MangaHelpers Art Contest Week #03-04 - Romance Poem Voting Details: Voting will automatically close on March 11th at 23.00 PM GMT You may only vote once and for up to TWO of the submissions. Announcement of winners will be done soon after voting closes. If you have any questions regarding voting, they can be addressed HERE. Entry no.1: "I'm Yours" by WithYouInSpirit Do you remember the time when we first met? Locking eyes silently over the table of a high school hall. Of course you wouldn’t. Time has passed too quickly, with too much turmoil. But I did, because I was yours. Do you remember that day you first spoke to me? After so many secret glances, shared euphoria. The sky had seemed to stretch into infinity above our heads. The swallows dipped and weaved through the aether, as if to welcome us. They knew what was to pass. For you see, I was yours. You stood upon that campus roof and stared. I was greeted by the deep ocean currents. Precious, Sapphire irises gracing me with their benevolence. Then you smiled, and the ocean gave way to the gates of heaven themselves. Was that the gentle patter of rain descending to embrace me? No. Only your voice of course. “I’ve been waiting”. That was all the encouragement I would ever need. Where there was a void, was now whole. I didn’t need to speak. I was yours. Do you remember those years we spent as one? I do. How could I not? It was like an eternity, of the best kind. We were as two sides of the same coin, you and I. It’s a pity none of that was destined to last forever. The heavens that you had once embodied returned to take you into their embrace. You may think me sad, but that is not it at all. Sadness eludes me, as long as I am yours. Entry no.2: "Never Been in Love" by riki I’ve never been in love before So I wouldn’t know What it’s like to love Someone unconditionally True, I have some crushes But it’s not the same. It was just puppy love Nothing more. Although I sometimes wonder What it would be like To be deeply in love With someone Is it an electric spark That jolts you in your veins Or is it an indescribable feeling That you just know you found the one? Is it frightening To give a bit of yourself - A part of your soul - To someone else? To place complete trust And share your darkest Secrets and fears To someone other than yourself? To risk ostracism And condemnation From those who Oppose the romance? To love and to cherish Through thick and thin No matter how high The costs? To be willing to spend The rest of your life With the person Who vows to do the same? Maybe I’ll know the answers One day When I fall in love Someday Entry no.3: "The Ways of Love over Time" by Organizized A kiss, held for just a moment longer A slow dance in the midst of a raging storm A thousand memories in one quiet song Two hands entwined, one cold, one warm A moment of sinking in the eyes of the other Two fools, remembering two fools of old; A time without thinking, without conscience or bother When all music was serenades and all sunsets were gold And as we grew older, romance grew smaller… yet never weaker A kiss, a moment, a waltz by firelight Impervious, then to all things routine Knowing, once more that love is bigger Bigger than the life happening in-between Entry no.4: "untitled" by Xadyu Being in love is losing your heart in hers, Asking how fresh such a bouquet can plucked. Tears still liquid, and stalks braided softly. Love is your worries, and love is wondering What keeps this infatuation standing, that without question, you give everything from yourself. Your mouth lives for hers, never touching lips. Your fingers entwined, as seaweed flows with the waves. Her eyes, which the sky reflected. Gazing in yours, teasing your heart. The other, breaking hearts, where you often forget your heart. Love, sometimes very cruel.. Where cruelty, is called cruelty. And heart wounds burns. Love.. Love is when you give everything of your everything. Your mouth goes for hers, and gently touches your own. Your hands weave through hers, but gently touches your own. I can't help but to stare into this mirror.. as it stares right back. My feelings are now never-ending.. Not for you, for.. This rope around my neck Entry no.5: "Beloved" by Arjuna How much I love you? The love that will make me Rise to the Heavens with you. My and your Soul fuses to become one. Our love is Immortal. I will love you day and night. I will love you with every moments of my life I will love you until our souls get fused in God The world before us is full of dreams So beautiful and peaceful So we jump into this world together Into Happiness and sorrows together And we will overcome it together. I will love you with all height,depth and breadth of this universe Our kiss is holy And immortal O my Beloved. Entry no.6: "Narcissus" by MarmaladeSky Love is a horrible disease It’s out of my control Tearing others apart Heart and soul No matter where I go, they are always staring at me Burning gazes and flushed cheeks A touch would made them faint, that’s a guarantee Stuttering and flirting techniques They can’t help it, everyone wants to play It’s something natural, a reaction to perfection Blow a kiss and wink I honestly don’t even have to try, gravity pulls everyone in my direction They all fall, one by one I can’t help it, the universe made me this way That horrible, uncontrollable disease It makes everyone fall in love with me. Only I am good enough for my own affection And that is how it’s meant to be Entry no.7: "Their Definition of Love" by Elusia A book in my hand Tells many myths About how love starts The beginning and end of romance Starts at one sight Of their first infatuations And the sweet nature of youth Clouded in affections Though all come as they go Many books after telling the same Tales with complicated matter But all endings entranced with joy Love is bright! May tragedy leaves! Love solves everything And may it continue to spread As it duplicates again Interpretations’ dull and cliché Satisfaction fell off of my face For I was prone to rest Entry no.8: "Strawberries" by TSPanda Oh, fickle memory I'll never be able to leave that place That faraway lodge with no clocks Only endless, clear summer nights That humid evening on the hill When we played tag on farm fields When you tripped and fell onto me Your eyes closed slowly, your sweet breath simmered my skin Ah, that perfect backdrop of stars If someone where to ask I'd say I can't digest the nostalgia I can still taste the strawberries on my lips Entry no.9: "Love is one unexplainable human feeling" by Darky "What is love" you would ask me, I could say "I don't know, it's a sort of affection, maybe." Love is just a word , and at the same time, Love is for two persons in one story. Unfanthomable, I would say, "It's unexplainable , I can't shake this feeling, It's desirable, I want to make it mine, Erasable, I wish it could be, But, insatiable I would stay " Unknown to love, nor to hate, I kept wondering about it I would think about this existance, But here you come , closing the distance.. A few words, hesitant, I would ask you for a reality, But I knew it could only be a dream. As pure as you were, you decided to stretch your hand. As curious as a child, unknow to this feeling , I took it. Time passed, my heart began beating faster with this feeling. Was it because of you, or was it me ? Questions, I kept asking, Answers , you were delivering me.. Even today, I can't answer your questions, Because of this distance, Because of me, a mix of personnalities, an alter of purity. Even today, I can't tell if you really love me, Because now, I can say it clearly and surely, "You are my love "