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please don’t write me as a ghost girl,
all blurry lines and faded features
that caricature themselves into the minds
of those that think they see me--

i am not a canvas.
my life is not a blank sheet for you
to paint your vision across,
and i have no wires in my bones--
you cannot pose me so i’ll catch the light
just so,
like a kaleidoscope of clever quirks
and tragic backstories;

i am written in the words i discard
when i write bad poetry at 3am, and if you look,
you can find me echoed back to you
in my all time top five favorite movies.

i am the way my hands hurt
when i get nervous;
i am the urge to speak italian,
even though after a year of classes, i can barely
say hello;
i am the calmness that hits
when i smell cigarettes, even though
i’ve never smoked,
and i am the grudges that have lingered
because i forget to let things go,
and i am the passive-aggressive comments
that i should be sorry for, but
never really am.

if you want, you can trace your pen along
the creases of my skin,
the slouch of my spine;
you can read my past in old photo albums
and taste my lips at midnight
and listen to the stories that i whisper in the dark
but when the sun hits us in the morning,
neither of us will light up the room
in a cacophony of kaleidoscopic beauty;
we will be piles of bone and sinew and sighs,
with morning breath and books to finish and work to do.
we are not ghost people.
kiss me anyway,
and smile when i say hello.
this poem is maybe kind of trite? but i got up in the middle of the night last night to write like half of it down before i forgot, so i felt obligated to finish it. the title is a quote from The Brothers Bloom (which, incidentally, is one of my all time top five favorite movies).

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Daily Deviation

Given 2013-08-24
a lie that tells the truth by *aprilwednesday has, as the suggester notes, a refreshingly contemporary voice. ( Suggested by tiganusi and Featured by neurotype )
Hi there!  :wave:

I have borrowed the wonderful title of your piece for an AWESOME project that uses titles of existing deviations to form the lines of a Found Poem. The idea is to pay attention to titles, which can make or break a piece, and to give exposure to as many deviants as possible.

If you would like to see the poem, you can read it here.

thanks for letting me know! your poem's beautiful :)
Thank you!  I'm glad you enjoyed it.  :aww:
Lovely poetry and a well-deserved DD. Congrats <3
thank you :love:
no, thank you <3
It's beautiful.
thanks so much :heart:
Not trite-- beautiful. :nod: I enjoyed it very much!
thank you! :heart:
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