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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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Sapphire1225This 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...
Mar. 12, 2012 at 2:35 am:
omg this was excellent!! have u read the Twilight series? 'The girl with the glasgow grin' sounds like a dangerous but beautiful vampire :D love your poem!! please check out my work too if u got time!! thanks :)
 
NickyJ replied...
Mar. 14, 2012 at 9:04 pm :
Thank You! While I have not read the Twilight series, I can assure you, The girl in this poem is not a vampire in any way. :)
 
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CeCelia32 said...
Mar. 7, 2012 at 8:32 pm:
I think this is an amazing poem!!! whatever you get your inspiration from..... just.. keep being near that thing.... it makes you a wonderful author!!!!! :)
 
NickyJ replied...
Mar. 12, 2012 at 5:55 pm :
Thank you for the compliments. Although the inspiration I had for this poem is within my dark place, and I don't really like spending time there if you know what I mean. I wrote this for release, so I might be able to spend less time there.

Don't worry though, I'm inspired by plenty of other things to continue writing ;)
 
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Regia said...
Mar. 6, 2012 at 11:41 am:
Incroyable! Excellent! I was awestruck, truly, I was. This is quite an incredible bit of work you've done here! Love the vocabulary. Love the imagery. Love the amazing way you characterized the entire poem. The whole way through, I felt like I could reach out and touch it. You've done an amazing job with this poem.
 
NickyJ replied...
Mar. 12, 2012 at 5:57 pm :
Thank You very much for the kind words! I always appreciate feedback from people, and even more so such great compliments! I'm especially grateful to you for your in depth description.
 
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StarryEyedDreamer said...
Mar. 3, 2012 at 10:20 pm:
This is an amazing poem. I love your use of vocabulary.
 
NickyJ replied...
Mar. 14, 2012 at 9:04 pm :
Thank You! I'm glad you like my vocabulary :3
 
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thatclarinetgirl12 said...
Mar. 3, 2012 at 6:28 pm:

this is simply awsome! i will read your others when i can. keep writing

 

 
NickyJ replied...
Mar. 14, 2012 at 9:06 pm :
Thank You! I really appreciate it. I hope you do read the others. This is only Part 1 of the story, and I really want people to continue reading on past this individual poem :)
 
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LoudDreamer said...
Mar. 3, 2012 at 5:48 pm:

Ahg! This reminds me of something........ and it is gone. I can't shake the feeling, though, that this mirrors the style of another poet I've read. I don't know why I can't put my finger on it, I haven't read many poets with a dark style like this so it should be easy.

I can't say I understand much of your poems metaphore(but then, perhaps, there isnt one), but I do love the style, the words, the raw emotion it displays and manages to incite even without me fully comprehendin... (more »)

 
NickyJ replied...
Mar. 3, 2012 at 6:01 pm :
Perhaps Edgar Allen Poe? I've had many people come to me and make that comparison after they've read this, although I did not purposely try to mimick his style.

And yes this is my favorite poem of mine because of how convoluted and enigmatic I was able to make it. This one, has also the most personal significance for me, which is why I folded the words so carefully to protect the meaning. Each line in this poem has alot of weight behind it, Which is why I think most people don't like ... (more »)
 
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JesusFreak3 said...
Mar. 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm:
That's really good! You did a good job with imagery and voice...
 
NickyJ replied...
Mar. 14, 2012 at 9:08 pm :
Thank You, I'm glad you liked it!
 
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Studio_Riet said...
Feb. 28, 2012 at 5:54 pm:
Have you read the book Beautiful Creautres? This poem kind of reminds me of it. . . I think this one is my favorite of yours. :)
 
NickyJ replied...
Feb. 29, 2012 at 12:18 am :
No, I never read that book. But its interesting you'd make such a comparison. And thank you, this one is my favorite of mine as well :)
 
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kkizzee05 said...
Feb. 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm:
Wow... It's really good. I love it!!!
 
NickyJ replied...
Feb. 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm :
Thank you!
 
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kkizzee05 said...
Feb. 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm:
Wow... It's really good. I love it!!!
 
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LaskaGrownThis 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...
Feb. 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm:
NICKY I LOVE IT!!!!!!!! really good :)
 
NickyJ replied...
Mar. 16, 2012 at 4:17 pm :
THANK YOU! I'm really happy you love it :D
 
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