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Stitches
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0 posted 11-27-2009 11:43 AM       View Profile for Stitches   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Stitches


Oh what a pretty
mess you made.
Laid upon the
cold floor - splayed.

Make-up smudged
and hair a mess,
A perfect face
Under duress.

Messed skirt
clinging to your thigh,
Though still you can't
remember why.

Though you clutch the rag
that halted screams,
The rest is blurred
-A twisted dream.

'I feel like an animal, and I don't think that I get it. But one day I'll see you around.'

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1 posted 11-27-2009 12:48 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

A very heart wrenching first post, and probably a scene that happens far too often.  Beautifully rhymed, well done.
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2 posted 11-27-2009 09:14 PM       View Profile for RevengeIsMine   Email RevengeIsMine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for RevengeIsMine

WOW One of the best first post's i've seen in a long time.. You have a great future here ahead of you!!!!.. Welcome to PIP..
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3 posted 11-28-2009 12:00 AM       View Profile for XxForever.BrokenxX   Email XxForever.BrokenxX   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for XxForever.BrokenxX

Great write, I hope to see more soon.

Oh, and welcome to PIP.


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Stitches
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4 posted 11-28-2009 06:21 AM       View Profile for Stitches   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Stitches




Thank-you very much.

<3

'I feel like an animal, and I don't think that I get it. But one day I'll see you around.'

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5 posted 12-03-2009 07:51 PM       View Profile for m48   Email m48   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for m48

delightful detailed writing.great post i loved it! what a story!

ps i am also fairly new im m48.
Stitches
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6 posted 12-04-2009 01:39 PM       View Profile for Stitches   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Stitches

Thank-you

'I feel like an animal, and I don't think that I get it. But one day I'll see you around.'

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7 posted 12-06-2009 01:20 PM       View Profile for precious pearls   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for precious pearls

I like it! very emotional
Stitches
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8 posted 12-07-2009 05:26 AM       View Profile for Stitches   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Stitches

Thank-you.

'I feel like an animal, and I don't think that I get it. But one day I'll see you around.'

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9 posted 12-15-2009 04:17 PM       View Profile for ThatOneGuy   Email ThatOneGuy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ThatOneGuy

i really liked this. You rhyme really well and it paints a picture when you read it.
Stitches
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10 posted 12-18-2009 02:20 PM       View Profile for Stitches   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Stitches

Thank-you, much appreciated.

'I feel like an animal, and I don't think that I get it. But one day I'll see you around.'

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11 posted 01-09-2010 01:38 AM       View Profile for freeand2sexy   Email freeand2sexy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit freeand2sexy's Home Page   View IP for freeand2sexy

Ooh, I like this one!

Awesome poem!

“All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.”--Oscar Wilde

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really good welcome i'm also really new only have two pomes
madelyn
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13 posted 01-09-2010 11:02 PM       View Profile for madelyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for madelyn

Wow that is one of the best poems I have ever read.

Keep up the great work. I hope all of your poems are of this excellent standard.

All the best

Madelyn
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14 posted 01-10-2010 08:48 AM       View Profile for Stitches   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Stitches

Wow thank-you all.

'I feel like an animal, and I don't think that I get it. But one day I'll see you around.'

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15 posted 03-21-2010 05:14 PM       View Profile for Laverne Pacquire   Email Laverne Pacquire   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Laverne Pacquire

undertones of murder or somesort.
explicit read
Stitches
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16 posted 03-22-2010 05:42 AM       View Profile for Stitches   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Stitches

Thanks, it's about rape.

Cheery eh?

'I feel like an animal, and I don't think that I get it. But one day I'll see you around.'

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17 posted 03-23-2010 08:57 PM       View Profile for Bob K   Email Bob K   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bob K




Make-up smudged
and hair a mess,
A perfect face
Under duress.

Messed skirt
clinging to your thigh,
Though still you can't
remember why.


Dear Stitches,

           This is a good piece of work.  The last stanza is not needed.  You've done a fine job in the first three stanzas saying what's happened, and the fourth stanza is writing away from the shock and impact of the first three.  I knew it was about a rape or something like a rape by the time I got to tghe end of stanza three, you'd done that well.

     Stanza by stanza?

Oh what a pretty
mess you made.
Laid upon the
cold floor - splayed.

     Short words, only two words more than a single syllable — that's very good.  I'd suggest "on" rather than "upon" myself in line three because the extra syllable doesn't pull its weight.  English English diction is different than American English diction, of course, but I'd still go for the single syllable variation.

     You're chosing an interesting style of verse half-between formal and free which I find attractive.  I think there might be a bit of a problem between lines three and four, however.  To my ear, line three doesn't actually break naturally where you have it broken.  I suggest this as a way of checking for yourself — try reading the poem aloud into a recorder and listen later for where you tend to break the line when you read it out loud.  Your written breaks should come fairly close to where your voice breaks go in the actually reading process.

     If that doesn't work for you, then it doesn't work for you; but it would help if you had some consistant way of dealing with these things, as a way of checking yourself.  Once you have this down, you can play against it for different effects, but you'll need to have a notion of what you want as your general practice first.

     I tend to read lines three and four either as

Laid on
the cold floor, splayed[;]

or,

Laid on the cold
floor, splayed.

     Not two metrical feet per line, but two beats, roughly, though free verse wouild allow you whatever lattitude you wish.

Make-up smudged
and hair a mess,
A perfect face
Under duress.

     Lovely second stanza; simply lovely.  You miught consider a comma after line one and cutting "and" at the beginning of line two.  That gives you an immediate rhythmical kick at the beginning of line two.   The irregularity of that sharp first syllable gives the hair an extra littl bit of tustle.  Rather than "'A' perfect face," you might consider '"that' perfect face" because it is a bit more specific, don't you think?

Messed skirt
clinging to your thigh,
Though still you can't
remember why.

     Third stanza.  

     Now the previous stanza stood as a sentence fragment.  You can allow that to stand, or you can use a comma at the end of the second stanza to link it with the third.  The key point seems to come for me in the preposition at the beginning of line three, "Though."

     The preposition suggests that there is a certain kind of linking relationship between the material before and after the proposition.  You need, on a revision and never on a first draft, to try to think through what the nature of that relationship may be.  The use of "though" suggests that even after all this material that you've already gone through has happened, despite all of it, then the conditions after the word "though" will still apply.

     So here is this woman whose been through the ringer, been bounced around like a basketball, and despite all that she can't remember why all this happened?  Perhaps I'm misreading you here.  It's happened in the past and will happen again, but the actual link that the word "though" suggests doesn't seem to apply here.  Prepositions are very slippery words, and they can be on revision, a true pain.  Despite that, the difference between a preposition that clicks and one that doesn't quite can make a large difference; and, on revision and in the revison process only, they're well worth considering.  "And" seems a better choice to me, but what do I know?

     Very fine poem.  I admire it a great deal and look forward to seeing more of your stuff from time to time.

     I don't know where you are in the U.K., but if you're around London, there's a nice weekly reading at Betterton House, used to be on Tuesday Evenings, and a lot of the poets who come are more than willing to talk about their stuff and to look at and talk about your stuff.  They're very nice people and very friendly, and there's a poet's cafe that's open there from time to time.  22 Betterton Street.  There are links with Poetry Review, and there's a whole national network of poets, very available for face to face support.  And seeing you here promises to be a treat as well.

My best, Bob Kaven

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18 posted 03-25-2010 01:40 PM       View Profile for Stitches   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Stitches

Oh my!

Well thank-you very much for looking at it so thoroughly.

Quite frankly it was a bit of a shock, I don't usually get that on here and I'm glad for it, especially as I do not tend to have the patience to edit my work... Usually I write it, replace a few words if I'm feeling flush then never look at it again.

Now in response to your last point, though it is a fair while ago that I wrote this and I can hardly remember (oh the irony) but I think she was drugged... So she wouldn't really remember what happened to her.

And thanks for the invite.  

Thank-you again. x



'I feel like an animal, and I don't think that I get it. But one day I'll see you around.'

[This message has been edited by Ron (09-04-2016 02:11 PM).]

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     Nope, I'm an American, here in LA, but I've been to Betterton House for the Tuesday readings and they're open.  You don't need an invite.  I believe it's part of The Poetry Review's ongoing program, and everybody there is wonderful.  You'd fit right in, for real.  When I was there they Had Somebody from The Wolf running the thing, and you'd have a ball.  The cost of the cokes is steep, but the company is great and the discussion is fun, especially if you go a few times and get to know people.  Very few stuck up folks at all.  Very low key.

     Ambit also has a regular reading in London as well, but I think they're a bit fancier.  It's just very good to go to places like that and listen to other poets read, and 6th form is a great time to do that, to start.

     Keep writing.  keep reading.
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