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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
fall
from your mother-of-pearl lips
(willingly.)

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.
poem-ception.
this is not about me. i would never write 'the sky is blue.' it is never blue in england.
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:icontheauthormissn:
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!
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:iconfa-la-lala:
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!
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Writer
There is, but rarely! And thank you! c:
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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.
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Student Writer
I'm very glad you like it! :)
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:iconthelanyi:
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:
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student Writer
I'm very glad you liked it, especially because you're not usually a fan. ^.^
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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 :)
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student Writer
Thank you very much! C:
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:iconkawaiikoneko-tan:
KawaiiKoneko-Tan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
I really like this one.
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Writer
Glad to hear.
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:iconforestmeetwildfire:
forestmeetwildfire Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Your fantastic work has been featured here!
I'd really appreciate it if you could give some love to the other features and :+fav: the journal :heart:
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Writer
Thank you!
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:iconemperor-wildrose:
Emperor-WildRose Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
This is a correction I feel compelled to make; the proper spelling of the name is: Edgar Allan Poe.
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Writer
Oops, thanks for the correction.
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:iconmailn6:
mailn6 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Sorry, but I just died.
Laughter mixed with mindblowing poetic... poetry?
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Writer
Laughtery, perhaps?
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:iconmailn6:
mailn6 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student General Artist
That's the word.
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:iconospreyghost13:
Ospreyghost13 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is gorgeous, it keeps echoing in my head after I've read it.
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Writer
I'm glad you like it! C:
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:icongloomy-mushroom:
Gloomy-mushroom Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really wish I can walk inside that creative mind of yours. Lovely, as usual. :>
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Writer
I'm not even sure how it happens, half the time. Thank you! C:
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:iconjixico:
jixico Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I don't usually like poems on DA but this is beautiful
it's so self aware, and funny, and I just love it

but yes I am writing this before I chicken out and delete this and stuff I've written but I just want to say thankyou for sharing this I guess ;u;
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Writer
I'm glad to be one of the first you like, then! :p
Not a problem, I'm glad you liked it. c:
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:iconelsendor:
Elsendor Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The words... I am wordless.
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Writer
In a good way, I hope?
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:iconelsendor:
Elsendor Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In a good way. :squee:
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:iconchocoleesy:
chocoleesy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE IT
so much. This is just wonderful. It makes me feel... relieved?
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Writer
I'm glad to hear that C:
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arachelle905 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! I appreciate your sarcastic sense of humour. I often feel similar things about my own work, but I've never managed to put them to words quite like you have here. Nicely done. :D
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Writer
Thank you very much!
And yes, I think it's just an artist thing. :c
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:iconarachelle905:
arachelle905 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
Indeed. Lovely self-doubt and over-criticism.
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:iconbattlebrothertherix:
battlebrothertherix Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Some of these lines I felt jealous of, some kind of made me laugh :D
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Writer
Which were those, then? :p
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:iconbattlebrothertherix:
battlebrothertherix Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Let's see...
Jealous of:
not inkwells and Hemingway, galaxy-cuttings and star-trimmings
wrote seven pages about a cloud you saw that eventually scattered
and the way your pens fit into arrow-quivers by that

Made me laugh:
till you crash into an abrupt ending or more likely
a lack of poetic inspiration.
Apply 'the sky is the limit' cliche here.
Close notepad, exit stage left.

XD
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Writer
The ones that made you laugh were my favourite ones to write, coincidentally. :p
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:iconbattlebrothertherix:
battlebrothertherix Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:D
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:iconkinrift:
Kinrift Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Good metaphors you used here. Nice job. :meow:
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Writer
Thanks - I tried. ^.^
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:iconkinrift:
Kinrift Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
And succeeded. :aww:
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Writer
Mission accomplished! :iconyeahplz:
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:iconstitchmonster:
StitchMonster Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is amazing <3
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Writer
I'm glad you like it! It was just a quick job to get me out of a poetic rut. c:
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:iconawesomeizzy:
awesomeizzy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really good. :la:

And the sky is never blue in England. :P
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Writer
Summer is my favourite day of the year.
And thank you. c:
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:iconawesomeizzy:
awesomeizzy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know exactly what you mean! It's mine too!

And you're welcome, it really is good. c:
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Writer
Thank you! C:

And wow, I didn't realise so many people liked that day!
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:iconawesomeizzy:
awesomeizzy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I knoww! It's a real surprise! Some years it falls on my birthday too! :la:
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Writer
It has rained on my birthday every year. ;-;
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:iconawesomeizzy:
awesomeizzy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've had a few years where it hasn't on mine. o.O
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