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I am the girl who hides between moth eaten paper backs
And slips into bookstores and devours leather bound spines
I am chloroform lips bitten down, red and rosy
Ink stained finger tips that fold book pages between my pupils

I'm the girl who drowns herself in coffee and cough drops
While remaining curled between Tennyson and Steinbeck
Wasting days wondering why grass is green
And how it can be greener for others and not I

Then I realized its all artificial food colouring
And polystyrene picket fences
Sticky notes yellowed at the edges reminding myself how to smile
I've pasted them on my skin in makeshift paper Mache armour
But like all mangled words I will be thrown inside a wastebasket
Saved for a rainy day
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Daily Deviation

Given 2013-08-30
~grew-up-a-screw-up has been a consistently-suggested writer suggested by many deviants, and it's no wonder that with poems like Anonymous and the other amazing work in her gallery that this is so. ( Featured by Nichrysalis )
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paintingofthevoice Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love everything about this poem. :impressed: 
Don't listen to the people a few comments down who are calling you a "special snowflake."
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grew-up-a-screw-up Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much :glomp:
I actually hadn't realized people had said that but I'm not too fazed as everyone is entitled to their opinion.
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EqualToYou Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:)
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grew-up-a-screw-up Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Student General Artist
:D
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Jaysplashluvswater Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. That had real soul in it.
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evangeline202 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
that's great
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Chexed Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really liked it!!
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IthilwenTheNinjette Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
This is absolutely beautiful. The wording is so precise; no unnecessary flourishes, and just the right length to get the imagery clear. You did an amazing job with this. Congrats on the DD!
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Dreamer-of-Magic Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013   General Artist
Wow.
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musicalraz Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING!Clap 
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DrMarat Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
someone call an ambulance, we have an urgent case of special snowflake syndrome on our hands
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bro-butts Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She's not like other girls. She likes books, and coffee. 
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haruken-uzumaki Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Girl: Am i pretty?
Boy: No
Girl: Do u even want to be with me forever?
Boy: No
Girl: Do u even like me?
Boy: No
Girl: Would u cry if i walked away?
Boy: No
She heard enough and was hurt... She walked away with tears in her eyes
The boy grabbed her arm
Boy: Your not pretty...your beautiful
Boy: I dont want to be with u forever...I need to be with u forever
Boy: I dont like u...I love u
Boy: I wouldn't cry if u walked away......I would die if u walked away.
Boy Whispers: Plz stay with me
Girl: I will...
*Tonight at midnight your true love will realize he or she loves u
*Something good will happen to u at 1-4pm
*Tomorrow it could be anywhere!!!
*Get ready for the shock of your life!
*If u dont post this to 5 other comments... You will have back luck in relationships for the next 10 years everybody des
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alligatorsky6199 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I didn't know these were on DA too! XD
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PoisonGirlMajesty Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
I love this
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strawberry-squid Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm literally just sitting here with my mouth open like an idiot. Wow. This is perfection.
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Dragon-princess08 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Eerie and mysterious, and incredibly beautiful! 
Congrats on the DD :D
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Shelby2398 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am so happy you got a DD on this! :glomp: Congratulations! :)
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Karinta Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Haha!! I knew this would get a DD eventually!
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Phantasm1313 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel like this describes me very well... Somehow. The mood of this is so intense.
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ejeans7 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013   Writer
Congrats on the DD!  Well deserved!  Clap 
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ssensory Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013   Writer
You so deserved this more than anything. :heart:
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WoahItsEmma Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
you're amazing, and have left me in awe
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Ashhart Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I live it you should right a book! how can I add this to my favrits?
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Fenris-Prime Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
click, drag, and drop.
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HermioneFrost Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You have such a way with words! This is so powerful! Congrats on the DD!
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RaymondGD Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Congrats on the Daily Deviations! Heart
keep up the spectacular work :D (Big Grin) 
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sar-castic Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Please, let me marry your wording! I fall at your feet in awe, my dear. Stunning. Absolutely stunning.
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Seanoin Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student
Amazing! <3
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AshleyTheBlueEyed Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
lovely poem!!
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AshleyTheBlueEyed Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
oh and sad too...
"I'm the girl who drowns herself in coffee and cough drops"
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Into-Oblivion97 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Wasting days wondering why grass is green 
And how it can be greener for others and not I"


Somehow those two lines really hit home with me. 
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ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
The last line presents a nice emotional counterpoint to the bleakness of the intro. Nice setup.
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Schneefuechsin Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Spirit-Seer-of-Water Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congrats on the Daily Deviation! :D This definitely deserves it.

This was a very strong piece. It hit me from the first line of "I am the girl who hides between moth eaten paper backs." I am a reader who doesn't get out much, who's quiet, and who likes to wonder and dream. Sometimes, I feel anonymous, too. But then I see the sunny day, and I can find joy. I was left with a sad feeling for your anonymous person; I hope that they can find the joy that they're seeking in their day as well.

I'm sorry if this sounded a little strange. ^^; However, as another person once told me, it was also my first reaction, and I wanted to share it.
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AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation :huggle:
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Bohax Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am that boy.... beautiful words. I love leather spines in dark, musty second hand book stores: I can think of nothing better, its an ambrosial combination. 

Personally I think this is my favourite daily deviation. With lines like 'polystyrene picket fences' it could be my favourite contemporary poem
:) (Smile) 
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer

Amazing - the words are well chosen and give me powerful images - I really liked the lines:

 

Sticky notes yellowed at the edges reminding myself how to smile
I've pasted them on my skin in makeshift paper Mache armour

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Bearsbugs Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Beautiful! It leaves me wondering whether I should be happy or not now knowing that somewhere a young lady grew up the same way and in the same place I did. That somewhere I've a sister in a way, and I never even knew she was there.
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wdnest Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional Writer
Congrats on your DD.
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Nyekii Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Congratulations on the lovely Daily Deviation! :love: May there be many more to come!

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jade-pandora Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
:clap: Wonderful work, and my congratulations to you!
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
    Have a nice day! :heart:
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vanmall Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats on the Daily Deviation! :happybounce:
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simoneheld Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
very nice :clap:!
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simoneheld Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
very nice :clap:!
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Ashes-Mari3 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I eat the pages of books too, but damn if you did not have me sputtering upon the words...:rose:
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grew-up-a-screw-up Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you so much and sorry for the late reply.
I've always loved the idea of devouring knowledge or just books in general so I'm glad you agree ^^
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Ashes-Mari3 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're most welcome!
Knowledge is ever growing, and we are constantly hungry, so yes, I do agree that this was brilliant! :heart:
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absoluteabsence Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Wonderful
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