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I see the monument in the distance
And a blossom blooms in my brain.
My feet stop dead in their tracks,
Omniscient of the lots around them.
January shivers down my spine,
Unlocking a memory I want to forget;
But I see her face every-time.
She has no name.
They call her The Girl with the Glasgow Grin.

My heart beats heavy
When I think of her.
I see her:
Her laugh, her fear, her plea;
A life clipped short.
But they don't care;
She's a present to them, a mystery wrapped in enigma,
Just as the Wolf-Man sent.
She is more to me, a part of me.
Why? Why do I feel this horrific bond?
I never knew her.
I never knew The Girl with the Glasgow Grin.

My eyes haven't tricked me, time has.
I see her there, lying among the clumps of brown grass,
Arms beckoning in false exaltation,
Her dreams eaten by weeds.
The curls of her black petals,
Burnt wisps in stagnant air.
Warm skin melted to ivory;
Translucent eyes turned opaque.
They rejoice at the sight of her, the Fiends!
This is all she is to them:
The Girl with the Glasgow Grin.

They like to gossip
And libel her.
She's the gutter w*****, the flashy escort, the exotic temptress.
She's divided, stem cut.
The flower preserved in perversity,
The roots tainted by noir.
But I see her unscathed:
Sweet.
Kind.
Naïve.
Lost, trying to find her way.
What have they done to you?
You are more than what they have made you.
You are more than The Girl with the Glasgow Grin.

I know the truth
But I am just one.
I can't stop them. They won't listen.
They need only what the Wolf-Man has given.
I want to tell her it's not her fault.
I want to tell her it's okay.
But she can't hear me;
She's a memory now,
Silenced in a world where she can not speak,
Can not feel,
Can not cry her liquid tears.
What about me? I come back to myself.
I should be moving on, yet I linger
So that I might catch a glimpse
Of The Girl with the Glasgow Grin.



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KestrelThis 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm
I really like this poem. I dont usually care for freeverse ones that dont have a clear rhyme scheme or rhythm, but this one was intriguing. :-) continue the series.
 
NickyJ replied...
Apr. 26, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed this poem even though its not what you normally like.

And if your interested I Parts 2 and 3 already posted. Part 2 is "Look For Her" and Part 3 is "She is Not Gone". Check em out!

 
Pinipi said...
Apr. 26, 2012 at 3:11 am
That was beutiful! Keep writing.
 
NickyJ replied...
Apr. 26, 2012 at 4:44 pm
Thank you!
 
JosieFrost said...
Apr. 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm
That was good. I like how the emotipon tied in with the story. really good, keep writing!!
 
NickyJ replied...
Apr. 26, 2012 at 12:04 am
Thank you for taking the time to read and comment! :)
 
JosieFrost said...
Apr. 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm
That was good. I like how the emotipon tied in with the story. really good, keep writing!!
 
maddyhatter said...
Apr. 16, 2012 at 8:54 pm
gost story? cool non the less i like it
 
NickyJ replied...
Apr. 16, 2012 at 9:23 pm
Not exactly, but thank you!
 
Allicat001 said...
Apr. 12, 2012 at 9:42 pm
Really, really good!  Your diction was great!
 
NickyJ replied...
Apr. 12, 2012 at 10:33 pm
Thank You for the read!
 
Katierainbows said...
Apr. 12, 2012 at 7:45 pm
hecka good Nickie but show me the codes
 
NickyJ replied...
Apr. 12, 2012 at 10:33 pm
Thank You! And just click "help" in the chat window. It'll explain it all. :)
 
Katierainbows replied...
Apr. 16, 2012 at 9:51 am
kk i will. will you be on tonight?
 
Dominotes said...
Apr. 8, 2012 at 1:16 am
I'm mad, now I have to read everything ever written by this person :P
 
NickyJ replied...
Apr. 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm
Thank You very much, I appreciate it!
 
Wonderment said...
Apr. 5, 2012 at 11:51 am

So I keept seeing this appear everywhere in the chats. I decided to read it today and wow.

Just, Wow. This poem is amazing, and wonderful and it makes me want to bow down. Good job! :)

 
NickyJ replied...
Apr. 5, 2012 at 11:57 am

Ah, Thank You for taking the time to read it. It's much appreciated ;)

lol no need to bow down, but I'm grateful for the kind words.

 
SilverSun said...
Apr. 5, 2012 at 11:50 am
WOAH!! awesome at its peak, this is poetic, fluent, mysterious, and complex. LOVE THE BIG VOCAB! amazing job!
 
NickyJ replied...
Apr. 5, 2012 at 11:55 am
THANKS!! I'm glad you liked it!
 
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