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The Monster in the Mirror

March 26, 2012
By Jokorium SILVER, Union Gap, Washington
Jokorium SILVER, Union Gap, Washington
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Can't you see the monster? Can't you see?
That thing; Hideous monster. It's me...
They say a vampire's reflection will never show,
So why allow this hideousness to grow?
'Tis not a reflection of the outside,
But an aperture to the things that hide.
Attaching to others, just like a leech,
Gifted with text, not speech.
Unable to delve into its own thought,
With such confusion, becomes overwrought.
Hoping to find solace within written word,
Have you ever of heard a thing so absurd?
Have you yet to notice the beast? Still unable to see?
That monster in the mirror...It's me.

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This article has 4 comments.

on Mar. 31 2012 at 10:02 am
SpringRayyn PLATINUM, Lakeville, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
"Don't punish yourself," she heard her say again, but there would be punishment and pain, and there would be happiness too. That was writing."
--Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief"

I just love this poem so much. I don't even have a reason, I'm sorry. It's just...wonderful.

on Mar. 30 2012 at 9:40 pm
eternal_sunshine SILVER, Minnetonka, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone.
For the sad old earth must borrow it's mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.

Wow, I really love this one! Nice word choice and sentence structure, it flows and reads really well. Nice job

on Mar. 30 2012 at 7:41 pm
Behind_a_Plastic_Smile GOLD, Roseville, California
17 articles 1 photo 129 comments

Favorite Quote:
"if you're not 1st you're last"

I actually really like this. It has a nice flow to it and I just love your diction. There’s just a few little thing I would change like I would remove the “Can you see it?” in the first line and an “of” after heard in the 12th verse. But other then that I think its very good.

NickyJ BRONZE said...
on Mar. 30 2012 at 3:44 pm
NickyJ BRONZE, Hyde Park, New York
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Favorite Quote:
“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” ~Robert Frost

This poem is on the weak the side, and there are quite a few quirks, but some phrases you have here are written well enough. I like the use of a more sophisticated language, or at least what you tried to use, specifically " 'Tis not..." but the rest of that line ruins the first part of it, simply because the rest is more awkward and in the context of the entire poem sounds forced. I can't help but think you could have substituted a grander ending to that line but in such a way as to not ruin the rhyme of the next line "But an aperture to the things that hide.", which I think is superb.

I also think you're entire second line is unecessary altogether. Its obscure in placement and in substance, because you start off the poem asking about the monster, then interrupt that thought by declaring that you are the monster, but then break off again describing it as if it were some unidentified being needing description until the dramatic last line that is supposed to leave the greatest impact, but can't do so because you already took away the surprise. If the second line were not there, I think this poem would be that much better, because if you were to read it through without it, the effect on the reader is that much more significant.

Sorry that last bit was a mouthful. Anyway, good poem, be proud.