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3840 Pixels

November 9, 2018
By poeticflame BRONZE, Lemont, Illinois
poeticflame BRONZE, Lemont, Illinois
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Friday nights at 9pm

Starring her beaten bruised body.

She is 3840 pixels on your 52”

baby blues glued to NBC like a saving grace.

“The following images are graphic”

gaze glazed lazily as beaten bodies blur.

O sweet slaughter

someone’s daughter

Mouths wide like worm-wanting baby birds

“here comes the airplane!”

Suicide isn’t Suicide

it is Netflix™ ratings

and smiling actors now riding fame

while teens stare stitch-mouthed unable to unsee.

Sliced wrists bring in more views

than the empty bottle of pills but

Our broken still More broken.

Baby​.​ ​You are not a helping hand--

you are the gun on my temple.


The author's comments:

I wrote this poem about our sick delight in disturbing stories. 13 Reasons Why, the television show on Netflix, and NBC's Dateline were my two biggest influencers in this poem. I'm aggravated that they use these shows for entertainment instead of as lessons. It's frustrating to me that we rely on these haunting truths in order to please ourselves, and I used that frustration in 3840 Pixels.

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Ybbab said...
on Nov. 27 2018 at 2:20 pm
Ybbab, Lemont, Illinois
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This Is really amazing. I loved it. I knew after a few lines kinda what this was about, and I loved it.

on Nov. 27 2018 at 2:20 pm
brandash001 BRONZE, Lemont, Illinois
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This is really good! Very well written!

on Nov. 27 2018 at 2:19 pm
Katie2004 BRONZE, Lemont, Illinois
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this is amazing, and very well written.

on Nov. 27 2018 at 2:18 pm
bellan18 SILVER, Woodridge, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
Being successful takes dedication, a passion, and a little bit of talent.

100% agree with all that was said about the shows that this was inspired by. Keep up the good work!

on Nov. 27 2018 at 2:18 pm
KoalaSparkles29 BRONZE, Lemont, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr. Seuss

I truly love the intelligent word choice in this piece! Never stop writing!