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Sowing Poppies

October 17, 2011
By Lexie96 GOLD, Havana, Illinois
Lexie96 GOLD, Havana, Illinois
11 articles 0 photos 378 comments

Favorite Quote:
Now Cinderella don't you go to sleep, it's such a bitter form of refuge, oh don't you know the kingdom's under siege, and everbody needs you. - The Killers

I do often wonder,
Do poppies still sow?
In the back of your mind,
Do they continue to grow?
Do your lies still fill a room,
Your silence a crowd?
Do you still close your eyes,
When you think no one is around?
Pretend I’m just an image,
Just a fragment of your mind,
That I’m not the girl you shot down,
That all is just fine?
That my bed is one of roses,
Of satin and love.
That it has not since blackened,
Unfurled to ashes and dust?
Do you still say you love me,
When you visit my grave?
Do you still tell the cops,
That you are not of any blame?
Do you still pretend when your face gets red,
That it’s not out of shame?
Do you still kneel down,
Before you start to pray?
Clasp your hands tight,
Then begin to shake?
Do you still utter a wish,
An occasional silent prayer,
That one day you’ll wake up,
And my name won’t be there?
Do you still begin to talk,
When you start to feel lonely?
Pretend that my ghost,
Is one of cronies?
Do you still swallow darkness,
As you did that last night?
Choke back a bottle,
Then begin to cry?
Pray to a girl,
Who can no longer hear you?
You’re not losing your mind,
This feeling is brand new.
Do you still sometimes pretend,
That I’m outside your gate?
That if you hurry down the staircase,
It won’t be too late?
Do you still sometimes cry,
When it begins to pour down rain?
Continue sowing poppies,
In your garden of shame?

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on Oct. 27 2011 at 2:32 pm
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"If they give you ruled paper, write the other way."


Rain. SILVER said...
on Oct. 27 2011 at 1:24 pm
Rain. SILVER, Beechhurst, New York
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No matter how high you are, you always have to come back down.

This piece was pure brilliance(: check out The Institution it's somewhat similar to this in darkness

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on Oct. 27 2011 at 6:43 am
fdbfdsf, Bangalore, Other
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This poem is crazy crazy good. It speaks of your talent and it tells a story, that unwinds emotions. Great stuff. Don't ever give up writing, it will keep you sane for as long as you need

on Oct. 26 2011 at 9:44 pm
MelissaBB SILVER, Paris, Illinois
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"Life isn't about waiting for the storms to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain"

This is so good! The imagery was fantastic and I loved the imagination put into it!

on Oct. 26 2011 at 4:57 pm
stillheartless PLATINUM, Eugene, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
"I love you. I love you. I send this message through my fingers and into his, up his arm and into his heart. Hear me. I love you. And I'm sorry to leave you." -Jenny Downham

Woah. This is just flat out amazing!

on Oct. 26 2011 at 4:32 pm
Mr.Indescribable SILVER, Cerro Gordo, North Carolina
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Hard work beats talent when talent doesnt work hard-Kevin Durant
Pressure Makes Diamonds-Kendall Marshall
Jumping to conclusions just makes the fall a lot harder-Me

Wow this is amazing. I loved the imagery and it never got even a little bit boring. You should definately keep on writing.

on Oct. 26 2011 at 3:51 pm
DarknessForever13 SILVER, Gainesville, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
Quoth the Raven: "Nevermore!"
"What's right isn't always popular, but what's popular isn't always right." - Unknown

Your poem is amazing!! The story flows so perfectly, and the imagery is breaktaking, please, keep writing. You are going to be someone big someday!!

on Oct. 26 2011 at 11:21 am
WeAllBurn PLATINUM, Vermilion, Ohio
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"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." ~Mahatma Gandhi

wow <3. this is amazing <3

honestly, truely, breath taking.

J4Yc3 GOLD said...
on Oct. 26 2011 at 10:02 am
J4Yc3 GOLD, Nashville, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger

Thanks for commenting my poem If. Your poem was very intense but wonderful loved it keep on writing.

on Oct. 25 2011 at 10:10 pm
HateKnuckle SILVER, Peru, New York
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I didn't like the content because there is too much about girls loving/hating guys on this site but other than that a story was told articulately with some darn good rhythm.

Davey PLATINUM said...
on Oct. 25 2011 at 9:16 pm
Davey PLATINUM, Boulder Creek, California
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Favorite Quote:
You cannot escape the rhetoric; it will find you, no matter where you are!

Thanks for commenting on my poem before :) I really love this. Its subtle rhymes and nostalgic feel carry the reader gently through the story. The end is fantastic: a bitter-sweet reminder if the tale you've told :)

on Oct. 25 2011 at 8:01 pm
NathanBHooker GOLD, Wentzville, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
"Those that care don't matter; and, those that matter don't care."

Told ya I'd check some out, I really picked the right one to look at first ;) its really good, keep it up

on Oct. 25 2011 at 7:57 pm
dopechickdee__ SILVER, Miami`, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us."

Such an amazing piece which really makes you open your heart and think about things. So realistic and very touching I Love It. Keep up the amazing work.

on Oct. 25 2011 at 5:01 pm
emilybwrites SILVER, Villa Hills, Kentucky
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last night i lay in bed, looking up at the stars and i thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling?

this is really good!!!! it was kiiind of confusing but it was really well thought through keep it up

on Oct. 25 2011 at 9:15 am
Swift13Fearless PLATINUM, Manchester, Other
24 articles 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
'Being FEARLESS isn't being 100% not fearful, it's being terrified but you jump anyway' - Taylor Swift

You have talent. I love this!

on Oct. 24 2011 at 8:18 pm
justdance54321 SILVER, Ivoryton, Connecticut
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Love the flow and rhyme sequence!

on Oct. 24 2011 at 4:49 pm
Anonymous_7 SILVER, Branson, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
-The only time you can get away with murder is when writing a book!

This is great, it flows really well and I think you are excellant at rhyming! Keep up the good work!

on Oct. 24 2011 at 2:35 pm
CynthiaLynnILY PLATINUM, Moore, Oklahoma
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Your poem is amazing.

I love it. 

It reminds me of Edgar Allen Poe:) 



on Oct. 23 2011 at 6:12 pm
Ezzallenne PLATINUM, Austell, Georgia
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"Fall down seven times; stand up eight."

This is good :) It makes me think of someone getting drunk and driving and killing the other person in the car.

on Oct. 23 2011 at 2:50 pm
Savannalore SILVER, North Branch, South Dakota
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Art is all about mistakes and knowing which ones to keep.

Awesome should write some fiction! :)