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February 24, 2013
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You are made of bone, sinew, gristle, synapse, skin, keratin
not inkwells and Hemingway, galaxy-cuttings and star-trimmings
or dream, Edgar Allen Poe, absinthe, reflections and sin.
You know a hundred words to describe every pockmark that dots
your face and the way your pens fit into arrow-quivers by that
ricketty old desk of yours but

Words will not
from your mother-of-pearl lips

Apply cleverly-done descending letters here
and sprinkle one jaunty hyphen across the page
because after all, punctuation is a hitchhiker
and you're speeding down the word count like a cargo truck
till you crash into an abrupt ending or more likely
a lack of poetic inspiration.

Today and yesterday and seven days before, you might have
prostituted your muses, a penny for your thoughts, looked with
cross-eyes at your empty lined pad of paper and then
wrote seven pages about a cloud you saw that eventually scattered
into dreamy folds and smoke.

The sky is blue.
The sky is big.
Apply 'the sky is the limit' cliche here.
Close notepad, exit stage left.
for the first time ever, i have penned an ironic poem.
i go through phases of loving my work and thinking it is the best i could have done, then glaring at it and thinking 'why won't you sound like carol ann duffy? everyone likes carol ann duffy, even though her style and mine are different.' today i decided i would break myself out of that poetic dismay and write an ironic poem about poetry.
this is not about me. i would never write 'the sky is blue.' it is never blue in england.
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TheAuthorMissN Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It's kinda hard for me to read it, since I don't perfectly understand English, but damn, it sounds good!
Fa-la-lala Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Aw no blue skies in England? Well yet again this is an amazing piece from you!
birdsonqs Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Writer
There is, but rarely! And thank you! c:
DetoxingDeath Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
I'd like to imagine it's because I'm so tired but I doubt any energy would bring proper praise from me so I'll leave you with a thank-you and the knowledge that you help.
birdsonqs Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Student Writer
I'm very glad you like it! :)
thelanyi Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. I'm not usually a fan of poetry but this one made me stop and I'm very glad I read it. :clap:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student Writer
I'm very glad you liked it, especially because you're not usually a fan. ^.^
SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hello! Just a note to let you know that I've featured this piece in my journal :)
birdsonqs Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student Writer
Thank you very much! C:
KawaiiKoneko-Tan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
I really like this one.
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