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I write poetry to ghosts in my dreams
awakening with ink stained sheets
from nights I can't remember,
meaningless phantom words upon my flesh.
And this cigarette between my fingertips
taunts me,"Hey baby, hey—catch me on fire
and I'll burn you away."
I laugh, hollow—
unafraid of flames & smoke & shadows.
I've felt it all before.
I'm washing away the ink with homemade
remedies. Like it never was;
Like I never was.
But there is love on my arms now
smirking and itching away at me.
I'll claw it out a hundred times over
because remembering you—
that is worse than self-inflicted injury.
A taunt is a battle cry, a method in hand-to-hand combat, sarcastic remark, gesture, or insult intended to demoralize the recipient, or to anger them and encourage reactionary behaviors without thinking.
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Hockaloo Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
This just might be my favorite so far! <3
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Really? Thank you!
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DarcyM123 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Simply superb!
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :D
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Melalina Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Moving as usual.


Last Line Correction: ...that is worse (than) self-inflicted injury.
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I noticed that when it was on tumblr, not sure why I didn't fix it here.
Thanks for pointing that out to me.
It's what I get for writing so late, really.
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callerofcrows Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely gorgeous. This pulled at my heart so completely, I had to read it ten times over. Wow.
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love hearing about someone reading it more then once, and not because they are confused! Thank you. :3
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callerofcrows Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're very welcome! Thank you for sharing such beautiful work. :heart:
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heart809 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
I enjoy the raw emotion in this. I really do. The imagery - especially the ink parts - is a great way to get the feeling across and it makes me go back to a time when I felt like this and really gives me sympathy to the one feeling like this. It's equally disturbing and intriguing. I'm still somehow impressed. Keep up the amazing work! :D
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I shall try! Thank you! :)
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heart809 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Always welcome.
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winterkate Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student Writer
Phew...every time. Your poetry is really beautiful and great every single time. I love the line about the cigarette, I love the repetition, I love everything. I think self-inflicted is hyphenated, but that's about it with this piece. Lovely.
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Opps, yes--you are right.
It's what I get for writing so late. lol
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winterkate Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student Writer
Haha, no problem :)
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color-sekai Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
oh my god. this is fierce and powerful *-*
in a good way!
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :heart:
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color-sekai Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
no prob :>
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CritiCris Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student Artist
awe!!!
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Meggie272 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Powerful. Very, very powerful.
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I try.
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Meggie272 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
And you succeed!
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LetThereBeApples Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Agreed.
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1Requiem Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Deep, man. Deep.
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, I agree.
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LightOverpowers58 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Writer
This piece has stunning imagery, my favorite line has to be, "meaningless phantom words upon my flesh," that particular line gave me goosebumps. Amazing job :)
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :heart:
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LightOverpowers58 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Writer
You're welcome! :hug:
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Polish-Princess Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Haven't read something this beautiful in a long time :heart:
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Really? I was just really trying to get my feelings out with this one.
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LuckyBachi Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The best art is one that brings out emotion. You have that part down perfectly. :D
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, thank you! :)
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Twilight-artist Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You always have the most amazing imagery. I really love the line "I write poetry to ghosts in my dreams".

~goes back to the shadows to lurk~
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
No, no don't lurk!
I love your words too! <3
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Twilight-artist Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! High praise, indeed.
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:heart: You're welcome. :)
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