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Pigtails MAG

June 21, 2010
By Helyn1054 BRONZE, Atlanta, Georgia
Helyn1054 BRONZE, Atlanta, Georgia
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Before it all,
When I was once a
Blade of grass
Swaying in the wind,
Straight up and down,
So simple,
And so naive

When I was once just a flurry of golden pigtails,
A gust of smooth skin,
A hint of wide eyes
The color of sweat dripping off your water glass

Before my smooth sides,
Those perfect lines,
Turned to curves,
A hilly horizon
Upon which you could watch the sun set,
A forest road,
Neglected over time but newly discovered,
Rough and arching,
Before my gait changed
from the gallop of a child
to the strut of a woman

Before I became a wh--e,
Something to be looked at,
Whistled at,
Howled at,
Before short-shorts existed,
When my legs were tools for running as far as they could take me,
Not medals to be shined and polished,
Before there was a glance down my shirt,
A kiss on my lips,
Back when it was safe to walk alone

When women were princesses,
Worshipped and valued,
And I could do whatever I wanted
Because I was strong,
And no one could take that from me,
Back then I was free.

Now I'm too old for all of that.
The giggling young girl is held down by ­expectations.
I must be sexy
But still innocent,
And too stupid to care.
My body is no longer my own.
It belongs to anyone but me.
The strings of a plastic puppet
move my once-familiar limbs
up and down,
sway from side to side,
to catch their attention,
to gather the comments of young boys
I once played tag with.

I'm new and molded
into my teenage form,
taught not to be offended.
“You like it.”
“It's a compliment.”
“It's normal.”

I want to stop them all,
Clap a hand over their mindless statements.
Do you realize
what you're saying?
I could be your little sister
I have a part of every woman in me,
The tinge of her lips,
The slant of her smile,
The arch of her back,
The curve of her breast,
And your shame won't erase my features.
The little girl still spins in circles,
Swinging her pigtails and studying her
pure world,
And I will make her proud.

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on Dec. 30 2010 at 6:48 am
TWLOHA SILVER, Seattle, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
I am Strong because I am Weak
I am Beautiful because I know my Flaws
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I am Fearless because I have bee Afraid
I am Wise because I have been Foolish
...and I can Laugh because I've known Sadness

I love it, great job makes me want to do some writing myself .

on Dec. 29 2010 at 4:31 pm
YoungsurvivorLiz SILVER, San Jose, California
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Favorite Quote:
"A bend in the road is not the end of the road- unless you fail to make the turn"

very touching!!! you are great

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on Dec. 29 2010 at 3:33 pm
LunaLives GOLD, South Bend, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
Because I can!-Me "Life is a choice and death is a decision"-Lil Wayne

it really is good. i wonder what it was that inspired you to write this.

spiria BRONZE said...
on Dec. 29 2010 at 2:55 pm
spiria BRONZE, Fullerton, California
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Amazing. Just Breathtaking.

on Sep. 11 2010 at 2:16 pm
bakedbeans PLATINUM, Baltimore, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
People often ask me "why are you so fast?" and my reply was "ask a basketball player why he or she keep making three point shots in a row or ask a football player why is he so good at breaking tackles. its practice!!! common sense idiot!!!" Charles.C

wow this is really good (great) i like every word of it because it is true i love at the end when you said " The little girl still spins in circles, swinging her pigtails and studying her pure world, And I will make her proud." Just powerful!!!

on Jul. 19 2010 at 5:42 pm
crubs33 DIAMOND, Lido Beach, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud."- Coco Chanel
Life isn't about surviving the storm, it's about learning to dance in the rain.

I love it!!! y isnt this publisghed??  if you could please comment and rate my work that would be great!! especially to anonymous!!!! thanx and ur really good!!!!

on Jul. 18 2010 at 6:21 pm
guitargirl BRONZE, Boise, Idaho
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Favorite Quote:
If you dont like somthing, change it. if you cant change it, change your attitude about it.

wow. this is soooooo powerful. it gave me goose bumps! im a girl too and i totaly feel the same way. thank you! thank you for writing this!!! i