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Withdrawal Syndrome

April 17, 2013
By AugustSummerFling PLATINUM, Mylapore, Chennai, Other
AugustSummerFling PLATINUM, Mylapore, Chennai, Other
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Favorite Quote:
'For you, a thousand times over.' - Hassan, The Kite Runner

A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.


Yes, I'm high.
But not on coke or marijuana or heroin.
I'm high on all these black lettered words,
Sprawled generously on the papers and boards.

Yes, I hallucinate.
But not the type in which you lose your head.
I see Harry Potter, Alice and Scarlett O'Hara
dueling the Red Queen on the fields of Tara.

Yes, I'm addicted.
But I don't drink, snort or smoke.
I inhale these stories through my brown irises
And pour them into my brain where intoxication flourishes.

And when my verbal drugs exhaust...

A blissful withdrawal syndrome engulfs me;
Feet off the ground,
I start traveling my life
On a train of thoughts.


The author's comments:
This poem is me and my love for reading and writing! Also, it explains all the times that I'm sitting 'idly' when I'm not reading or writing! Scarlett O'Hara is the protagonist of the timeless novel 'Gone with the Wind' (my all time fav). Tara is the name of her father's plantation.

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on Jun. 13 2013 at 6:01 pm
Athena19 SILVER, Central Point, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
'Love people. Cook them tasty food.' -Penzey's Spices

Wow you summed it up perfectly!!!! I love to read too, and I rarely don't have a book in my hand, so I can relate completely!!! I love the imagery! Gone with the wind is one of my favorites too :)

on May. 7 2013 at 1:19 pm
SaphiraBrightscales DIAMOND, Islamabad, Other
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Favorite Quote:
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou
When i was little/I used to point a chubby finger toward the dark sky/And ask my father/why some stars moved and others didn’t/He would laugh and explain that some were airplanes/I still wish on them today ~ Laugh-It-Out
The feathers of a crow are black/The ink of my pen is blacker/The pain of my heart is blackest~ Mckay
If love produced a blossom/I’d take it in my palm/What a blessing, the bright color!/How soothing, such a balm!/I’d keep a petal for my own/The rest, drop from my hands/For such a flower would multiply/And populate the lands~ thesilentraven
And I began to rival legends/Long entombed before my birth./But for all my much envied fame/The lust for more would not abate./The plaques and prizes with my name/Will, like all things, disintegrate. ~ TheEpic95 now known as Helena_Noel

Thanks! I like yours too... I'd already found out yours.. well.. thanks to TeenInk..I hope didn't mind...anyway I thought it only fair that you knew mine :D

on May. 7 2013 at 12:14 am
AugustSummerFling PLATINUM, Mylapore, Chennai, Other
36 articles 0 photos 265 comments

Favorite Quote:
'For you, a thousand times over.' - Hassan, The Kite Runner

A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.

hey Dua :) nice name :) 

on May. 5 2013 at 11:30 am
SaphiraBrightscales DIAMOND, Islamabad, Other
75 articles 16 photos 1143 comments

Favorite Quote:
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou
When i was little/I used to point a chubby finger toward the dark sky/And ask my father/why some stars moved and others didn’t/He would laugh and explain that some were airplanes/I still wish on them today ~ Laugh-It-Out
The feathers of a crow are black/The ink of my pen is blacker/The pain of my heart is blackest~ Mckay
If love produced a blossom/I’d take it in my palm/What a blessing, the bright color!/How soothing, such a balm!/I’d keep a petal for my own/The rest, drop from my hands/For such a flower would multiply/And populate the lands~ thesilentraven
And I began to rival legends/Long entombed before my birth./But for all my much envied fame/The lust for more would not abate./The plaques and prizes with my name/Will, like all things, disintegrate. ~ TheEpic95 now known as Helena_Noel

Don't! I mean if that's how you meant it for to be then that's how it should be! I love this. And you're welcome. Love, Saphira... P.S. call me Dua. That's my name.

on May. 5 2013 at 9:25 am
AugustSummerFling PLATINUM, Mylapore, Chennai, Other
36 articles 0 photos 265 comments

Favorite Quote:
'For you, a thousand times over.' - Hassan, The Kite Runner

A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.

Hi saphira :) thanks again for the detailed feedback :) I wanted the ending to be light indicating that even though I'm not reading or writing, I think about new things to write and scrutinize the world through writer's perspective ( 'traveling on a train of thoughts' ) maybe when compared to the rest of the poem, it feels a bit vague. Ill try writing an alternate ending if I could think of one :) thanks for liking the poem :)

on May. 1 2013 at 5:29 am
SaphiraBrightscales DIAMOND, Islamabad, Other
75 articles 16 photos 1143 comments

Favorite Quote:
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou
When i was little/I used to point a chubby finger toward the dark sky/And ask my father/why some stars moved and others didn’t/He would laugh and explain that some were airplanes/I still wish on them today ~ Laugh-It-Out
The feathers of a crow are black/The ink of my pen is blacker/The pain of my heart is blackest~ Mckay
If love produced a blossom/I’d take it in my palm/What a blessing, the bright color!/How soothing, such a balm!/I’d keep a petal for my own/The rest, drop from my hands/For such a flower would multiply/And populate the lands~ thesilentraven
And I began to rival legends/Long entombed before my birth./But for all my much envied fame/The lust for more would not abate./The plaques and prizes with my name/Will, like all things, disintegrate. ~ TheEpic95 now known as Helena_Noel

AugustSummerFling! I'm absolutely in love with this poem of yours! Truly cause I can so relate. I also love the way you expressed this.... my favourite part was "I inhale these stories through my brown irises" I mean I loved it all but somehow this line made me relate SO much. I think the ending should've been stronger, if you know what I mean....but still...you know soon as I read the firstt line it took me in. The second stanza is my favourite ...Have you had dreams??..I dream a lot about them too!  It's not that I don't like the last stanza, no I love it but but it's like all through was these poignant words and when it ended it left me a bit vague like there should've been more or something but then only the poet himself/herself can truly know what a poem needs. I'm only telling you what I think. I hope this hasn't gotten too long and you aren't bored of reading it :P Love, Saphira.


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