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The Frame

November 21, 2010
By Hollyss SILVER, Stafford, Virginia
Hollyss SILVER, Stafford, Virginia
8 articles 0 photos 26 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Fiction reveals what reality obscures"-Jessamyn West
"You can't leap a 20-ft chasm in 2 10-ft jumps."-Anonymous

He hands me

an Image.

“this is what you are,”

He says

with such pride

that i want,


to be that Image.

but as i squeeze into

the Frame

i realize,

i don’t fit.

i give him the Frame

“fits like a glove!”

He smiles with

a rare joy

a spot of white light

in a cavern

and i am filled with a guilty


the Frame didn’t fit

and He may never know.

The author's comments:
Trying to live up to my dad's expectations puts so much strain on me, like trying to live day in and day out inside a frame that is too small or too large. So I hide all the stress from my father, proud of his "perfect" daughter, and act as if I'm on top of my game.

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This article has 11 comments.

asofnow GOLD said...
on Dec. 27 2010 at 12:50 pm
asofnow GOLD, Troy, Michigan
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Nothing gold can stay ~ Robert Frost

This is really good. Simple yet elegent.


on Dec. 26 2010 at 10:45 am
maggiebar1 GOLD, Valparaiso, Indiana
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i like the way this is written a lot. you know how to stay true to yourself, and your right, you don't have to fit into that "frame" your father may have given you, because at the end of the day you're the one staring back at yourself in the mirror. good work, maybe you'll check out my page??:)

on Dec. 25 2010 at 2:09 am
Shania_Harmon SILVER, Sulphur Springs, Texas
9 articles 6 photos 8 comments

Favorite Quote:
Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” - Shel Silverstein

Simply amazing. ilovethissomuch. 5 stars.

you should look at my work. & rate.

may i remind you... your work is superfrikkinbeaste


on Dec. 23 2010 at 10:14 pm
DreamALittleDreamOfMe GOLD, Sea Cliff, New York
19 articles 11 photos 32 comments

Favorite Quote:
"HA!!!! wait, i don't get it...."

This is amazing. It really captures the pressure you felt and I'm actually touched by how real it is. I love your writing style. Please continue!

on Dec. 23 2010 at 9:03 pm
Unbreakable326 BRONZE, Waukegan, Illinois
4 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
True Love Never Fails, If it fails it was never Love.

its really amazing

inactive said...
on Dec. 23 2010 at 5:13 pm
inactive, Abc, Other
0 articles 0 photos 2 comments
I love this poem because it's about something that I feel strongly about. You should be who you are, not who someone else wants you to be.

on Dec. 23 2010 at 3:44 pm
artistinda_lonelily SILVER, Joliet, Illinois
8 articles 0 photos 43 comments
this article made me see something deeper than the words, deeper than the general meaning. I dont know how to explain it. awesome job! could you check out some of my stuff?

maddyd said...
on Dec. 23 2010 at 7:43 am

Wow. Fantastic poem, the phrasing you use makes it interesting to read. Keep it up!


on Dec. 22 2010 at 12:11 pm
alanacarlene DIAMOND, Mexia, Texas
55 articles 15 photos 592 comments

Favorite Quote:
Silence screams too honestly and loudly.
-Alex (aka GangstaEyes)
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two equals four.
-Winston Smith '1984'
Don't go wishin' your life away...
-Daddy S2
"What a drag it was to be limited by reality."

Me too! I didn't know what to expect but this is a really amazing poem! I absoluetly love how you compared the relationship with your dad with saying you fit in the frame even though you didn't! This is TeenInk Magazine worthy!

on Dec. 21 2010 at 6:10 am
Free_nel BRONZE, Euless, Texas
4 articles 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
"What is mine is mine and what is yours is mine also"

Brilliant. i love your writing style. honestly, i thought i was about to read some shoddy unreal work but this is brilliant!

on Dec. 20 2010 at 9:42 pm
billlover420 GOLD, Justin, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
Boy, when you're dead, they really fix you up. I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery.  People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you're dead? Nobody. ~J.D. Salinger,The Catcher in the Rye,

this is a really good poem