Epitaphs and Clichés MAG

By Celia Lechtman, Ashburn, VA

I am a writer of epitaphs and clichés love songs,
My fingers are covered with ink and my body with bruises.
Look past my first impression and I can be your sundress bride and you my pinstriped lover.

My voice may not be beautiful, but it’s all that I have,
And the butterflies don’t flock to my outstretched fingers.
Look past my crooked smile,
And we can be a vision in tie-dye and high-top sneakers.

I know I’m imperfect, and not even in the way that you like,
My shoes don’t click right and my eyes rarely close.
Look past my blood-rimmed fingernails,
And we can sit on the street corner and play the guitar.

I am an omen of awkward moments and broken pencils,
The grass I walk through never grows as quickly.
Look past my out-of-place laughter,
And we can be the reason the other opens his windows.



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on Apr. 17 2012 at 7:14 pm
beautifulspirit PLATINUM, Alpharetta, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
--Eleanor Roosevelt

It was your title that caught my attention, but it was your words that made me stay:) I love the idea that the speaker considers herself imperfect and wants her significant other to see her as she is. It's like "here I am." Beautiful job~

on Nov. 23 2011 at 10:51 am
pens-are-mightier-than-swords SILVER, Caledonia, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"we often put up walls not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down"
~Author Unknown

Wow! This is really amazing!I wish I had your talent. I hate to bother you, but could you please check out my work? I would really appreciate your commentary.

on Sep. 10 2011 at 9:39 pm
BlueBubbles95 BRONZE, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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I loved how it showed such emotion in so little words! Hope you write more.

on Sep. 10 2011 at 4:31 pm
WednesdayWrites BRONZE, Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
"We are not amused." --Queen Victoria

Amazing poem. I really like your use of words, description, and the quirky, somewhat dark, but always hopeful view displayed in this work.

JessieB SILVER said...
on Jul. 28 2011 at 8:05 pm
JessieB SILVER, Elkton, Maryland
7 articles 1 photo 102 comments

Favorite Quote:
an eye for an eye, and the whole world goes blind~Ghandi

It was AMAZING. I lovvvveeeddd it (:

Pooja11 BRONZE said...
on Jul. 2 2011 at 11:14 am
Pooja11 BRONZE, Montego Bay, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"Be the change you want to see in the world."- Mahatma Gandhi

Never seen a poem written from tht angle..details of a poetic reality. great job.

you have a queer way of describing which i think is very talented!
honestly..one of the best i've read so far


on May. 20 2011 at 7:38 pm
NotMuchToSay BRONZE, Shoreview, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
"Im just a kid living a nightmare" -Simple Plan

That is amazing,

on Apr. 6 2011 at 11:36 am
RedheadAtHeart ELITE, Mountain Home, Idaho
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Favorite Quote:
Love with open hands. - Madeleine L'Engle

...that's beautiful.

Kiyoko GOLD said...
on Jan. 9 2011 at 8:13 pm
Kiyoko GOLD, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
Independence is my happiness, I view things as they are without regard to place or person. My country is the world, and my religion is to do good. - Thomas Paine

This is really good. It's very... honest. It's hard to write really honest poetry, but this definitely is. I would really appreciate it if you would check out my writing and tell me what you think!

on Jan. 8 2011 at 11:09 pm
IWillDream54 GOLD, Amarillo, Texas
10 articles 0 photos 19 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Look out, they're coming after us with big guns,
They're only gonna tell you all the bad things I've done
Even if they words they say aren't true they've won,
Now I'm left here dying in the sun..."

absolutely love this. I honestly dont know what else I can say, this is amazing.

on Dec. 16 2010 at 11:52 pm
you know when you read something and you just feel like the person has had the exact experiences and feelings you've had, i love it, way to go, seriously poetry can go either way and this is definitely fab.

on Nov. 25 2010 at 6:39 pm
GinryuStargazer BRONZE, N/A, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
This world is just a battleground for ideals.

It's pieces like this that actually help to place faith back into teenage writing.

on Nov. 11 2010 at 9:29 am
bluegirl440 DIAMOND, Park City, Utah
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Favorite Quote:
Everybody lies. -House

I have an "out of place" laugh as well.....   :)

on Oct. 12 2010 at 7:06 pm
AndThisIsReal PLATINUM, Broadalbin, New York
31 articles 0 photos 81 comments

Favorite Quote:
Dans chaque fil il y a un debut.

"And the butterflies don't flock to my outstreched fingers".

I really liked this poem. <3


ellie75 BRONZE said...
on Oct. 12 2010 at 12:58 pm
ellie75 BRONZE, Nunica, Michigan
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This is an amazing poem. Very powerful, and great imagery!

on Jul. 16 2010 at 6:03 pm
Shadow913 SILVER, Hinckley, Illinois
6 articles 0 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Remember what they say. 'There's no shortcut to a dream. It's all blood and sweat, and life is what you manage in between."' -Lyrics from "October" by Broken Bells

You have fantastic imagery in every line. And I agree with the first person that commented; despite the title, this poem is not cliche at all. It's almost like a love story that you don't expect. Fabulous(: Don't stop writing.

on Jul. 16 2010 at 2:49 pm
TheAnonymousArtist BRONZE, San Diego, California
2 articles 0 photos 10 comments

despite the title, this is probably the least cliched teen poem that ive seen on this site(thank god!) 

Great work. Love the imagery.


on Jun. 5 2010 at 8:49 pm
RedvinesWTHCantTheyDo GOLD, Zephyrhills, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"You make one more comment like that I will wrap you in a tortilla shell and eat you as a snack, maybe with some nice pico de gillo."~ Lauren Lopez in Starship
"If you don't die for something, I'll kill you for nothing."~ Lauren Lopez in Starship

LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!

on Jun. 2 2010 at 2:41 pm
sharadyn PLATINUM, Creve Coeur, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"When the power of love over comes the love of power, then the world will know peace"

This was quite awesome.

kaates GOLD said...
on May. 11 2010 at 2:08 pm
kaates GOLD, Los Angeles, California
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Favorite Quote:
"It's pathetic how we can't live with the things we can't understand. How we need everything labeled and explained and deconstructed."

“Give me rampant intellectualism as a coping mechanism.”

“I just don't want to die without a few scars.”

i love how you have vivid imagery in every line. it makes you pay attention and visualize the scene without it being over-the-top. well done!




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