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Warpaint

Bold stripes of warpaint
Snake down from the brims of my eyes.
The bleeding trails of inky black
Claim and transform the length of my face
Like a well-worn disguise.

I pretend my pain is noting more than a test
To see if anyone secretly cares.
Will anyone stop and ask what's wrong,
Or will they continue to whisper behind their hands
And look down on me with impudent stares?

I hold my head high
Misunderstood but unashamed
Willing to let the naive and self-righteous
Assume what they will -
For I've already lost whatever there is to be gained.



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olican16 said...
Sept. 10, 2010 at 5:11 pm:

gain great job!!!!!! love  it soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

MUCH!!!! sorry for the long so

 
lilmartz This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 25, 2011 at 8:54 pm :
This is really good! You have a unique rhyme scheme, but I like it. Thanks for the comment on my poem, I'm really grateful and glad I was able to read your poem and see that we share the same feelings. I have yet another poem titled "Paint It Black" that reminds me a lot of this one that you can read if you'd like to. Thanks and awesome poem! 5/5*
 
GangstaEyes This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 26, 2011 at 9:03 am :
Thank you so much! :) I'll definitely check it out!
 
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lauraclaire848 said...
Aug. 17, 2010 at 5:31 pm:
My first thought is that this is seductively descriptive :) It's intrigueing. My imagination painted a picture of a girl with her face painted as you described,  gliding down the hall of a highschool almost in slow motion as everyone is turning towards her and giving her ugly looks and whispering about her. But she's above them entirely so it doesn't phase her.  And I agree, I love how you word things, too! :)
 
GangstaEyes This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 17, 2010 at 6:45 pm :
ExaCTLY. Thats the exact image I was trying to create. Thanks so much for the comment and your time :)
 
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aishia_duh said...
Aug. 13, 2010 at 7:33 pm:

im not just writing on this because i want you to comment something of mine.

i actually like your poems and this is almost breath taking.

i love how u word things.

its pretty much amazing so keep it up!

 
GangstaEyes This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 14, 2010 at 9:33 am :
Thank you so much - you have no idea how much your comment means to me!
 
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