Anorexic Angel MAG

By Paula O., Brighton, CO

Don’t call me beautiful,”
You say,
And most sincerely.
“I’m not beautiful, not yet.”
I look at you
Past the featherless scalds in your velvet wings
Past your dull, hell-bent halo with but a faint glimmer surviving
And into your eyes.
I see the hate and hurt in your flexing pupils
And try to protect you from seeing the same things in my own
Though I shouldn’t worry - your eyes are blind
Blind to what you’ve done to yourself, and
Blind to what you’ve done to me.
And I whisper for the thousandth time today
Patiently, stolidly still:
“No, you are.”
And I will say it a thousand more times
As I sit here
Helpless
Holding your limp head in my lap
And stroking your stale hair
Because you need to hear it
You need to know your (swan) song is heard.
Your last staggering, faltering note resounds in me forever
And I will help you, if only by saying once more,
“You’re beautiful.”





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i love this so much!

on Jul. 12 2016 at 9:27 am
TheShakespeareSpeaker GOLD, Durham, New Hampshire
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Favorite Quote:
"I can sum up everything I have learned about life in three words: It goes on."
-Robert Frost

I used to say that to my sister all the time...I'm literally crying as I write this...so beautiful...no wonder it's in the magazine.

on Jul. 12 2016 at 9:27 am
TheShakespeareSpeaker GOLD, Durham, New Hampshire
12 articles 17 photos 16 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I can sum up everything I have learned about life in three words: It goes on."
-Robert Frost

I used to say that to my sister all the time...I'm literally crying as I write this...so beautiful...no wonder it's in the magazine.

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on Aug. 24 2014 at 12:22 am
kanade SILVER, Missoula, Montana
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Favorite Quote:
In a society that worships love, freedom and beauty, dance is sacred. It is a prayer for the future, a remembrance of the past, and a joyful exclamation of thanks for the present.
-Atwater-Rhoides, Ameila

This is a beautiful poem, it's sad too. It captures ever emotion. I love it.

on Sep. 4 2013 at 2:37 pm
PoetryFromTheHeart GOLD, Watertown, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost."
-Tolkien

This was beautiful! I love the image that you gave with the broken angel and how she was beautiful no matter what to you. Just awesome

Claire_A GOLD said...
on Feb. 23 2013 at 7:51 pm
Claire_A GOLD, Pleasanton, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Always a poet, even in prose."
~Charles Baudelaire

I love the image of "broken angel" that you conveyed.  Your images were beautiful.

on Feb. 23 2013 at 9:36 am
SaphiraBrightscales DIAMOND, Islamabad, Other
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Favorite Quote:
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou
When i was little/I used to point a chubby finger toward the dark sky/And ask my father/why some stars moved and others didn’t/He would laugh and explain that some were airplanes/I still wish on them today ~ Laugh-It-Out
The feathers of a crow are black/The ink of my pen is blacker/The pain of my heart is blackest~ Mckay
If love produced a blossom/I’d take it in my palm/What a blessing, the bright color!/How soothing, such a balm!/I’d keep a petal for my own/The rest, drop from my hands/For such a flower would multiply/And populate the lands~ thesilentraven
And I began to rival legends/Long entombed before my birth./But for all my much envied fame/The lust for more would not abate./The plaques and prizes with my name/Will, like all things, disintegrate. ~ TheEpic95 now known as Helena_Noel

WOW,,..first thoughts: SO amazingly captured! This is an extremely well-written peice, I love the theme. LOve IT!

on Nov. 4 2010 at 1:20 pm
NothingButAli GOLD, Silver Lake, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
"The best things in life are better left unseen. that's why we close our eyes when we cry, kiss, and dream"- Anonymous

this poem goes to show that there are people out there who really do care. thank you. it was a great piece

crazykirsty said...
on Jun. 24 2009 at 3:55 pm
loved this

on Apr. 11 2009 at 11:45 pm
blingblang4eva ELITE, Fayetteville, Georgia
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love this

clo-ree said...
on Jan. 9 2009 at 7:12 am
this is beautiful


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