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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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I.WhiteThis 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. 26, 2012 at 9:15 pm:

wow, this is really good and creative!!

can you comment and review mine?

TeenInk.com/poetry/free_verse/article/432394/Overcome/I.White: if people comment on my poems, i'll comment and rate theirs

 
NickyJ replied...
Mar. 16, 2012 at 6:17 pm :
Thank you White! I'll what I can do.
 
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ShayNon said...
Feb. 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm:
So while  do like this one, it definitely seems like it needs the others in the ollection to complete it. It has a feeling of unresolved longing and guilt, which works with the poetic tone, but is also a little strange. owever, the end f the tird poem brings it all to a close. Overall, a strong poem, and a fantastic collection. You deserve an award or something.
 
NickyJ replied...
Mar. 14, 2012 at 9:11 pm :

Hah! Thank you kind stranger ;)

But I must humbly disagree. This happens to be my favorite among the others, and I believe it stands alone among them. Although I can't deny it is a convoluted poem.

 
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Writer_Jordan said...
Feb. 24, 2012 at 6:17 pm:
Wow! I can't believe how well you were about to describe her in this poem! I was taken aback by the quality!!! You're one of the best poets I've ever read.
 
NickyJ replied...
Feb. 24, 2012 at 6:31 pm :
Thank you very much! I'm glad you liked it!
 
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monkeyfaceThis 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. 23, 2012 at 9:38 pm:
 like this it shows character..its awsome..keep up  the great writing11
 
NickyJ replied...
Mar. 14, 2012 at 9:09 pm :
Could you elaborate on what you mean by "character"? And thank you for the compliment!
 
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Ruthie_j said...
Feb. 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm:
VERY Interesting :) Keep it up!!!
 
NickyJ replied...
Mar. 14, 2012 at 9:12 pm :
I'm glad you found it compelling! :D
 
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Just_Jill said...
Feb. 19, 2012 at 11:36 pm:
This is a very good peom. I would also like to say that I love the use of repitition at the end of each stanza, it adds a nice rythm that gave it an almost haunting feeling if that makes sense, anyway, good job. :)
 
NickyJ replied...
Feb. 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm :

Thank you so much for the compliments!

And yes it makes perfect sense :)

I'm glad you pointed that out, because I was hoping to achieve that effect.

 
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babyrex4 said...
Feb. 19, 2012 at 8:34 am:
Wow, this is such a beautiful poem! The imagery is great, and I wish someone could write a poem like this for me :(. What I like most about poems is the imagery and the meanings of them, and yours had excellent imagery and meaning! Please keep writing, why did you stop for so long? If you could please check out some of my poetry that would mean so much :)!
 
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EmmettLaFaveThis 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. 18, 2012 at 11:42 pm:
Awesome. Very powerful, very gritty. A darker shade of beauty.
 
NickyJ replied...
Feb. 18, 2012 at 11:50 pm :
You're the first person to describe it like that, and I think it's an extremely accurate description. Thank you for compliments and I'm glad you liked it.
 
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M.Vaughn said...
Feb. 18, 2012 at 9:16 am:
I've never been that talented with poetry but your writing is amazing your choice of adjectives was amazing. good job
 
NickyJ replied...
Mar. 16, 2012 at 6:14 pm :
Yeah, I've never really understood poetry. I just wrote what I wanted and how I wanted and called it a poem lol.

Thank you for the compliments though! :)
 
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apensivetapper said...
Feb. 18, 2012 at 12:15 am:
I agree with the other comments, amazing. And you're perspective is interesting, love the second stanza. Great work.
 
NickyJ replied...
Mar. 16, 2012 at 6:16 pm :

Interesting Perspective? Thank you kindly :D

 

 
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SuperAngel224 said...
Feb. 17, 2012 at 6:35 pm:
This was beautiful.
 
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