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0 posted 02-13-2001 05:28 PM       View Profile for Nicole   Email Nicole   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Nicole

Your eyes stared
right at me

These brown orbs
in to-die-for lashes
to tickle the smooth
underbelly of your

Surprisingly, the most innocently
child-like – the most
of features, in an unusually
intimidating array
of appearances

But now,
your eyes stare
brows furrowed
at me to speak

to say something

(that ‘just say anything’
kind of something)

And my only defense
are my hands splayed helpless
mute, open to suggestion

Words though
words are simply lost to you
to the cut-and-dry
millitaryesque fashioning of reason
you like to call

You spew analogies
(the same ones reserved
for the very stupid.)
They hack away
at everything that
my heart tries to bleed out


for the next line to come

Your eyes stare
at my hands
splayed helpless

and I say
“Just stop”

(quickly now, before the furrow
deepens into retort)

“Stop, please – my heart
cannot win against your mind”

That’s all it is, really
to you
or Die

© Copyright 2001 Nicole Adams - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 02-13-2001 06:05 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

"Win or die" is the philosophy of some....well written Nic.
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2 posted 02-13-2001 07:22 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Very stout, Nic. Good attention is given to facial language, something that is very hard to capture at times, coupled with explanatory body postures to portray the overall helplessness of the situation, the tangible lack of resolution. Well worded, but bittersweet, alum on the tongue. I especially liked and related to the Do or Die, though for me it's usually All or Nothing.
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Sitting in Michael's Lap

3 posted 02-13-2001 08:34 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

Wow -- Deja-vu -- this happened to me last night (only I was the cool analytical sort, and the glasses and to-die-for lashes were his).

I'm torn between thanking you for this perspective and kicking myself squarely in the butt for being so aloof. I'd try to do both simultaneously, but I'm getting old and might break something.

But enough about me. Well done, from both an analytical and an emotional standpoint, Nicole. I thought the ending was especially striking.

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4 posted 02-15-2001 02:17 PM       View Profile for Dopey Dope   Email Dopey Dope   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dopey Dope

Do you live in New hamshire?
Last time I checked their motto was "live free or die" You might like it there.

Nice one here!

I was born myself, raised myself, and will continue to be myself. The world will just have to adjust.

I'm in love with my shadow
I admire it daily
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5 posted 02-15-2001 04:47 PM       View Profile for Irish Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irish Rose

You display amazingly specific imagery. This is a piece to be proud of. I would like to read it again and if I see a critique I'll be back. It's wonderful.!

"When red-haired girls scamper like roses over the rain-green grass,
and the sun drips honey."
Laurie Lee

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6 posted 02-18-2001 01:31 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Cor   Email Elizabeth Cor   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Cor

Do I have to say that I know? Then let me say instead...
there it is... so small in my stomach: a black and boiling circle the size of a quarter, that runs so deep it brushes the back of the throat of my soul. And it sits there, a grey stone, just waiting for nights like this to melt itself down and steal my words and strength. Thick liquid writhing, the vapors searing pain to every inch they touch... their center this crippling, black, abscess core.
I still remember the night it was created, and the blind tears. Nicole, you take what I cannot speak simply and animate it into verse I don't have the voice for...
*half smiles* This is the anthem for the destructive mutes, the ones who understand that our “silent treatment” is harder on the one who cannot speak.
Just like jello... hit that spot in me I just never got out. Thanks for this one. *superherohugs*
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7 posted 02-20-2001 10:41 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

I agree with all above, especially Ali. You're imagery is fantastic! Stood right by and watched it unfold. Excellent!
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Purgatorial Incarceration

8 posted 02-21-2001 05:15 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher


I'm listenting to the theme song from Star Wars right now - and somehow, John Williams just caused my mind to read your poem as an epic struggle for mankind to throw down the opressive chains of teh guinea pigs and to rebel! Win our freedom from the tyranny of the pigs! Viva la Nicole! Viva!!!

Uhmm - I liked the poem too - Bol o' hugs lady!

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9 posted 03-06-2001 04:44 PM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

Oh yes, when it's the heart against the logical mind, there's no way the heart stands a chance... sigh... such is life uh? Great poem Nicole... love it!
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