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$50 Cologne

April 4, 2013
By LexusMarie PLATINUM, Las Cruces, New Mexico
LexusMarie PLATINUM, Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Favorite Quote:
The more control you have over yourself, the less control others have over you.

Lipstick stains and a messy french braid,
the smell of coffee and a full ashtray.
You’re probably missing the mini bar, I would stop and ask you how you are.
But, it’s been how long since I smelt your $50 cologne?
I could drown myself in your deep brown locks.
I loved how angry you’d get when I made fun of your stupid crocks.
You and I are just a polaroid pushed up against glass in a frame on my dresser.
My mom tells me to throw it away, it’s only torture.
I don’t see it like that, do you? Was my sweater in your closet?
Remember when your $50 cologne got on it and I made you wash it?
The other day I saw your brother, he hugged me and I only thought of you.
The color your face got when he hugged me, you were blue.
I always knew that he liked me and apparently so did you.
I asked him how he was and he didn’t really answer.
He said he was doing just fine and that it’d been a long time since he brought up me and you.
It made me sad, why would he say something like that?
His sweater was red and it reminded me of the color of your bed. The way my lipstick seemed to blend and mix with the cotton of your sheets.
He didn’t smell like your $50 cologne. He smelled like captain morgan.
That’s your favorite, I know you adored it.
I hate the smell of it and I hate it’s taste, but sometimes I drink it to take the pain of you and I away.
I have your half empty bottle of $50 cologne still right next to your prescribed pills.
The orange bottle with the child proof cap was always missing way too many.
I can’t believe you did that, can’t believe you left me.
There was no note, just your bottle of $50 cologne.
Your mom said that I should have it and sometimes I just spray it out of habit.
I wish you were here but you’re up in heaven.
I miss you and your cologne from isle eleven.

The author's comments:
The important thing here is that you take what you will from this and not what I tell you!

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swat17 SILVER said...
on Apr. 14 2013 at 12:57 pm
swat17 SILVER, Mineral, Virginia
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Love the details and imagery in this poem. You did a great job at maintaining the mood as well. This poem really reflects maturity. Nice job!

on Apr. 14 2013 at 9:18 am
patriciagiarraffa BRONZE, Brooklyn, New York
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love this, very deep

Mckay ELITE said...
on Apr. 12 2013 at 6:45 pm
Mckay ELITE, Somewhere, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."
—Apple’s “Think Different” commercial, 1997
“Crazy people are considered mad by the rest of the society only because their intelligence isn't understood.”
― Weihui Zhou

Girl, you just keep doin your thang! lol :) This is great. I love the line that mentions you made fun of someone's stupid crocks. Couldn't agree anymore. Crocks are a tragedy to the fashion world. Overall, your poem is amazing, cuz you're amazing. Love, Mckay. 

Johnny666 GOLD said...
on Apr. 12 2013 at 2:12 pm
Johnny666 GOLD, Kincardine, South Carolina
13 articles 4 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once and while you might miss it.

Interesting rhyming scheme, sometimes the rhythm got a little choppy but i loved the imagery and the symbolism and the addition of using colours that helped pop images in my mind :)

jej123 BRONZE said...
on Apr. 11 2013 at 10:12 am
jej123 BRONZE, Marietta, Georgia
1 article 0 photos 1 comment
Hi I'm James and I'm sorta new to this whole thing . But , man! Your poetry really paints a great picture and involves the reader's mind so brilliantly. You give the $50 cologne so much symbolism and it's significance throughout the poem to the writer definitely seems real. Great poem! 

on Apr. 9 2013 at 7:09 pm
TaylorWintry DIAMOND, Carrollton, Texas
72 articles 0 photos 860 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby." - Unknown

So beautiful! I love how you listed things at the beginning; for some reason, i always try to do that, but it never really works in my own writing. I love how specific you are with your words and the things you specifically remeber.. This is just so brilliantly poetic. Wonderulf job!

on Apr. 9 2013 at 6:27 pm
Laugh-it-Out PLATINUM, Brooklyn, New York, New York
38 articles 0 photos 445 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light" --Dylan Thomas

Love love love. Absolutely adore. I love how the poem rhymes giving it that delicate balance of serious and meaningful, and well young. Amazing as always. I really love it and I a so happy it got published. Keep rockin Lexus