Artist ExploitationArtist Exploitation - The New Game Plan:Artist Exploitation in Articles & Interviews More Like This
My dearest readers,
I have recently learned of a rather disturbing business plan being utilised by business people of an unscrupulous variety.
In essence their plan is simple: They gather art from many applicants and then they publish it as a magazine and sell it COMMERCIALLY!
Now then, why is this a problem? They tend to claim you get the benefits of advertisement and artists will be invited to read their works etc.
Well here's how the scam unfolds:
1. They get the artwork you created and an implied permission of use from you due to the voluntary submission
2. There is no formal written contract, so they can do as they please and you have no legal right to claim redress as you voluntarily submitted your work in.
3. Their potential benefits are a total sham and in essence they are asking you to work for free. Want a dissection? I'll explain:
- The item getting advertised is NOT your work. Your work is a part of the item. What is gettin
A Midnight WearyA Midnight WearyA Midnight Weary in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
Amongst twinkling stars,
Much like a cricket's chorus;
Types his essay:
"Failure is red,
My parent's say;
An Asian get 'B'
Is shameful display!"
She's Not Your ToyShe's Not Your Toy:She's Not Your Toy in Free Verse More Like This
Mmm, it's okay sweetie
Just stay quiet
It'll all be over soon...
Creaking springs and quiet eyes
Cold without emotion
The smell of fear is mixed with sweat
Breath like a churning ocean
The waves and tide will push and pull
as water fills the cave
The heart longs to stop itself
when there is nothing left to save
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dear Jenna
Happy birthday to you...
A shock of pain brings her back to the present
The muscular form above her contracting in the dark
She remembers now that her limbs are pinned
but she would not move them anyway...
Happy birthday sweetheart, you're older now
You've grown up well haven't you...
A single shuddering thrust means that everything has ended
and once again a wet worm is pressed to her lips
The weight lifts from her body, leaving red marks around the wrists
limbs denied blood begin to buzz softly as the silence suffocates
She will not move from here, because i
Words for the Young BloodsWords for the Young Bloods:Words for the Young Bloods in Free Verse More Like This
To all my ninjas sittin' low on the street side,
I want you all to raise your head with pride.
Because I'm callin' out, for the youth to come together
And get those big wigs off the fuckin' power ladder.
You ready? Because we're going at it hard:
See I'm the kind of guy that they're all playin' with
A systematic crisis workin' in the way we live.
The big shots still sittin' and they growin' fat.
With young bloods starvin' just to get their life on track.
We take psychometric tests and make a passing grade,
But ain't no job cause the corporate head is gettin' paid.
And when they screwin' with the money, they ain't never cut.
The young bloods be the first to get their letter up.
I say the system ain't shit and we all got it wrong,
The old mothers are just stayin' in for way too long.
I say we cut them from the system that they fucked up,
And let the young bloods take it; we'll just fix it up.
They set the game, but we're the ones playin' main;
I guess t
A Game We Hate to Play:A Game We Hate to Play:A Game We Hate to Play: in Free Verse More Like This
I stand amongst a screaming crowd,
And you'll hear them shout it out.
"All this shit just isn't fair,
Life's a game but we don't care!"
Hear me, do you think I'm lazy?
When I talk I'm crazy,
Sorry I'm just hazy, but I-
Still think that I'm like Jay-Z
Rappin' here with Stacy;
The boys they call her baby; Haha...
And we're playin' this song for the killers,
The ones with no hope workin' shop at the tillers.
And if you think that we're just the fillers,
You wouldn't be wrong; we're just grain at millers - haha!
All this shit just isn't fair,
Life's a game but we don't care!
We're gonna change the game tonight,
C'mon let's turn out the light!
All this shit just isn't fair,
Life's a game but we don't care!
We're gonna change the rules tonight,
C'mon let's turn out the light.
Lights off, everybody nights off,
Walking through these streets of -
People drinkin' Smirnoff;
Prayers for tomorrows,
Whisper as they borrow
To The Beautiful YouTo The Beautiful You:To The Beautiful You in Free Verse More Like This
Here we are, sitting behind these screens of glass,
Reading lines of text, yet smiling, laughing and crying.
It's strange to think that I could have this much fun -
Considering that I've never met you before, but then again
Perhaps that's the reason why I don't have to pretend.
Some people might tell me, that what we have is just a fantasy,
I doubt I'll have the chance to actually see you in this life-time.
But even so, in the time that we've spent together - Well,
I feel as though I've connected with you, more than anyone else.
I feel as though I know you better, than those just a few feet away.
You might take this little confession as something silly,
Maybe you'll even forget about it as time passes,
But I for one could never forget about someone like you,
And so I'd like to dedicate this piece, to the beautiful you.
-Chen Yuan Wen, 17th December 2012
The Human SolutionThe Human Solution:The Human Solution in Free Verse More Like This
Ladies and gentlewolves, I come before you today,
To speak on an issue that is close to our hearts.
For many centuries, we Wolves have struggled;
Continuing to seek a final solution to 'the Human Problem'.
Many of you might have heard of the horror stories,
Of these furless creatures lurking in the outer reaches.
Some cities have found them living in underground caverns;
Preying upon the young pups that stray too close to their nests.
It is sad, to say the least, but that sorrow ends today;
For it is my privilege and honour as Chairman of Lycanthropes United,
To unveil our newest means of combating this parasitic pandemic.
Three months ago our top scientist, Doctor Uriel Whitetail,
Discovered a particular genetic weakness in the Human cell structure,
When sprayed with this particular gas, 'Cynofium',
The human cells stop producing an important chemical;
Causing a quick death in mere moments...
As of today our soldiers are already prepared,
They will be
My Soul, My Dream, My TeamMy Soul, My Dream, My Team:My Soul, My Dream, My Team in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
We are dreamers, we humans.
We reach out eagerly to that which lies above us
Tempted by its unattainable nature and egotistically;
We simplify the task that lies before us...
We climb without any forethought, without preparation;
Recklessly we charge head on for our goal -
And eventually, we lie broken by our failure.
I myself, Captain as you call me,
Am little better than a foolish dreamer.
One who dreams in a childish manner;
Unaware of his impotence, when left alone.
How many times have I been saved by others?
When I lack time, it is my officers who stand,
They keep the ship running smoothly,
Expending hours of precious effort.
When I fall, it is my co-captain who rallies me,
And reminds me of our responsibility -
One that we owe to our readers and friends.
When I write, it is my team - my uncles,
Who lay the path before me;
They give their time and their heart,
Supporting my work from its birth as but a simple idea.
And when I am dow
BelovedBeloved:Beloved in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
With a bright radiant smile
If only for me...
-Chen Yuan Wen, 4th January 2013
These Hands Are So Red...These Hands Are So Red...These Hands Are So Red... in Free Verse More Like This
These hands are now red and so slicked with this blood,
I can't even wash it in a basin of mud...
As I scrape at the skin of those demons I chase,
I am left with a smile mixed with pain on my face.
Since I swore I would savour this blatant disgrace,
Let perversion be writ in these scars I will trace.
From the tip of my shoulders to the base of my tongue,
Are the names of those sleepers so cold and so young...
-Chen Yuan Wen, 15th March 2013
FuelWhen you let something like emotions be your fuel, you'll eventually lose feeling and run-out.Fuel in Emotional More Like This
When you let people be your fuel, you may or may not get better, because people can easily walk in and out of your life.
When you let pain be your fuel, you'll only get better until the pain subsides, then what will you use?
But when you let "nothing" be your fuel, you'll always have energy, you'll never run-out.
IronyI asked for it.Irony in Free Verse More Like This
I wanted it so desperately.
Oh, how I thought I needed it.
I pathetically yearned for it,
making stupid reasons as to why it should be mine.
It would be everything I needed and more.
It would calm me in times of anxiety.
It would raise my spirits in times of sorrow.
It would accompany me in times of loneliness.
I had given everything for it.
Then I realized
it only brought upon me more stress
it only brought upon me more sorrow
it only brought upon me more loneliness.
I asked for it,
I received it.
I never wanted it.
Slipped through the CracksWhen she is sad, I am sad.Slipped through the Cracks in Free Verse More Like This
When she's in pain, so am I.
But when she's happy, I'm dying.
And when she's laughing, I'm crying.
If only she knew, how I feel.
But she never will.
Because that guy is the lucky one
making her happy,
making her laugh,
making her smile.
And I'm just the guy who slipped through the cracks.
DareI dare you to be creative.Dare in Free Verse More Like This
To express yourself in ways that only you can.
And in being creative, you can spark inspiration within others.
That inspiration can swell up and blossom inside them.
And from the blossomed inspiration, dreams are born.
Dreams, that can change the world.
So, in acceptance of this simple dare.
You may unknowingly inspire.
You may unknowingly plant dreams.
You may unknowingly change the world.
Are you up to it?
RunningI am a runner.Running in Free Verse More Like This
People tell me that I am no good,
That I need to try harder and run through the pain.
Those people boast of their abilities and skills.
That they can endure the pain
That they can run oh so fast.
But they couldn't be more wrong.
They wouldn't be able to endure an ounce of my pain.
They wouldn't be able to out run the pain that I do.
They say they are the best at what they do.
Others tell me that I could learn a thing from them.
They say that they've mastered the art of running.
But they haven't come close.
They have never run to escape the pain
the heart-brake and sorrow.
They have not run like I have.
But still they boast of their abilities and skills.
They say they live to run.
I run to live.
It's YouIt's the light rain on my face.It's You in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
It's the smell of morning dew.
It's the sun's warm embrace.
That reminds me of you.
It's all the memories of us.
It's how we never part.
It's our deep, limitless, trust,
That keeps you in my heart.
It's not about the mistakes we made
It's that in each other we see our best
It's about how our love will never fade,
That you make me forget the rest.
It's your little quirks.
It's how you made my heart anew.
It's how we forget our little irks.
It's how I knew... it's you.
Sonnet 2I saw your face today,Sonnet 2 in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
so I smiled and waved.
You looked down in dismay.
I can't believe how we both behaved.
My smile faded as I walked away,
you didn't give me a second glance.
I had nothing to say.
Should I have given you another chance?
I shouldn't be acting like this,
I am with someone new,
yet my thoughts still persist.
Do I still miss you?
As awful as we were to each other,
you will always be my first true lover.
Kingdom Hearts The First. Chapter 1Chapter 1Kingdom Hearts The First. Chapter 1 in Drama More Like This
The darkness was teeming, all around him. Everywhere. Not a single ray of light to be found. The boy stood there, dazed, unknowing of what to do. Something buzzed through his head. But it wasn't a voice, more of an alien thought. The boy looked up, around, but the darkness was to strong. He saw nothing. The alien thought grew louder in his head. First inaudible, but then the boy could make out words.
"So much to do, so little time " The voice had an odd effect on the boy; it was monotonous, soothing, yet alert, calming yet forceful. It continued
"Take your time, don't be afraid." It seemed to be reading the boys thoughts. The advice was not taken lightly. The boy started feeling warmer. Minute beads of sweat started forming on his back and head. He was afraid. Again the voice spoke to him.
"The door is still shut step forward, can you do it?"
The boy couldn't help but listen to this voice. He was afraid something awful might happen if he didn't l
The WorldI can't believe it.The World in Free Verse More Like This
I don't understand.
How can you think that this awful man,
Is your entire world, let alone your friend?
Please tell me,
He is your world?
Since when does the world turn its back on you?
When does it leave you high and dry in your time of need?
When does it exploit and use you?
Cheat and abuse you?
Since when does the world build you up,
just to knock you down?
When does it make you feel special,
just to pull the rug from beneath your feet?
How can it make you feel so cold on the hottest day?
So alone around all your friends?
What? Oh, you mean to say,
that IS what the world is like?
Cruel? Unjust? Unfair?
Then, I guess you're right.
This awful man...
he is the world to you isn't he?
NamesNames are not found in dictionaries,Names in Free Verse More Like This
Names don't tell of one's status, ability, or personality.
Each name is unique.
No matter how common it is.
For although others may share your name.
Share it right down to the last letter,
There never has been, and never will be,
another you again.
And that fact is what makes you, you.
Don't Touch My LoveDon't kill my Love,Don't Touch My Love in Free Verse More Like This
Strange spirit of the Darkness.
Let me live at least this time.
I can smell your black wings waiting for my soul.
I can hear ur whispers
getting me confused,
full of blood,
full of lies.
I hate every word you say about me
I hate every time you appear behind my thoughts.
I'm not that strong.
I'm not that good.I know...I know.
But I won't allow you touch my Love,
my lil piece of Heaven.
She doesn't deserve suffering like I do.
She's so nice, she's so cute
She is the moon kissing my nights.
She is the sun around me.
Don't touch her.
If you paint her smile in black.
I'll go for you from my weakness
and I'll steal the wings of an angel
and will take the sword of my justice
and your head will be mine
and your wings won't fly
cause I'll have your black heart in my hand
and nobody will cry again.
The day of my innocence will never go back like you said,
but my Love will be free
even if I die
even if I live.
Dying WorldSmiles and nothing.Dying World in Free Verse More Like This
Hugs and nothing.
Kisses and nothing.
Effort and nothing.
Souls and nothing.
Love and nothing.
Running and running and nothing.
Fighting and fighting and nothing.
Trying to believe in something and nothing.
One day I was born,
One day I will die.
I'm strong...I'm strong.
You try to see the nice side of this.
I'm tired of doing that.
Nothing will change.
Nobody will change.
Black and white forever.
The perfect state of life is surviving.
Don't mind if you're good.
Don't mind if you're the son of the evilness.
Even the bad people thinks they are acting in a
good way and you're wrong.
Who's bad? Who's good?
Sometimes we are not honest.
Sometimes we try to find colours in the
And you say to your son "Look at the blue,
maybe you can't see it cause the sun is hidden".
But you know there is no blue.
We try to live in a kind of dream
that heals our hearts,
but you can't against this wall called human misery.
You can't against this game called fate,
My Little DollWhen I look at your smile I feel safeMy Little Doll in Free Verse More Like This
Cause a little bit of Heaven is open to me
And I lose the sense of time
And I forget who I am
'Cause I'm not the same
But I'd love to live drinking from your lips,
They'd satisfy my thirst for peace.
Give me the joy of your cheeks,
Light my face with your eyes.
I'm in love with your teeth.
I'm in love with your life.
'Cause your life is a treasure
And I'm a loneley corsair
Full of fights, full of wars.
Therefore, my love, let me see your hair one more time.
Let me touch it and feel I'm stroking an angel.
Let me find the way to live with out your face.
Let me find the way to breath with out your air.
I like to be silly when you know that I'm not.
I like to be serious when you know that I'm not.
I love being your prince when you know that I'm not
I love to be yours but you know that I'm not.
I can't stop thinking of you.
I can't stop missing your name.
Break the distance of my coldness
And take me on, hold my hands
And feel my love.
Feel that if I ex
Missing youI could give u my life.Missing you in Free Verse More Like This
I'd give you my heart and my blood.
I'd put my soul in ur hands,
my strenght and my eyes.
I don't care what I have to leave
'cuz my days are not full if you're not there.
I know you feel the same
and sometimes I just forget it.
Forgive me for being so dumb.
You only make me smile
when i think everything is just a sad dream.
You only show me how beautiful is every morning
when I think the sun can burn my skin.
You show me how lovely is every night
when you kiss my forehead and says
that there are no monsters under my bed.
I love when you talk and you don't talk
I love when you see and you don't see
I love when you love me in the silence of my fears.
I love when you're there pretending being here.
Hold me tight, my princess.
I'm so weak,
I'm so breakable,
I'm so silly,
I'm so weirdo.
What would I do without you?
What would I do without your cheeks?
What would I do without your hair painting my face in red
when you kiss me?
What would I do if you lived y
Every time I love youI love every inch of ur lipsEvery time I love you in Free Verse More Like This
And your cheeks touching the winter.
Your smile makes me know that God exist
And your eyes show me the Heaven.
Your hair is my way to go up
And talking to the angels.
And my heart can't stop beating for u.
Your body is my warmth
When I feel lonely
And your hands save me
When I'm falling down
And u say: "hold me"
And my soul has a hope
That I could die
Knowing that somebody loved me
With all of her mind,heart,soul.
I'll rest in peace
cause u were my paradise
And my life had been able to find a meaning.
You're the meaning of my life
You're my life
You're the reason I was born.
I was born to love u,
love u till the end
Beyond the years
Beyond our dreams
Ugly boy in loveI forgot you don't love me.Ugly boy in love in Free Verse More Like This
I forgot all of this dream was only mine.
I forgot you're in the top.
I forgot I'm on the floor.
I forgot who I am.
I'm the ugly boy of the class.
I'm the fatty one.
I'm the loser.
I'm the nerd.
I'm that one that nobody wants in the group.
I'm that silly boy that never learned to stop falling in love.
I'm that boy that always thought a smile of you would mean more than friendship.
I'm that soul that cries in the silence of the night.
I'm that heart that writes your name in a paper
each time your face appears in my mind.
I'm the man that only can kiss your lips on a pic.
I'm that guy that strokes your cheeks on my pillow.
And I dream of you.
Everything is perfect there.
I'm that good looking man you want.
You hold my hand
and it's not me whom looks at you,
it's you whom looks at me.
And I don't need words to say "I love you"
'cause my eyes sing it.
And I think of you.
God knows how much I think of you.
Maybe you just think of me for mistake.
Maybe you just do
The Sun and the MoonUnfair world,The Sun and the Moon in Free Verse More Like This
You love me
But I can't hold your hand.
You wanna kiss me,
But my lips can't reach your face.
You wanna hug me,
But your father cut my arms.
I'd prefer being one of my drawings
'Cause my drawings can't fall in love with you.
I'd prefer being a blind
'Cause I had not seen your eyes.
I'd prefer having no heart
'Cause I'm gonna die the day you say good bye.
But this world is unfair.
This world kills me.
This love is a lie.
This lie is a hole.
And if you fill my days
you get empty my soul
When you're not there
When you can't love,
When I'm alone,
Tasting my darkness,
Living a joke.
I know You understand me
And we know there is nothing we can do.
You love me like the moon loves the sun
And I look at you like the sun looks at the moon.
But they will never be together.
They will never touch their cheeks.
They will suffer until the end,
'Cause this life is just unfair,
'Cause I didn't make the rules,
'Cause we lost the chance to live,
My Dream is YouA dream is losing in a cloudMy Dream is You in Free Verse More Like This
And floats and flies.
A voice that comes from the lips of a virgin,
A kiss that touches my memory,
A hand that moves my hand.
A dream, my dream, yes, it's lost.
A voice, her voice, always there calling me.
A kiss, her kiss deleting my sadness.
A hand, so soft, guiding my life,
guiding my soul.
My dream now is you.
You're my goal,
You're my effort,
You're the word that signs the end of my life,
You're the life that gives me a meaning,
You're the meaning of my past,
You're the past somebody hurt,
You're my star, you're my sun,
My happiness, my present,
My Christmas day.
And some day I heard your voice.
My name sounded so sweet comming from you.
How many years I waited,
Even I forgot how to pronounce,
Even I forgot how to smile,
how to love, how to cry.
Your love in a kiss.
No, this is not a kiss,
This is a sweet touch of your soul,
This is the Spring stroking my Winter,
This is you accepting a bounch of mistakes that bring my name.
My hand is that weak, that
My Lovely QueenWhen the skyturns into black in my heartMy Lovely Queen in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
And the darkness wants to cut my wings again
And everything seems against me
And nothing can heal my pain.
Everybody wants to get my dreams away.
From the stars a queen appeared in my life
A lovely music sounded on her lips.
She said I was trying to find you.
She never thought I'd be alive.
She had a little piece of Heaven on her eyes.
She drew a smile in the middle of my face
I can't forget the things she said to me
She said : "I couldn't live with out you"
She said "I need you by my side"
I said: "I'm just a little warrior without dreams"
She touched my heart and all the pain had gone.
She gave me life and I could see the sun.
And I said: "I just can't believe in this...
Nobody loved me like you do"
And I just could hear she whispered: "I love you"
Take my hands, my lovely queen, now I'm yours
And let me find a sweet Hope in your soul.
Cause this world tried to kill my illusions
I thought I'd never trust in some again
And then you s
I had a dreamI had a dream,I had a dream in Free Verse More Like This
I was an artist.
People liked my drawings.
They wanted me to draw them.
It made me so happy.
It made smile.
I had a dream,
My fingers loved pencils.
My eyes were in love with the sky.
My oils could talk about the sun.
It made me live.
It made me believe.
I had a dream,
I drew my grandpa.
I drew my wife.
I drew my sons.
It made me sing.
It gave me life.
I had a dream,
I'd stroke your cheeks.
I'd kiss your hands.
I'd call you mom.
I'd feel safe in your arms.
I just was seven weeks old
When you decided
quiting to me.
When you decided for me
if I should live.
When you accepted they touch me.
When they took me off from you,from your warmth.
When they cut my lil fingers
I knew I wouldn't draw anymore.
When they cut my lil legs
I knew I wouldn't be able to walk holding your hand.
When they cut my head
I knew I'd not see the sky I saw in my dreams.
It was not my fault
that guy abused you.
I hate him, I hate him.
But I wanted to be in ur arms.
Why did you do it?
I loved you so mu
deathShe ran and ran as fast as she coulddeath in Free Verse More Like This
breaths coming out in pants.
She trid to scream,
she tripped and fell.
death extended his hand and
said it's time to go to hell.
but "why me?" she tried to plead
Death looked her in the eye
and said "it was not your time to die"
She killed her self with a knife
and now she had to pay the price.
The angels wept and her fate
There was nothing they could change.
She hung her head
She took his hand.
Down to hell she went
just like he planned
the devilby the time you kiss her lips the poisen would have already filled her veins. just give it up shes no longer human and shes no longer yours. I will bring her to hell to be my mistress .the devil in Free Verse More Like This
no diffrent.I love youno diffrent. in Free Verse More Like This
I love you too baby.
I want to marry you.
Then do it, make me yours.
It won't be easy.
Thats why they call it love
abortionShe was scared of what the doctor would say.abortion in Free Verse More Like This
The pain she felt just wouldnt go away.
Each morning she woke
She started to choke
She just wanted to die.
The doctor just smiled
and patted her thigh
He took off his gloves
And said the tests results
Should be here any time.
She paced and paced
around the room
Hating the truth.
The nurse called her back
and laughed and said congrates
Your pregnet my hear
The words she didnt want to hear
a tear streamed down her face
She ran from that place.
The angel girl had been raped.
She didnt understand
She didnt know what to do
She hated her self
for what she knew
she had to do.
She called up the clinic
Her apointments at three
She killed the baby before
it even had a change to breath.
She buryed her daughter
In a white little dress.
She wept as her daughter
was layed to rest.
She feel to her knees
She didnt even try to plead.
She killed the child.
She had no choice.
AbuseGoodbye foreverAbuse in Free Verse More Like This
A twisted fate
Every one saw her hurt
every one saw her pain.
They struck her face
to put her in her place
A broken wrist
She whimperd as they kicked her again
So much pain she saw red.
No tears would help her,
her voice no one heard.
she did not deserve to be hit.
She did not deserve to be burned.
angels and demons chapter twoFrank walked down the road. It was dark and He could not find a place to rest his head. He let out a big sigh and hung his head. "I guess that I will be sleeping outside again" The last thing frank remembers was a white hot pain shooting through his head then he fell softly into blackness.angels and demons chapter two in Free Verse More Like This
Gerard watched the sleeping little falling angel with a look of wonder in his eyes. Gerard didn't understand why he had hit the shorter boy or why he had picked him up tenderly like a mother would to a new born but the next thing he knew he had walked back to his house. He set the ex-angel down on his bed and for some reason had the strong urge to kiss the sleeping boys head. He turned around with a huff. Something was wrong. He didn't even know him. So what if he had been kind to him in the ally way. For all Gerard knew the sleeping ex-angel could have been sent by Bert to drag him back to that hell hole. A shiver ran down his spine just at the thought of Bert. Bert,
shhhh don't telli just need to tell you how i feel, im crying because i miss you so much i wish i could be holding you in my arms again, i love you so fucking much i fell for you so hard that i can never fall out of love and i cant imagine why i would ever want to, your so gorgeous, sweet, funny, amazing, adorable and cute as hell, smart, perfect, trustworthy, and my love. i made a mistake by not dating you in the first place. i never ever ever want to lose you, because i cant live with out you and you help me make it through every hardship i have and that we both have. you give me hope, you give me love, you give me happiness. i want to be by your side forever no matter what. i love your eyes i love you smile i lov e your hair i love your body i love your smell i love your lips i love how unique you are and i know that ill never ever find another girl like you and i cant let you go. your my baby girl and my eternal love. ♥shhhh don't tell in Free Verse More Like This
lifeIn my life,life in Free Verse More Like This
Theres so much lost.
Day by day
lifes are misplaced.
on broken frames
You learn to forget memorys
You learn to ignore the pain.
Little by little
You carry on.
You shoulder the guilt
You force your self to move on.
Hold your breath
and your tears
My darling dear.
who am I in love with?I watch you cry over herwho am I in love with? in Free Verse More Like This
again and again.
I will never be enough for you.
I know i'm beaten and bruised.
But darling dear have faith in me.
I want to be your world I want to be what you need.
I'm hurting too but that means nothing to you.
All you think about is being in her arms again.
What do I have to do.
Cloaked in shame and filled with pain.
I will never leave you like she.
I will love you forever you will see.
You make me cry my self to sleep at night.
Wishing I could be the person that makes you shine.
I whisper in the dark my fears.
It seems a heartach is gotten from my own
mistake. Words that stick to my throat.
What can I do?
Hear me howl.Tell me again, Father,Hear me howl. in Free Verse More Like This
I’m the perfect daughter-
when all I want to be
is the crescent moons
resting like strong soldiers
in the grooves of my palms.
I am but
quaking with frostbite,
numbed with rage.
A wolf's jaw:
locked, teeth tearing
into the chilled flesh
of your neck.
The rule of nines.I know more about half-moon palmsThe rule of nines. in Free Verse More Like This
than most know about
the kind that beg dandelion child,
I know about forged castle ribs & broken homes.
Myths that are half fact & imaginary friend
turned bogieman -
Fangs that tear clear through ice-bone hearts
like they are nothing but pretty paper
to be folded over, again & again & again
by the hands of quivering youths:
Icarus, the reincarnated
sky conqueror searching for warmth.
HeroineSometimes,Heroine in Free Verse More Like This
she tries to fall into the night,
tipping her strawberry heart
like a tea bag into hot waters-
always scolding herself
kissing ocean beds.
Her hips, tides rolling
towards the antagonists
of myths & legends.
with a thousand leagues
of sea behind her eyes,
she will always save herself.
Mabonthere are dead leavesMabon in Free Verse More Like This
sprouting from her amber spine,
reaching with child-fingers
to devour the sun.
her skin is freezing,
seeping winter through
the whiskey tongues
of godless boys
wish to decipher
the atlas of her thighs.
counting the sleepy fireflies
alight in her lungs- there is
wanderlust churning & warming
her frostbitten heartstrings.
swinging pendulum hips,
"I am the tease of autumn flames.
I breathe in mint sunsets,
& gasoline dreams."
A lion among sheep.There are ghosts in my bloodstreamA lion among sheep. in Free Verse More Like This
kissing concrete cells &
the bedroom eyes of nerve endings.
( foreign words
engraved into my marrow, birds in my chest
& wars not yet fought between my hips. )
I've taken myself apart every night
since I learned how to swallow a pen
limb by steady limb.
Passed around by grabby hands,
a sold, & borrowed daughter;
I am a lion among sheep,
drunk on life & ink.
Ways to conquer heartbreakDance with fistfuls of roses, shred their petals one by one and wear their thorns like armor.Ways to conquer heartbreak in Free Verse More Like This
Write your secrets between the folds of paper cranes and tuck them safely between the empty spaces of your castle ribs.
Open your broken heart to hummingbirds, allow them the warmth and shelter of your arms.
Rebel. Tape poetry to your limbs, Cummings and Sandburg and Sexton.
Take a walk outside of your skin for a while, run with wolves.
Extinguish that forest fire that’s been curling too long in your lungs.
Be that lionhearted girl those snobby poets always write about.
Allow that cavern of stars in your throat to speak your truths in uppercase letters, in free verse yet to be proofread.
Write about wars and victory.
Be the hero.
Shy moon,i've got love carved into honeysuckle wrists,Shy moon, in Free Verse More Like This
a murder of crows in my throat,
& a pack of wolves at my back.
i want to know truths behind these myth eyes, &
the distant galaxies under your fingertips.
but, love me. love me, Love.
show me what's beyond Grimm fairy tales
spare me your ribs;
this skyscraper heart
needs a place to go.
I loved a girl.i loved a girl.I loved a girl. in Free Verse More Like This
i loved a girl with a love
for cummings & sandburg
i loved an unflinching
poet of a girl.
& with no better diction:
they called the shaking fists
at her sides, her silent act
of pacifism, cowardice.
i’m the coward;
she bled for the both of us.
Shackles Pt.7DRARRY SLASH! You no like, you no read!Shackles Pt.7 in Short Stories More Like This
Draco clutched his wand tighter in the darkness and whispered, "Potter, what now?"
"Lumos maxima," Potter said, and illuminated the space around them. "Get my back, we don't know what else is out there."
"I can see almost the whole room now." Draco tried hard to see into the dark corners that were not quite visible under the light of Harry's spell.
"It's that almost bit that I'm worried about," Harry input shortly.
Draco shifted until he and Harry were back-to-back, and feeling the slight heat of Harry's body radiating next to his was comforting. He scanned the room again.
"The door is over there."
The two of them moved as one unit towards the door, Harry first to watch the door and Draco facing the rear, guarding them from behind. Harry tried to open it, but the doorknob refused to turn.
"Alohomora," he whispered, and the door opened.
As they stepped through, the light followed them, but it was easy to see that this room was much l
Shackles Pt.6DRARRY SLASH! You no like, you no read!Shackles Pt.6 in Short Stories More Like This
There was a misty silver haze in front of Draco's eyes, and no matter how much he blinked, it wouldn't go away. He wandered around in it aimlessly, but there were no landmarks anywhere to mark his progress. He wasn't scared, but it was terribly boring just hanging around in the mist. Every once in a while, he'd hear an echoing voice that sounded distant. He couldn't make out the words, but he thought it sounded like Potter.
He'd been sulking in the fog for a while when he felt a change. The mist started clearing a bit, and the edges became tinged in gold. He heard the voice more clearly, and it was getting closer.
I need you on my side
He felt like he was rising out of the mist, slowly. He blinked his eyes, and the fog started clearing faster until he could feel the hard floor against his back, something soft under his head, and warm fingers threaded through his hair.
Green eyes looked down at him in concern and it took him a moment
Shackles Pt.9DRARRY SLASH! You no like, you no read!Shackles Pt.9 in Short Stories More Like This
There was a tall, solid figure standing in the room beyond. The room was a dull and normal-looking office with no windows. Draco tensed, ready to counter any attack that came.
The figure turned around.
"Kingsley?" Beside him, Harry gasped in surprise.
"Hello, Harry. Mr. Malfoy. I'm glad to see that the two of you made it safely through." Kingsley smiled, gesturing them to follow.
They did, and once they were out of the room, it was clear that they were in the Auror offices at the Ministry. Kingsley led them down the hall and stopped. Draco glanced at Harry questioningly and Harry shrugged in return.
"I need to debrief you, but I need to do it separately. I wasn't planning on it, but now it looks as if there's been a slight change of plan. Harry, you go in this room. Mr. Malfoy, into that one."
Draco dropped Harry's hand reluctantly and stared at the door mistrustfully, but Kingsley opened it for him, revealing it to be an interview room.
Shackles Pt.8DRARRY SLASH! You no like, you no read.Shackles Pt.8 in Short Stories More Like This
Draco wasn't even aware of ducking and rolling before he found himself behind a random square block that kept him under cover. He looked back to find that Harry had put up a hasty Protego spell and was running in a crouch to join him.
"We're not done yet," he complained at Harry once he was in hearing range.
"It appears not. How many are there? I think I counted four."
"Homenum revelio," Draco cast the spell, and four glowing markers appeared, and then all of them flickered and disappeared again.
"There are four, but it looks like they have a way to counter it. We won't be able to track them using it." Harry ground his teeth. "Now what?"
Draco conjured a mirror with a flick of his wrist, and Harry gave him a funny look and raised eyebrows.
"What?" Draco demanded defensively. "It's coming in handy now, isn't it?"
He held it up so that they could look overtop of the block without actually poking their heads around and bringing them in line o
Shackles Pt.2DRARRY SLASH You no like, you no read! Draco/HarryShackles Pt.2 in Short Stories More Like This
Draco unlocked the other, disentangling himself from Potter at the same time so as not to end up being dragged down by Potter's full weight. Potter landed and stumbled, while Draco swung back and forth above him. Draco reached up and grasped the chain above the manacle, pulling himself further up to put slack in the chain. He grasped the chain with his manacled hand so that he could unlock it. When it popped open, he let himself tumble to the floor.
Potter caught him, strong arms wrapping themselves around his back and holding him up. For a few moments, he was engulfed in warmth, feeling the material of Potter's cloak against his cheek and the solidness of Potter against him.
"I'm okay," he said weakly.
Potter unclasped his arms and pulled back, lifting up Draco's damaged wrist. The other one was scraped, but the one Potter was inspecting had puncture wounds in it. Gritting his teeth, he turned his wrist over, examining the woun
Shackles Pt.4DRARRY SLASH! Draco/Harry You no like, you no read!Shackles Pt.4 in Short Stories More Like This
They entered a small cement room, and in the middle was a pedestal. Draco had read enough wizard adventure stories to know that this set-up never foretold good things.
"What is that?" he asked, pointing at the vessel that sat on the pedestal.
"It's a pensieve," Potter replied, walking slowly closer. "And look."
The other wizard held up a vial that Draco hadn't noticed earlier.
"Memories?" he ventured a guess.
"Memories," Potter confirmed, uncorking the vial and pouring the silvery liquid into the pensieve. "I think that if we want to continue, we have to watch them."
Draco swallowed hard and stepped up beside Potter.
"Well," he said softly. "Let's go."
In they plunged.
A room took shape around them, and Draco recognized it as a morgue. There were three people standing around a body laid out on a table. Draco moved closer, curious, and he heard Potter following closely on his heels. It was a young woman, covered up to her neck b
Shackles Pt.3DRARRY SLASH! Harry/Draco You no like, you no read!Shackles Pt.3 in Short Stories More Like This
The door at the end of the corridor loomed in front of them, and Draco fought the urge to turn and run back down the hallway and towards safety. He usually tried to avoid danger, when at all possible. In order to stay alive, one didn't usually poke around in perilous situations and tried to avoid being noticed at all costs.
But Potter was counting on him not to be a complete coward.
Swallowing hard, he reached out and grabbed the ring on the door. With a cry, he let go of it and danced backwards, looking down at his hand for damage. There was none, although Draco had sworn he could feel his hand burning when he touched the ring. Potter reached out and nudged the ring with his knuckle, hurriedly pulling back as he too felt the burning sensation.
"Will it actually burn my hand?" asked Potter, staring in challenge at the ring.
"It doesn't appear so, although that bloody well hurt!" Draco glared at the ring.
It soon proved that eve
Shackles Pt.1DRARRY! Slash! male/male pairing! You no like, you no read.Shackles Pt.1 in Short Stories More Like This
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"It could be worse"
"Shut up, Potter."
"Well, excuse me for trying to be optimistic."
"You're deluded. There is no way for this situation to be any worse."
"Voldemort could still be alive."
"Well isn't that a cheery thought. I think I told you to shut up."
"Like I'd ever listen to you, Malfoy."
The two hung there in silence for a moment or two. The dungeon where they were shackled, suspended in the air by their wrists was quiet. There was no indication that Draco could see that the kidnapper was anywhere in sight. Draco squirmed, but all this accomplished was a sort of pendulum motion. He couldn't touch the floor no matter how much he stretched his toes.
"This is all your fault," he snarled, to fill the silence.
"If you hadn't been so keen on getting into a fight with me, you'd still be safely at
The CallerDraw me a picture, Rose,The Caller in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Draw a picture for me.
To prove you are real,
You called me again,
again, and once more.
Draw me a picture,
to prove who you are.
You say you are old,
much older than I,
I am not from the future;
why haven’t you died?
You talk of the war
that ended ages ago.
Why are you calling me?
Who are you, Rose?
On the wall in the pantry,
behind the wallpaper.
Go look for me, dearest
go look for the flower.
You didn’t believe me,
but now, you must.
Look for the flower,
covered in dust.
Am I scaring you, darling?
Am I scaring you yet?
I’ll make you believe,
I’ll make you, my pet.
Behind the wall,
that pantry wall of bricks,
hang three brittle bodies,
bones like sticks.
You can’t run from me, sweetie,
I’ll just change the past.
Your little girl self
had better hide, fast.
I’ll chase you to the back room,
I’m going to kill you.
You’re on the floor, frozen,
the fear I bring stills you.
I’ll raise my kni
and i can't seem to let it go‘Once a cutter, always a cutter.’and i can't seem to let it go in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
I’m afraid I’ll get so far down in my sadness
I won’t be able to tell how obvious it is.
If I tell them I’m getting worse,
they’ll only shove a pair of pills as far down my throat
as they can get them.
They’ll show me how to do it,
and I’ll only take one pair too many,
one too many days in a row.
So I’ll keep to myself,
with a push and a smile
over lock-tight lips,
a wrist full of slits,
and an excuse to top it off,
hoping I don’t get one too many looks
at the space my bracelets don’t cover.
Sad NostalgiaDo you remember when?Sad Nostalgia in Free Verse More Like This
Do you remember when you drew a picture
Do you remember that hot August day
when we laid on the grass together,
and you kissed me for the first time?
Do you remember my favorite Green Day shirt,
the one I was wearing the first day
I put my arm around you?
Because, I can’t seem to forget.
Do you remember those socks you left at my house?
I still wear them sometimes,
when I miss you.
when I miss you,
I’ll write stupid things like this,
in hopes you’ll read it.
I know you won’t, though,
so I’ll keep writing until you do.
Have you ever jumped into a pool?Everybody wants to be in love,Have you ever jumped into a pool? in Free Verse More Like This
Trust me on this one.
Not finding love is better than finding someone
and having them just...
Have you ever jumped into a swimming pool right away?
At first, the water is cold;
but you get used to it, and don't mind it-
Maybe even enjoy it.
That's what not finding love is like.
instead of going into the pool,
you spot the Jacuzzi in the corner,
and go there first.
There's your love,
that warm feeling that envelops you.
Having love get ripped away
is like getting out of that Jacuzzi,
and jumping straight in the pool.
You're almost paralyzed from the cold; it makes your chest hurt.
You're numb for a while, but eventually
you come around.
After you come around, there's those friends
that prefer the pool over the hot tub;
there's more room,
And you'll agree with them-
they'll just get worse otherwise, right?
you want to go back to the way you were.
You long for that warmth.
You would beg to have those famil
All too FamiliarThe familiar redheadAll too Familiar in Free Verse More Like This
smiles at me.
Jumps down from her perch in the tree,
'What do you want to do?'
she asks me.
'Everything.' was my reply.
The familiar smile comes again,
from that familiar redhead
from so very long ago.
Where are you now?
I have written countless letters to you,
failing to send every one.
Do you remember me?
Like sisters, we were.
I never wanted you to change,
even though I was the one
who eventually changed.
Why is that?
I sit on the hard, wood floor,
pull my knees to my chest,
look at the picture of us together.
Have you forgotten all the time
we spent together?
All the summers spent in trees,
in the forest behind your house?
Do you still have the necklace
that matches mine?
so many years ago.
We have grown up,
no longer carefree children.
Do you look the same?
Have I ever walked past you,
failing to recognize
my dear friend from years ago?
Would you recognize me?
I do hope so.
I would love to see
that familiar redhead
smile that familiar smile
The Recesses of my MindFalling,The Recesses of my Mind in Free Verse More Like This
I reach up
out of this pool of sorrow,
for a friend,
hoping someone will grasp my hand
and pull me out.
But no one comes,
and I slip under,
sinking forever into the blackened recesses
of my mind.
Falling for YouI'm falling for you, darling,Falling for You in Free Verse More Like This
not that you can tell.
Knowing you only like me
has put my mind through hell.
I'll support you, dear,
in everything you do.
Maybe you think that I don't care?
You haven't got a clue.
I'll always help you, hon,
make up for what you may lack.
If you feel alone and want to die,
I'll always bring you back.
If you die or leave me, love,
I'll cry for a million years.
If your heart is crushed and you need to cry,
I'll wipe away your tears.
I'll always be right with you, sweetie,
for you, my heart is warm.
If you leave me and want me back,
open will be my arms.
Once I saw your smile, sugar,
you had my heart for life.
With you, my dear, I never fear
that my wrists will be scarred by a knife.
If my calculations are correct,
my walls you can see right through.
I'm falling hard for you babe,
if you would only fall for me too.
I Would(n't)If I could kill you I wouldn’t,I Would(n't) in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Because the absence of you,
Would kill me too;
Kill me twice as dead as I am.
If I could run away I wouldn’t,
Because I’d be out all alone,
My heart on loan;
I’d go insane thinking of you.
If I could tell you I wouldn’t,
Because it just can’t ever be,
That you’d like me;
Zombies just don’t get love.
If I could make you mine I wouldn’t,
Because I’m just your friend,
Here to the end;
This agony keeping me alive.
If I could make you happy I would,
Because I love your true smile,
Makes living worthwhile;
The thought that it could maybe be for me.
Life Sucks, So DieI may not be nice,Life Sucks, So Die in Free Verse More Like This
I may not be kind,
But there is something
On my mind.
It is something
That I must share;
It is the reason
Why life isn't fair.
Life may not be kind,
Life may not be nice,
But it is what it is and that
Has to suffice.
We don't get a choice;
Life is just this
And we are forced to rejoice.
We must be thankful
For every and all
awesome and awful;
The rise and the fall.
It could be worse,
You could be in a hearse,
But what if that's what you want?
What if that's you're dream;
If it makes you smile and beam?
Then you're an outcast,
And the won't let you leave.
And your life just got worse.
Better ThanYou areBetter Than in Free Verse More Like This
They called me
A dumb whore
I was more.
My best friend
They hurt me
But you fixed
You gave me
To keep me
We Are/You Aren'tWe are the unwanted, the brokenWe Are/You Aren't in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
The ones you forgot about.
So don't be too surprised when we
Start to scream and shout.
We are the living, the dying
The ones you all put down.
But you'll know who we are when we
Run this goddamn town.
We are the corpses, the maggots
The ones you all despise.
But you'll be the ones scared when we
Expose all your lies.
We are the hunted, the lost
The ones you all spurn.
But you'll cry for our help when we
Leave you all to burn.
We are the losers, the winners
The ones that you deny.
But you'll be the ones damned when we
Hear the angels cry.
Please (Don't) Hate MeIf I told you a liePlease (Don't) Hate Me in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
But it made you smile
Would it still be a sin?
If I opened the door
But turned you away
Would you still come in?
If I sliced my skin
But it didn't hurt
Would it still be wrong?
If I acted all brave
But couldn't face it
Would I still be strong?
If I tied my noose
Around a tree's open arms
Would it be an embrace?
If I left tonight
And begged you stay
Would you still give chase?
If I committed sin
But hurt nobody
Would I be welcome above?
If I do something you hate
But only for your good
Could it still be true love?
Name MeDon't call me childish,Name Me in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
When you treat me like a child.
Don't call me crazy,
When you drive me wild.
Don't ask me for help,
When you've left me to drown.
Don't ask me to smile,
When you've made me frown.
Don't make me fight,
When you can't defend.
Don't make me be honest,
When you can't pretend.
Don't tell me to dream,
When you're my nightmare.
Don't damn me to hell,
When you're my only prayer.
Do save yourself;
It's too late for me.
Do ignore the rules;
For me, set yourself free.