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Couch Potato MAG

January 10, 2009
By foreverdreaming14 PLATINUM, Redmond, Washington
foreverdreaming14 PLATINUM, Redmond, Washington
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Couch potato.
That's what they call her,
Gossipers eagerly relay.
Lazy –
Just another name,
As familiar as her own.
They say she has no company,
But she knows it's not the truth.
Who needs company?
Just people there to judge
The paleness of her skin
Stretched taut over her bones.
How her hair needed a wash,
Maybe, a few days ago.
They don't know that she's never alone.
Not in her cluttered room.
On the table sits a book,
The most important one,
The one that gives her the choices,
The answers to her questions.
T-V G-U-I-D-E spells blockish on the cover,
And when the silver screen flips on,
Thousands of unreachable colors.
She leans in close and watches, watches, watches,
Thousands of tiny pixels
Showing her a greater thing.
Lives lived beyond her reach,
Beyond perfection.
And she reaches out and brushes her fingers,
Drifting them across the screen,
To feel the tingle –
Static electricity.
And imagines that they're really there,
Reachable just beneath the tingle.
Couch potato.
That's what they call her.
Maybe it's better that they don't know.

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on Jul. 17 2015 at 4:44 pm
pleaseandthaiku BRONZE, Knoxville, Tennessee
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They call me a couch potato because I spend the day reading the stories of others and not making my own. What they don't know is that I read because my own life pales in comparison. This poem explains that in an effervescent way.

the god said...
on Apr. 1 2015 at 12:28 pm
i cant stop crying this isnt even a potato poem

on Jan. 22 2012 at 9:33 am
EthanCalhoun PLATINUM, Fairview, New Jersey
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Really enjoyed this poem

R.S.H said...
on Nov. 21 2011 at 8:20 am
R.S.H, NY, New York
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Favorite Quote:
Don't let anyone get in your way of becoming who you are meant to be.

I love this peom. It is very beautiful.

on Jun. 12 2011 at 3:32 pm
freeflow23 GOLD, Durham, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
Saul saw Goliath as too big to kill. David saw he was too big to miss.

My favorite line is "Thousands of tiny pixels showing her a greater thing". It speaks to the reader without being overly dramatic. I like that.

on Apr. 15 2011 at 1:30 pm
killingspree1000 BRONZE, Bronx, New York
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Favorite Quote:

This is the stuff that i realate to. i agree with you. keep writing.

on Aug. 12 2010 at 9:03 pm
Wilted_Flower SILVER, Pearland, Texas
6 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Everyone is going to hurt you. Just find the one you are willing to be hurt for."

That was a really good piece, i really liked it. It really made me think and wonder, and i love that.

on Jul. 26 2010 at 2:34 pm
KirstynAlexandra PLATINUM, Baltimore, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
\"I\'m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can\'t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don\'t deserve me at my best.\"
— Marilyn Monroe

Imagination is more important than knowledge...
Albert Einstein

very unique. it's definitely one of my favorite poems! plz read my pieces too! :)

maRAWR GOLD said...
on May. 5 2010 at 2:31 pm
maRAWR GOLD, Greeley, Colorado
14 articles 0 photos 42 comments

Favorite Quote:
"all you need is love" -the beatles =)

i really like it! it definitely makes you think =)

on Mar. 16 2010 at 12:50 am
bloodypoet GOLD, Los Lunas, New Mexico
17 articles 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
you live until you die but if you can't live then you can't die.

this poem didn't make sense at first but when it sunk in a little it was great

on Feb. 21 2010 at 12:17 pm
mandielynnrose GOLD, Tucson, Arizona
10 articles 0 photos 32 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."

I hate how people who have so many friends and lives so busy think that someone who doesn't be like them are trash. It's disgusting and this poem shows they are wrong. Good work!

on Jan. 25 2010 at 3:53 pm
magicman BRONZE, Miami Beach, Florida
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I thought this was amazing!!! I love the internal rhyme of "own and alone". Keep writing!

on Jan. 10 2010 at 11:37 pm
WriterFanatic PLATINUM, DesMoines, Iowa
24 articles 0 photos 184 comments

Favorite Quote:
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
By Gandhi.

This poem is...creepy yet beautiful. Its leing me shaking, yet awestruck

on Jan. 9 2010 at 5:52 pm
musiclover114 SILVER, Woodstock, Georgia
7 articles 0 photos 82 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

born an original, why die a copy?

wow this poem makes me realize just how much diff. reality and tv are.and how much some people have lived their entire lives a nightmare and have been wishing that life was like it is in on tv.very deep, i love it.

on Dec. 7 2009 at 6:02 pm
sillyrabbit GOLD, St.louis, Missouri
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person in your poem lol thats what i meant

on Dec. 7 2009 at 6:01 pm
sillyrabbit GOLD, St.louis, Missouri
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hmm it seems like th person in your person is trying to ignored everyone else and just live in a pretended world instead of facing the real one..and that is retable because sometimes all of us go into are own little world just as long as we get out of it to see the real world its fine..but if we stay trapped in our own world it is like making yourself blind. Very good!! Keep writing!! :) Oh and i would appreciate if u read some of my writing. Thanks!!

LaVonna SILVER said...
on Dec. 7 2009 at 12:30 pm
LaVonna SILVER, Owatonna, Minnesota
6 articles 0 photos 27 comments

Favorite Quote:
"dont let education get in your way of learning" -my American Lit teacher

OMG!! ♥it!!! its soo relatable!! very very nice closure too!!!


on Dec. 4 2009 at 8:56 pm
TheWanderingMoo SILVER, Oberrieden, Other
8 articles 0 photos 20 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Leave the cat alone, for what has the cat done to you that you should so afflict it with tape?\"
-Ian Frazier

thank you so much for this poem. it's so sad but it means so much. it's really amazing. read some of my poetry if you get a chance!

on Dec. 4 2009 at 9:12 am
MRS.ROCHE SILVER, Panama City, Florida
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Favorite Quote:

aww cute.. if u have time please go and check out my poems... sorry have to go

on Dec. 2 2009 at 11:19 pm
whisperingofdawn GOLD, Colorado City, Arizona
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amazing! very relatable...