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Do I Offend You?

July 3, 2009
By oddpen SILVER, Shapleigh, Maine
oddpen SILVER, Shapleigh, Maine
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Favorite Quote:
You have to make the descending notes sound more like psychotic laughter!

~Dr. Keller~

Do I offend you?
Is my appearance repulsive?
Do I upset you with my attitude?
Are my cloths too strange,
My fashion sense too different?
Are my words too vulgar,
My actions too loud?
Do my ideas make you cringe?
Does my philosophy make you shiver?
I dare you to say yes,
To tell me that I am repulsive and vulgar.
I dare you to tell me what's on your mind,
What you really think of me.
I dare you to open your eyes and see.
But most of all,
I dare you to be yourself.
I was like you not too long ago,
Afraid of what others thought of me,
Afraid to be loud and vulgar and different,
Afraid to be beautiful in my own way.
I tried to conform, but I couldn't.
It wasn't the real me.
So I became who I really am.
I dare you to do the same.
Before I leave you to ponder and weigh my words,
I want you to truthfully answer me one question;
Do I offend you?

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on Nov. 6 2009 at 9:36 am
pictolover SILVER, Brookfield, Missouri
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"Life is like a roller coaster. When you don't know what to do buckle up, close your eyes, and enjoy the ride."

wow. felt like you were talking directly to me. nice poem. I have confidence issues and try to be myself but it doesn't always work.

on Aug. 22 2009 at 7:37 pm
Inkspired PLATINUM, Whitby, Other
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"If one will scoff at the study of language, how, save in terms of language, will one scoff?" - Mario Pei
"I write for the same reason I breathe - because if I didn't, I would die." Isaac Asimov

Love this! I sometimes think I'm too loud or odd, and worry what other people think, but when I'm with my friends, I don't care. I'm trying to do that all the time, and your poem is very inspirational! Wonderful, wonderful, absolutely amazing!

on Jul. 9 2009 at 5:57 pm
TheHandThatWieldsThePen SILVER, Shapleigh, Maine
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"Let's waste time
chasing cars
around our heads."
--Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol

"I do believe it's true
there are roads left in both of our shoes
if the silence take you then I hope it takes me too."
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Hey Emmet, its sneaking fish a.k.a YOUR BESTEST FRIEND!!


I like this poem, I haven't read it before.

Read my stuff sometime, or else.