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Poppy's Preferences pt6

Underrated Discoveries: Showcasing less-read stories in the poets community

By PoppyPublished 2 months ago 3 min read
Top Story - September 2023
Poppy's Preferences pt6
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Welcome back to Poppy's Preferences :)

If you're new here, let me introduce you to the purpose of this series.

Poppy's Preferences shares pieces published in the Poets community that I personally really enjoyed, in the hopes of these pieces gaining the exposure they deserve, as well as the readers getting to enjoy some more great poems. Usually, the ones I include don't have many reads or comments.


Smell the Sun by Brenton F

I absolutely adore poems about Greek mythology and have a special soft spot for the myth of Icarus. However, I was completely drawn in before I even realised this was the theme of the poem. This poem begun in a perfectly captivating way and ended with an equally impactful line.

i wanted to smell the sun

from the corners of my eyes

This Haunting by Kelsey Syble

I love Kelsey's writing style so it was hard to pick just one of her poems to share. Definitely check out her others. I chose this one, however, for its gorgeous word choices and incredible juxtaposition. It's a perfect balance of sharing enough to evoke emotion in the reader, while being vague enough to leave them wondering and curious.

Reimagining malicious apathy

into heartfelt friendship,

and forced pleasantries

into sincere compassion.

Turn Away by Kayleigh Fraser

Kayleigh is not only super supportive and encouraging, she's also an incredibly talented poet. After admiring many of her poems I ended up deciding on this piece to share because of its uniqueness and structure. The repetition makes it so captivating and it perfectly encompasses the feeling of beginning to feel something for someone when you desperately don't want to because of past hurt; a feeling we can probably all relate to. I adored every stanza and loved the ending.

turn away bright eyes

but please don’t go too far

for although I can’t look into them

I also cannot part

I Want You to Know by Paul Stewart

This one already has quite a few likes/ comments, which is no surprise considering Paul's talent as well as his commendable support for other writers. However, I think everybody needs to read this poem. It's so inspiring and meaningful that when I was reading it I felt like it was written just for me, as I'm sure many others did too. I read it a time I needed to read something exactly like that and literally had to bookmark it to reread it when I was feeling that way again. If any peom can bring tears to your eyes, it's this one. Thank you Paul.

I want You to know

Yes, You

each day

You get through it all

and see another sunrise

afternoon or evening

there are others

just like You

suffering in silence

screaming at a world

that just

doesn't want to listen


One of Mine

This is one of my older ones but I still enjoy reading it, so hopefully you do too. It's a prose style romance poem.

He is all contradiction and change and pushing and pulling and pushing again. He is begging you to love him and apologising that he can’t do the same for you. You are pleading with him to let you heal him and promising him it’s okay if he can’t treat your wounds in the same way (because you both know he can’t).


The Rest of the Series

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
  • Part 4
  • Part 5


Thanks for reading :)


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  • Jonty Rhodesabout a month ago

    Usually, the ones I include don't have many reads or comments.

  • Jonty Rhodes2 months ago

    It's a prose style romance poem.

  • Shaimaa SHERIF2 months ago

    I write my article

  • Jonty Rhodes2 months ago

    I enjoyed the story! It was well-written and engaging, and the characters were well-developed. I was particularly impressed with the way you described the setting and created a sense of atmosphere.

  • Back to say well done on top story! 🥇🌈❤️🙏🕊️🤍✨😘

  • Naveed2 months ago

    Super!!! Excellent story!!! Congratulations on your Top Story

  • Congratulations on your Top Story🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

  • Donna Renee2 months ago

    Oooh I've missed a lot of poetry lately! This is great!

  • Congratulations on your top story. Such a great list here. Thank you for being such a great encouragement

  • Mackenzie Davis2 months ago

    Ugh I love all of these! Including yours! What a fantastic read, and I am so happy this got TS!!!

  • Kendall Defoe 2 months ago

    Thank you for this! A lot I have not considered here...

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Some wonderful choices in there. Thanks for sharing and congrats on the TS.

  • Dana Crandell2 months ago

    Thanks for highlighting these. Every piece is s gem. Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Alex H Mittelman 2 months ago

    Nice! I’ll have to check these stories out!

  • Hannah Moore2 months ago

    Thank you Poppy, these were great reading.

  • Paul Stewart2 months ago

    yay congrats on Top Story!

  • Paul Stewart2 months ago

    I saw this and forgot to like and comment! thank you very much for the shout out, especially that one and with such great company! Great work, Poppy!

  • I had the same reaction to Paul’s… it’s soooo beautiful! The ‘you, yes you’ really does speak straight to you.. it’s so clever and so positive and beautiful. Loved all your choices! And 🥹🥹🥹🥹🥹🥹 For that beautiful introduction that warms my heart 🙏✨🥹🤍

  • I've already read yours, Paul's, Brenton's, and Kayleigh's. Going to read Kelsey's one now! Thank you so much for this!

  • Kelsey Syble2 months ago

    Thank you for your kind words, Poppy, and for opening my eyes to other poets in the community!

  • Brenton F2 months ago

    Thank you very much.

  • Great selection, Poppy. There was only one I'd read before (Paul's), & I appreciated reading that one a second time. Thanks for doing this.

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