The AVBOB Poetry Competition | Declare Your Love for Life through Poems

Declare Your Love for Life through Poems

Even though the 2017 and 2018 poetry contests have passed and participants are waiting to hear who the winners of the 2018 contest are, there is no reason to put away your pen and paper yet. It is time to write again.

Life is a cycle. People are born, they live, and they pass away. However, during their short time on earth, they forge strong relationships and contribute to the lives of those close to them. Their lives mean something and through love poems, it is possible to celebrate the lives of those who are no longer with us.

Such love poems focus on the small and big. These poems make it possible to remember the good, the painful, and the inspirational moments of a person’s life. Perhaps you have known someone who wiped away your tears and told you to be strong while you were next to their sick bed. Your love for that person can be shared in one or more poems. Such love is everlasting and when expressed through poems, gains the power to heal and comfort.

Your love poems can bring comfort to those still in the midst of grief. You can spread love and hope through your words. You may not be there to see first-hand the effect the love poems you enter in our poetry contests have on others, but having been affected yourself by the poems of others you can rest assured that you can make a difference in someone’s life.

If you know that you have the words hidden deep in your heart and want to share these through love poems, then it is time to unlock your potential. Read the many poems that others have submitted on our online platform to gain an appreciation of what our poetry project is about. Read the rules and tips on how to write love and bereavement poems. Once done, it is time to let your heart enter the dialogue. This is when you just write down the words as they flow through you.

The poems that come forth may not be immediate masterpieces, but don’t give up. Let the poem ‘rest’ for a few days before you return for editing. Always read your poems aloud. Poems are meant to be heard, more than seen. Now, make the necessary changes and put the poems aside for another day or two. Return again and edit some more if needs be.

Finally, submit your love poems after you have read the rules and guidelines of our poetry platform. You can write in your home language and can submit more than one poem. What is important is to keep with the theme of the contest. What is even more important is to enjoy what you are doing and to write from the heart.

Let your heart bring forth the songs of love through poetry. Start today as if there is no better time than the here and now to celebrate love, life, hope, and joy. Join the many aspiring and skilled poets in South Africa in bringing unity and comfort to others through poetry.