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The People Come From All Around

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The People Come From All Around

 

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The people come from all around.

“Here, here! There’s an artist on display

at the center of town. Come one, come all…”

The familiar sound of a hawker’s call rings through the city’s streets.

On-lookers from priests, doctors, to the police 

flock toward the city center. 

 

There they’ll find an artist in a cage,

performing like an actor on stage.

She writes with haste, trying to please the crowd. 

She pours her heart in to poems, stories, 

novels, but still the crowd wants more. 

“If I bleed a bit for you on this page,

would you set me from the cage?”

The crowd cheers and the artist goes to work.

She searches for inspiration in the darkest of places. 

 

To what length would she have to go?

 

To these people it’s all a show. 

 

Unrequited Love

Lost friends

Existential crises

God 

Death

 

By which weapon will she sacrifice her soul for the fervid crowd?

 

It matters little to them.

 

She goes with one about death.

It goes on about seizing the moment,

time, sorrow, and- I think you can guess the rest. 

 

The artist’s words were immaculate. 

No poet alive would have matched her.

 

But still, the crowd wanted more. 

So the poet went back to work. 

She left everything she could on the page this time.

She went to the very edge of her mind 

to find something deep enough to please the horde. 

 

 

She bled all she could. 

The girl now lays where the artist once stood. 

 

The crowd begins to dissipate. 

They lament about how the girl could have been great,

“If only she didn’t work herself to death,

she bled until she had nothing left.”

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I really love this. It tells a story without getting too corny, and the message is really interesting - also, the rhyme and rhythm in your poems never fails to amaze me! 

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18 hours ago, Dirntbag said:

I really love this. It tells a story without getting too corny, and the message is really interesting - also, the rhyme and rhythm in your poems never fails to amaze me! 

thank you! I'm trying to incorporate more dialog/storytelling in to my writings, so it's good to hear you thought it worked.

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