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A Poem for Gertrude MAG

September 24, 2009
By AlwaysWrite28 DIAMOND, Flushing, New York
AlwaysWrite28 DIAMOND, Flushing, New York
95 articles 28 photos 22 comments

Favorite Quote:
"What makes a flower a flower? And why doesn't the dandelion qualify?" -From my poem "Dandelions"


Plagiarism is a crime
I'd never commit
Though it's quite easy
I admit

You scrawled down
my poem during last week's slam
All I have to say is Damn

How could you,
Little beaky, meek, feeble,
Goggle-eyed Gertrude
Have the disrespect to
Rob me of my own words?

You did not feel the way I did
When I wrote “Petal by petal” in my journal
You did not feel accomplished
Or satisfied, or angry, or confused by your own
Words and emotions

You took a pen to your notepad
Listened intently to my recitation
And claimed it as your own

You have no attachment to it
How could you? It was my story to tell
I look at your ugly face
And wish you'd go to hell



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on May. 22 2011 at 9:35 pm
Untouchable-Summer SILVER, Cranford, New Jersey
6 articles 0 photos 86 comments

Favorite Quote:
Even the best fall down sometimes

Wow. Just wow. :)

on Apr. 9 2010 at 12:30 pm
This is good. You basically told who ever this was aimed at that you wouldn't let them copy down your work without finding a way to make them feel bad.

on Apr. 5 2010 at 3:03 pm
AlwaysWrite28 DIAMOND, Flushing, New York
95 articles 28 photos 22 comments

Favorite Quote:
"What makes a flower a flower? And why doesn't the dandelion qualify?" -From my poem "Dandelions"

Thank you for your comments! This was actually selected for the print mag, so check it out next issue!

Valiant GOLD said...
on Apr. 4 2010 at 4:44 pm
Valiant GOLD, Richardson, Texas
13 articles 0 photos 27 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You look like a bloated, cross-eyed squid with a beard.... well, at least you hair looks right."
Me to my friend Heidi

It lacks finesse and subtlty but punches whoever it's about in the face and gets straight to the point. No beating around the bush; I admire it!

Niknsspam said...
on Apr. 1 2010 at 10:30 pm
Niknsspam, Raleigh, North Carolina
0 articles 0 photos 11 comments
Your poem really touched my heart, because I've had something similiar happen to me. Poems, words, phrases...all of them are special and unique to one person. To have someone steal the words out of your mouth is an awful thing, and if Gertrude does it again, sock her one upside the head. Plaguerism is and ugly crime, and bravo to you. You're poetry is something unique to you, and I love your own writing style. That, your writing style, is one thing Gertrude can never claim. Awesome poem, love it!


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