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To Tell a True Story

July 26, 2014
By Stella_Val_Illicia GOLD, Salt Lake City, Utah
Stella_Val_Illicia GOLD, Salt Lake City, Utah
13 articles 0 photos 247 comments

Favorite Quote:
"In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people angry and been widely regarded as a bad idea."
--Douglas Adams

We like to help people
in our collective confusion,
writing on the city streets
with it's stories to tell
when we resent the stories they told yesterday.

I want to help you.
I'll fix your broken toy.
It's eyes go uneven on its plastic of a face,
don't they?

I'll tell you a story
about you're patchwork toys and
I don't know what they do either
but you seem to care.
So I'll help you,
joyous self-parody and plastic dolls
with eyes uneven on their face.

I'll tell you my story--
walking on broken glass;
a journey to the ice cream store at Christmastime
barefoot. Breathing in the nothing.

We're balancing irony on your nose
between your eyes uneven
relishing in the smell of melted
plastic, dried
glue, frozen
self-parody smoking in the microwave,
and me,
scrapbooking our stories to tell next to yesterdays-
resentment and broken and confusion,
helping you like I promised.

The author's comments:
Our memories, our love, and a lot of nonsense as human beings.

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on Aug. 15 2014 at 8:08 am
TanazMasaba GOLD, Dhaka, Other
16 articles 10 photos 214 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's Heaven on Earth."

---William W. Purkey

This is a really beautiful poem. Reminds of the atrocities happening in Palestine, though I'm sure that's not the only thing you're trying to mean. This poem speaks of all the flaws in human nature and our instinctive need to fix it. Great job.