living.
I see souls who wander, seeking answers as I do.
I want them settled, complete, and mostly gone.
I am a devilís child, a conduit of answers.

I pretend not to hear them invading my mind.
I feel their coldness burning my flesh.
I touch them in some way that comforts them.
I worry I was once one of them.
I cry wondering was I as unhappy then?
I am a devilís child, a conduit of answers.

I understand this purpose is my chosen fate.
I say prayers daily so God will watch over me.
I dream in sequence, picking up where I left off.
I tried shutting them out, but only they hold that key.
I hope and pray no one will ever have to dream of me.
I am a devilís child, a conduit of answers.
JoshG
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27 posted 04-20-2005 04:56 PM       View Profile for JoshG   Email JoshG   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JoshG

"I AM"

I am special when I try to be normal, but especially normal when I try to be special
I wonder when purpose meets opportunity
I hear clapping as if I was finished
I see angels as if I was just beginning
I want to feel the warmth of epidemic happiness
I am special when I try to be normal, but especially normal when I try to be special

I pretend to be sure when I am simply unsure
I feel the depths of this hole
I touch the depths of me so hard, so cold
I worry that waking up will be even worse than this hole
I cry dry tears of fear
I am special when I try to be normal, but especially normal when I try to be special

I understand its all in my head
I say its not real
I dream this nightmare will stay with me still
I try not to wake up
I hope sleep takes my will
I am special when I try to be normal, but especially normal when I try to be special

*Disclaimer* I think I broke the rules, there is truth in this poem about me, but its not as obvious to the eye as the dark picture painted above.  Maybe the vague reality here is really what I am about, vague.
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28 posted 04-20-2005 08:53 PM       View Profile for Ringo   Email Ringo   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ringo

I keep bringing this back, because it is my favorite challenge, and I always get to read some of the most inspiring thoughts from my fellow scribblers.
The other best thing, Josh, is that as long as you follow the line starts, there are NO rules.

They took pictures of our dreams
Ran to hide behind the stairs
And said maybe when it's right for you, they'll fall

JoshG
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29 posted 04-21-2005 10:24 AM       View Profile for JoshG   Email JoshG   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JoshG

Agreed, this is a fun challenge.  I think it would stand the test of time.  I definitely think I could walk away for a week and do it again with totally different lines.  Fun Fun!!
Alicat
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30 posted 04-21-2005 07:16 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Heh, so far, this challenge has stood the test of time since about 97 or 98.  My memory is a bit hazy whether XAngel got this challenge from her son, gave it to her son, or got this challenge from her son after he got it from a teacher.  It is a fun one though, with the only rule being the usage of the format.  Any style, any form, everything goes.  I guess you don't have to adhere to the line statements, though that would change the very nature of the challenge.
Justbleu
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31 posted 06-17-2005 05:03 PM       View Profile for Justbleu   Email Justbleu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Justbleu's Home Page   View IP for Justbleu

I posted one in Open 35.  I'd finally decided to write one.

Bridgette
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32 posted 06-24-2005 03:09 PM       View Profile for Tara Simms Hall   Email Tara Simms Hall   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tara Simms Hall

I am happy and confident
I wonder what my future holds
I hear my husband's heart calling mine
I see the years etched on my face
I want to grow old gracefully
I am happy and confident
I pretend I have all the answers
I feel my mother's presence beside me
I touch the lives of those I love
I worry that it won't be enough
I cry when my emotions erupt
I am happy and confident
I understand that joy comes from within
I say "I am the master of my fate"
I dream of visiting the land of my birth
I try to make the best of what I have
I hope my kids know the mistakes I've made in raising them were made out of love
I am happy and confident
DYME
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33 posted 12-30-2005 02:14 AM       View Profile for DYME   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DYME's Home Page   View IP for DYME

"I AM"

I am stubborn and ironic
I wonder why people voted for George W. Bush
I hear the silence of a car alarm
I see my brightly dim future
I want to experience being open-minded
I am stubborn and ironic

I pretend to be man's best friend and worst enemy
I feel uneasy about being an unemployed college student
I touch the sharp edges of books
I worry about the fate of my family
I cry when becoming a woman is at it's most difficult stages
I am stubborn and ironic

I understand that the flawless have flaws
I say that God is everything, religion is nothing
I dream of being confident enough to believe in myself
I try to please everyone without losing myself
I hope I don't come across as being an arrogant ass-hole
I am stubborn and ironic

I'm not crazy...I have papers to prove it!!

No weapon formed against me shall prosper... ISAIAH 54:17

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34 posted 12-30-2005 03:58 AM       View Profile for Ringo   Email Ringo   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ringo

Thank you for revisiting this challenge...
You have done an admirable job of it.

"...and as we drift along, I never fail to be astounded by the things we'll do for promises..."
Ronnie James Dio

X Angel
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35 posted 12-30-2005 05:24 PM       View Profile for X Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for X Angel

I was reading my original recently on my hard drive and felt such a longing to show it again to someone.
Well amazingly enough - this thread is going.
I got the original template from my oldest son when he was in 5th grade (it was an assignment at school).

That said - here goes.

I Am

I am a dreamer and a poet
I wonder if there were ever really Unicorns
I hear a brook babbling in an ancient forest
I see a handsome prince on a majestic steed
I want to ride there too, among the trees
I am a dreamer and a poet

I pretend that I can feel the power of the horse underneath me
I feel the wind blowing through my hair
I touch the warmth of the horse's skin
I worry that this dream might really end
I cry upon waking and realizing it was just an elusive wisp of imagination
I am a dreamer and a poet

I understand that I must live in reality, not fantasy
I say that life is what we make of it
I dream of faraway places, and magical isles
I try to write beautiful sonnets about what's utmost upon my heart
I hope to write, someday, of my deepest desire
I am a dreamer and a poet

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36 posted 12-30-2005 06:15 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

!wow! without having seen this
I just posted an I am in open
lol, coincidental or meant
'to be, or not to be' ???
Lotta Lagg
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37 posted 01-02-2006 10:52 PM       View Profile for Lotta Lagg   Email Lotta Lagg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lotta Lagg

I am a bird so free to fly so high
I am doe in me to sneak on by
I am a butterfly beauty to spread wings full with love
I am a turtle timidity to slip away and hide
I am a bumblebee is the buzz to quickly make my flight
I am an eagle, my wing to carry me when I am weak
I am a shark, my eye to keep me coy and to speak
I am the hippopotamus, the beauty with in me
Ringo
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38 posted 01-02-2006 11:21 PM       View Profile for Ringo   Email Ringo   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ringo

X-Angel
Thanks for bringing it to PIP the first time, so I could steal... uh... BORROW it from Alicat when he re-posted it. I have had the pleasure of doing it twice so far, and figured out thingsd about me both times, and my daughter enjoyed it as well...
Lotta Lagg... yours was very well written as well... It make me want to see what you would do with all three stanzas...
If you have any questions about it, the form is on the very first post in this thread.


"...and as we drift along, I never fail to be astounded by the things we'll do for promises..."
Ronnie James Dio
jarrett
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39 posted 05-10-2006 11:59 PM       View Profile for jarrett   Email jarrett   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jarrett

Challenge
I AM

I am unique and friendly
I wonder if Iíll ever be free from sin
I hear rain drops  
I see the light through darkness
I want people to understand me
I am unique and friendly

I pretend that Iím a princess
I feel unwanted and then loved
I touch the surface of the ocean
I worry that Iím not what my parents want me to be
I cry in pain and anguish
I am unique and friendly  

I understand that we canít all be perfect
I say we should love our enemies so we can love ourselves
I dream of what it will be like in heaven  
I try to overcome my fears  
I hope that I will succeed
I am unique and friendly
Walter Poe
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40 posted 06-10-2006 06:01 AM       View Profile for Walter Poe   Email Walter Poe   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Walter Poe

I AM

I am a poet

I wonder where i'll end

I hear the wind take me away

I see the most extraordinary lights

I want to see everything be everywhere and describe it all

I am a poet

I pretend to be more than i am

I feel lost in my own darkness

I touch your souls from my seat

I worry that one day it will all end

I cry at the things i have already lost

I am a poet

I understand the beauty of words in motion

I say play on words
  
I dream of the tommorrows to come

I try to find emotions yet untapped in you

I hope to touch all who read me

I am a poet

I went to the desert on a horse with no name, it felt good to get out of the rain.

The Shadow in Blue
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41 posted 06-16-2006 04:32 PM       View Profile for The Shadow in Blue   Email The Shadow in Blue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit The Shadow in Blue's Home Page   View IP for The Shadow in Blue

"I AM"

I am bright and unique
I wonder where love is
I hear the wind singing
I see the warmth eminating from the sun
I want the love of my peers
I am bright and unique

I pretend to be perfectly content
I feel like little munchkins are jumping on my heart
I touch the wings of an angel
I worry about my future
I cry when I think of the past gone by
I am perfectly content

I understand the birds and the bees
I say my muse's words
I dream of perfect love
I try to be the best me possible
I hope for the dance of life to never end
I am the birds and the bees

/\/The Editing Queen\/\

It's strange that words are so inadequate. Yet, like the asthmatic struggling for breath, so the lover must struggle for wo

destinys_Angel1983
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42 posted 09-14-2006 07:59 AM       View Profile for destinys_Angel1983   Email destinys_Angel1983   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for destinys_Angel1983

"I AM"

I am a soldiers wife and a dreamer
I wonder can life without war exist
I hear the sounds of bombs dropping
I see the world torn apart
I want to know he will be forever safe
I am a soldiers wife and a dreamer

I pretend to be strong
I feel so afraid
I touch his picture
I worry he wont come home to me
I cry over the loss of so many soldier's lives
I am a soldiers wife and a dreamer

I understand they must do their jobs so we can live free
I say I believe in freedom
I dream of peace on this earth
I try not to cry, not let the tears fall
I hope he is safe and knows i love him
I am I am a soldiers wife and a dreamer

------
This is the second time i've written this poem as soon as i find my orginal i'll post it..I havent written poetry since 2004 so i'm  quite a bit of rusty...thanks for your time

rhia_5779
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43 posted 10-28-2006 01:16 PM       View Profile for rhia_5779   Email rhia_5779   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for rhia_5779

I am  a picture being painted  and clay molding into a sculpture
I wonder the choices I make now , will they make me mature?
I hear ringing loud and clear in my ears
I see a domed building rising up and out of the horizon
I want to be remembered in who I am
I am a picture being painted and molded into a sculpture

I pretend a act of confidence , and no fear
I feel in my heart love reaching out to me here
I touch upon memories, sacred gifts to protect
I worry if they will know me when I get back
I cry at the thought of being strangers to the ones who know me so well
I am a picture being painted and molded into a sculpture

I understand what it takes to provide pillars for a friendship
I say I will always be there for as long as I live I know it in my soul
I dream about precious perfect love that will never be
I try to get up each morning and only be me
I hope for a special person to hold me through the storm.
I am a picture being painted and molded into a sculpture
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44 posted 12-04-2008 01:56 AM       View Profile for xsaamaanthaax   Email xsaamaanthaax   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for xsaamaanthaax


Not really the best, But i tried.

I am hope full and hopeless.
I wonder what and who I can become.
I hear whispers of success .
I see my turning road ahead.
I want to make everyoneís words of wisdom true.

I pretend Iím living my happy life.
I feel content and relaxed.
I touch his face of love and happiness.
I worry that itís going to die.
I cry for it to last forever.
I am hope full and hopeless.

I understand the risks I do take.
I say life can be a journey, a never ending path.
I dream that it will take me as far as I can go.
I try to make success, knowing nothing is perfect.
I hope this last forever.
I am hope full and hopeless.
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45 posted 12-04-2008 05:22 PM       View Profile for Falling rain   Email Falling rain   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Falling rain's Home Page   View IP for Falling rain

I am a dreamer and a friend
I wonder how I wounded in this kinda mess
I hear music play in the back of my mind
I see my heart shatter inside
I want to be seen for who I am
I am a dreamer and a friend

I pretend to be something that I'm not.
I feel my heart lifting
I touch my porcelain skin and wonder
I worry that people will see who I am and fear.
I cry about my friends pain and sorrow's
I am a dreamer and a friend

I understand that I can be myself
I say that I can stand up for myself
I dream of the future and what it holds
I try to be courageous
I hope for the best to come
I am a dreamer and a friend

-Zach
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46 posted 05-07-2009 10:57 PM       View Profile for Bob K   Email Bob K   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bob K


     John Clare, 1793-1864 or thereabouts wrote this poem.  He was a crofter, about as far down the social scale as a guy could get without falling through the bottom.  He spent a long time in asylums and turned out a substantial body of very good poetry, somehow, in the process.  This is one of his most famous pieces, and holds together far better than I remember it as having done.  I toss it in because I suspect it is the great Grand-daddy of all the I AM poems, and simply because it's so darn good.  I hope it makes everybody feel the invitation to compassion that I think it means to offer, as well as the complex freighting of other messages it carries as well.  I like in particular the unpitying nature of "I am the self-consumer of my woe."  That's a place I'm all to familiar with.  I think it's a small jewel.

     Enjoy.

Bob Kaven
I Am

I am: yet what I am none cares or knows,
My friends forsake me like a memory lost;
I am the self-consumer of my woes,
They rise and vanish in oblivious host,
Like shades in love and death's oblivion lost;
And yet I am! and live with shadows tost

Into the nothingness of scorn and noise,
Into the living sea of waking dreams,
Where there is neither sense of life nor joys,
But the vast shipwreck of my life's esteems;
And e'en the dearest--that I loved the best--
Are strange--nay, rather stranger than the rest.

I long for scenes where man has never trod;
A place where woman never smil'd or wept;
There to abide with my creator, God,
And sleep as I in childhood sweetly slept:
Untroubling and untroubled where I lie;
The grass below--above the vaulted sky.

óJohn Clare
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In your dreams


47 posted 05-09-2009 07:28 PM       View Profile for Juju   Email Juju   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Juju's Home Page   View IP for Juju

http://piptalk.com/pip/Forum100/HTML/002760.html

-Juju

-"So you found a girl
Who thinks really deep thoughts
What's so amazing about really deep thoughts " Silent all these Years, Tori Amos

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48 posted 05-12-2009 02:38 PM       View Profile for Dr.Moose1   Email Dr.Moose1   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dr.Moose1

Ringo,
I remember this from way back, but can't remember if I ever did one. Oh well, here goes.

I am quite possibly displaced
I wonder if it's all some grand mistake
I hear a song that's partially erased
I see foundations' walls begin to shake
I want for time to pass with much less haste
I am quite possibly displaced

I pretend to fit within the roles I play
I feel the weight of days quite tangibly
I touch upon these subjects in a way
I worry will reveal too much of me
I cry though men regard that with distaste
I am quite possibly displaced

I understand the problem and the sum
I say that I am not like those before
I dream of what it is I might become
I try to balance all these things and more
I hope not all I've done has been a waste
I am quite possibly displaced
Ringo
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49 posted 05-12-2009 06:43 PM       View Profile for Ringo   Email Ringo   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ringo

Man... talk about a challenge that won't die!!!
It was a real treat to go back and re-read all of the posts from the ghosts of poets past, and to see the new ones.
Bob- thatnks for bringing that one in... it was truly enjoyable to read the "beginnings"

But this one goes to eleven...
http://www.hubpages.com/profile/RingoShort

 
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