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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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kanadeThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
today at 12:22 am:
This is a beautiful poem, it's sad too. It captures ever emotion. I love it.
 
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PoetryFromTheHeart said...
Sept. 4, 2013 at 2:37 pm:
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
 
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Claire_A said...
Feb. 23, 2013 at 7:51 pm:
I love the image of "broken angel" that you conveyed.  Your images were beautiful.
 
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SaphiraBrightscales said...
Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:36 am:
WOW,,..first thoughts: SO amazingly captured! This is an extremely well-written peice, I love the theme. LOve IT!
 
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NothingButAli This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 4, 2010 at 1:20 pm:
this poem goes to show that there are people out there who really do care. thank you. it was a great piece
 
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crazykirsty said...
Jun. 24, 2009 at 3:55 pm:
loved this
 
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blingblang4eva said...
Apr. 11, 2009 at 11:45 pm:
love this
 
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clo-ree said...
Jan. 9, 2009 at 7:12 am:
this is beautiful
 
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