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My Anthem

October 21, 2009
By withoutamuse DIAMOND, Dewey, Oklahoma
withoutamuse DIAMOND, Dewey, Oklahoma
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I don't believe in pretty poems
For pretty verses lie
Love is more than the pretty words
The best of lovers write

I don't believe in pretty poems
They're merely works of art
Let poets spin their painless stories
I'd rather spill my heart

I don't believe in pretty poems
They're fiction- nothing more
In pretty poems, we'll never find
The love we're looking for.

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on May. 16 2017 at 10:07 pm
ambivalent SILVER, West Bend, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. the worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. [sylvia plath]

Wow! The line "Let poets spin their painless stories / I'd rather spill my heart" really got to me. You have so much talent and I hope you continue to write. Amazing job!!

sarah98 BRONZE said...
on Aug. 2 2013 at 1:04 pm
sarah98 BRONZE, Holyoke, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
It is better to write for yourself and have no audience than write for your audience and have no self.

this is really fantastic. i understand exactly what you are saying. i have a hard time reading lovey dovey romantic poems because they just arent real. great job:)

on Jun. 23 2013 at 7:38 am
beautifulspirit PLATINUM, Alpharetta, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
--Eleanor Roosevelt

I understand what you mean---sometimes we try to write pretty things to find the romantic feeling but those poem just end up sounding hollow and empty. I like your work, post more!

KyleG SILVER said...
on Sep. 12 2011 at 11:22 pm
KyleG SILVER, Millville, New Jersey
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 I really REALLY like this. The meta-poetic commentary rings true. It's funny how so many of us try to find the romantic feeling we're looking for through writing. Maybe some come close, but it's never quite real. We'd probably be better off spending the time meeting new people. 

I'm curious as to why you opted not to rhyme the first stanza. Could you not find a proper word choice, or was it purposeful for effect?

I found this because I was looking for editor's choice poems, because one of mine just received that little red check and I was wondering what it really meant. Would you mind reading my editor's choice poem "Ocean Heart?"