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I've actually been looking at trying out some prose-poetry lately so was really interested to see you post this. Obviously the imagery ...

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It has been years
and I have forgotten
how to be in love.

You used to visit me;
I do not forget
the feel of your body against mine
or you drinking

the glamour from my bones.
Now, I will always be
the feeling in your throat,

but I pretend to write love poems
because I've forgotten the secret of fire.
What do I always write about?
Writing.

What do I think about?
Thinking.

What do i love about
loving you?

Why the bridge-like curves
of your shoulders?

Why the holocaustal darkness
of your make up?

Why the small birds
of your hands?

Why is your voice so much
like a cage?

Words escape you.
Muse
Written in the morning.
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No one cares about your skin;
it's your important flesh,
the edible and infinitely drinkable
secret of undressing you.

Me? I'm more of a mixed bag.
This year, I learned that you are the kind of person
who's spent Christmases in hospital,
that your brother has been to prison
and you can go through men like vodka.

I've always known that I'm the kind of person
who's happier telling stories
than appearing in them
and certain things are already cinema:

A locked-down, wide shot of you
leaving me on a dance floor
and returning and kissing me
so hard that you print your name.

Handheld close-up. You're gently filling the frame,
tilting like water in a glass. Our foreheads meet,
my hand finding its way through your hair.
Boyfriend enters from stage left.


But I can only fill so many montages
with shots of me waiting for my phone to light up
and both our stories could bear a few less love interests.
Who is this guy? What makes him different?
And doesn't she look a little familiar?

So this is the second draft of our relationship. Of course,
the ending is the same (I've never been good
with third acts) and you meet the hero too late,
but I've given the dialogue a punch up
(did you catch that part about printing your name?)

and now I know your story
certainly doesn't start in a hospital.
I've pulled the camera back far enough
to cover the mistakes I made the first time around.
I'm close to recasting you.
rehash
Written at home, on my bed.
I'm keen for feedback on this if anyone has any.
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So this is the last journal I'll put up for now. It's a handful of quotes that I keep in my poetry folder and a few poems I missed the first time around.

Quotes
oofpoetry.tumblr.com/post/2944… - Jaime Gil De Bieda
oofpoetry.tumblr.com/post/2759… - Miranda July
oofpoetry.tumblr.com/post/2959… - Galileo Galilei
fuckyeahliteraryquotes.tumblr.… - Ian McEwan
loveyourchaos.tumblr.com/post/… - F. Scott Fitzgerald
loveyourchaos.tumblr.com/post/… - Jeffrey Eugenides
www.goodreads.com/quotes/47037… - Margaret Atwood
25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lzl… - Unknown

www.youtube.com/watch?v=26YLeh… - J. Robert Oppenheimer

Poems
oofpoetry.tumblr.com/post/2532… - Vladimir Mayakovsy
oofpoetry.tumblr.com/post/1900… - Dean Young
oofpoetry.tumblr.com/post/6254… - Ezra Pound
oofpoetry.tumblr.com/post/3908… - Hafiz (really, really enjoyed this and just found out it was written over 700 years ago and he's basically part of Iranian history. What . en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hafez)
loveyourchaos.tumblr.com/post/… Phillip Kaye - from 'Repetition'

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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014   General Artist
let me tell you, you deserve a delirious amount of views, lovely being
your poetry speaks to the soul :heart:
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Gay-Mountain Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
Thank you. And thanks for all your other comments. I worry that a lot of the stuff I write is probably only going to be interesting to me so it's good to know someone else enjoys it.
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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015   General Artist
your poetry definitely deserves at least 10 times the amount of attention it is getting! how about joining a few groups and posting your works with them? that can really help generate more attention and favorites on your poetry? :eager: :heart:
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Gay-Mountain Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
I dunno, I've kind of dabbled with groups in the past but can never really find the time to get involved with them properly. There's a few I still submit stuff to but tbh I feel bad that I already submit nearly as much poetry as I read on here.
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ProtoRepublic Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
I like what you write.
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LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You've been Featured. :heart:
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Gay-Mountain Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Hi, sorry it took me so long to reply to this but thanks!Although I do have to ask....Ladies of Lit...I'm not a lady, shouldn't that count against me?
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LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It was not for Ladies of Lit, it was for my 30 Writers Series.

You're welcome!
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RiseandBe Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Welcome to #PoeticalCondition!
We are happy to include you as one of our members and look forward to your contributions.
We hope to see you as an active part of our humble group.

Your Founder, RiseandBe
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indigo-mouse Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
thank you SO MUCH for suggesting my poem as a daily deviation.
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