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Epitaphs and Clichés MAG

By Celia Lechtman, Ashburn, VA

I am a writer of epitaphs and clichés love songs,
My fingers are covered with ink and my body with bruises.
Look past my first impression and I can be your sundress bride and you my pinstriped lover.

My voice may not be beautiful, but it’s all that I have,
And the butterflies don’t flock to my outstretched fingers.
Look past my crooked smile,
And we can be a vision in tie-dye and high-top sneakers.

I know I’m imperfect, and not even in the way that you like,
My shoes don’t click right and my eyes rarely close.
Look past my blood-rimmed fingernails,
And we can sit on the street corner and play the guitar.

I am an omen of awkward moments and broken pencils,
The grass I walk through never grows as quickly.
Look past my out-of-place laughter,
And we can be the reason the other opens his windows.



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on Apr. 19 2010 at 12:52 pm
Boosflash DIAMOND, Jacksonville, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
Get, Got, Gotten.

oh that was funny. thanx. I was starting to get worried about my stuff. I've been told I'm an illogical writer. too many hyperboles I think. you're right, it was well written.

on Apr. 19 2010 at 12:20 pm
claudiathewho SILVER, West Tisbury, Massachusetts
8 articles 1 photo 43 comments
I like detail, but some poets speak like Hallmark greeting cards rather than writers. You know, cheesy things like: "oceans pull the tides of my love nearer to the whispering clouds of beautiful death." But imagery, if executed nicely, can be truly beautiful, and not in the Hallmark greeting card way. :)

on Apr. 19 2010 at 12:08 pm
Boosflash DIAMOND, Jacksonville, Florida
55 articles 0 photos 2066 comments

Favorite Quote:
Get, Got, Gotten.

I'm glad it ended, cause now I can say "hey this is really good'- so here it goes. hey this is really good.

on Apr. 19 2010 at 12:08 pm
Boosflash DIAMOND, Jacksonville, Florida
55 articles 0 photos 2066 comments

Favorite Quote:
Get, Got, Gotten.

hmmm... heavy on the imagery? whats wrong with going heavy on the imagery?

sarahhh BRONZE said...
on Apr. 19 2010 at 10:05 am
sarahhh BRONZE, Richmond, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"I luv Frankie." -Stephanie

this is really gooooooooooood. i didn't want it to end. i love it

on Apr. 19 2010 at 5:55 am
claudiathewho SILVER, West Tisbury, Massachusetts
8 articles 1 photo 43 comments
This is a well-written poem, and aside from that, I loved it! You don't go heavy on the imagery, but it's just enough to get a really beautiful picture in my mind.

on Mar. 19 2010 at 3:33 am
SolvoAnimus BRONZE, Jamaica, New York
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its not the person who sees your flaws...

but the person who loves those flaws..

on Nov. 20 2009 at 7:01 pm
hi,randomperson. GOLD, Fall City, Washington
13 articles 2 photos 23 comments

Favorite Quote:
Love is not forbidden but it is a risky to fall into,but if its real-than you should stay true. Love is a funny thing,it cant be bought like a diamond ring. Love is greif and pain, you feel lost and insane.Love is a wonderful treasure,keep it forever

cutee poem(; ILOVEIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 'tis very good, i wish i was so talented with a pencil and paper or a computer/keyboard whatever. but i like your name by the way ;D

on Nov. 16 2009 at 7:19 am
katielynn21 DIAMOND, Sierra Vista, Arizona
63 articles 0 photos 32 comments

Favorite Quote:
live as if you'll die tomorrow, dream as if you'll live forever

i loved this it is simply beautiful.

crazypoets said...
on Nov. 14 2009 at 9:25 pm
So good! I posted this as my fb status!

on Sep. 10 2009 at 4:59 pm
ImDumbStruck DIAMOND, Springfield, Virginia
61 articles 0 photos 82 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If at first you don't succeed, destroy any evidence."

This is really great! I love your prespective. It feel fresh

on Sep. 10 2009 at 3:48 pm
ShernayB. DIAMOND, Southfield, Michigan
62 articles 1 photo 881 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Some things will never change"---Tupac

This piece is outstanding. I loved it. The message you convey in it, is so powerful. Also, this piece is one that is very creative and beautiful. Great job!

on Sep. 10 2009 at 1:32 pm
alayapoetgirl BRONZE, St. Louis, Missouri
4 articles 0 photos 92 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life is hard; but it's harder if you're stupid. -John Wayne

This is so amazing. It was a lot better when I read it over all. And the message you convey is outstanding. This poem keeps me thinking........

Fangz PLATINUM said...
on Sep. 10 2009 at 12:15 pm
Fangz PLATINUM, Ware, Massachusetts
37 articles 15 photos 108 comments

Favorite Quote:
In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas.

Interesting and different, with a good message and unique imagery. Its a decent poem, but with a little fine-tuning (maybe adding sound devices or a stanza tie of some sort) it would be excellent. *claps* keep writing!

Mandilee GOLD said...
on Jun. 6 2009 at 8:03 pm
Mandilee GOLD, Sierra Madre, California
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Wow. Bravo. ;)

on Apr. 29 2009 at 12:33 am
xXsmileXx PLATINUM, St. Louis, Missouri
34 articles 0 photos 266 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Your dreams only become intangible when you stop reaching" ~me ;)

It's different. It's interesting...i like it! I love the message and everything about this poem. Good work!

on Apr. 24 2009 at 5:49 pm
firstsnowfalls DIAMOND, Marcellus, New York
51 articles 6 photos 105 comments
wow...very deep and powerful. i love it.

on Apr. 16 2009 at 12:09 am
Renaissance SILVER, Milpitas, California
6 articles 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
"What is today but yesterday's tomorrow?"

Very sweet. It shows how you can look past flaws and be happy. Bravi to you! It is so hard to find a wonderful yet happy poem.

on Apr. 14 2009 at 9:18 pm
AndThisIsReal PLATINUM, Broadalbin, New York
31 articles 0 photos 81 comments

Favorite Quote:
Dans chaque fil il y a un debut.

I think this is awesome.

It's charming in a really quirky cute way.

on Mar. 4 2009 at 12:32 am
YeseniaG SILVER, Livonia, Michigan
7 articles 1 photo 122 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life is what happens when you're busy making plans.

that was really insanely good lol...you twisted words in a way that showed amazing emotion and sincerity...shows that imperfection isn't always the right kind of imperfection anyway