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I don't want confinement
behind strict white
cut to fit a traveller's pocket,
squeezed in on myself
where you peer around folds
to glimpse a meaning.

I don't want to be
recorded, sorted and optimised,
placed against the others waiting
to be discovered
or left preserved
or maybe lost.

Take me from them premature,
toss me to survive
and see myself reflected
many times a different angle
in prismatic clarity
though from uncertain origins.

Tear me from my bounds to share,
transpose me to your breath.
Prop me up
so that I may see myself live
in thought and speech and action
of the everyday.

Don't let me be another one of them;
I'm not content with seclusion —
I was made to be crumpled
in a strange kind of love.
Being seen is not enough;
I want to be read.
I'm not too sure about this poem.

Written as a response to the thought "I don't want to be published, I want to be read".
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dansebalet Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
Wonderfully written and a wonderful message. :)
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PossumFan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is exactly me... I don't want to be published; I just want someone to read my work, to come into my mind if only for a mere moment... Beautiful.

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Shadocchi Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you :3 I'm glad it spoke to you.
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PossumFan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. I am, as well.
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TexasDreamer01 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
:la:
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Shadocchi Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Writer
:la:
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DailyLitDeviations Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Your wonderful literary work has been chosen to be featured by DailyLitDeviations in a news article that can be found here [link]
Be sure to check out the other artists featured and show your support by :+fav:ing the News Article.
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Shadocchi Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you very much!
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DailyLitDeviations Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
You are quite welcome!
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is just all-around fantastic! Congrats on your feature. It is well deserved. :)
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Shadocchi Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you~
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
I really enjoyed this. It's a very interesting and unique viewpoint... nice job. :)
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Shadocchi Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you~
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0hgravity Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
sorry but I'm speechless so I can't leave a very thoughtful comment.
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Shadocchi Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Writer
That's fine~ Thank you for reading.
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Janoera Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is a fear I can relate to. Just being published isn't good enough, there are millions of books on bookshelves, so how does one find YOUR book among those millions of books? There's this fear that all your hard work will go unappreciated.
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juniorel Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011   Writer
Wow. This is beautiful. I've never read a poem from the poem's perspective before. This is just such a unique idea.
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monstroooo Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Yay Juniorel! :love:
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Shadocchi Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you very much!
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011   Writer
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This is a very good response to a prompt. I think you went beyond it and made it your own... and the interesting thing is that, while doing so, you made it available to everyone here. The "it" is - of course - what you wrote and how many people write here - not to be published, but to be read. Your personification of a book and how it's treated makes the poem immediate and intimate at the same time. Good job!
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Shadocchi Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you very much :3 I'm glad it's still accessible; I was a bit worried about that.
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011   Writer
I hope any worries are over now! And... :) :iconwelcomeplz:
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Euxiom Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Great stuff, congrats on the feature in WritersInk.

Really does make you think, haha.
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Shadocchi Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you :)
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Euxiom Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Welcome. :nod:
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monstroooo Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
:santa: Congratulations! :squee: You've been featured in our Weekly Roundup :dance::party:

Thanks for sharing with the group :love:

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Shadocchi Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you very much :D
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monstroooo Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome :)
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PursuingTheCerberus Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Writer
I think this is great and so very true for writers despite what they may say. We write for ourselves, certainly. But we write for others and hope they will enjoy it, find value in it and be able to relate to it.

I think anyone on here who writes can relate to this piece.

Nice work.
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Shadocchi Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you :)
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callerofcrows Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Usually when I leave comments on DA walls, I move along, but this poem really caught my eye and dragged me in as soon as I read the first few lines. You've got a real gift for words. This is amazing.
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Shadocchi Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you~
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callerofcrows Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome!
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ScouterV Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Writer
I thought it was nice, but I haven't read the other one yet, so I probably don't fully grasp it yet. ^^;
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Shadocchi Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Writer
It was a response to a thought, not another piece of text :3 Thank you~
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ScouterV Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Writer
XD Oh...:p I knew that, and you're most welcome.
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