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Roberta Little
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0 posted 01-03-2002 01:37 PM       View Profile for Roberta Little   Email Roberta Little   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Roberta Little

Shorty's Courage by: Roberta Little

I know you and you've been through hell,
and yet you're still alive.
You have been battered, abused, and abandoned;
but yet you're still alive.
You are couragous, loving, and kind.
You have been scared and you have been happy.
You have been strong even through your fear.
You live your life day to day,
and even though you're scared you don't run away.
I've seen you so unhappy that you would like to die,
but yet you're still alive.
That fact alone is a true testimony of your courage,
because even after the point of breaking;
you are still alive.
For that I love you Shorty Girl,
for that I always will.
I care about you Shorty Girl,
because you're still alive.
© Copyright 2002 roberta little - All Rights Reserved
Soleil Noir
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since 12-19-2001
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1 posted 01-03-2002 01:44 PM       View Profile for Soleil Noir   Email Soleil Noir   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Soleil Noir

Welcome to Passions.  I would deduce [and I could be wrong, have been known to be] that this poem is about you, and your struggles through life.  It is also apparent [but maybe only to me] that you have succeeded in many areas that others have yet to acknowledge.  

I wish you well in your writing, and look forward to seeing more.
Not A Poet
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since 11-03-1999
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2 posted 01-03-2002 03:40 PM       View Profile for Not A Poet   Email Not A Poet   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Not A Poet's Home Page   View IP for Not A Poet

Hi Roberta,

Welcome to PIP and the CA (Critical Analysis) forum. It's always good to hear new voices. I hope you enjoy it here.

Check your email for a message.

Thanks,
Pete
hush
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since 05-27-2001
Posts 1693
Ohio, USA


3 posted 01-03-2002 11:01 PM       View Profile for hush   Email hush   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for hush

I like the first two lines. It sets it up for a fast-paced staccato type piece.

After that this becomes too abstract to really mean anything to me- every time I finished a line I had a journalistic series of questions on my mind- who, what where, why, when, how?? Your poem should attempt to elaborate, focusing on at least one (preferably more) of these questions. Get specific- tell us exactly how something was done or felt, use your own descriptions, get in-depth with it. Tell us how you saw it, be personal, don't give us "just the facts, ma'am." We're interested in your perceptions.

Hope I've helped.

"I'm thinking about leaving tomorrow
I'm thinking about being on my own
I think I been wasting my time
I'm thinking about getting out"

Opeth
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since 12-13-2001
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The Ravines


4 posted 01-04-2002 11:11 AM       View Profile for Opeth   Email Opeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Opeth

I know you and you've been through hell,
and yet you're still alive.
You have been battered, abused, and abandoned;
but yet you're still alive.
You are couragous, loving, and kind.
You have been scared and you have been happy.
Here is where you change meter and begin using the word "you" too many times.
You have been strong even through your fear.
You live your life day to day,
and even though you're scared you don't run away.
this is not a rhyming poem, yet those 2 above lines make it seem to be so.
I've seen you so unhappy that you would like to die,the previous line is awkwardly structured
but yet you're still alive.
That fact alone is a true testimony of your courage,
because even after the point of breaking;
you are still alive.
For that I love you Shorty Girl,
for that I always will.
I care about you Shorty Girl,
because you're still alive.
[b]the ending lines then revert back to the style from the beginning. This poem needs "tightened up."
Irish Rose
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since 04-06-2000
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5 posted 01-04-2002 04:53 PM       View Profile for Irish Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irish Rose

Welcome.  I haven't really critiqued anything in some time.  But I read this.
Opeth is right, the word "you" is well overdone.  There's too much repetition in this poem.  It tries to tell us something but we never really know why this person is "abused" or what happened.  There is no specifics.  If I could make one strong suggestion, I would say this entire poem could have been written in four lines and said the same thing.  The reader doesn't want to have to wade through to get to the meaning.  I would also suggest making this into a rhyming piece, something with more form.

Best of luck to you and never give up writing, critique is a bit hard on us though, believe me, I've been there!

My perception of truth will somehow never quite be the same..and so I write.

strbbux
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since 12-19-2001
Posts 3975


6 posted 01-05-2002 05:40 PM       View Profile for strbbux   Email strbbux   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for strbbux

Welcome to the forum, there are wonderful people here, you will like it. nice poem here. floria
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