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There are ghosts in my bloodstream
kissing concrete cells &
the bedroom eyes of nerve endings.

( foreign words
engraved into my marrow, birds in my chest
& wars not yet fought between my hips. )

I've taken myself apart every night
since I learned how to swallow a pen
without gagging;
limb by steady limb.

Passed around by grabby hands,
a sold, & borrowed daughter;

I am a lion among sheep,
drunk on life & ink.
Clearly I didn't get these words from my mother.
I'm adopted.

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TheLunaLily Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
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I :iconshinyheartplz: it!
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks!
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TheLunaLily Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! :)
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chancerox Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
poetry takes us apart in beautiful ways :)
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imaginative-lioness Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I have featured this piece in my journal: [link]
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:icondearpoetry:
DearPoetry Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :D
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imaginative-lioness Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome ♥!
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Betterthanempty Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This just... gods be damned. This is great stuff.
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :D
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
I've taken myself apart every night
since I learned how to swallow a pen
without gagging;


:heart:
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:icondearpoetry:
DearPoetry Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:heart:
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cutiewolf15668 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
love it
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:icondearpoetry:
DearPoetry Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you.
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Cloud-and-Petrichor Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful :rose:
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:icondearpoetry:
DearPoetry Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
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Jed101 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
A lion does not concern himself with the opinions of sheep.
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:icondearpoetry:
DearPoetry Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Nope.
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Adonael Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love the first two lines of that third stanza. There was a bit of a mix up on my end between the title and the poem - title made me think of the subject as the domineering character while the poem painted the subject as the victim. But that was an initial reaction.

Very hard-hitting stuff. I heard it made the front page on DA, which doesn't surprise me in the slightest. I tip my hat to you :)
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :Heart:
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Adonael Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No worries :rose:
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sabroder Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't usually fave writing, but this is very well written. Best poem I've ever seen on the front page of DA, by far. Your technique is very good.
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much! :D
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panther372040 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Brilliant work, I adore the imagery, I like anything that isn't cookie cutter.
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
...cookie cutter. :heart:
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panther372040 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
The only good thing that comes from them is cookies!
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Loftydreams101 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013   Writer
You my friend have an incredible gift.. I am at a loss for words.. Thank you for sharing this!
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No, thank you for the compliment! C:
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Loftydreams101 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013   Writer
You are very welcome.
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SharpiePower41 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Your last words are a true inspiration, they made this poem complete. It knocked me out, very beautiful.
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :D
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SharpiePower41 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student General Artist
You're very welcome.
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Varsa-svasa Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
This is beautiful, and amazing.
Thank you for writing this.
This fits everything I've felt, all my life.
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! Thank you for the compliment!
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onlyprettysure Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Filmographer
Very, very lovely. This is quite inspiring. :]
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :D
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rober2 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Writer
Loved it. Except for the comma before &.
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QueenApollyon Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Writer
:highfive:
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graveyardancing45 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
beautiful
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
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vaveevo Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
I like the contrast of something drowsy/elusive/immediate against the backdrop of something self-destructive/distancing/analytical. Like having so much knowledge and self-awareness is what gives a writer power. Except it's hidden here, (literally masked inside the body), so the power's contained.

Thus the play on words of "Wolf among sheep". Someone strong but camouflaged among everyday people, and reveling in the power. Except the speaker here is like a lion -- so something even greater. Strong and self-possessed.

Don't know. Just rambling some thoughts here. Great poem, really enjoyed!
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love the way you think! Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me! C:
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CaptinShadyMcButts Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very nicely written!
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
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CaptinShadyMcButts Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome!
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WinterRavenheart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
This is so beautiful, Thank You.
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No, thank you!
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MrsKyoya Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Fantastic. I love the last 4 lines especially <3
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, I do too!
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Ricardo-Orozco Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
you take freeverse to another level : )
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
<3 What a compliment!
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