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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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:iconhockaloo:
This just might be my favorite so far! <3
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DearPoetry Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Really? Thank you!
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:icondarcym123:
Simply superb!
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DearPoetry Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :D
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Melalina Jul 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Moving as usual.


Last Line Correction: ...that is worse (than) self-inflicted injury.
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DearPoetry 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 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 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 Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're very welcome! Thank you for sharing such beautiful work. :heart:
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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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